Sports Memories: April 13Published 6:00am Sunday, April 13, 2014
50 years ago: 1964
• Albert Lea High School graduate Jeff Brooke was awarded a letter at Northwestern University competing as a heavyweight on the wrestling team.
• Albert Lea senior Jim Carroll accepted an athletic scholarship to wrestle at Arizona State University.
• Alden High School head baseball coach Neil Pierce greeted 10 returning letter winners at the start of spring practice. They were pitcher Dennis Friedel, first baseman Larry Rasmussen, second baseman Steve Stoneback, pitcher and first baseman Bob Lindeman, catcher Gary Newman, pitcher and third baseman Paul Wittmer, and outfielders Greg Hitchcock, Steve Newman, Bob Hoeg and Greg Smith.
25 years ago: 1989
• The Albert Lea girls’ softball team opened its season with a 6-1 victory over the Waseca Blue Jays. The winning pitcher was Jill Gaetz with a no-hitter. June White had two hits and two runs scored, and Jenny Ortgies drove in two runs for Albert Lea.
• Darcy Evenson had three hits to lead the Alden-Conger-Freeborn softball team to a 7-4 win over NRHEG. Jenny Stenzel was the winning pitcher. Angie Worrell had two hits for NRHEG.
• The Dominos Pizza team won the Albert Lea Men’s “A” League basketball title. Team members included Don Kammerer, Greg Wilson, Kurt Franke, Todd Meerdink, Andy Larson, Randy Skophammer, Jeff Polis, Pete Larson, Stuart Dimmel and Len Fuqua.
10 years ago: 2004
• The Albert Lea wrestling team won the Minnesota State Academic title for the fourth time in seven years.
• Tana Reindal singled in the only run for Alden-Conger in its 1-0 softball win over Bethlehem Academy. Steph Lackey threw a three-hitter for Alden-Conger.
• Winning pitcher Michael Greibrok pitched a no-hitter for Glenville-Emmons in its 12-0 win over Owatonna Christian School. Greibrok also led the offense with three hits and three RBIs.
• The NRHEG softball team defeated Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 7-0 behind the no-hit pitching of Erin Anderson. Anderson had two hits and four RBI’s. Emily Hagen, Kayla Reed and Chelsey Quiram also had two hits in the game.