Sports Memories: March 16Published 8:07am Sunday, March 16, 2014
50 years ago: 1964
• Lewis Kennedy, an Albert Lea graduate, won the 133-pound wrestling title in the Big Ten Conference Championships.
• Dave Munson of Glenville High School was named to the Southland Conference All-Star basketball team.
25 years ago: 1989
• The Albert Lea Domino’s Junior Gold hockey team won the Minnesota District 4 title and advanced to regional play. Team members included John Hardies, Jason Bolinger, Cory Hoyt, Jeff Sanvik, Tyler Larson, Todd Waldemar, Chad Monson, Chad Sisco, Jason Tharaldson, Todd Jameson, Trent Goskeson, Jerry Monson, Dan Gilster, T.J. Clavin, Mike Loge, Aaron Rocklin, Justin Nelson, Heath Bauldry, Eric Kosmoski, Shawn Hearn and Steve Svendsen.
• Albert Lea graduate Kevin Schiltz, a freshman wrestler at Augsburg College, took third place in the 190-pound weight class and earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division III national meet.
• In the first round of the Iowa Class 1A basketball tournament, Northwood-Kensett was defeated by Leon-Central Decatur 72-49. The Vikings were led by Mark Midtgaard with 17 points and Scott Timmerman with 12.
10 years ago: 2004
• The Albert Lea boys’ swimming and diving team placed fifth at the Minnesota state meet. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Mitch Johnson, Josh Elwood, Ben Matheson and Ethan Berg placed third, as did the 200-yard medley relay team of Berg, Matheson, Elwood and Ben Schreiber.
• In the opening round of Section 1AAA boys’ basketball, Albert Lea defeated Austin 71-63. Ben Woodside scored 33 points and Stephan Thorn, 12, for the Tigers. Albert Lea was defeated by Faribault 54-51 in the second round.
• Adam Elseth of the Albert Lea wrestling team won the 135-pound title at the Minnesota state wrestling tournament. Albert Lea won its opening match 37-18 over Bemidji and then lost to Apple Valley, 50-6. The Tigers defeated Shakopee 45-19 to win third place.
• The Albert Lea boys’ hockey team defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 3-0 in the second round of the state tournament and gave Albert Lea head coach Roy Nystrom his 500th high school coaching victory.