JEFFERS — In the mid-1960’s, an English rock band, known as the Dave Clark Five, had a song entitled “Everybody Knows.”
As the boys’ state high school basketball tournament is underway in Minneapolis and the Ellsworth Panthers are playing in the elite event for a fourth straight time — and their fifth in the past seven years — that song title could well apply to the type of representation that our area makes when an opportunity comes along.
WORTHINGTON — It has been nearly three weeks ago since my last “blast” ran (Feb.19), featuring the story of Round Lake’s dramatic 1979 upset of the state-ranked Windom Eagles in the District 7 quarterfinals at Mountain Lake on a blustery, bone-chilling mid-February evening 30 years ago.
MASON CITY, Iowa — Fifty years ago, the calendar was exactly the same as this year.
The legendary Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa was jam-packed on Monday evening, Feb. 2, 1959 to hear three rock’n roll stars — Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, known as the “Big Bopper” — perform in concert as part of the famous Midwest Winter Dance Tour.
WINDOM — As Elton John’s classic “Crocodile Rock” was rocking us back to the late 1950s and the Miami Dolphins (17-0) defeated the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, the biggest news all across the country was the ending of United States’ troop involvement in the long-lasting Vietnam War.
WORTHINGTON — This winter of 2008-09 continues to have the makings of the “old-fashioned” kind, like 1969 or 1975 — or worse yet, like 1936.
While I was not yet around in 1936, I have sure heard a lot about that winter, which was full of snow, blizzards and cold — extreme cold that lasted most of the opening months of ‘36. Then, later, the summer of 1936 became one of the hottest on record.
WORTHINGTON — As the calendar turns to 2009 and one reflects back on the 2008 calendar year in area high school sports, as Lucas as has done in his Saturday feature, one may ponder what looms ahead for this year.
WORTHINGTON — When I was a kid growing up on a farm in Springfield Township of Cottonwood County — six miles north of Heron Lake, 10 miles west of Windom and 11 miles south of Storden — we watched a classic old baseball movie called “It Happens Every Spring.”
EDGERTON — Some 18 days ago, on Nov. 8, I had the opportunity to watch the drama department of Southwest Star Concept High School put on the play “Leaving Iowa.” In a lead role, Quasar senior Jerry Simpler played the part of Mr. Browning, the father of a family on a summer vacation.
While stopped at a road-sign map, Mr. Browning could not take his eyes of the interesting items that were being promoted by that sign.
“Fascinating, why this is simply just fascinating,” Browning said over and over. “This is so fascinating.”
LUVERNE — While the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants were winning their respective divisions and heading for the ever-famous 1958 National Football League championship game, sudden-death overtime thriller, at Yankee Stadium, a trio of area high school teams finished with undefeated records.
Winning the 11-man Southwest Conference title were the Luverne Cardinals, while Heron Lake claimed the championship of the eight-man Seven Star Conference, and Ellsworth rolled undefeated through the six-man Tri-County Conference.
WORTHINGTON — Tonight, two more teams will be have their fall campaigns come to an end as the post-season elimination process continues with Section 3A South volleyball action in Luverne. The same thing will happen in the AA tournament in Redwood Falls.
A week ago yesterday, all 20 teams (12 in Class A and eight in Class AA) in the south had hopes of extending their seasons by playing well in the playoffs and, perhaps, pulling an upset and advancing beyond their seeded prediction.
EAST COAST — Eight days ago this morning, my four sons and I arrived safely back in Heron Lake after spending the previous 110 hours “on the road” traveling to the east coast and back.
During those four-and-a-half days of adventure, we put 3,159 miles on our white van, increasing its mileage from 127,190 to 130,349.
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