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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
    I am missing high school sports a bunch, but I was able to get a fix in Eddyville Friday night. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and Montezuma got together for a scrimmage. The admission was a can of food or a donation to the local food bank. Although both teams had only four days of practice, they both showed signs of good things ahead. Montezuma will be a highly ranked team in Class 1A and the Rockets showed that they will be competitive in the South Central Conference.
I had a most enjoyable evening visiting with old friends, former students and coaches I have worked with or coached against. Those events are the rich rewards of a long career in education.
    This week will be slim as well for games to cover. I think I will go up to Lynnville-Sully Monday night for a girl’s basketball jamboree and then I will most likely be at Pella Christian Friday for the girl’s game with Van Meter. 
    Last week it seemed to me like we were in the dead of winter. The Ancient-ess and I hosted a tour out of Cedar Falls for the Riverview Bible Conference Center and it was brutally cold. We went up to Cedar Falls Monday night so we would be ready to load the bus at 6:30 a.m. We had supper with her cousins, Ken and Carol Morlan and then checked into the Comfort Inn. 
    When we went to meet the Iowa State Cyclone bus Tuesday morning it was freezing. The wind chill was probably below zero. We were soon on our way in a warm bus and we arrived in Le Mars, IA in time for a quick fast food lunch and then had dessert at the Well’s Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor. What a neat place and it had been upgraded since we were there last year. 
The afternoon found us in the Brown’s Century Theatre for the Brown Family’s Christmas musical spectacular. The show was top shelf and then we checked into the Holiday Inn Express. After a little rest and relaxation, we were back downtown for dinner at the Brown’s Event Center. Michaela Brown is a chef and she writes a cooking column for Singing News magazine. She and her staff put together a great dinner.
    After dinner, we enjoyed a drama production called “The Inn Keeper’s Wife”. This production was written by Michaela and some of her friends. The show was fabulous and very professionally done.
    Wednesday morning found us on our way home by way of Algona. We arrived in time for lunch at Pizza Ranch and then we went to the Camp Algona POW museum. The museum highlighted WWII soldiers from Kossuth County and the Prisoner of War Camp that was maintained in Algona. A wealth of interesting stories came from that camp and perhaps the biggest story was the Christmas Nativity Scene that was constructed by some German prisoners that were Christians.  We split our group of 42 in half with one group staying at the museum and the other going out to the fairgrounds to the building that housed the Nativity. After about an hour’s time the groups traded places. The scene has 65 pieces with some weighing over 700 pounds, so the pieces stay in the building. The lighting in the building gives a night time effect and it is a stunning scene. I would have to say that this is one of Iowa’s hidden treasures. Our folks from Cedar Falls were in absolute awe of the things they saw both days and they are eager to go back next summer for the Brown’s Patriotic show. 
    Can you believe it? Another candidate has entered the Democratic race for president. Democrats running for president are getting like Santa Claus. There is one on every street corner. And they are offering everything for free. Who is going to pay for all the freebies? I will give you three guesses and the first two don’t count. Strap it on my friends and hide your pocketbook. I wonder what they will do when they run out of everybody else’s money to spend?
    I was intrigued recently by a study and I am sure it was government backed. The study was about the potential brain damage to young children from watching too many screens, such as TV, Video games and cell phones. There is always a victim and in this case it is children. That will always grab the heart strings. Then it occurred to me that old people are in danger as well. I have been told that we don’t have much left as it is and now this technology thing is about to do us in. Yikes!!!
    Hooray!! Floyd gets to stay home and he doesn’t have to go into exile somewhere up around the Arctic Circle. Those cold winters up north are not good at all for that pig and the Iowa Hawkeyes made sure that he could stay home with a stirring win over those rodents from the northland Saturday. And to double our pleasure, the Cyclones hooked the Horns from Texas with a last second field goal. Now that is what I call a “Super Saturday”.
    It is time again to see what happened in our yesterdays
    75 years ago: Nov. 22, 1944 – Fremont and Barnes City divide games. The Fremont girls used a strong second half to down the Bee Cees 30-19. The Fremont scoring was not given, but Dalby led BC with 12 points. The Barnes City boys posted a 32-23 win as Max Sanders hit for 14 points. Sid Smith led Fremont with 12 points. Nov. 25 – The Oskies beat the Fairfield Trojans 33-28 in the season opener. Phil Bayless led the Indians with 13 points. Nov. 27 – The Lynnville boys have no coach due to the war. But the desire to play is great and the boys are handling it by themselves. They were undefeated in fall baseball without a coach. Nov. 27 – The Waves from the U.S. Naval Station near Ottumwa have organized a basketball team under the direction of Lieut. Marla “Midge” McKeever, former Davenport High School coach. Virginia Mores, former All-State performer from Seymour is on the team. 
    50 years ago: Nov. 22, 1969 – Pella Christian splits games with LDF. The girls earned a 52-41 win. Balanced scoring paced the Eagles as Marlys Vander Linden led with 16 points. Cindy Engbers tossed in 14 points and Virginia Pothoven and Judy Fopma each scored 11 points. The PC boys dropped a 65-56 decision as Mike Vander Ploeg poured in 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Nov. 24 – The Osky matmen opened with a 34-16 win over North Mahaska. Getting pins for the Indians were; Al Robertson, Dave McClandsborough, Doug Van Rees, Brad Adams and Vern Bunnell. Nov. 24 – The Montezuma girls remained unbeaten with a 69-67 win over Center Point in the IGHSAU clinic battle. Sandy Van Cleave led Monte with 39 points and Kathy Meissner added 24. Nov. 26 – Late free throws gave Ottumwa a 66-63 win over Osky. Jim Davis buried 34 points for the Indians. 
    25 years ago: Nov. 22, 1994 – The INA All-State teams include; Dave Snider of Oskaloosa and Shawn DeWaard of Pella both 1st team Class 3A .
    The harvest is rapidly drawing to a close and those gold mountains are beginning to appear around area grain elevators. I am seeing a lot of fertilizer being applied and field are being put to rest for the winter. I’m ready to rest also, but my idea of rest is in a warm gym with some red hot basketball. Have a great week and I hope to see you in a gym somewhere.