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Blast from the past: Sports

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50 years ago:

July 3, 1969

The Monticello baseball team took the victory against Zimmerman 8-2 on the home diamond. Roger Pribyl went 2 for 5 behind the plate, Dale Woolhaouse had a home run and Bruce Klatt went 2 for 2.

The Legion baseball team suffered two losses against Annandale 8-6 on Monday night and Elk River 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The Conservation Department in Monticello conducted a bird count that showed the winters severe weather had a negative effect on the pheasant population. Local hunters expressed a need for a habitat in Monticello. In the fall Minnesota hunters took 215,608 pheasants, the second poorest kill since 1928.

25 years ago:

July 7, 1994

Barb Lange won on the sixth hole and Dolorys Jacobson won on the 11th hole of the Tuesday Women’s Golf League at the Monticello Country Club.

Soccer was not yet a Monticello sport, so volunteer parents were holding summer soccer sessions. Kitty Baltos was heading up hour long classes on Thursdays with 35 to 40 students.

Arve Grimsmo, a Monticello local who grew up in Norway, attended the world Cup in New Jersey at the Giants Stadium. Norway didn’t beat Ireland, but Grimsmo did get to meet a few folks from his hometown in a crowd of 7,000 or so Norwegian fans.

Thor Carlson, the Monticello Sports Reporter at the time, wrote an op/ed piece about soccer. The verdict: He just couldn’t get on board. He did however, have a few suggestions on how to improve the sport and bring in more viewers: Get Michael Jordan to quit basketball and give soccer a try and make goalies wear lead shoes to increase goal and exciting play numbers.

10 years ago:

July 2, 2009

The Monticello U9 soccer team took all three wins in the annual Coon Rapids soccer tournament taking home the first place trophy. Team members included: Oriana Johnson, Logan Wetter, Adam Tuffs, Braeden Ciatti, Logan Lenneman, Jacob Johnson, Luke Frucci, Jackson Munsterteiger, Cade Boraas, Josh Young and Tyler Anderson. The team was coached by John Young and Rocco Frucci.

The Legion baseball team hosted a weekend tournament and started off 0-3, but finished with back to back wins against Elk River and Willmar 16-4 and 7-2 respectively. Monticello was gearing up to host Mound Monday as their season would come to a close shortly after that.

The Monticello Polecats held a 8-6 record halfway through the season, putting the Cats two games behind West Division leader, Lake Howard at the time. Chris Hardie lead the team at the plate batting an average .375 and was near the top of the list for hits, runs, and RIB as well.

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