Sports Memories: Dec. 15Published 6:00am Sunday, December 15, 2013
50 years ago – 1963
• The Albert Lea High School wrestling team, ranked No. 2 in the state of Minnesota, raised its season record to 3-0 with a 22-20 win over Mankato. Winners for the Tigers were Mark Allen at 95 pounds, Gary Neist at 112, Mark Splies at 133, Neil Skaar at 154, Jim Carroll at 175 and Mike Roberts at heavyweight.
• The Albert Lea basketball team defeated Mankato 62-58 for its first win of the season. The Tigers were led by Jim Bratvold with 18 points and Tom Olson with 17.
• The Wells High School basketball team behind 22 points by Tom Schultz and 13 by Dick Wanzek defeated New Ulm 61-35.
• Split end Paul Flatley of the Minnesota Vikings was named the National Football League Rookie of the Year.
25 years ago – 1988
• Max Jeffrey scored 26 points, Steve Hagen 15 and Matt Guse 11 for the Albert Lea boys’ basketball team in its 71-63 win over Mankato West.
• The Northwood-Kensett girls’ basketball team defeated Lake Mills 62-52. Amy Belville scored 27 points and Stacy Orvedal 21 for the Vikings. The Lake Mills Bulldogs were led by Heather Madson with 31 points.
• In a Gopher Conference girls’ basketball game, Alden-Conger-Freeborn improved to 4-1 with a 61-50 victory over Glenville-Emmons. Darcy Evenson scored 30 points and Kris Korman 13 for Alden-Conger-Freeborn. Lisa Sveen scored 22 points and had 13 rebounds for Glenville-Emmons.
10 years ago – 2003
• The Albert Lea girls’ hockey team behind three goals by Tessa Christensen defeated Robbinsdale-Cooper 5-1 and raised its season record to 4-1.
• In its season-opening boys’ basketball game, Albert Lea defeated Owatonna 64-41. Mike Behrends scored 24 points and Ben Woodside 18 for the Tigers.
• Jon Breuer scored two goals; Tony Dugstad, 2; Tyler Hegwood and Corey Ellertson, 1 each for the Albert Lea boys’ hockey team in its 6-4 win over Mankato West.
• The New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva girls’ basketball team raised its season record to 3-0 after defeating Belle Plaine 57-46. Alison Anderson scored 21 points and Steph Hanna added 13 points for NRHEG.