Sports Memories

Published 6:19 pm Saturday, October 20, 2012

By Chuck Anderson

50 years ago – 1962

• Minneapolis Southwest spoiled the Albert Lea High School Homecoming football game by a 13-7 score. Dave Wilcox scored on a 26-yard run for the Tigers.

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• Wells High School won their 23rd straight football game with a 44-0 victory over Sherburn. Dave Stussy of the Wildcats scored touchdowns on runs of 40, 25 and 45 yards and on a 45-yard pass from Tom Schultz.

• Roger Villarreal, a graduate of ALHS, was on the North Dakota State football team as a halfback.

• The New York Yankees defeated the San Francisco Giants 1-0 to win the 1962 World Series in the seventh game. Ralph Terry pitched a four hit shutout for the Yankees.


25 years ago – 1987

• The ALHS girls’ swimming team defeated Owatonna 96-72. Double winners for Albert Lea were Leah Mattson in the 200-yard and the 500-yard freestyle and Lynette Schoon in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly.

• In the first game of the 1987 World Series the Minnesota Twins defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 10-1. Dan Gladden hit a grand slam homerun, and Frank Viola was the winning pitcher. The Twins won Game 2, 8-4, over the Cardinals.

• The ALHS volleyball team raised their Big Nine Conference record to 3-2 with a 3-1 victory over Austin. Meg Mikilich had three ace serves and four ace hits, Jody Ackland had six ace serves and one ace hit and Julie Coughlin had one ace serve and 15 ace hits.


10 years ago – 2002

• The ALHS girls’ soccer team defeated Mankato East 6-0 in the quarterfinal round of Section 1A. Scoring goals for Albert Lea were Katie Stenseth, two, Laura Hillman, two and Amy Ravenhorst and Crystal Rentz, one. Albert Lea was defeated by Visitation 3-2 in the semi-final round. Laura Hillman scored both goals for Albert Lea.

• The United South Central football team improved to an 8-0 record after defeating Martin County West 17-3. John Niebuhr gained 190 rushing yards and Steven Wood led the defense with 11 tackles.