The Baltimore Colts eliminate the Packers from the playoffs with a 16-3 decision as QB Zeke Bratkowski is limited to 113 yards passing. Green Bay closes a 6-7-1 season on a high note with a 28-27 win over the Bears as Don Horn, called the quarterback of the future, throws two touchdown passes and Ray Nitschke has an interception to seal the win. The Colts go into the playoffs to oust the Vikings 24-14 and blank Cleveland 34-0 behind QB Earl Morrall and will face the New York Jets in the Super Bowl. At Green Bay, Packer GM Vince Lombardi says “I have made no effort to leave Green Bay.”
Also 50 years ago this month, the Blugolds win their home opener under new Coach Ken Anderson 72-52 over UM-Duluth as Larry Sturz has 16 and freshman Mike Ratliff 14 while Memorial product Gary Rheingans scores 12 for Duluth. Playing before 3,000 fans at the University Arena, Eau Claire stuns Platteville 68-67 on a basket by James Lindsey with 14 seconds to play but falls to River Falls 63-62 and is 4-1 in conference play. Stout is also 4-1 after a 91-68 win over Whitewater led by Mel Coleman’s 19 points and 28 rebounds.
In high school basketball, North rolls over Cornell 77-53 led by Jim “T-Bone” Thompson’s 19 points but in a tight intracity game before a full house at University Arena, a 30-foot attempt by Dan Gibbs at the buzzer bounces off and Memorial gets a 59-57 victory in a battle or previously unbeatens. The Old Abes, who trailed until the end of the third quarter, are led by Greg Morley with 19 points and 11 rebounds while Steve Stolpe has 14 for the Huskies.
Memorial goes on to hand La Crosse Central its first loss 77-55 with Morley scoring 27 and Gregg Bohlig 22 while Steve Cooley has 14 for the losers. North rebounds for a 68-52 win over Superior as Dave Miller and Gibbs each score 21.
Regis dumps Ladysmith 91-68 with Dave Miller leading five players in double figures with 17. The Ramblers follow by defeating Marshfield Columbus 54-42 as Tom McSorley has 17 and then defeat McDonell as Bill Caton scores 18 while Dan Khrin has 18 for the Macks. Fall Creek tops Elk Mound 96-53 as 6-5 junior Steve Wilhelm scores 50 points. Duane Hugdahl hoops 31 to lead Altoona to a 79-61 win over Thorp. In wrestling, Memorial defeats Chippewa 25-20 for the BRC lead with Gary Johnson getting the only Old Abe pin.
Following a 21-21 Notre Dame tie with USC, Ohio State is ranked the No. 1 football team in the nation. Gordie Howe, 40, scores his 700th goal for the Red Wings. Cassius Clay serves a 10-day jail sentence for a traffic violation in Miami. Construction begins at the Eau Claire Ski Club’s new hill site at the end of Silver Mine Drive.
The Badgers shock No. 5 Kansas State 67-62 as Jim Johnson has 29 and Chuck Nagle 17. But Wisconsin falls 59-56 in overtime to Marquette in the Milwaukee tournament finals as Dean Meminger tallies 19 for Marquette. In the New York Holiday Festival finals, UCLA destroys St. John’s 74-56 as Lew Alcindor has 30 points and 22 rebounds. Walt Schaller’s four free throws at the end and 36 points in all lead Immanuel Lutheran College to an 83-79 win over Taylor College.
In YMCA Senior League play, Stan Johnson leads scorers with 40 points and Mike Loehnis has 22. Later, Johnson drills in 46 in Co-op’s 97-85 win over Thriftway led by Al Harvey’s 25.
40 Years Ago
The Badgers win the Wisconsin Invitational with a 66-63 win over St. Louis led by Claude Gregory’s 15 points. They go on to win the Milwaukee Classic with a 65-52 upset of Marquette with Wes Matthews scoring 16.
In what is believed to be a state record, Superior outlasts Menomonie 58-53 in six overtimes, finally winning on free throws. Pete Chellman scores 18 for the Indians. In another overtime game, Chippewa defeats Menomonie 58-56 in a game moved to the Chippewa Falls Middle School because of a bomb threat at the high school. Bruce Brace and Dave Jensen hit the key baskets for the Cardinals.
Eric Lindquist scores 12 points and Brad Moore grabs 12 rebounds to lead North to a 50-29 win over Logan. Scott LaPoint goes off on a 36-point spree to power the Huskies’ 69-53 win over Stevens Point but the Huskies fall to Chippewa 68-59 as Brad Brenner leads the win with 20 points.
Memorial tops Wausau East 65-52 with Brad Hoffman scoring 19 and Mark Schnack 16. The Abes take advantage of 33 turnovers for a 57-38 win over Menomonie as Randy Etten scores 16 and then dump Superior 58-44 led by Etten.
Free throws down the stretch by Rob Smith and Dave Wenberg lead Regis to a 57-55 win over McDonell, led by Chuck Yeager’s 16. Altoona snaps Fall Creek’s 32-game Cloverbelt win streak with a 38-34 win over the Crickets as Mark Schnorr tallies 12. Osseo-Fairchild’s 24-game Dairyland win streak is also stopped in a 58-48 loss to Eleva-Strum, which gets 18 points from Gary Pulvermacher. Thorp defeats Stanley-Boyd to hand Coach Jack Tetzner his 400th win.
Reed Zuehlke, 18, is named to the 3-man U.S. team that will compete in the German-Austrian Four-Hills ski jumping series but in practice at Obertsdorf, Germany he falls after a long jump and suffers severe injuries, including one to his knee that requires surgery. In a U.S. training camp at Silver Mine Hill, Tim Williams of Ely, Minn., has the long jump of 265 feet.
The Packers beat Tampa 17-7 to tie for first as David Whitehurst throws two TD passes to James Lofton but with a chance to clinch a playoff berth, Green Bay loses 14-0 to the Bears, who get 97 yards rushing and a TD from Walter Payton. A 31-14 loss to the Rams eliminates the Packers, who finish 8-7-1.
The unbeaten Blugolds beat St. Cloud 81-69 as Tony Carr scores 16. They follow with a 72-58 win over River Falls as Mike Morgan notches 14 points and 17 rebounds and top Stout 77-67 to go 8-1. In the Holiday Classic Eau Claire gets 20 points and 19 boards from Gib Hinz in a 71-59 win over UM-Duluth and in the finals, faces Briar Cliff, which upsets UW-Green Bay. Stout gets its go-ahead points from Regis product Mike Devney in a 68-64 win over Hamline.
The Blugold women rout Carroll 72-36 as Jaen Koester scores 17. In high school girls play, Regis beats Chippewa 46-42 as Kerry Klein scores 11. Unbeaten Memorial gets 16 points from Michelle Ginder in a 56-37 win over Regis and North scores a 40-26 win over Regis with Diane Gardow scoring 18.
Dan Rindfleisch wins the Frigid 8 race which attracts 327 runners. Bobbie McGirr fires a women’s season high 634 bowling series. Former Abe athlete Jim Bergh takes an Alpine pro skiing win in Colorado. On YMCA Senior League night, Bill Beckwith is the top scorer with 27. Jeff Ellenson continues his pro basketball career in Australia.
Dawn Stotesbury wins all around to lead North to a triangular gymnastics win with Memorial second as Terry Bluske wins two events. Mark Madson has two goals and two assists to lead North to a 6-3 hockey win over DC Everest. Memorials takes wins over Parker and Craig at Janesville as Jason Larson has four goals and two assists.
The Badgers look ahead to next year after closing a 5-4-2 football season with a 48-10 win over the Gophers under first-year coach Dave McClain. Joe Woodford scores 34 to lead Chippewa Triangle to a 64-60 win over Bloomer Pandora in the ‘Y’ Holiday tournament finals.
Marques Johnson scores 40 to lead the Bucks to a 120-114 win over Phoenix and in a 143-84 win over Detroit, they set an NBA record with 53 assists. Ernie Grunfeld leads scorers with 27.
30 Years Ago
The Blugolds dump Hillsdale 98-82 behind 21 points from Eric Davis, who has four dunks, then roll over Stevens Point 86-65 as Mark Miller has 19 and top River Falls 84-52 with Mike Prasher scoring 16. They are ranked the NAIA No. 2 team behind David Lipscomb. The Badgers win the Milwaukee Invitational with a 70-55 win over Marquette led by 27 points from Danny Jones.
The Packers commit six turnovers and drop a seventh straight game 30-14 to the Lions, who have former Packer QB Lynn Dickey as an assistant coach. The loss streak comes to an end with a stunning 18-6 win over the Vikings, whose playoff hopes take a hit. Don Majkowski throws a TD pass to Patrick Scott to seal the win. They close a 4-12 season with a 26-17 win over Phoenix and lose the No. 1 draft pick to the Cowboys, 3-13. Majkowski throws for 255 yards and two scores.
The Vikings beat the Bears 28-27 on Walker Lee Ashley’s 94-yard interception return in the final minutes to get a wild card berth. In the wild card game, they beat the Rams 28-17 as Joey Browner’s two interceptions set up touchdowns. In the AFC the Bengals top the Redskins 20-17 to clinch the Central Division, led by Tim Krumrie, who is named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month with 43 tackles. He goes on to become a Pro Bowl starter and is selected the All-Pro nose guard by the AP.
In high school basketball, North hands Logan a first loss 52-42 and then scores a 67-54 over Minneapolis Patrick Henry, ranked No. 5 in Minnesota, as Todd Stepanek, Troy Elonen and Jeff Hagman combine for 51 points and 26 rebounds in a fifth straight win.
Chippewa Falls moves to 6-0 with a 61-59 win over La Crosse Central as Jay Skalecki scores 17. Luke Madsen hits three 3’s and scores 19 points to lead Menomonie to a 73-58 win over Memorial. The Old Abes bounce back for a 71-66 win over Rice Lake as Mike Gilhousen and Mark Southard each score 22 points to even their record at 4-4. Mark Noll tallies 25 points to lead Regis to a 52-38 win over La Crosse Aquinas. Unbeaten Immanuel Lutheran gets 28 points from Dan Roehl in a 72-59 win over Durand. Alma Center Lincoln snaps a 23-game losing streak with a 60-51 win over Whitehall led by Doyle Pokorney and George Laufenberg.
North opens the hockey season with a 6-0 win over Altoona as Dan Olson has the hat trick. Marc Penick and Pete Bartingale score the go-ahead goals as Memorial tops River Falls 4-2. The Blugolds go to 7-4-1 after they sweep Bemidji 7-3 and 7-1 as freshman Alex Hicks has the hat trick.
Janel Kempen and Holly Akervik lead the way as the Blugold women stay unbeaten with a 66-60 win over Oshkosh. North forces 39 turnovers in a 59-38 win over Wausau East as Tricia Wolfe has 15 points. Regis dumps Assumption 55-34 with Michelle Derouin scoring 24. Jenny Stanton and Jenny Postlewaite combine for 36 points to lead Memorial to a 66-39 win over Minneapolis North and Postlewaite scores 20 to lead the way in a 52-34 win over North which marks Coach Mike Reetz’ 100th win.
Joe Hanson of La Crosse and Sue Wurl of Minneapolis are the winners in the Frigid 8 road race south of town that draws 345 runners. Pat Hamler makes his World Cup ski jumping debut at Thunder Bay as Finnish great Matti Nykaenen has a bad day and storms off the hill. Herm Johnson helps Team America to a win over Russia in the Super Prix of karting. Oklahoma State junior Barry Sanders wins the Heisman Award.
North wins its own wrestling invitational with Jason McMahon, Travis France and Joe Geiger scoring wins in the 8-team affair. The Huskies go 5-0 with a 48-14 win over Logan with Doug Moschkau, Dan Legge and Dave Luedtke leading the way.
Mike Wirz hits a new city bowling high with a 779 series, bettering the old mark of 723 hit by Dick Werlein. Tom Williams raps a 716. Ellen Prellwitz fires a 625 women’s series and others to reach national honor counts were Wanda Bowe, Lauri Borton, Kathy Edington and Julie Bradison. Jim Paulsrud hits junior bowling records of 289 and 702 and Troy Werlein, 12, slams a 630 in Wagner’s Junior league.
20 Years Ago
In what is called the most successful season in Blugold football history, they reach the NCAA Division III semifinals but lose to Rowan at Glasboro, N.J., 22-19 on a field goal with just seven seconds to play. QB Sean Hoolihan passes for 158 yards and a TD to Steve Crutchley and B.J. Jones rushes for 53 yards and a score to conclude a 10-3 season under Coach Bob Nielson, who is named the Division III Coach of the Year.
The Badgers are hot under Coach Dick Bennett. They beat Temple 63-56; top Texas 65-62 as Sean Mason scores 21; Mike Kelley sparks a 61-45 win over Marquette and make it 10 straight and 12-1 with an 87-65 win over Fresno State to rank 20th in the nation. Marquette is hurt by the loss of 6-10 co-captain and second leading scorer Jarrod Lovette, the Blair product who leaves the team for medical reasons.
The Vikings wrap up the NFC Central with a 48-22 win over the Bears as Randall Cunningham fires three TD passes to Randy Moss. They take a 38-28 win over the Rams and head into the playoffs 15-1 with a 26-16 win over the Oilers.
The Packers are struggling to gain a playoff berth after a 24-22 loss to the Bucs. They beat the Bears 26-20 as Brett Favre passes for 290 yards and two TD and come back two weeks later to again beat the Bears 16-13 on a Ryan Longwell field goal in the fourth quarter as Reggie White plays his last game at Lambeau Field. Green Bay takes an 11-5 record into the playoffs at San Francisco. After 13 straight wins, the Broncos finally lose, 20-16 to the Giants. The NFL reports that Instant Replay is likely next year but will not be used in the playoffs.
In high school basketball, Memorial defeats Hudson 58-56 on a basket by Eli Rupnow at the overtime buzzer after Erik Leafblad scores 23. Leafblad and Matt O’Meara combine for 42 points in a 51-42 win over North. Earlier North ends a 23-game Big Rivers losing streak with a 55-59 win over Menomonie as Ryan Barrows and Adam Burger each score 18.
Sparked by the play of Mike Toutant off the bench, Regis beats Newman 53-49. Altoona opens with a 47-35 win over Bloomer as J.R. Redetske scores 17 and later come from 17 down to top Augusta 80-62 behind 22 points from Kyle McCorrison. Andrew Thompson scores 34 points to lead Immanuel Lutheran to a 61-48 win over Weyerhaeuser.
After 21 years, 15 with the Brewers, Paul Molitor retires as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. His 3,319 hits rank eighth on the major league list. Badger Ron Dayne, who has 4,945 yards going into the Rose Bowl, says he will stay at Wisconsin for his senior season. Blugold all-American Jason Finch wins the Frigid 8 race at Chippewa Falls in 42:58 with Adam Topper second in a field of 188 runners. Kathy Schaus is second among women.
Jon Wallenfelz has 18 points and 15 rebounds as the Blugolds defeat Northland 70-58 to hand Coach Terry Gibbons his 100th win. Dave Mellenthin scores 24 in a 73-59 win over Stout. In the Holiday Classic, Eau Claire dumps Purdue-Calumet 82-44 but loses in the championship game to Mt. Senario 73-70 as Antwan Harris scores 15 and is named tourney MVP for Coach Ed Andrist’s team. Platteville defeats Lakeland 70-49 to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 33 under coach Bo Ryan.
The Blugold women go 8-0 with a 105-61 win over Stout as Jamie Burlingame scores 22. The North girls make it 6-1 with a 52-42 win over Memorial as Scooter Aspen shines with 15 points and strong defensive play. The Altoona girls get 17 points from Emilee Planert in a 47-40 win over Fall Creek.
Todd Dunn scores the first three goals, the first of his career, to lead the Huskies to a 7-1 hockey win over the Old Abes. Kevin Christianson starts a four-pin parade that pulls North from a 27-18 deficit to a 45-27 wrestling win over Memorial. Ellen Gough’s second in the all-around leads the Old Abes to a 122.1-121 gymnastics win over North, led by Amy Berg’s first in the all-around. Memorial wins the Santa Swim invite at the University with 302 points led by Brian Edstrom, who is involved in four wins. Stevens Point is second with 195 points.