Following are highlights of sports news 10, 25 and 50 years ago in Itasca County:
10 years ago
Oct. 13, 1993"“The Rapids cross country team competed in the Hibbing Rotary and in International Falls. Jenny Olson, Heidi Adamson and Sarah Lind led the Rapids girls. Mark Walters, Amanuel Kiflu and Roger Waleski led the boys.
Oct. 13, 1993"“A controversial touchdown pass in the game's dying moments helped lift Worthington past the ICC football team 9-7 in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Jeremy Milbradt caught a scoring pass from Viking quarterback Lowell Streit for the lone ICC points. Todd Christenson rushed for 203 yards for ICC.
Oct. 13, 1993"“The Greenway girls tennis team lost to Duluth Marshall 4-1 in the first round of the Section 7A North Subsection Tournament. Amy Greniger earned the Raiders' lone point third singles.
Oct. 13, 1993"“The Rapids volleyball team spiked Chisholm in three straight games.
Oct. 13, 1993"“The Rapids girls tennis team advanced in Section 7AA play with a 7-0 win over Cloquet. Singles players taking wins were Jennifer Wright, Christy Nielsen, Kullen Gould and Betsy Ralston. Taking doubles wins were the teams of Jamie Melquist/Jennifer Smith, Amy Earhart/Angie Lease, and Sara Soltys/Molly Jasper.
Oct. 13, 1993"“Martin Glorvigen of Grand Rapids finished in fifth place during the Minn Kota/Stern Championship on the Rainy River and Lake of the Woods and earned $4,000.
Oct. 13, 1993"“St. John's University's Derek Stanley, a Grand Rapids native, has contributed to the St. John's football team's early-season success as he is a starting offensive tackle.
Oct. 17, 1993"“The Rapids girls tennis team had its season come to an end with a 6-1 loss to Duluth East. The doubles team of Sara Soltys and Molly Masper picked up the lone Rapids point.
Oct. 17, 1993"“Moorhead tipped Grand Rapids 14-13 in a defensive battle between two state-ranked teams. While Rapids picked up virtually nothing on the ground, quarterback Tom Soltys completed 15-of-19 passes for 204 yards. Brent Holte had eight catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. Soltys also hit Mike Engesser with a touchdown pass.
Oct. 17, 1993"“The Greenway girls tennis doubles team of Andrea Dezelske and Deanna Guertin won the Section 7A North Subsection doubles title to advance to the section quarterfinals. The Raiders' Anne Barle lost in the subsection singles finals.
Oct. 17, 1993"“The Rapids volleyball team came from two games down to upset a highly-rated Duluth Denfeld team. Sue Kannas and Hillary Edwards stood out for the Indians.
Oct. 17, 1993"“The Rapids swimming team lost to International Falls 104-81. Placing first for Rapids were Amy Boedicker, Heather Niemi and Jill Podominick.
Oct. 17, 1993"“Two Grand Rapids cross country runners, senior Mark Walters and freshman Jenny Olson, earned All-Conference honors.
Oct. 17, 1993"“In area football action, Deer River pounded Cook County 40-7 to remain unbeaten. Adam Rasley scored three touchdowns for the Warriors while Jesse Miller, Darrick Brown and Troy Gunderson all scored one. Virginia shut out Greenway 7-0. Ryan Skubic scored the lone touchdown of the game for Virginia. Ely beat Nashwauk-Keewatin 28-14. Jeremy Jukich scored both Spartan touchdowns. Floodwood tipped Hill City 18-12. Tom Cuellar and Brandon Kellerman scored the Hornet touchdowns. Bigfork pounded Tower-Soudan 52-6. Zach Meyer carried just six times for 145 yards and three touchdowns for Bigfork while Neil Chiabotti also scored three touchdowns. Jake Cleath added one Huskie score.
25 years ago
Oct. 12, 1978"“A small army of the Department of Natural Resources is attempting to set fire to 5,000 acres of land south of Hill City. The prescribed burn is part of a cooperative effort between the DNR's forestry and wildlife management sections and is intended to eliminate overgrown brush in the Moose-Willow Wildlife Management Area.
Oct. 16, 1978"“The Rapids football team defeated Duluth Cathedral convincingly, 31-0. Steve Renner scored two touchdowns for the Indians while Tommy Rothstein and Steve Massaro each scored one, and Rob Hackett added a field goal.
Oct. 16, 1978"“Golden Valley jolted the ICC football team 40-7. Louis Bowker scored the lone Viking touchdown.
Oct. 16, 1978"“The Rapids girls swimming and diving team defeated Biwabik 92-67. Taking firsts for the Indians were Ginger Jacobson, Kim Carlson, Kelly Lawrence, Gwen Shay and Rita Taylor.
Oct. 16, 1978"“Trophies for outstanding shooting at the Grand Rapids Gun Club were awarded. Miner's Southside, made up of Jerry Miner, Mark Miner, Jerry Washburn, Stan Kantor, Carl (Duke) Olson, Jerry Lorbeicki and Denny Green won Class A; Class B winning team was Blandex made up of Dave Schultz, Tim Broberg, Ralph Nelson, Dan Dilworth, Art Mariska, Bill Trembath and Keith Schmidt. Class C team winner was Nabors Drugs made up of Allen Gilbertson, Steve Gilbertson, Lloyd Olson, Dave Olson, Neal Rogers, Jim Uzelac and Brad Brown. Steve Bloyer had high overall average for the year followed by Jerry Washburn and Jeff Westfield. Scott Peterson was the top junior shooter and Judy Washburn was the top female shooter.
Oct. 16, 1978"“The Rapids volleyball team lost to Chisholm in two games. Kris Benzie, Janet Swanson, Connie Matyas and Lynette Yelle stood out.
Oct. 16, 1978"“Greenway defeated Hermantown 20-0 in football. Gary Becicka, Darrell Becicka and Pat Guyer scored the Greenway touchdowns. Hill City ripped Akeley 38-0. Alan Hilton, Brad Johnson, Tony Lewis, Terry Rassier and Tim Washburn scored the Hornet touchdowns. Bigfork downed Littlefork 39-28. Dave Sura, Steve DeRider, Mike Rieger, Doug Aakhus and Blaine Moberly scored the Huskie touchdowns.
50 years ago
Oct. 15, 1953"“Hunting safety problems will be thoroughly discussed in the village hall auditorium, and a demonstration will be presented by Lee Kuluvar, who has developed a visual safety training system on quick recognition of targets.
Oct. 15, 1953"“Grand Rapids High School cross country runners tied with Duluth Central for first place in the annual Junior Chamber of Commerce race at Pokegama Country Club. Bud Eleden of St. Louis Park, Minn., fought off a bid by John Jenkins of Grand Rapids, who finshed second, to win the race and set a new course record of 9 minutes, 2.2 seconds. Ron Surface of Grand Rapids was fourth, Roger Erickson, eighth, and Paul Tinquist, ninth.
Oct. 15, 1953"“Hibbing defeated the Rapids football team 27-0. The Indians were limited to 137 yards of total offense.
Oct. 15, 1953"“High games in the Itasca Bowling League were by Dorothy Anderson, 194; Sylvia Glaser, 182; Maxine Herrlinger, 170; and Marge Franzen, 161. High games in the Rapids League were by Irene Fleming, 192; Ann Shannon, 189; and Sadie Ford, 180.
Oct. 15, 1953"“The Itasca State Junior College football team lost to Virginia 21-6. Jim Loughrea scored the Viking touchdown.