This weekly feature will take a look back at some of the biggest names and games in Central Valley League history.
The CVL has always been a competitive league. And in the early days, it was the focal point for many living in the small towns that comprise the league.
On any given Sunday from mid-April to summer’s end, hundreds would turn out for contests between towns that were situated mere miles apart.
The winner of that week’s game would have bragging rights for that week and at least until the two teams squared off again.
Sometimes the games became contentious between players, fans, and sometimes even the umpires. One story is told in and around Pearl Lake of an umpire who made a number of questionable calls during a contest that Pearl Lake eventually lost.
It has been many long years, it seems, since I strapped on the catching gear and played for the Pearl Lake Lakers.
I was the team’s catcher from 1975, after graduating from Kimball High School, until 1979 when I graduated from St. Cloud State University and moved away to begin my journalism career.
I had a brief encore in amateur baseball when I came back to play for the Sartell Muskies, again as a catcher. I played two years for the Muskies in the Sauk Valley League and was fortunate enough to be on that squad when it won the Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament in 1992.
However, it was those early years with the Lakers that I remember most fondly.
We are pleased to introduce Kimball Golf Club News to all in the Tri-County News area. Kimball Golf Club has served the area communities for more than 47 years - as a premier golf community course welcoming golfers of all skill levels at reasonable fees.
Kimball Golf Club is now open for play - seven days every week.
Each week, through the golf season, we will present a golf tip, reports of league and individual play at the golf course, along with an ongoing invitation for all to enjoy the Kimball Golf Club, a golf course owned and operated by its community members and devoted to serving all in the Tri-County News area.
Katie Spaulding, an eighth-grader at Kimball Area High School, recently completed her gymnastics competition season by competing at the USAG State Championship Tournament, held at the Colin Powell Center in Minneapolis. Katie competes on the uneven parallel bars, beam, floor, and vault. She trains at Granite City Gymnastics in Waite Park and has competed as a Level 9 gymnast for the last two seasons.
Most of her meets are held around the state of Minnesota, hosted by other gymnastics clubs. Granite City Gymnastics also hosts a meet each February called Tropical Twist that brings more than 200 gymnasts to St. Coud to compete. Katie has been coached by Liz Walek and Tommy Rodine since she began training nine years ago. Congratulations, Katie, on an outstanding season!
Katie Spaulding, Kimball eighth-grader is pictured with her two gymnastics coaches. From left to right are coach Liz Walek, Katie Spaulding, and coach Tommy Rodine. Submitted photo.
The Kimball youth wrestlers who advanced to state competition each placed at the NYWA State Wrestling Tournament in Rochester, Minn., April 4-6. Their placings are: Carter Holtz-State Champion fourth grade 100 pounds; Ashton Hanan-second place fourth grade 105 pounds; Mason Danelke-second place Kindergarten 65 pounds; and Zachary Holtz-third place fifth grade 97 pounds;
These boys have worked hard all season to end where they did this weekend. They have become more than teammates, more like brothers, being there for each other. As parents, grandparents and friends of these young boys, it was a pleasure to watch them all wrestle this past weekend.
The parents and wrestlers are very grateful to Gerry Spoden for all his dedication and coaching. They are certain they couldn’t have done it without Gerry.
Wrestlers who advanced to State NYWA Wrestling Tournament are from left to right, Ashton Hanan, Mason Danelke, Carter Holtz, and Zack Holtz. Submitted photo.