Mandan News

Double overtime victory ends Braves basketball season, 1964

Diane Boit

25 Years Ago – 1989
MHS seniors Sue Doll, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Doll, and Kyle Fleck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse Fleck, have been chosen Athletes of the Month for February by the Mandan Athletic and Recreation Club. Doll led the Mandan girls’ volleyball team to the State A Tournament and All-Conference Western Division where she was selected to the All-Tournament and All-Conference teams for her efforts. Kyle, weighing in at 119 lbs., was the only Mandan entry to win a North Dakota State Class A Wrestling title in his weight class; he finished the season with a resounding 27-0 record.

The Mandan Midgets, the equivalent of a high school hockey team, escaped a double overtime with Grand Forks South this past week to go on and win the State Title, defeating Crosby, 4-1.Under coach Chris Ocampo, the Mandan skaters carried an 8-2 record into the state tourney held in Fargo. Scoring were Mike Odegaard, Kevin Miller, Randy Hohbein and Lee Zander with assists by Ryan Sunga, Kurt Morrell and Trevor Kiemele.

50 Years Ago – 1964
Bill Zwarych’s Mandan Senior High Braves ended their basketball season this past week with a thrilling 60-52 double overtime victory over the Dickinson Midgets to capture third place in the Class A Southwest District prep basketball tournament in Bismarck’s World War Memorial Building. Two free throws by MHS senior Frank Walter, and another pair by sophomore Wally Koch gave the Braves a winning margin in the final seconds of overtime. Walter led Mandan with 15 points, followed by Wally Koch, 12, Mike Norton, 11, and John Grunseth, 10.

Workmen are demolishing the old Russell-Miller Milling Co. flour mill next to the Heart River, southwest of Mandan. The structure, dating back to the early 1890s, was closed in 1954. Peavey took it over around 1958 after purchasing the controlling interest of Russell-Miller stock.

John Tschider’s Cathedral 8th graders from Bismarck captured the Mandan- Bismarck Parochial League Tournament championship Sunday by racking up 12 big points in the second quarter to edge Art Lang’s Christ the King team, 32-27, before a packed crowd at St. Joe’s gym in Mandan. Greg Morman took home team and game scoring honors for the King’s with 13 points; Cathedral’s Mike Johnston hit for 12. Taking third place was Ernie Steckler’s St. Joe’s Blue Jays; they nipped St. Mary’s, 31-27.

75 Years Ago – 1939
The Mandan Braves failed in their attempt to displace Bismarck from the State Class A basketball tourney, the Demons winning the challenge, 43-35. Eugene Eckroth was once more high point man among the Warriors with 11 points, but the Mandan fans were given their biggest thrill of the evening by Paul Valder, substitute center, who counted two free throws and three field goals in the final period.

Girl Scouts from five Mandan troops and two Brownie packs, their mothers and members of the Mandan Girl Scout Council, gathered in the dining room of the First Presbyterian Church for the fourth annual city-wide Girl Scout banquet. Places were set for 268 guests at long tables lighted with green, yellow and white candles. Miss Eileen Clarke, member of the city’s oldest troop, Wahca Tinta, and a Golden Eaglet, acted as the evening’s toastmaster. Each of the troops and packs participated in the evening’s program in presenting special skits.

Hits & Mrs. column, written by Charles Pierce: “The little item about twins in a recent column brought in a story of how another family, with four sets of twins, solved the name problem. The first pair, boys, went out into the world as Pete and Repeat; and the second pair, girls, Kate and Duplicate; the third pair, boys again, Max and Climax; and the last pair, more boys, Enoch and Enough.”

100 Years Ago – 1914
“A big hunting contest was held in the Mandan area last Friday, with 22 of the city’s hunters participating. Organized by W. H Vallancey and General L. S. Royer, the hunters were sent into the “fields” looking to shoot wildlife from 8 in the morning until checking in at 8 o’clock in the evening at the InterOcean hotel. Points were awarded for the various animals taken.

“Winner of the day’s hunt was Joe Crosthwaite who made the highest individual score, with 1100 points. He shot one coon, 6 jackrabbits, and 10 cottontails; total points 1100. Coming in second place was Harry Thorberg who shot 4 jacks, 1 mink, 5 cottontails and a skunk and was awarded an extra 100 points for his courage. He said it wasn’t courage, but a head cold that permitted him to do it. Thorberg’s score was 883. Third place went to Louis Eckroth who got a fox, 4 cottontails and a weasel for a total of 800 points. Winning the honors of tall tales was Joe Fredricks who shot 4 jacks and 6 cottontails for 550 points. He also claimed to have shot a mountain lion and an elephant but they were too big to carry, and he forgot where he left them…

“Upon entering the InterOcean Hotel, the game was stacked up in one of the sample rooms. Hotel manager Frank McGillic served a great feed to the hunters at 9’o clock in the dining room.

“All of the rabbits were given to the reform school. Supt. Brown carried three drayloads of rabbits out on Saturday, and the boys at the school enjoyed a rabbit stew banquet on Sunday.”

125 Years Ago – 1889
The village of Mandan was organized in the spring of 1881; just eight years later, statehood was the talk of the Dakota Territory.

“On Thursday, March 21, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 70 degrees above zero.

“A glorious rain- one that will put the land in fine condition for plowing- fell today.

“Green ribbons were to be seen everywhere in Mandan on St. Patrick’s Day

“The Missouri River has broken up, and the ice is running out in good style, and the high water is keeping within the banks. The Heart River south of the railroad bridge is also clear of ice.

“Scarlet fever has made another appearance in Mandan. Arthur, the 12-year old son of Joseph Hutchinson, died last Friday after six days of the illness.

“At a meeting of the Board of Education on Saturday night, it was decided to not close the schools.

“Last night, the Camp Fire at the Rink, under the auspices of the John B. King Post of Mandan, was a decided success when members of the Post entertained the old soldiers of the Grand Army of Republic and their families of the area. A special train from Jamestown and Bismarck arrived at 7 o’clock, and the visitors proceeded to the G.A.R. hall for the opening exercises, and were seated at tables supplied with soldier-like tin cups and pans, and an abundance of pork and beans, coffee and hard tack for all.

“An address of “Welcome to Mandan” was given by ex-mayor Meech, followed by the “fall to rations.” During the meal, the local band played patriotic music to pass the time agreeably before the seven formal toasts to the Grand Army were given by veterans of the city. Between each toast, songs were rendered by the audience, including, “Marching Through Georgia,” “Tramp, Tramp, The Boys Are Marching,” “Battle Cry of Freedom,” and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” The meeting concluded with a prayer and the “Glory, Hallelujah,” played by the local band.”

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