The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 9, 1967 · Page 2
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 9, 1967
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Statistics Prove Greatness Of AHS, GHS Teams During The Past Season Statistics clearly show why Algona High School's wrestling team posted one of the top marks in the history of the sport at the local school during the recent season. Coach Champ Martin's team wound up the season with a second place finish in the State Class A Wrestling Tournament - after taking the first place crown a year earlier. The team also had a 9-2-1 dual meet mark, won two invitationals, placed third in another and won the Sectional and District tournaments. And the team featured one of the greatest individuals ever to wrestle here. He is Clint Young, senior 1415-pounder. All he did was go all the way through the long season without a defeat capping the effort with a state title in his weight. Clint won all 29 of his matches during the season, and had four falls along the way, leading the team in points '.nth 95. His point total was just 15 under the all-time record established a year ago by Dave Martin, Steve Claude was Algona's other State Champion this season, finishing with a 20-9 mark. He didn't really warm up until the state series of tourneys got underway. At that time, his record was 13-8 and when he wound up second in the Sectional, his chances of claiming a championship were dim. However, Steve didn't see it that way, so he proved to be the most improved wrestler in Bulldog togs as he won the District, then the State. Claude counted 66pointsduring the season Camp, along with Randy Riedinger, 138, and Bruce Bennett, 154, also gained the State Meet. Riedinger and Bennett won Riedinger wund up with a 19-5-2 record, with 61 points, ar.d Bennett WAS 17-9-1, with two fills arid 57 points. Denny Petersen, 95, won the Sectional crown and finished with a 17-9-1 mark, three falls and 59 points; and Max Miller, 165, was second in the Sectional, wound up at 21-4-0, with one fall and 65 points; Phil Bode, 180, was 17-7-1, with four falls and 61 points; and Brad Farnham, heavyweight, was second in the Sectional with a 13-10-2 season record, two falls and 47 points. Other wrestlers posting wins during the past season included Larry Munger, 120, State Champion in 1966, 16-5-1, four falls, 58 points; Gary Gade, 95, 1-1-0, three points; Roger Menneke, 133, 4-1-1, one fall, 16 points; Paul Watkins, 2-3-0, one fall, eight points; Ed Bennett, 112, 4-8-0, one fall, 14 points; Tom Laing, 112, 2-6-0, six points; "Jid Jerry Simpson, 1-6-0, three points. A couple of other lads, Larry Taylor, 0-1-0, and Wayne Taylor, 0-2-0, saw limited action with the varsity and along with most of the others, with the exception of Munger, Young and Miller, will be back again next year. The Bulldogs should be very rugged on the mat again next season. -0- MULLER, REDING SHATTER POLNT MARK AT GHS Garrigan's Golden Bears established all kinds of records during the recently-ended basketball season which saw the charges of Coach Steve McCall advance further along the tournament trail than any other previous team at the school. The Bears were knocked out of the Sub State Tournament at Spencer by Estherville, 67-64, last Saturday night. Ending with an 18-3 record (and an .857 percent of wins), tops since the school opened in 1959, the team established a consecutive win record of 14 during the season. The Bears lost their opener to Ft, Dodge, then won 14 straight before being edged by Estherville shortly be- fora the regular season ended. Two individuals, Dick Muller and Bill Reding, shattered the individual career scoring record at the school. Both played at least a portion of four years for the Bears, and Muller, who competed in 72 contests during his career, counted 936 points for a 13 point average, and Reding scored 824 points in 69 games, for an 11.9 average for his career. During the past season, Reding was the club's leading scorer with 370 points (seven short of the single season mark held by Mike Cink) and had a 17.6 average. Muller canned 354 points this year for a 16.9 average; Brian LaBarre scored 335 with a 15.9 average and Joe Becker got 232 for an 11.1 average per contest. Rounding out the scoring were Jack Muller, 116, 5.5; Jim Youngwirth, 92, 4.6; Don Courtney, 46, 2.5; Dave McCarthy, 20, 1.8; and Mike Nitchals, 11, 1.1. As a team, the Bears were the highest scoring club in the school's history, hitting 1,578 points in 21 contests for an average of 75 per game, while giving up 1,281 for a 61-point defensive mark. McCall's 3-year record at the school shot up to 44-20 for a .687 percentage of wins. Only returnees from this year's outfit are Jack Muller and Dave McCarthy. The rest will be lost through graduation. However, a group of eager Junior Varsity players will move up — - o - ESPE AND CLAUDE NOW AMONG TOP SCORERS This year's edition of the Algona Bulldogs not only posted one of the finest won-lost records in the history of the school (17-3, 2-Algona (la.) Upper Des Moines Thursday, March 9, 1967 .850 pet.), but also established a new offensive mark in the process. Coach Howie Stephenson's 1966-67 club scored 1,493 points for a 74.7 offensive average which is .2 of a point higher than the 1963-64 club posted - and that team won 23, lost three and won third at the State Tournament. Defensively, the locals allowed 1,150 points for a 57.5 mark. Stephenson's won-lost record for eight years at Algona High now stands at 122-49 for a .714 percentage of wins, also a school record. Tom Claude, who teamed with Craig Espe as the highest scoring guard combination the school has ever featured, was the leading scorer this year with 426 points and a 21.3 average. Espe was next with 377 points and an 18.9 mark. Gregg Belts scored 222 points and averaged 11.1; Brocke Laws, 154, 7.7; Bill Boldridge, 117, 5.9; Rog Meyer, 103, 5.2; Tom Jones, 46, 2.7; Bob Farnham, 32, 2; Rich Black, 11, 1.6; and Rog Wildin, 5, .5. Jones, Meyer and Black will be the only returnees next fall - the others are seniors. Espe and Claude also worked their way into the list of the top seven career scorers In the history of the school, with Espe now fifth and Claude seventh. Dale Teeter tops the list with 1,191 j followed by Doug Meyer, 1,126; Sis Wood, 830; Chuck Streit, 710; Espe, 709; Tom Waller, 624; Claude, 622. During the season, Algona had two strings of seven wins each, plus a 3-game skein. The club annexed the North Central Conference championship with a 13-1 mark. Claude led the team in scoring 12 games Stephenson will be faced with quite a rebuilding job again next fall, but several outstanding prospects will move up from the Junior Varsity which won 13 of 15 starts during the past campaign. The combined records of the wrestlers at AHS and the basketball teams at AHS and GHS — 44-8-1 - is also the best mark recorded since both schools have been in operation here. We congratulate Algona's two outstanding basketball teams on their fine season records ALGONA HIGH SCHOOL BULLDOGS - Front row, left to right, Rich Black, Bill Boldridge, Rog Meyer, Craig Espe, Tom Claude and Bob Farnham. Back row, left to right, Coach Howie Stephenson, Craig Taylor, Denny Richter, Tom Jones, Greggs Belts, Brocke Laws and Rog Wildin. GARRIGAN GOLDEN BEARS - Front row, left to right, Dave McCarthy, Joe Becker, Mike Nitchals, Don Courtney and Brian LaBarre. Back row, left to right, Jim Youngwirth, Dick Muller, Jack Muller, Bill Reding and Coach Steve McCall. AHS SEASON RECORD (17-3) Swea City 101-42 Eagle Grove 65-57 Humboldt 82-50 Webster City 52-48 Hampton 73-50 Clear Lake 80-54 Emmetsburg 85-53 Jefferson 58-60 Clarion 99-67 Iowa Falls 73-48 Eagle Grove 73-54 Humboldt 77-75 Webster City 74-60 Hampton 66-64 Estherville 75-58 Clear Lake 77-86 Clarion 72-49 Iowa Falls 88-64 Forest City 62-46 Garrigan 61-65 North Central Conference Champions The entire community congratulates the Bears and Bulldogs for excellent records. And we thank these fine athletes for the recognition they have obtained for their schools and the fine communities of Kossuth County. GHS SEASON RECORD (18-3) Ft. Dodge 74-82 St. John's 80-49 Spencer 81-53 Newman 92-56 Pocahontas Cath. 84-32 St. Edmond 88-64 Hull W-Christian 73-62 Pocahontas Cath. 68-49 St. John's 104-74 Austin Pacelli 82-70 St. Edmond 77-73 Kuemper 63-50 Newman 56-53 Kuemper 84-59 Estherville 69-73 St. Edmond 62-51 Emmetsburg Cath. 69-59 Humboldt 72-64 Algona 65-61 Estherville 64-67 Emmetsburg Cath. 71-70 Sioux City Diocesan Champions District Champions SPONSORED BY THESE COMMUNITY-MINDED FIRMS: BJustrom Furniture Co. Graham's The ChrlichUlei Store Modem Dry Cleaners Home Federal Saving! &JUoan Ass'p Swanson's Food Store Algona Produce Co. Harrison's Variety Koituth Motor Co. Read's Furniture Hutiell Office & School Supply Sheakleys Iowa State Bank Sherwin-Williams Palnti Christenten'i Bomgaars 5 & 10 ShIHs Brownbllt Shoe Store Laing Plumbing & Heating Ludwlg's CaJe United Bolldlng Center North Iowa Sewing Machine Co. The Security State Bank Sharp 1 ! Jewelry Algona Theatre Co. Perclval Moton Lindsay Sott Water ol Algona Universal Mfg. Co. Rusk Drugs-Jewelry 8 It L Dept. Store Algona Implement Co. Ernie Williams — John Deere Upper Des Molnef Publishing Co. Taylor Implement Co. Funk Plumbing & Heating Hood's Super Vain Zender'i Thermogas Co. ot Algont Irons Heating & Plumbing Cowan Corporation J. C. Penney Co. H^••«•»»*••« Schultz Bros. Garage & Oil Station Jack's O.K. Tire Service Kirk's Shoe Store Coast-to-Coait Btore Algona Greenhouses Behr Standard Service North Central Public Service Co. Post Transfer & Storage No. Iowa Appliance Center Algona Plumbing It Heating Dau Garage A Body Shop Foster Furniture Co. Viking Oil Co. Bascher Bros. Implement Baiter's Davis Pamt Smoke Shop Honsbrnch Drug Consolidated Co-Op Creamerie* Wlltgen Jewelen Joe Bradley Equipment Taylor Motor C*. Leuthold-WUUams (The Hub Clothiers) Frederick Hardware

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