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Blast from the Past: Answers to Saturday's quiz

WORTHINGTON — I did get a few responses to Saturday’s quiz, but most just answered a question or two. As promised, here are the answers:

1) The correct answer is the Magnolia Bulldogs. Playing eight-man football in the Tri-County Conference, the Bulldogs started their 25-game winning streak with a 39-18 victory over the Chandler Eagles on Magnolia’s Homecoming Game — their fifth contest — of the 1963 season. After going a perfect 8-0 in both 1964 and 1965, Magnolia won five straight in 1966, extending the streak to 25 games before being outscored by Hills-Beaver Creek (in its second season as the area’s first consolidated school), 63-35. The Bulldogs recovered well, winning their last three to finish ‘66 with an 8-1 record.

The “Blast from the Past” about Magnolia’s mid-60s gridiron success was in the Daily Globe on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006.

2) Worthington’s Rick Brandl, an outstanding cross country runner, basketball player (big-time rebounder) and distance-running ace in track for the Trojans in the mid-70s, won the first Turkey Day 10K in 1980, finishing first among a field of 103 runners with a time of 32:11.

A “blast” about that was featured on Sept. 16, 2010.

3) The three senior running backs for the 1967 Worthington Trojans, who tied with Marshall for the Southwest Conference football championship, were Wayne Klumper, Tomm Smail and Steve Ahlberg. John Ireland was the quarterback for WHS, which finished 7-2 overall and 6-1 in the league.

The “blast” on this team was published on Oct. 3, 2007.

4) The three starting outfielders for the District 8 baseball champion Worthington Trojans were seniors Bruce Meyer (left), Dick Robertson (center) and Keith Winter (right).

This was a recent “blast” appearing in the paper on Wednesday, July 23 of this year, with a follow-up (with a couple of corrections) three days later on July 26.

5) Both Worthington’s Dale Peters (Noble County) and Storden’s Bob Haken (Cottonwood County) were long-time county sheriffs in the area and were district pole vault record-holders while in high school. Peters held the District 8 mark at 11-7 from 1947 to 1964 and Haken shared the District 7 record with a couple of Windom guys at 12-.75 for nine years from 1969 to 1978.

Peters was mentioned in two recent “blasts” — once on June 21 and again on July 30, while Haken’s mark (which I and teammate Bill Malady were also a part of) has been mentioned a couple of times before. Bob’s name appeared in this year’s June 21 blast and he had more “ink” in a feature which ran on April 23, 2011.

6) Windom’s Bill Jeffrey won the Region 2 pole vault title in 1964, setting a new meet record of 12-5.5. Although only about 5-6, Jeffrey was Windom’s single wing tailback in the fall of 1963 and started as a guard for the Eagles during the ‘63-64 basketball season. Jeffrey won the region after finishing second in the District 7 meet to Heron Lake sophomore Wally Pribyl, who later punted and played defensive back for the Minnesota Gophers.

I did a feature on Pribyl this spring (April 2) after attending his funeral in Webster, S.D. Jeffrey was mentioned in both the June 21 and July 30 columns. He was pictured, clearing the bar, in the June 21 issue.

7) Mountain Lake’s Steve Klassen, who has been mentioned in several 2014 blasts (May 9, June 21 and July 30). Klassen was a phenomenal sprinter and all-around athlete for the Lakers. An accomplished artist and musician, Klassen coached girls’ basketball at MLHS for a couple of seasons in the mid-80s.

I plan to write more about both Jeffrey and Klassen in the future.

8) My four sons — Lance, Chad, Lucas and Logan — and I traveled to both Baltimore’s Camden Yards and New York’s “old” Yankee Stadium for games before spending a day at Cooperstown, N.Y. visiting the Hall of Fame. We finished our trip with a memorable night game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The blast on this trip was featured on Sept. 25, 2008.

9) Former Daily Globe sports reporter Roger Geertsema, who wrote “The Big Cahuna” column for many years, was an all-state football player for the Round Lake Wildcats in the fall of 1961. In the seventh game of the season, Round Lake and Ceylon battled to a 0-0 tie. Both squads won their eight other games and finished tied for the championship of the 10-team Southern Star Conference.

The blast on this story was published on Nov. 28, 2011.

10) While I have not done a “blast” on Edgerton’s Mike Drooger — yet — I wanted to give one of my best “readers” a bit of ink. Mike e-mailed me early Saturday morning and indicated that he, indeed, did know the answer to No. 10. Mike, a 1980 graduate of Edgerton High School, spent several of his upper elementary and junior high years in Brewster. He later played basketball for Arlo Mogck at Worthington Community College and was quoted by me in an article about Mogck (March 27, 2010).

So, thanks Mike, for being the first to respond to my quiz. I may have more in the near future.

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