Sports MemoriesPublished 10:56am Saturday, March 30, 2013
By Chuck Anderson
50 years ago – 1963
• Al Redman of Wells High School was named to the 1963 Minnesota All-Tournament Basketball Team.
• Albert Lea High School graduate Rog Kittelson was awarded a letter at Luther College for wrestling.
• Lowell Syverson, a graduate of ALHS and a freshman at Wartburg College, was awarded a letter for basketball.
• Don Buhr, the head golf coach at ALHS, greeted five returning letter winners from the 1962 team that finished in second place at the Minnesota State Golf Tournament. They were Dick Jones, Dexter Westrum, Dick Davies Jr., John Hurst and Craig Plante.
• Robert Jensen and Bruce Glesne were the only returning letter winners for coach Paul Wilke of the ALHS tennis team.
25 years ago – 1988
• Named to the All-Big Nine Conference Girls’ Basketball Team from ALHS were senior Julie Coughlin, scoring champion of the Big Nine Conference, and senior Joni Wright. Freshman Pam Stoltz received honorable mention.
• ALHS senior Matt Sullivan was selected to play in the 1988 Minnesota High School All-Star Football game. Matt was the leading tackler in the Big Nine Conference during the 1987 season.
• Named to the All-South Conference Basketball Team from Wells-Easton High School were Scott Heggen and B. J. Fisher.
10 years ago – 2003
• Named to the All-Big Nine Conference Boys Hockey Team from ALHS were Josh Tubbs, Matt Tubbs and Jon Breuer. Receiving honorable mention were Adam Boelter, Egan Mattson and Casey Schumaker.
• The Minnesota mens’ basketball team defeated Temple 63-58 in overtime in the National Invitational Tournament. Rick Rickert scored 15 points and had 13 rebounds, Michael Bauer scored 12 points, Maurice Hargrow and Kevin Burleson scored 11 points each for the Gophers.
• Named the Albert Lea Tribune All-Area Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year was Ben Woodside, a junior at ALHS. Named to the first team were Woodside, Tyler Young of ALHS, Michael Stensrud of Lake Mills, Lee Nelson of Northwood-Kensett and Ben Wetzell of United South Central. Named to the second team were Josh Wills of Alden-Conger, Michael Yocom of Gleville-Emmons, Derek Richards of Lake Mills, Zak Tracy of New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva, Kyle Hanson of Northwood-Kensett and Ryan Treptow of USC.