Sports Memories: Girls’ basketball team off to a 2-0 start 20 years ago

Published 9:30 pm Friday, December 15, 2023

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Sports Memories by Tom Jones

15 years

Tom Jones

  • The Alden-Conger boys’ basketball team defeated Glenville-Emmons 63-37. Travis Marth led the Knights with 16 points. Ryan Dempewolf scored eight to lead the Wolverines.
  • The Glenville-Emmons girls’ basketball team opened the Southland tournament with a 25-21 loss to Randolph. Kalli VanRyswyk led the Wolverines with 12 points.
  • The Albert Lea Tigers wrestling team opened their season at the Rochester Invitational where they won two and lost two. Matt Tiegs went 4-0 for the Tigers at 171 pounds and Ethan Reed went 3-0 at 285 pounds.
  • After starting the season at 4-15, the Minnesota Timberwolves fired coach Randy Wittman and replaced him with Kevin McHale, who had been the team’s vice-president of basketball operations.

20 years

  • The Albert Lea girls’ basketball team opened their season with a 62-41 loss to Rochester John Marshall. Danielle Rankin led the Tigers with 14 points.
  • Michael Greibrok scored nine three-pointers to set a school record in the Glenville-Emmons boys’ basketball teams 66-62 win over Lyle-Pacelli.
  • Coach Jay Crabtree’s Albert Lea girls’ basketball team was off to a 2-0 start with wins over New Ulm and Rochester John Marshall. Niki Hendrickson scored 17 points and added nine rebounds in the win over the Rockets.
  • Tessa Christensen had a hat trick as the Albert Lea girls’ hockey team traveled to Robbinsdale and defeated Robbinsdale Cooper 5-1. Erin Schlaurbaum picked up the win in the nets for the Tigers.

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50 years

  • Behind Claude St. Sauveur’s hat trick, the Vancouver Blazers defeated the Minnesota Fighting Saints 5-3 in World Hockey Association action. Rick Smith, Ted Hampson and Mike McMahon scored goals for the Saints.
  • The Albert Lea Fire Marshal announced that seating at the Freeborn County Ice Arena would be limited to 350 spectators.
  • Bill Laumann’s Albert Lea b-squad boys’ basketball team raised their record to 2-0 with a 50-41 win over Mankato East. Rich Wendorff led the Bengals with 18 points.
  • Neal Skaar’s Albert Lea b-squad wrestling team defeated Mankato East 57-6. Larry Beenken, Mark Morreim and Neil Sather all won by falls for the Bengals.
  • John Yost’s 20 points led the Emmons boys’ basketball team to a 56-48 win over Keister. Jerry Meyer led Keister with 14 points.
  • Craig Rayman scored 16 points as the Glenville Trojans boys’ basketball team defeated Ellendale 38-36. Randy Kaiser led Ellendale with 12 points.
  • Right winger Gary Hillman had a pass from Tom Baas deflect off his skate and into the net to give him a hat trick as the Endres Rangers defeated Mankato 7-1 in adult men’s hockey play.
  • Coach Marv Bednar’s Porter Beverage “B” PeeWee hockey team defeated Faribault 6-2. Bednar noted it was a good team effort.

Alumni update

Bryn Guse, daughter of Matt and Rodi Guse, scored 23 points for the Red Wing Wingers girls’ basketball team against the Albert Lea Tigers on Dec. 18 in a game at Red Wing. Her father was a 1990 graduate of Albert Lea High School, where he played football and basketball. Her grandfather Hank was a longtime teacher, coach and referee in Albert Lea.