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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 12, 1968
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don smith LET'S talk about high school athletics. First off, we'd like to tip The Periscope hat to three great winter sports squads right here in Algona (and we* re not trying to slight others in this area, but we know more about the locals) — Algona High's wrestlers and basketball player sand Gar ri- gan's varsity basketball outfit. Coaches Champ Martin, Howie Stephenson and Steve McCall, respectively, should feel very proud of their achievements during the 1967-68 season. ACTUALLY, Algona has never been a pressure spot as coaches go, that is a coach has never had to win all or get out — but these three guys go right on winning. Martin is 125-95-8 in dual meets since he took the reins 21 years ago and his teams have won one State title, five seconds and two thirds, plus four North Central Conference crowns; Stephenson (through last Thursday) has led teams to a 136-55 over-all record, won three or four loop championships, made two trips to the State Tournament, with a third place finish the first time, and gone to the Sub-state at least two other times; while McCall's teams have a fine combined 5925 mark and a trip to the Sub-state a year ago. WE think all three of the gentlemen above may have done their best jobs of all this season, when talent among the squads, etc. are considered. Not that all three didn't have some youngsters who became talented during the season, but considering improvement from the first to the last of the schedule, we can't remember a greater winter sports year here. IF Cyd Charisse had married Julius Caesar, her named would have been Cyd Caesar. IN the case of the two basketball squads, they were molded into winning outfits basically because of one very important (and at times unbeatable) item -HUSTLE I Who ' will soon forget the likes of Rog Meyer, Dave McCarthy, Rich Black, Jim Walker, Dale Pederson, John Winkel, Tom Jones, Jack Muller, Mike Betts, Kevin O'Brien, Smokey Barr, Steve Wingert, Craig Taylor, Jim FIckbohm, Denny Richter, Mike Elbert and the rest of the Bulldogs and Bears who probably hustled as much (or more) than any two clubs in the history of the sport here. They had to - and did! AND wrestling fans, very pleased with the showing of the locals, will be watching for great things from State Champion Larry Taylor, who came from no where this season in a giant jump right to the top- while at the same time also rooting for other returnees, including Gary Cade and Bruce Bennett, who also placed in the State Meet. Gone are such good ones as Don Camp and Steve Claude, who placed third at Waterloo (and the latter won a title a year earlier), and several others. And what does the future hold for men like Steve FitzPatrick, who probably did better as a f rosh than any lad on record in the heavier weights, Phil Bode, Rob Claude, Russ Bird, Denny Petersen, Brad Farnham and all the rest of the youngsters on the past squad? With Champ at the helm, possibly great things. ANYWAY, we'd like to thank Champ, Howie and Steve for giving us the kind of athletic teams we like to watch - not just because they usually win, but because they put out all the way. Yessir, they HUSTLE 1 IF Dean Martin had married Frank Sinatra, people would talk. NOW a more somber note on athletics. We think it's about time for every person who attends a sports event (adult or student) to GROW UP1 That ticket you present at the gate DOES NOT entitle you to raise H every time you think there's a wrong decision (which is always a call against someone on your favorite team). We're not defending officials here, because we know they make mistakes — lots of them. If you think you can do better, get a rule book, study it, write the test, put on a striped shirt and go to itl MAYBE it's because we're getting older every day (because yours truly has been known to let go with a loud beller on occasions), but we're finding you can follow the action of any game, wrestling meet or what have you, if you JUST WATCH! Cheering is swell, too - but rule it out when an opponent is shooting a free throw, or when the star of the opposing team fouls out. You'd be surprised how much more you will enjoy the whole contest. And you'll feel better inside, tool - ?IN covering sports events for the UDM for almost 18 years (with six years of officiating included), we've learned a lot. Once in a while, we still manage to write something nasty about an official (or pair of them), normally when the calls are raunchy all the way around. But, it's nothing like it used to be (in the stories), when criticism seemed to crop up all too often. The competing players don't play against the officials — so why do the fans? SUMMATION - Fans would do well to become sports right now. Let's not let a situation develop in this area similar to those that have cropped up not too far from here. The problem is not too great yet - why not keep it that way! WELL, at least we got away from politics, the war and taxes! FARM Ninety-one crops planted by five generations of the Julius Keel family is the story of an eighty acre tract of land southwest of Forest City. That land is now a part of a farm occupied by the Robert Keel family. BLOSSOM Mrs. Dena Gerken of Sibley has an amorphophallus plant in bloom after 18 years. It is a tropical Asiatic herbaceous plant; the bulb is planted outside in the summer and in the winter produces the stem. The plant and flower have been known to grow enough to weigh over 100 pounds. - Algona Girl In Junior College Who" Tuesday, March 12, 1968 Algona (la.) Upper Des Moines-3 Pat Ruhnke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Ruhnke, Algona, and a student at Estherville Junior College, is one of seven sophomores who received recognition in "Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges." " The students so honored are selected for exhibiting exceptional qualities of leadership, character and scholarship. They must be active in college activities and have made notable contributions to the junior college which they attend. Miss Ruhnke is secretary of the Student Senate and has been editor of the college's yearbook for the past two years. She is a 1966 graduate of Sentral High School. T. D. Garry Is Named Head Heritage Corp. At the Heritage Apartment Corporation's second annual meeting recently the following members were elected officers: President, T.D. Garry; Vice- president, Donald J. Welp; Sec- retary, H. J. McNertney; and Treasurer, Milo C. Johnson. The Corporation has also entered into an agreement whereby the tenants may order their meals at the Heritage Nursing Home. They may also use the new Bath and Therapy Whirlpool Tub designed for Hydrotherapy treatments in the new Heritage Home addition. In response to the many inquiries, there will be an Open House at the Heritage Nursing Home addition the first part of April. Check Meeting A county merchants' meeting regarding insufficient funds, no account and forged checks has been set by Kossuth authorities. Sheriff Ralph Lindhorstand county attorney W. B. MacDonald met with the merchants at 7 p.m. Monday to discuss laws and procedures for the three types of check violations. 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