L/FC/MC track team headed to state True Team championship

By : 
BILL BENTSON
Wheein' With Web

 

First of all I want to congratulate the Lanesboro/Fillmore Central/Mabel-Canton girls track team on its Section 1A True Team championship. Now they will be competing in the State True Team meet on Saturday, May 19, in Stillwater.

The field events will kick off at 10 a.m. and the running events (4x800 relay) will start at 10:15 a.m. Team awards are scheduled to begin at approximately 2:40 p.m. Class AA will follow, on Saturday, and get started at approximately 3:45 p.m. with field events and 4 p.m. with the first running event. Class AAA will have its meet on Friday afternoon/night, May 18. To my knowledge, there will be no local coverage on the radio for the State True Team meet.

The Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Southland/Kingsland girls were the 1A runner-up and are in the race for a wildcard berth. Not sure when the wildcard meet will be run, but I’m thinking in the next couple of days. I’m not sure all of the sections got their meets in on Tuesday. I do know that these sections are done: 3A (Canby/Minneota, champion; SW Minnesota Christian, runner-up), 4A (Maple Lake, champion; Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, runner-up), 5A (Minnewaska Area, champion; Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta, runner-up), and 8A (Crookston, champion; West Marshall Fusion, runner-up). Don’t have all the team scores from 7A, but I do know the Pillager girls are the champions.

Aaron Thauwald, GMLOKS head coach, said, “I think we have a chance,” and was very upbeat when I talked to him.

For the boys, St. Charles was the winner and Lewiston-Altura was the runner-up. The L-A boys are also in the race for a wildcard berth. Here are the boys champion and runner-up in the four sections I have information on: 3A (Redwood Valley, champion; SW Minnesota Christian, runner-up), 4A (Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, champion; Spectrum, runner-up), 5A (Montevideo, champion; Holdingford, runner-up) and 8A (Ada-Borup/Norman County West, champion; Roseau, runner-up). 7A boys champion is Pillager, but don’t know the runner-up.

I will be at the state meet, covering four teams from up north. In Class A I’ll have the Pillager boys and girls for one Brainerd station and Ada-Borup/NCW for the Ada station. In Class AA I’ll have the Pequot Lakes girls for another Brainerd station. It’s going to be a long day, but the meet is always fun, especially if you have some kind of connection. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on the LFCMC girls, even if I’m not reporting for them on the radio.

Drive-in dilemma

Digressing from the sports world for a few minutes, I need to express my frustration on a recent experience. The other night I was in Spring Valley for a baseball game and after the game I went to my favorite A&W Drive-In.

I parked my pickup, pressed the button and made my order. Much to my chagrin, when my order came, it was in a paper bag and my root beer was in a paper cup. And no tray! “What is going on?” I thought.

I asked my server, “Where’s the glass mug?” She said they don’t send the mugs out anymore and are used only for in-house dining. I hadn’t been to the drive-in for a while, so the policy has probably been in force for a while, but what a bummer.

I totally did not enjoy the meal. Don’t get me wrong, the food was great, but I just didn’t have that “A&W experience” I was expecting. Next time, it’s inside for me. What is an A&W root beer without a glass mug?

It still had the same flavor, but it just wasn’t right. Bummed!

This and that   

I suppose you heard about the lady who made an $18 bet on the Kentucky Derby and walked away with 1.2 million dollars? The bet involved five races, including the Derby. She picked all of the winners right in that particular sequence of races and came out the big winner; a “Justify-able winner.”

This past Tuesday was Teacher Appreciation Day, capping off, or kicking off, Teacher Appreciation Week. Did you have a favorite teacher? I bet, if you did, they were the ones that made you work the hardest. And if they weren’t your favorite, they’re probably the one or ones you remember the most. I always liked school, so I had several, but two really stood out, Mr. and Mrs. (David and Kate) Campbell. To this day, I still refer to them as Mr. and Mrs. Campbell. Mr. Campbell taught math and Mrs. Campbell was a social studies teacher. I came out of college with two majors (five-year plan) and a minor. You guessed it, math and social studies, and a minor in history. I still have my slide rule (what?) and my “arithma” adding machine, some 50+ years later. And I can still operate both of them. My brother, Bob, got me my slide rule in Japan, when he was stationed there during his Navy days. It was bamboo, with an ivory coating. You had to rub lead (pencil) on the slide part so it slid better.

We’re getting to the end of the regular seasons for all of our sports. This coming week will be the end, and then we’ll be getting into the tournaments. We have some real contenders down our way again.

I heard from Mike Schumacher, Wabasha-Kellogg softball coach. He told me that the newest softball rankings are out, and available on the Minnesota Coaches Association website. Check it out.

Bit and pieces

Ron Schara, Minnesota outdoorsman and host of Minnesota Bound, has called it quits – well “quits” as far as regularly hosting the show. We’d always stop at his booth at the state fair and see him and Raven. I really liked the show.

Hershel McGriff, is 90 years old and still driving a race car. I saw a piece written about him. He is the oldest person to ever drive in a NASCAR event. I hope I’m still alive at 80 and he’s still racing cars. Wow!

I don’t know if you’ve heard or not, but my wife and I are moving. That’s good news for some of you, I suppose. Initially, we’ll be moving to Halstad, and eventually will make our way down to the Pillager area. Moving is no big deal for me, although living in Fountain for the past 19 years is the longest I’ve been in any one town in my life. I lived in five different towns before I graduated from high school, so what’s one more move. I’m looking forward to the move, but am going to really miss the great people down this way. I will surely have to come back and get my hair cut from “Barber Dave.”

I’ve really enjoyed watching all the goldfinches these past few days. I have two feeding sites for them and both have been full. They are one of the prettiest and most colorful birds. Even had a humming bird pass by and pose the question, “Hmmmmmmmmmmm?”

That’s going to do it for this edition of the WEB. Have a great week, one day at a time. Hasta luego. Hey to the Great 8 and my wife, Carol (Happy Mother’s Day). You are the greatest! WEB.

 

Category: