Sports Memories

Published 6:48 pm Saturday, April 7, 2012

By Chuck Anderson

50 years ago – 1962

• The Albert Lea Junior girls bowling team won the Minnesota Junior Bowling Congress team championship. Team members included Peg Dudley, Margaret Thompson, Barb Kycek, Cherrie Johnson and Kathy Schneider.

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• Bruce Johnson, coach of the Albert Lea High School track team, greeted (11) letter winners for the start of practice. Seniors: Lowell Syverson, Ray Jacobsen, Gary Jacobsen, Allen Gavere, Jeff Brooke, Roger Kittelson and Reginald Harms. Juniors: Dave Jorgenson, Rich Wogen and Dave Wilcox.

• The Glenville High School baseball team had (13) players for the start of practice for coach Ed Stalker. Letterwinners included Doug Cipra, pitcher and first base, Dave Hanson, pitcher and catcher, Tom Struck, shortstop and Gerald Steene, third base.

25 years ago – 1987

• ALHS graduate sisters, senior Traci Bergo and freshman Tiffany Bergo, were members of the NAIA National Champion for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire women’s swimming team.

• John Keating, an ALHS graduate, was a member of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire men’s swimming team which won the Wisconsin State University Conference title for the 10th year in a row.

• Named to the All-South Central Conference Basketball Team from Wells-Easton High School were Buzz Viesselman, B. J. Fisher and Scott Heggen.

• ALHS senior Mike Petersen scored (21) points for the Outstate All-Star team in a 76-59 loss to the Metro All-Star team. Petersen was named MVP for the Outstate team.

10 years ago – 2002

• In an indoor track meet at Minnesota State University, Mankato, United South Central placed first with (158) points to (112) points for second place Faribault. Casey Christenson won the 55 meter dash, 200 meter dash and the 400 meter dash for USC.

• Awards presented at the annual girls hockey banquet included the following: Tiger Girls Hockey Award: Francis O’Donnell; Most Determined: Sarah Jensen and Tessa Christianson; Most Improved: Anna Sigurdson; Unsung Hero: Christina Tubbs; Most Valuable: Jasey Porter.