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Besides planning trips, Burdell also writes this weekly column which tells about sports happenings now and 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago, sometimes a trip down memory lane that some of you may relate to, what the Ancient Sportsman (Burdell) and Ancient-ess (Charlotte) have been up to and about trips they have been on. Each week is a new adventure.
Tales of the 
Ancient Sportsman
    Old Man Winter slapped us aside the head again. This time there was plenty of snow to go with another coating of ice. Our good neighbor has a large driveway and only one vehicle, so she lets us pull both of our cars up on the far side of her driveway. That is super and it allows us to get the cars off the street as we have no garage. There are garages for sale all over town each summer, but I still haven’t bought one. 
    I had a bunch of things to do Friday morning and the storm was approaching and I got them all done. I started the laundry by getting two loads done, got groceries, went to Fremont for a haircut and did my library research. After I took the Ancient-ess to lunch, I made a hospital visit and it just started to snow as I headed home. 
    The snow really came down and by 5:00 p.m. when I went to get the Ancient-ess at work, it was quite a task just to get the Prius through the streets. But we made it and with no games to cover, I pulled the car up into the driveway and holed up for the rest of the evening. 
By Saturday afternoon I was getting antsey and decided to make another hospital call. I took three steps down my sidewalk and aborted the mission. Too much ice and I didn’t need that. I made a phone call instead. 
    We had to cancel services at the country church on Sunday, but we were able to attend our home church in Osky. That was not easy as it took 30 minutes to get enough ice off the windows to see where I was going. After dinner at Tasos, I did nothing but watch the Chiefs qualify for their first Super Bowl in 50 years. 
    Now as I am writing this I am watching the 49’ers thrash the Packers. A Super Bowl between the Chiefs and the Niners should be most interesting. That would put me in a quandary. I have been a Chiefs fan from their inception and a grandson of some of my dear friends plays for the Niners. 
George Kittle, one of the star players for the Niners, is a grandson of Bub and Lucky Krieger from Mt. Union Iowa. Bub and Lucky had 10 daughters and all ten of them were good athletes at Winfield-Mt. Union High School. Bub passed away about four years ago, but Lucky is 97 and still living by herself and driving where she wants to go. At least that is what another grandson told me last week. 
    WMU was always in our Eddyville Softball Tournament which featured eight of the better teams in Southeast Iowa. Bub and Lucky would be in the crowd every year as they always had one or two daughters playing. 
    One of those daughters married a Kittle and George is the son of that couple. Another daughter married a Settles and Jess Settles is their son. Jess’s wife is the guidance counselor at Pella Christian Grade School and is the High School Volleyball coach. Jess is the one that caught me up on Lucky at a Pella Christian game a few nights ago.
    An interesting story about Bub is that even though he never played high school football, he was awarded a scholarship to the University of Iowa for football. He went to Iowa City and stayed only a few days before coming back to Mt. Union and enrolling at Iowa Wesleyan. He became a star at IW and in a game at Penn they shelled the Rangers (That is what Penn was called then). Bruce Mathew of the Oskaloosa Herald reports that the Rangers were unable to handle massive Bub Krieger. 
I forgot to ask Jess how many grandkids Bud and Lucky have, but I can assure you that it is quite a tribe. That is my story for this week and whoever wins the Super Bowl will make me happy.
    The Ancient-ess had to be back at Wolfe Clinic Thursday to have the contact removed. The doctor was so pleased with the result that he told her that she might not need to have the other eye done. Two more follow up appointments will tell for sure. 
    After her appointment, I stopped over at Valley West Mall to see my hearing aid doctor. He couldn’t get me in until 11:00 a.m. so I walked a mile and a half through the mall to satisfy my pedometer. After I was done there, it only seemed natural to make a stop at Goldie’s in Prairie City for a tenderloin for lunch. Now that is what I call living high on the hog.
    We got back in town in time to run a few errands and leave for Des Moines again. We had an informational meeting sponsored by radio station 99.3 The Truth about a tour we are doing for them this summer to the Creation Museum and Noah’s Ark. We had a nice group and a good meeting. They hope to take two busses and I hope they can. The Ancient-ess and I have done that two bus thing before and it works well.
    It is time again to see what happened in our yesterdays
    75 years ago: Jan. 24, 1945 – A 30 – 24 loss to Belle Plaine cost Montezuma a chance at the SICL title. Virquain led BP with 13 points while Chuck Kiner and Max Gabrial led Monte with nine points each. No. 1 ranked Ottumwa throttled Oskaloosa 55 – 27. Jim McClure, Don Ferguson and Jim Antwerp each had 10 points for the Bulldogs. Jan 26 – Lacey moved into the finals of the Mahaska County Tourney with a 32 – 25 win over Fremont. Evelyn DeWitt pounded home 23 points for Lacey while LaOra Steele led Fremont with 16. Jan. 27 – The Cedar boys fought off an upset bid by Lacey 24 – 22 to move into the county finals. A bucket in the final minute by Clair Brown gave Cedar the win. Brown led Cedar with 10 points while Norval DeWitt had 11 for Lacey. 
    50 years ago: Jan. 24, 1970 – The Eddyville girls and the North Mahaska boys claim wins. The Rockettes rolled to a 51 – 29 win as Connie Maloy led a strong defensive effort. Vickie Shepherd led Eddyville with 13 points and Julie Johnson added 12. 12 points by Carol Lockard and 11 by Leanne McCully led NM. The Warhawks notched a 64 – 55 win as Gordon Everett and Rich Shell each scored 15 points. Jerry Rempe led Eddyville with 14 points. Jan 24 – The Twin Cedars boys stayed alive in the DMRC race with an 80 – 65 win over Pleasantville. Steve Scott led the Sabers with 21 points and Mike Laird had 20 points and 20 rebounds. Jan. 26 – Eddyville edged Pleasantville 92 – 89 to win the DMRC Wrestling Tourney. Mike Jones edged Pleasantville’s Harold GutKnecht 3 – 2 at heavyweight to give the Rockets the title. Other winners for the Rockets were; Mike McDonough (115), Chuck McDonough (130), Gary McBurney (137), and Dave Fynaardt (165). Twin Cedars champions were; Bill Spaur (175) and Jake Keegel (185). North Mahaska champs were; Dave Harkema (98) and Terry Van Rheenen (107). 
    25 years ago: Jan 24, 1995 – Pleasantville depth leads to the DMRC mat title as they topped Eddyville 204.5 to 181. The Rockets were led by titles from Steve Landgrebe, David Gordon and Josh Rouw. North Mahaska had three champions in Joe McCulley, Brad Colligan and Brad Bond while the Twin Cedars winners were Jake Reed and Dan Griffith. Jan. 25 – The Osky girls used a pair of free throws by Heidi Stewart with six seconds left to pull out a 54 – 51 win over Knoxville. Sara Briggs led the Indians with 20 points. Jan. 25 – North Mahaska sweeps Twin Cedars. The girls romped to a 52 – 22 win with Emily Pool draining 21 points. Lindsay Wilson led the Sabers with nine points. The Warhawks took a 58 – 44 win with John Van Utrecht scoring 16 points and Brian Anderson adding 11 points. Mitch Haugen led the Saberes with 15 points. 
    Have a great week and let’s have a little of that global warming to get rid of some ice.