Chuck Anderson: Tigers placed second 50 years ago in track, field

Published 9:00 am Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sports Memories by Chuck Anderson
50 years ago: 1967
• The Albert Lea Rangers, an adult amateur hockey team, finished their season with a record of 8-6. Leading scorers for the Rangers were Ray Sorenson with 29 points, Butch Westrum with 20 and Ron Mathews with 14.
• Albert Lea High School graduates Neal Skaar and Gary Neist were named letter winners in wrestling at Luther College.
• ALHS placed second with 70.5 points to Northfield’s 79.5 in the opening track and field meet of the year. The Tiger team of Shannon McCool, Bob Norum, Dave VandeBrack and Tim Peterson set a new record at Carlton College in the two-mile relay. Darrel Gavle set a new record in the Shot Put for ALHS.
25 years ago: 1992
• The ALHS softball team opened its season with a 6-2 non-conference win over Waseca. Winning pitcher, junior Julie Mullenbach, threw a no-hitter for the Tigers and had 13 strikeouts.
• The Albert Lea Tribune named Dale Koestler of United South Central as the All-Area Girls Basketball Coach of the Year and Angie Nowak of USC the All-Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Named to the A.L. Tribune All-Area Girls Basketball first team were Angie Nowak, Melissa Paulson and Julie Zegro of USC, Kim Erickson of Alden-Conger and Leah Fallgatter of Northwood-Kensett. Named to the second team were Punky Kraft and Sarah Meyer of N-K, Kelly Peterson of Glenville-Emmons, Dayna Groskreutz of USC and Becky Schmidt of ALHS.
• The ALHS girls’ golf team opened its season with a 208-215 win over Austin. Tiger freshman Donna Boom was medalist with a 44. Other scores for the Tigers were Jodi Mack (52), Jenny Barker (58) and Jenny Hickman (61).
10 years ago: 2007
• Ascension Lutheran were the regular season Dartball League champions. Team members were Jeff Moyer, Ronald Venem, Barry Coughlin, Barry Hoffman, Del Boyken, Justin Kohn, Gary Goette, Larry Irvine, Lowell Doppelhammer, Steve Guenther and Paul Linnes.
• USC opened its baseball season with a 7-3 loss to Mankato Loyola. The Rebels were led by Jake Bonsack at the plate with 3 hits, including a home run and a double, and 3 RBI’s.
• Senior Eric Johnson of ALHS signed a letter of intent to wrestle for the Minnesota Gophers.

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