Looking Back at Waseca Sports History - 11/21/11 - 11/27/11
1936/ Cage Squad to Open against New Richland; 1961/ Bluejays to Open Cage
Season Friday at Fairbault High; Central Awards 21 Grid Letters; Ramseth Paces U
Bombers to 12-6 Victory Friday; 1986/ Hayes makes elite volleyball team; Seven
Bluejays selected to All-Conference Football Team; Bluejay MVPs; Bluejay
1936/ Cage Squad to Open against New Richland; Maidl and Wynnemer
Head What Promises to Be Waseca's Most Brilliant Team
Waseca will will open its 1936-37 basketball season
against New Richland on the local floor Monday, November 3. They have a new
coach, Alchon Lucas, and the style of the Dairylanders' play this season will
probably be that employed by Mankato Teachers' College of which Lucas is an
Coach Lee Krough has a wealth of material at the
local school this year. This should be Waseca's year and the team promises to be
one of the most brilliant since Waseca held the state championship in 1918.
Seven veterans along with a score of promising new men from last year's second
team are making strong bids for first squad positions.
Heading the letter winners are co-captains Glenn Maidl and Bob Wynnemer.
Maidl is a forward and Wynnemer a guard. Sam Boruff, a reserve forward last year
is likely to get the other forward berth. Clifford Gehring, huge six foot four
inch center, seems to be the most promising candidate for the pivot position.
Krough has not picked any definite guards as yet.
75 years ago, November 25, 1936, Waseca Journal
1961/ Bluejays to Open Cage Season Friday at Fairbault High
Coach Manny Beckmann, will unveil his 1961-62 Central
Bluejay cagers in a non-conference opener at Faribault Friday
Beckmann, in entering his fifth year as head
coach at Central, has not lost to a team from Faribault during that time. In
all, his teams have defeated the Falcons of the Big Nine 10 straight
Waseca appears to be headed for a rough season
compared to running up a 13-7 overall mark last year. Only two returning
lettermen are on the club along with two freshmen.
Beckmann took his club to Albert Lea Friday night for a scrimmage and came
back holding this tongue in his cheek. "We looked bad," he said. "They had the
advantage on both boards with their height. About the only boys who did look
good were Steve Wolf and Bruce Kugath. Wolf especially did a good job and has
won a starting job at one of the forward spots," Beckmann
At this time it appears the Jays will line up
like this against Fairbault. At the other forward along will be either Gary
Draheim or Dennis Cole. Draheim is a 6-0 junior while Cole is a 5-11
Dean Youngberg, one of the two lettermen back,
will open at center. He is a 6-0 senior. At the guards will probably be Craig
Manke and Kugath.
Craig Spry, the only other letter
winner, is still out of action due to running a temperature and it's doubtful
he'll see much action if any, against the Falcons.
years ago, November 22, 1961, Waseca Journal
1961/ Central Awards 21 Grid Letters; Draheim Tops Scoring With 25
Twenty-one members of the Waseca Bluejays football squad
were awarded letters for the past season. Of the group, 11 were seniors, six
were juniors and four were sophomores.
letters were Jerry Fleming and Tom Sommerstad, managers.
The seniors were: Larry Anderson, Larry Lutgens, Doug Miller, Dan Murphy,
Marshall Olson, Dennis Quickstead, Dennis Schuller, Craig Spry, co-captain, Karl
Standke, Don Sutter and Dean Youngberg.
Allen, Gary Broughton, Gary Draheim, Myron Kamrath, Bruce Kugath and Jim
Sophomores: Jim Curran, Bob Klinger, Mike
Muedeking and Gerald Roemhildt.
Four other members of the
team completed the season but did not qualify for letters. They were: Gary
Brecke, Eldar Krueger, Larry Torgerson, seniors; and Paul Swenson,
The Bluejays had one of their worst seasons in
history this past fall, finishing with an 0-8 record...
Leading scorer for the Jays was Gary Draheim with 25 points on four TDs and one
conversion. Other scoring came from Dean Youngberg with 14 points, Spry with 13
and Kugath with 12.
- 50 years ago, November 22, 1961,
1961/ Ramseth Paces U Bombers to 12-6 Victory Friday
The grandson of a former Wasecan minister, sparkled
Saturday as he directed his Bomber squad to a 12-6 win over the freshman unit at
the University of Minnesota.
Paul Ramseth, grandson of the
late Rev. Iver Ramseth, scored both touchdowns for the winners on runs of 16 and
Paul is a sophomore quarterback and his home is
at Redwood Falls.
Playing with the freshman unit was Jerry
Cawley, a star for Coach Don Larsen's Waseca Bluejays last season. Cawley was an
all-stater at that time and is a guard on the freshman
- 50 years ago, November 22, 1961, Waseca Journal
1986/ Hayes makes elite volleyball team
Bluejay Julie Hayes was selected to the South Central
All-Conference Volleyball Team.
Julie was one of the
Bluejays' co-captains, a second-year letter winner, County News All-Area
selection, a leading setter and leading passer for the Bluejays this
She had a 92 percent average for setting the ball
up and an 82 percent average in passing.
"Julie is very
deserving of the honor," coach Karen Simmons said. "She did a super job for us
the season. She was the best hustler on our team and was our
- 25 years ago, November 25, 1986, Waseca
1986/ Seven Bluejays selected to All-Conference Football
Seven Bluejays made the South Central All-Conference
Football Team selected by the coaches, however a coach does not vote for his own
Making the offensive team were: Chris Fuchs and
Andy Rieck on the offensive line with Trent Clausen winning honorable mention
Greg Vilt was selected to the offensive
Kipp Johnson made the defensive line with Doug
Tramp being selected on the defensive backfield. Monte Dufault was honorable
mention in the defensive backfield.
- 25 years ago,
November 25, 1986, Waseca County News
1986/ Bluejay MVPs
The most valuable players were announced at the fall
sports banquet last week. [They were] Lucas Miller, football; Julie Hayes,
volleyball; Jenny Tobin, swimming; Phoebe Ring, tennis; Charlie Haag, boys cross
country; and Mici O'Grady, girls cross country. [Photo caption]
- 25 years ago, November 25, 1986, Waseca County News
1986/ Bluejay Grapplers
Bluejay wrestling is on the upswing having won the South
Central Conference the past three years and coach Gary Meurer thinks his team
has another shot at it this season.
"We have nine
lettermen returning, but lost some good people and we have some big shoes to
fill," he said...
Waseca high school letter winners who
will be leading the wrestling team this season are... Shawn Murphy, Blaine Root,
Jason O'Brien, Jason Borglum, John Hayes, Todd Breck, Kipp Johnson and Mike
Gehloff. [Photo caption]
- 25 years ago, November 25,
1986, Waseca County News