Sports Memories: Dec. 8Published 6:00am Sunday, December 8, 2013
50 years ago – 1963
• Two Albert Lea High School graduates won letters at St. Olaf College. Wayne Mortenson was a center on the football team, and Ray Jacobsen participated on the cross country team.
• Bruce Babcock scored 29 points to lead the New Richland High School basketball team to a 56-45 victory over Freeborn. Dick McKean and Chuck Hinckley each scored 16 points for Freeborn.
• John Gray, head coach of the Albert Lea hockey team, greeted seven letter winners at the start of practice. They were Gary Olson, Paul Knutson, Bruce Olson, Ditto Olson, Steve Olson, Bob Sorenson and Mark Peterson.
• The Albert Lea basketball team was defeated by Austin 68-64. Tom Olson scored 23 points and Pat Fogerty 18 for the Tigers, while Wally Osterholt led Austin with 18 points.
25 years ago – 1988
• The Albert Lea boys’ basketball team defeated Fairmont 63-61. The Tigers were led by Jason Willner with 15 points and Steve Hagen with 13.
• Balanced scoring led the Wells-Easton boys basketball team to an 86-60 win over Ceylon. Gavin Burns scored 21 points, Mike Swehla 16, Jeff Bushlack 15, Chad Klocek and Dan Zebro 10 each for Wells-Easton.
• The Glenville-Emmons boys’ basketball team defeated Waterville-Elysian 72-65 for its first win of the season. Shannon Froendt led the scoring for Glenville-Emmons with 24 points.
• Tyler Peterson scored 18 points, Scott Johnson 14 and Tim Boyer 10 for the New Richland-Ellendale basketball team in its 68-53 victory over Lyle.
10 years ago – 2003
• The Albert Lea girls’ hockey team improved to 3-0 for the season with a 6-5 win over Rochester John Marshall. Christine Tubbs and Brittany Arendt led Albert Lea with two goals each. Laura Hillman and Jerri Mondeel scored one goal each.
• Danielle Rankin scored 23 points and had 11 rebounds for the Albert Lea girls’ basketball team in its season-opening victory over New Ulm 55-50.
• In its season-opening game, the Albert Lea boys’ hockey team defeated Waseca 6-1. Tyler Hegwood scored three goals and Jon Breuer, Tony Dugstad and Dustin Trail scored one each for the Tigers.
• Sophomore Michael Greibrok scored 27 points to lead Glenville-Emmons to a 66-62 basketball win over Lyle/Pacelli.