Sports MemoriesPublished 12:10pm Sunday, April 7, 2013
By Chuck Anderson
50 years ago – 1963
• Albert Lea high school baseball coach Paul Ehrhard greeted returning letter winners John Goodmanson, Mike O’Conner, John Sullivan, Mike Wittkamper and Jack Werner.
• Tom Struck, Dave Hanson, Andy Knutson, Dick Offenhauser, Dave Monson, Ron Rasmussen, Terry Adams and Chuck Butler were returning letter winners for coach Ed Stalker of the Glenville-Emmons high school baseball team.
• In their season opening baseball game, Wells high school defeated New Richland 6-0. Tom Schultz and Al Redman combined to pitch a one- hitter for Wells.
25 years ago – 1988
• The following were the top nine area high school girls scoring leaders during their league games: No. 1 — Tina Wangsness (Ellendale-Geneva) 19.6 points per game; No. 2 — Kay Molskness (South Central) — 19.0; No. 3 – Lisa Sveen (Glenville-Emmons) — 17.2; No. 4 – Brigett Matter (Glenville-Emmons) — 14.4; No. 5 — Jill Thompson (New Richland-Hartland) — 13.7; No. 6 – Laura Berkeland (South Central) — 13.3; No. 7 – Kirstin Hugdahl (S.C.) — 12.9; No. 8 — Joyce Schultz (Wells-Easton) — 11.2; No. 9 — Kris Korman (Alden-Conger-Freeborn) — 10.4.
• Named to the All-South Central Conference Girls Basketball Team from Wells-Easton was Joyce Schultz.
• The Albert Lea girls’ track team opened their season by winning an indoor meet with 51 points to Robbinsdale-Armstrongs second place total of 36 points. Winners for Albert Lea were Jenny Westcott (long jump), Donna Wangen (high jump), Steph Hartman (1,600-meter run); Karla Zeverberger (440-yard dash); Sara Hartman (880-yard run); Sara and Steph Hartman, Robin Heyes and Amy Stay (two-mile relay).
10 years ago – 2003
• Head softball coach at Glenville-Emmons Lisa Ziebell opened practice with six returning letterwinners. They were Kelly Yost, Katie Brackey, Jenna Brackey, Becky Erickson, Samantha Stadheim and Becky Anderson.
• Georgetown defeated the Minnesota Gophers basketball team in the semifinal round of the National Invitational Tournament 88-54. The Gophers were led by Rick Rickert with 17 points and Ben Johnson with 15.
• The Minnesota Gopher women’s team lost to Texas 76-60 in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA basketball tournament. Kim Prince scored 15 points, Corrin Von Wald 14 and Lindsay Whalen 13 for the Gophers. The Gophers finished with a 25-6 record.