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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
    What changeable weather we have had this past week. Thursday morning we had wind chills near 40 below and by Saturday and Sunday the temperatures were in the 40’s. It was so cold Thursday that I barely left the house and some schools in the area cancelled. I even passed on covering a girl’s tournament game Thursday night.
    Sunday was beautiful and we were able to have church at our little country church. It was great and I wanted to get out of the house in the afternoon, but I had sports stories to write before deadline. I did have a golf tournament on the TV and that really gave me the itch to play golf. 
I forgot that the Hawkeyes were playing basketball Sunday afternoon and I missed it. Perhaps it is better that I don’t watch them as they seem to do much better without me. I was delighted to see that they beat those rodents from the north. That couldn’t happen to better folks. 
    Iowa State even hammered Texas and that is always good. The Clones have had a tough year and may have to scramble even to get into the NIT Tourney. But a few more wins over good teams will help them.
    I don’t know if it means that it is spring or not, but I have seen robins all over the place. I can’t decide if they have come back or if they never left. The old saying states that a robin has to wash his feet in snow twice before it can be spring. But if they are here this early, I suspect that there might be a lot of foot washing going on in the next few weeks. Besides, we have not gotten into the state tournaments yet.
    Speaking of state tournaments, the State Wrestling Tournament begins on Wednesday and a few area kids are in the show, but far fewer than normal. This area used to have some powerhouse teams and that is not the case anymore. Wrestling has really gone downhill in the area as no team has more than two wrestlers at state.Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Albia and Sigourney-Keota each have two wrestlers at state. The Rockets are represented by Trestin Sales and Sage Walker, the Blue Demons have Carter Anderson and Dawson Bonnett in the field and the Savage-Cobras have Mason Dye and Jack Clarahan in the big show. Rounding out the area is Paul DeJong of North Mahaska, Bailey Frescoln of Pekin, Leland Evans of Oskaloosa and Kody Huisman of Pella.
    Tuesday night I was in Pella for the Pella-DCG games and DCG took both games. It is a rare night when Pella loses both games of a double header. I thought that Pella had the best boy’s team, but the ball just wouldn’t go down. They were 0-for-13 from three point land before they made one. Pella rides the three-point shot hard, but on this night it didn’t work.
    Friday night I was in Grinnell for the Pella-Grinnell games and it was a complete turnaround. Pella made 15 three point baskets in a 79 – 44 win and the girls made 10 from behind the arc as they nearly upset the No. 12 ranked Tigers.
    I was not assigned a game Saturday night so the Ancient-ess and I went to Eddyville to watch the Rockets play PCM. PCM was the favorite, but the Rockets pushed them to the limit before falling short by four points. One of our church girls plays for EBF.
    Isn’t it nice to watch the news without the endless stream of political ads. It would be wonderful if Iowa wasn’t the first in the nation. That way we wouldn’t have to put up with the garbage for so long. Who can be sure just what the results were. 
 Let’s see what happened in our yesterdays.
  75 years ago: Feb. 21, 1945 – Martinsburg topped Delta 37 – 30. Hicks and Dahlstrom led the Martins with 10 points each while Doyle Ficken led Delta with 14 points. Feb. 24 – The Oskies upset Grinnell 37 – 24 behind the 13 point scoring of Tom Steward and the rebounding of Marvin Hinkle. Feb. 24 – 17 points by Phil Evans and 13 by Chuck McCuen led Sigourney to a 45 – 19 win over Williamsburg. Feb. 24 – The Lacey girls rallied past Bussey 34 – 31. Barbara Hicklin led Lacey with 19 points and Evelyn DeWitt, back from injury, added 10 points. Lois Croy led Bussey with 11 points and Genevive McConnell added 10. Feb. 26 – The Lacey Girls breezed past Farson 45 – 33 to gain a berth in the Girl’s State Basketball Tourney at Drake Fieldhouse. Evelyn DeWitt led Lacey with 28 points and Barbara Hicklin added 17. Virginia Stewart turned in a brilliant defensive game. 
    50 years ago: Feb. 18, 1970 – Keota tops Montezuma 65 -54 to win the SICL title. 18 points each by Ron Malley and John Klein led the Eagles. Monte’s Ken Hopkins poured in a game high 31 points and Craig McClure added 15. Feb. 19 – The PC girls fell to Urbandale 83 – 75 in Sectional play. Marlys Vander Linden canned 37 points while Virginia Pothoven and Judy Fopma each had 19 points for the Eaglettes. Feb. 20 – Monte blasts Lynnville-Sully 96 – 54 to win the sectional title. Kathy Meissner led Monte with 37 points, Sandy Van Cleave added 29 and Peggy Watts chipped in with 26 points. Cindy Gosselink led L-S with 25 points. Feb. 20 Eddyville moved into the sectional final with a 54 – 52 win over Van Buren. Julie Johnson led Eddyville with 23 points and Deb Ashman added 22. Feb. 21 – The Knoxville boys shelled Albia 91 – 57 to win the SCC title. Mark Godfrey led the Panthers with 31 points. – Feb. 25 – Osky beats Grinnell 54 – 46 in district play. Jim Davis led Osky with 18 points and Mark Armstrong added 16. 
    25 years ago: Feb. 18, 1995 – Osky edges Knoxville 55 – 54 to claim the SCC title. Andrew Heslinga led the Indians with 18 points and Jon Schmitz added 12. Feb. 20 – Osky send five to the State Wrestling Tourney. Qualifiers are; Willie Crile, Joe Anderson, Colter Allison, Justin Braden and Scott Boender. Feb. 24 – Willie Crile, Joe Anderson and Colter Allison all advanced to the second round at state. Feb. 25 – The Pella Christian girls slip past cross town rival Pella 36 -31 to punch their ticket to the State Tournament. Mindi Andringa led PC with 11 points and Heather Bandstra added 10. Alison Wisse led Pella with nine points. 
    Have a great week and let’s gear up for the tourney run. And it would be fine if we had spring time all the way through the State Tournament series. It is OK to dream, isn’t it?