MEMORY LANE JUNE 1983

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
All Todd Messerole wanted for Christmas in 1983 “was his two front teeth.” Messerole, a multi-sports talent for the Braves in the early 80s, was all smiles for this photographer during a practice session. “Football can be a little tough on the tooth,” quipped Messerole.
Photo By Denny Holton

—In women’s recreational slow pitch softball, Dan’s Cyle defeated Cherokee Farm Service 15-9. In that game, Barb Mott cracked a triple, Traci Gravenish had two doubles, while Bobbi Rasmus and Linda Loucks each had a double. Also, Deb Sorenson and Ruth Thompson each had two singles for the victors. For Cherokee Farm Service, Kathy McClaren had a triple and three singles.

In Quinn’s 10-5 win over D.J.s, Hollie Dessel cracked a double and Paula Smith, Vicki Menke and Joan Kidney had two singles each for Quinns. For D.J.’s, Lynn Drews and Maria Jones had two singles each.

—In boys’ Major League city sponsored Little League, it was Perrin’s Fur Farm 3-2 over The Daily Times. Danny Robinson was the winning hurler for Perrin’s and Mike McDonald homered for the victors while Robinson added two singles. Adam Timmerman hit home the winning run in extra innings.

Erik Marty was the losing hurler and had two singles for the losers as did Mike Sonka and Travis Cox.

—Excerpt from End of the Bench column. “Cherokean Dennis Bahr, a cerebral palsy victim, showed courage and determination here as he completed the 3.3 mile Cherokee Fun Run here Saturday.

When Bahr headed toward the finish line, he couldn’t believe the cheers and warm welcome he received as folks responded to his gallant effort. It was better than a Dr. J dunk or a Reggie homer. it was better because it took more guts.”

—Despite a Kenny Alesch grand-slam homerun, Marcus was unable to card that elusive first win of the season as the Eagles fell to Kingsley-Pierson 12-9.

Alesch’s four-run blast came with two outs in the second inning after K-P hurler Rusty Wallers loaded the bases via walk to Trent Stowater, Scott Wolf and Brett Meister.

—Cherokee drag racing physician, Dr. Keith Garner, succeeded in reigning a world record in V-Stock drag racing division at last weekend’s races in Fayetteville, N.C.

Garner, who established a world mark in the same division in previous years, recorded an elapsed time of :14.9 second in his 1977 Oldsmobile Starfire.

—A six-run outburst in the last inning propelled host Paullina to a 19-15 verdict in girls’ prep softball here Friday night.

Amy Jalas was the winning pitcher for Paullina, while Carmen Swanson sustained the loss for Sutherland. Joni Mueller, 3-5 with a double, Traci Louscher, 3-4 with a triple, and Jalas, 3-5 with a triple, paced the Panthers.

Vicki Rahbusch was 3-5 for Sutherland with a double and triple, while Jeanie Roeder was 4-5 with a double and Becky Rehder was 3-5 with a double for Sutherland.

—Rick Bird’s two-run homer and four RBI’s led Sutherland’s Tigers to a 14-8 win over Aurelia in boys’ prep baseball here Friday.

Dean Swanson, in relief of Bird, picked up the win for the Tigers, while Dave Nelson, in relief of Marty Agnitsch, took the loss for the Bulldogs.

Swanson and Bird combined for 14 strikeouts, five walks and nine hits. Agnitsch and Nelson gave up 10 hits, walked a dozen and struckout six.

Ned Dau cracked a triple and single, and Chuck Waggoner had two base hits for the victors.

For Aurelia, Virgil Flack smacked a two-run homer, a double and single, while Dar Westphal had two doubles and a single.

—Storm Lake’s Bill Naughton had a golfing outing he won’t soon forget on his way to winning the 15th Annual Aurelia Open.

All the slender Buena Vista College freshman did was to oust defending champ Doug Lockin of Aurelia in sudden death, and tie the course record on the way. Oh yes, he birdied the first hole of sudden death to claim the trophy, hardware that Lockin had owned the previous two years.

Third place went to Hartley’s Lane Heimsoth with a 116 in the three championship rounds. Aurelia girls’ basketball Coach Tom Bohnenkamp finished fourth in the Championship flight, carding a 116 before losing to Heimsoth in a playoff.

Other flight winners were: First Flight: Doug Mason, Holstein, 74; Second Flight: Duane Kol;in, Hartley, 83; Third Flight: Larry “Red Sox” Carlson, Cherokee, 89; Fourth Flight: Bob Bengston, Aurelia, 95; Fifth Flight: Ken Watts, Cherokee, 99; Sixth Flight: Floyd Steward, Aurelia, 97.

Officials reported that 108 golfers participated in the tourney.

—Anthon-Oto found the going tough here Saturday, dropping a coed doubleheader to Meriden-Cleghorn.

In an 11-5 win, M-C got strong pitching from Jim Oswald and sufficient offense led by Darren Anderson and Jay Fuhrman. And then in the girls game, a sacrifice grounder by winning pitcher Lisa Wetherell in the bottom of the seventh plated Karen Prunty with the winning run in a 5-4 Cometette win.

Oswald struckout 12 A-O hitters in recording his first win of the season.

Prunty and Mary Rose led M-C’s offense with two singles each.

—Spencer pitchers limited Cherokee to just three hits in a 7-1 win over the Braves. The Braves’ only run came in the fourth frame when senior B.J. Ludwig cracked a solo homer some 300 feet over the right-centerfield fence. it was Ludwig’s second homer of the young season.

Todd Messerole, a senior, worked the first six innings for the Braves, striking out six and walking five. He was relieved by freshman Kyle Peterson for the final two outs.

—In men’s slow pitch softball, it was Jobies 18 and Farmers National Bank 4. For Jobies, Randy Harder and “Ricky Bobby” Nelson hammered homeruns, while Jim Perrin slugged two triples and John Ades, Craig Lickisss and Jeff Dawson each had two doubles.

Matt Miller had a homer for FNB while Dan Whitney added a double.

Steve Casey smacked a homerun to lead the Pioneer Club to a 24-3 win over the Cherokee Jaycees. Recording doubles for the Pioneer were Casey, Dan Conley, Dave Thomas, Steve Holton, Steve “Conk” Conley and Jeff Brown. Also for the Pioneer, recording three singles each were Dan Conley, Thomas, Holton, Mark Hultman, Kim Aduddell and Robin Martin

—Jack Klingborg, Cherokee girls’ high school softball coach, made some lineup adjustments and his team responded with 12 hits and a 10-3 win over Spirit Lake.

“The changes helped,” said Klingborg. “I thought our senior outfield of Mary Ganger, Mary Gustafson and Becky Koch played well,” he added.,

—Storm Lake St. Mary’s Bruce Zimmer laced a grand-slam homer and Aurelia pitching gave up 17 walks as the Panthers clipped the Bulldogs 8-0.

Joel Gaudian started on the mound for the ‘Dogs and was relieved by Marty Agntisch in the fifth, and then Lance Evans pitchied the final two innings for Aurelia.

Aurelia, 1-6, got a double from Bruce Backhaus and a pair of singles from Shawn Sleezer.

—Sutherland’s talented ace Dean Swanson fired a one hitter at Alta’s Cyclones here in a 4-1 win Friday. Swanson fanned 17 of the 23 batters he faced.

Ned Dau belted a pair of doubles to lead Sutherland, while Todd Faust, Rick Bird and Bob Bird all had singles for the victors.

—In Senior League Little League play here Hardee’s clipped Local 179, 8-7.

The winning pitcher, Mark Benson, came in relief of little brother Mike Benson to put out the fire and pocket the win. Mike Benson led Hardee’s offensively with a double and single. Also getting hits for Hardees were Marc Schwanz, Doug Williams and Brad Ebert. Local 179 was led by Mark Borkowski, Mike Jacobson, Matt Springer, Rich Noah and Rob Deedrick with singles.

—In Senior League girls’ softball, Champion Electric smacked Miller-Mac 17-1 behind the fine pitching efforts of Wendy Broer’s one hitter. Broer aided her own cause with a double and single, while Jena Dawson, Tammy Lux, Tricia Pibal and Lisa Jacobson all had singles. Mindy Schwanz recorded the only hit for Miller-Mac.

—Cherokee Horseshoe Club members defeated Aurelia here Tuesday 14-2.

Leading Cherokee’s efforts were Palmer Johnson nd Eldo Kahl with four games, and Lavonne Reed and Harold Roberson with four games.

Clarence Fessler and Jim Cates along with George Ferrin and Filmore Nelson aided the winning cause with three games each.

For Aurelia, Ed Luetkemann and Dick Weathers won a game, while Vince Becker and Tom Cates managed one game.

—Award winners at Cherokee basketball Coach Dick Point’s annual Siouxland Basketball Camp here are as follows:

Junior College League: Doug Goebel, one-on-one champ; Goebel and Travis Cox; two-on-two champs; Jeff Jones, free throw shooting champ.

College League: Mike Benson, one-on-one champ; Steve Point and Shane Habben, Pocahontas, two on two champs; Shane Habben, free throw champ.

NBA: Kyle Peterson, one-on-one champ; Peterson and Harry Brewer, two-on-two champs; Brewer free throw champ.

“Mr. Basketball” awards in respective divisions went to Steve Fessler, Sutherland, Junior College; Habben, Pocahontas, College; and Peterson, Cherokee, NBA. Some 58 athletes representing eight area towns participated in the camp.

—Galva-Holstein hammered out 15 hits in fashioning a decisive 14-2 win over Eastwood.

G-H’s Pirates, coached by Randy Smith, were paced by Scott Graff’s three singles and a double. Other Pirates with two singles were winning hurler Dan Stanton, Jim Else, Tim Meyer and Scott Winterhof.

Stanton fanned six and walked six in the 10-run-rule game.

Leading Eastwood’s offense was Dave Dawson with three singles.

—Joe Huck, Quimby, has been recognized by the Iowa Conservation Commission for bagging a 23-pound, 10-ounce turkey last April.

In a recent report, the ICC listed 13 turkey award winners. Huck’s turkey was taken in Woodbury County on April 16. It had a 1.5 inch spur and a 10 inch beard.

The largest turkey listed was 27 pounds taken by David Solomon of Des Moines on April 23.

—Marcus’ Brenda Sand was the winning pitcher for Marcus in a 7-6 win over Floyd Valley here Friday night.

Leading Marcus’ offense was Carla Lehan with two hits along with Donna Dreckman’s triple and single. The win boosts Marcus’ record to 9-3 on the season.

—Kathy Kennedy, 14, of Cherokee, was notified Monday that she has been named an International Free Throw Champion by the Knights of Columbus.

Kennedy, the daughter of Drs. Al and Ramona Kennedy, ranked first of approximately 93,000 girls taking part in the annual KC’s competition in North America. Kathy sank 22 of 25 free throws at state competition in Ames where more than 2,500 girls were competing.

After winning the state contest, her score was then ranked in competition with girls from more than 55 states and provinces in North America, and came out on top, according to a letter received at the Kennedy residence this week.

Could “the luck of the Irish” have had anything to do with Kathy’s good fortune? “I’m sure of of it,” proclaimed the elder Kennedy while rubbing his lucky charm.

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