Sports Memories

Published 1:54 pm Saturday, August 24, 2013

By Chuck Anderson

50 years ago – 1963

• The Rockettes defeated the Twisters 18-2 to win the Albert Lea girls’ softball playoff title. Alice Petersen was the winning pitcher, Mert Gray homered and Jane Christensen tripled for the Rockettes. Pat Brooks tripled for the Twisters.

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• Malepsy Realty won their first game in the Minnesota State Slow-pitch Tournament 18-17 over Maplewood. Bill Malepsy hit a bases loaded home run, and Del Hovey and Dave Donovan added home runs for Malepsy.

• The Cabin Bar defeated Jostens of Owatonna 8-3 in the first round of the Albert Lea Invitational Softball Tournament. John Willmert was the winning pitcher. The Cabin Bar won their next game 13-4 over the Chinos Bandits. Wayne Peterson was the winning pitcher in relief. Glenn Meyer had three hits and Marion Loge tripled and had a double for Cabin.

25 years ago – 1988

• Tom Dyrdal, head coach of the Albert Lea High School girls’ tennis team, greeted six returning letter winners at the start of practice: Jill Gaetze, Lisa Worke, Jeni Brietholtz, Sheri Adams, Jenny Volkenant and Kelli Lauman.

• Jeff Stadheim of Albert Lea won the Albert Lea City Open golf title with a score of 102. He defeated Ken Ulman by four strokes.


10 years ago – 2003

• ALHS graduate Rich Oliphant was named offensive coordinator for the ALHS football team.

• In their season opening game, the ALHS girls’ soccer team was defeated by Rochester Lourdes 1-0. Goalie Annie Berger stopped 21 of 22 shots for Albert Lea.

• Paul Marka was named co-head coach of the ALHS girls’ soccer team. Marka’s duties included media relations and on the field and co-head coach Raissa Byer’s duties were administrative.

• The United South Central girls’ tennis team defeated ALHS 4-3. Winners for USC in singles were Amy Christenson at No. 1 and Cassie Wood at No. 4, and in doubles at No. 2 Erin Allis and Marie Halvorson and at No. 3 Kate Ostrowski and Ashley Wermedal. Winners for ALHS in singles were No. 2 Karen Leonard and at No. 3 Elizabeth Thompson and in doubles at No. 1 were Ashley Helgerson and Nicole Rafdal.