Sports Memories

Published 1:18 pm Saturday, September 21, 2013

By Chuck Anderson

50 years ago – 1963

• The Albert Lea High School football team remained tied for first place in the Big Nine Conference with a 3-0 record after defeating the Northfield Raiders 20-6. Bruce Olson scored two touchdowns, and Tom Olson had one for the Tigers.

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• The Wells High School football team won its 29th straight game with a 35-7 victory over Truman. Larry Kuster and Dick Wanzek each scored two touchdowns for Wells.

• In a Gopher Conference football game, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva defeated Morristown 34-6. Jim O’Hara led the offense for NRHEG with four touchdowns.


25 years ago – 1988

• Third-year head coach of the South Central volleyball team, Pete Beckerman, coached his 200th match win with only 22 losses when South Central defeated Martin Lutheran of Northrup 3-0. Beckerman coached Bricelyn for 10 years.

• The ALHS girls’ tennis team improved to 4-2 in the Big Nine Conference and 6-2 overall with a 5-2 win against Rochester Mayo. Winning singles matches for Albert Lea were Kelly Lauman and Jenny Volkenant. Albert Lea doubles teams that also won were Jenny Breitholst and Jill Gaetz and Angie Casterton and Shannon Lauman.

• Vasco was the champion in the Upper C Gopher Volleyball League organized by the Albert Lea Parks and Recreation Department. Team members were Machelle Flugum, Julie Dandrea, Kris Hanson, Jo Dagestad, Cathy Henschel, Lori Long, Diane Sorenson, Marie Schreiber and Sharon Dagestad.

10 years ago – 2003

• The ALHS volleyball team defeated Winona 3-1 by scores of 25-14, 25-18, 24-25 and 28-26. Amber Edwards had six aces, seven kills and 11 blocks, Danielle Rankin had 11 kills and four blocks and Heather Stegenga had five kills and seven blocks for Albert Lea.

• The ALHS boys’ soccer team defeated St. Peter 5-0. Ethan Berg was in goal for the shutout. Scoring goals for Albert Lea were Jake Clark, Jeremy Jacobson, Justin McGinnis, Brady Plantage and Brian Christianson.

• The Glenville-Emmons volleyball team defeated LeRoy-Ostrander 3-1. Ellen Hanson was 20-for-20 serving and had 12 kills for Glenville-Emmons.