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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
    Old Man Winter got us again. This time it was a heavy five or six inches of snow at my place. At least it was not ice this time, but lurking underneath that snow was some ice. The Ancient-ess found the ice Tuesday morning as she left for work. She crashed in the middle of the street and she now knows the feeling of a turtle on its back. She did manage to roll over and get to her knees and then to her feet. She called me from her car and reported that she thought she was OK. Friday after the big snow I kept track of her by following her to work to make sure she got there. 
    The politics get dirtier and dirtier. The left has done nothing in four years but to try and bring down the President with lies and half truths and now they are working in our community to try and bring down a good man. When an animal rights group show up posing as inspectors at one of Senator Rozenboom’s hog farms that he had leased out to another party with their cameras rolling that is pure dirt.   Ken Rozenboom has been set up by the enemy. Shame on them, and shame on anyone who believes their attempts to discredit a fine Senator. Their attacks have been on Joni Ernst as well and on senators and congressmen in other states as well. Strap it on as the dirt will fly until November and it probably will not stop then.  I could get riled up over this, so I had better slow down before I get my pacemaker out of whack. 
    Back to better things. High school sports provide a healing balm to me. Tuesday night I was in Pella for the Pella Knoxville games. The girls game was a good old fashioned defensive battle with Knoxville pulling out a 35 -32 win. The boys game was just the opposite as it was a freewheeling shoot out with Pella taking and 86 – 68 win. 
    Thursday I was in Eddyville for the Pella Christian – EBF girl’s game. Pella Christian picked up there second win of the season by A 48 -33 margin. The Rockets just could not cope with the size of the Eagles on the inside.
    Friday night all games in the area were cancelled due to the snow and icy country roads. One of my church members, Vina Lewman-Mart passed away and the visitation was Friday night. We went down to the visitation and I was able to see several former students that I have not seen for some time.
    Saturday was the funeral and I officiated. Vina was such a great lady and I was honored to do her service. We did the service, the graveside rites and coffee time at Faith Community Church. Again I was able to see a lot of former students and old friends. By the time I got home it was about 4:30 p.m. so I decided to go to Pella Christian for the PC-Pella games.
    I’m glad I did as both games were very competitive. Pella came from behind to win both games. The Pella girls pulled out a 44 – 38 win and the Pella boys won a shootout at the corral by an 87 – 79 score. 
    Let’s see what happened in our yesterdays.
    75 years ago: Jan. 29, 1945 – Cedar boys and Lacey girls are Mahaska County champs. The Lacey girls remained unbeaten with a hard fought 36 – 28 win over New Sharon. 16 points by Evelyn DeWitt and 11 from Barbara Hicklin paced the winners. Arlene Fleming took game scoring honors with 21 points for New Sharon. The Cedar boys swept past New Sharon 42 – 25 as big Claire Brown poured in 20 points. Marcus Morgan led BC with eight points. Jan. 29 – Both Eddyville teams finished second in the Wapello County tourney. The Eddies fell to Ottumwa Central Catholic 38 – 24. Jerrell Gallagher Cal Chord each had nine points for Eddyville. The Agency girls downed the Eddettes 31 – 27. Donna Hodgson led Eddyville with 15 points. Jan. 29 – The Bussey girls won the Marion County tourney with a 32 – 16 win over Tracy. Lois Croy led Bussey with 15 points and Margaret Smith added 13. Converse led Tracy with 11 points. Jan. 30 – The Mahaska County honor teams have been named. The boys team is comprised of Norval DeWitt and Glen Faulkner of Lacey, Claire Brown, Gordon Barnard and Joe Barnard of Cedar and Elston Ketels of Barnes City. On the girls team is Evelyn DeWitt, Norma Gable, Virginia Stewart and Barbara Hicklin of Lacey, Arlene Fleming and Phyllis Kussart of New Sharon and LaOra Steele of Fremont. Feb. 2 – Brooklyn edges Montezuma 30 – 28 on an out of bound play field goal by McGeorge with two seconds left in the game. Jack Wasson led Monte with 15 points. Feb. 3 – Pella tops Knoxville 30 – 17 for the Marion County title. Pete Van Gorp tossed in 12 points for Pella and Chuck Vander Ploeg added 10 points. Bob Mark had nine points for Knoxville. 
    50 years ago: Jan 28, 1970 – The Montezuma girls raise their two year win streak to 49 – 0 with a 70 – 42 win over Eddyville. Sandy Van Cleave led Monte with 33 points and Kathy Meissner checked in with 27 points. Judy Leander led Eddyville with 15 points. Jan. 30 – The Tri-County mat team beat Twin Cedars 40 – 14. Recording pins for the Trojans were Dave Briggs, Dick Buehanaman, Steve Clinan, Dick Lewis, Gary Mercer, Daran Hall and Jim Sieren. Jake Keegel had the only pin for the Sabers. Jan. 31 – Osky pulls out a 58 – 53 win at Davis County. Mark Armstrong and Ken Smithart each 13 points for the Indians. Jan. 31 – Pella Christian and Lynnville Sully split games. PC won the girls game 66 – 58 with Marlys Vander Linden scoring 39 points. Debbie Budding led L-S with 31 points. The Hawks took a hard fought 82 -76 win from the Eagles as Al Higginbotham scored 28 points and snared 13 rebounds. Mike Vander Ploeg led PC with a game high 31 points. Jan. 31 – The Monte boys stay on top in the SICL with a 65 – 44 win over Belle Plaine. Craig McClure led Monte with 28 points. 
    25 years ago: Jan. 30, 1995 – Osky wins the SCC Wrestling title and they crown five champs. Those winners were; Justin Braden 91030, Willie Crile (130), Joe Anderson (140), Mike Smith (160) and Scott Boender (171). Feb. 1 – North Mahaska girls down Eddyville-Blakesburg 54 – 36. Emily Pool led the Warhawks with 19 points and 10 steals. Jenny Sterling led E-B with 17 points. In the boys game NM took a 60 – 49 win as Brian Anderson notched 21 points. Brad Glosser led the Rockets with 15 points. Feb. 2 – Osky girls upset No. 13 ranked Grinnell 47 – 45. Heidi Stewart led the Indians with 17 points and Jill Overturf chipped in with nine points and 10 rebounds. 
    It looks like we may have a relatively quiet week, so maybe we can get the games in. Believe it or not, but we are only two weeks away from tournament time. Whew! I’m having a hard time keeping up. Have a great week and be sure to support your favorite team. Go Chiefs!