212 ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HISTORY

1947 - 1974

 

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Danube High School Football and Basketball Records

Year
1947-48
1948-49
1949-50
1950-51
!951-52
1952-53
1953-54
1954-55
1955-56
1956-57
1957-58
1958-59
1959-60
1960-61
1961-62
1962-63
1963-64
1964-65
1965-66
1966-67
1967-68
1968-69
1969-70
1970-71
1971-72
1972-73
1973-74
 
Football
2-6-0
2-5-0
6-0-1
7-0-0
6-0-0
6-0-0
8-0-0
0-7-0
3-5-0
7-2-0
6-2-0
0-6-3
0-6-2
5-2-1
7-2-0
3-5-0
5-2-1
5-3-0
2-6-0
3-5-0
4-4-1
6-2-1
3-6-0
5-3-1
7-2-0
4-5-0
0-9-0
112-95-11
.551
Basketball
  8-12
  4-13
16-  4
16-  3 CC
13-  5
18-  3  CC
17-  5
10-10
13-11
16-  6
16-  5
12-  7
15-  9
22-  4 CC
23-  4 CC
16-  6
12-  7
13-  7
14-  6
16-  5
14-  6
15-  5
14-  7
12-  8
12-  8
  8-12
  4-14
329-192
.631
 

 

Final Conference Placing

Year
1947-48
1948-49
1949-50
1950-51
1951-52
1952-53
1953-54
1954-55
1955-56
1956-57
1957-58
1958-59
1959-60
1960-61
1961-62
1962-63
1963-64
1964-65
1965-66
1966-67
1967-68
1968-69
1969-70
1970-71
1971-72
1972-73
1973-74
Football
7th
8th
2nd
1st
1st
1st
1st
8th
6th
1st T
3rd
7th
8th
7th
3rd
6th
2nd T
4th
6th
4th
4th
2nd T
5th
4th
1st T
6th
8th
Basketball
4th
4th
4th
1st
2nd
1st
1st
5th
3rd
2nd
3rd
3rd
3rd
1st
1st
2nd
3rd
1st
2nd
3rd
2nd
2nd
4th
3rd
4th
6th
8th
Wrestling
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8th-7th
7th-7th
4th-5th
7th-7th
5th-5th
5th-6th
5th-5th
4th-4th
Track
 
 
 
 
4th
3rd
4th
2nd
2nd
3rd
5th
6th
5th
3rd
3rd
3rd
7th
3rd
6th
2nd
3rd
3rd
7th
5th
7th
6th
8th
 
Baseball
 
 
 
 
3rd West
2nd West
1st
3rd West
3rd West
3rd West
3rd West
3rd West
2nd West
2nd
1st
2nd
1st
1st T
4th
3rd
1st
4th T
7th
5th
6th
7th
5th

 

Football- Four Championships and Two Ties. One Runner Up and two runner-up ties.
Basketball-Five Championships and One Tie. Six Runner Ups.
Wrestling-None
Track-None
Baseball-Four Championships and One Tie. Two Runner Ups.

Danube High School All Conference Players

 
Mark Adelman,Bb-74
Rod Black, FBHM-51
Jim Bratsch, FBHM-51
Jack Breitkruetz, FB-73
Roger Brotzman, FB-49
Bob Bruggers,FBHM-58, FB-60,61
                          BB-60, 61,62
Jim Bruggers, FB-64
Dave Bultuis, FB-71
Gaylon Bulthuis, FB-68
Glen Bulthuis, FB-70
Lynn Caldwell, BB-69
Gale Damhof, FBHM-56
Ben Dykema, FB-68
Dave Dykema, FBHM-57
Dick Filzen, FBHM-50, BB-51
Jim Goetzman, FB-50
Larry Good, FB-52&53, BB-52,53,54
Brian Gort, BB-68
Dave Grund, FBHM-56
Roger Grund, FB-53
Norm Gunderson, FBHM-62, FB-63
Luaren Haug, FBHM-47
Lowell Hoekstra, BBHM-68, BB-69
Gary Hoffman, FB-60&61, BB-62
Dale Hotovec, FB-71&72
Gary Hotovec, FB-60&61
Ken Johnson, BBHM-64, BB-65
Jim Johnson, FBHM-HM
Gary Kaiser, FBHM55, FB-56,FB-57
            BB-56, 57, 58
James Kirtz, FB-62
Larry Kleinhusen,FBHM-60, BB-61
Jerry Kodet, FB-72, FB-71
Dave Kotz, FB-63
Elroy Kuglin, FBHM-55
Allen Kurtz, FB-68
Mark Kurtz, FB-71, BB-72
Mike Kurtz, FBHM-62, FB-63, BB-64
Donnelly Jahnke, FB-59
 
 
 
 
Daryl Lippert, BB-70
Gary Lueck, FBHM-56
Dave Lundquist, FBHM-59
Gene Lundquist, FBHM-60
Dennis Malachek, BBHM-64
Howard Manthei,FB-64, BBHM 65
Mike Manthei, FB-64, BBHM-65
Russ Manthei, FBHM-58
Sheldon Manthei, FBHM-62
Preston Mattke, FB-64, BB-65
Ross Mattke, FBHM-67
Richard Mattson, FB-65, BBHM-66
Larry Maurice, FB-65, FBHM65, BB-66
Erv Moeller, FBHM-62
Ron Mueller, BB-59
Arvid Reetz, FB-52&53
Arvin Reetz, FB-52&53
Del Roelofs, BBHM-54, BB-55&56
Jerry Roelofs, FB-HM-61, FB-62, BB-63
Jerry Ruter, FB-71
Jim Schafer, FB-56
Bruce Schendel, FBHM-64
Neil Schendel, FB-67, BB-67&68
Al Schochenmaier, FBHM-63
Dick Schroeder, FB-50
Keith Schroeder, FBHM-56, BBHM-57
Roger Schroeder, FB-51&52,
                                BB-52&53
Les Schrupp, FBHM-54&55
Ron Schrupp, FB-63
Clarence Seehusen, FB-50, BB-51
Larry Seehusen, FB-65
Dean Slagter, FB-63
Dennis Slagter, FBHM-66, BB-67
Dave Smedstad, FBHM-56, BBHM-58
John Smedstad, BBHM-57
Bill Standfuss, FB-50
Marv Standfuss, FBHM-49, FBHM-51
Orrel Steinkamp, FBHM-51
 
 
Galen Swoboda, FB-72
Bob Tepfer, FB-70
Bruce Tepfer, FB-70
Ron  Van Buren, FBHM-54
Dennis Van Den Einde, BBHM-55
Julian Wigen, FBHM-56
Don RedZaske, BB-61-62
 
Wrestling Champions
Ben Dykema, C&D, Hwt.-69
Dale Hotovec, 72-C, 73-C&D, Hwt.
Marv Poortvielt, 103-70
 
Track Champions
Howard Bredeson, 880-56
Bob Bruggers,SP-60,61 &62-C&D&R
                         Dis&LJ-62
Gale Damhof, LJ-56&57, LH-55
Ben Dykema,Dis, SP,PV. 68&69
Larry Good,SP&Dis.-52
                    SP, Disc., 440, C&D&R-53
Gary Kaiser,56,57,58-SP&Dis.C&D
Jerry Knapper, PV-64
Ken Lingenfelter, Mile-57
Keith Lueck,HL-67&68
Bill Manthei,C&D-PV-62&63, HH-63
Howard Manthei, 220&100-C&D65
Larry Maurice, 440-67
Richard Molenaar, SP&Dis-59
Del Roelofs, Disc.-55
Neil Schendel,C&D PV, 66,67,68
Larry Seehusen, SP-55&56
Dennis Slagter, LJ-67

 

HM = Honorable Mention

C = Conference

D = District

R = Region

 

DHS Top Career Basketball Scorers
Bob Bruggers, 1962
Gary Kaiser, 1958
Neil Schendel,  1967
Larry Good , 1954
Lowell Hoekstra, 1969
Red Zaske, 1961
Del Roelof, 1956
Larry Maurice, 1966
Daryl Lippert, 1971
Mark Kurtz, 1972
Jack Breitkruetz, 1974
Mike Kurtz, 1964
 
DHS Top Season Basketball Scorers
Bob Bruggers, 1962
Bob Bruggers, 1961
Bob Bruggers, 1960
Mark Kurtz, 1972
Gary Kaiser, 1958
Daryl Lippert, 1970
Lowell Hoekstra, 1969
Larry Maurice, 1966
Red Zaske, 1961
Gary Kaiser, 1957
 
2364
1433
  877
  837
  823
  751
  735
  706
  700
  696
  659
  608
 
 
793
625
580
502
491
487
487
474
474
422
 
DHS Top Career Touchdowns
Bob Bruggers, 1962
Galen Swoboda, 1972
Larry Good, 1954
George Reetz, 1954
Bruce Tepfer, 1973
Howard Manthei, 1964
 
DHS Top Season Touchdowns
Bob Bruggers, 1961
Marv Standfuss, 1951
Larry Good, 1952
Shorty Schroeder, 1952
Galen Swoboda, 1971
Bob Bruggers, 1960
Larry Good, 1952
Galen Swoboda, 1972
George Reetz, 1952
George Reetz, 1953
Howard Manthei, 1964
Julian Wigen, 1957
 
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23
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18
 
 
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12
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12
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11
11
10
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The Early Years

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Clarence Seehusen, (51) was one of the first great Danube football players. The 61, 185 linebacker was a two year all conference player.

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Marvin Standfuss, (52) was an All-State linebacker and halfback. He was one of the mainstays of three consecutive undefeated DHS teams.

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Superintendent of DHS, K.B. Knutson set up Saturday sports programs for elementary students and provided a late bus service for the rural athletes. DHS was the first in the conference for such programs.

 

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Shorty Schreoder, (53) was one of the all time great athletes in 212 Conference history. An All-State quarterback, he excelled as a guard in basketball and a shortstop in baseball.

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1950 Danube High School Cheerleaders. Middle Front: Margie Zaske.  Middle Back: Gloria Good. Left: Annabelle Yock. Right:Patty Zaske.

 

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Larry Good, (54) was one of the first great four sport athletes in the conference. The 63, 190 pound Good was a dominating athletes in all four sports.

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Red Reetz, (54) was an intregal part of DHSs success in the early 1950s. The 61 185 Reetz never lost in a high school football game.

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Del Roelofs, (55), was the first outstanding center in DHS history. The 65 center led the Hawks to a 45 and 18 record in his three years as a starter.

 

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Over the years in the 212 Conference, the Danube-Renville Basketball games were the greatest rivalry.  In the early 1950s, both schools had the tallest and best basketball players in the conference.  Both schools played their games in their old gymnasiums.  If you did not get to the gym as 5:30, you were too late.  Picture on the left: Dark Jerseys, Renville's Casey Wassenar with ball and Warren Brandt number 14.  Larry Good number 33 and Gary Knutson in the background.  Picture on the right: Del Roelofs tries to block Warren Brandt shot.  George Reetz is number 22.

 

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1953 Danube High School Cheerleaders: Left to Right: A. Tepfer, E. Van Den Einde, M.Manthei, J. Sommers.

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Larry Seehusen (56) was an outstanding all around athlete. Seehusen was the first athlete in the area to throw the shot put over 50 feet.

 

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Gary Kaiser (58) was one outstanding athletes in the area in the mid 1950s. The 64, 195 pound Kaiser dominated the conference in four sports during his three years as a varsity athlete.

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1957 Football Coaches and Captains: Left to Right: Lyle Jahnke, Coach Brenden, Gary Kaiser, Coach Black, John Smedstad.

 

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Don Red Zaske was a two time All Conference basketball player in the early 60s.

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Gary Hoffman (62) was a two time All Conference football and basketball player in the early 60s.  He played a major role in DHSs two state tournaments in 1961 and 1962.

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Gary Hotovec (62) was a two time all conference selection in football in the early 1960s. He also played a significant role on DHSs basketball success in the early 1960s.

 

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1961 District Champions after the Championship game at Willmar High School. 
Front Row: Gary Hoffman,
Red Zaske, Bob Bruggers, Larry Kleinhuizen, Tom Svobodney, Woody Schemmel.  Back Row: Lowell Lueck, Bob VanDenEinde, Gary Hotovec, Jerome Roelofs, Sheldon Manthei.

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1960 Homecoming game versus Stewart.  The Hawks and Gophers tied, 0-0, on a cold, rainy night.

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Bob Bruggers scores the first two points of the 1962 State Tournament.  Number 42 is Jerome Roelofs, number 20 is Mike Gort.  Bruggers was one of the most productive athletes in Minnesota State High School History.

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Bob Bruggers shoots from the top of the key against St. Louis Park in the semi-finals of the 1962 State Basketball Tournament.  Bruggers scored 36 points in the narrow loss.

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Mike Gort grabs a rebound against St. Louis Park. Bob Bruggers is number 32, Gary Hoffman is 24.

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Co-Captains Gary Hoffman and Bob Bruggers. Both athletes went on to have outstanding careers after high school. Bruggers at the U of M, and in professional football. Hoffman coached high school, college and professional football in the Canadian Football League and in the Professional World Arena Football League.

 

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Homecoming Queen, Pat Dykema, with football captains, Jime Malechek and Jerome Roelofs

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Mike Kurtz (64) was an outstanding athlete in the early 1960s. He was a steady performer for the 1962 State Tournament team.

 

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Larry Maurice (66) was an outstanding basketball guard in the mid 1960s. He scored 472 point his senior year, including a record 51 points against Sacred Heart.

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Neil Schendel (68) was an All Conference Football and Basketball player. He was also the conference Pole Vault Champion for three straight years.

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Ben Dykema (69) was an outstanding and unique athlete in the late 60s. At 62, 215 pounds, he was the conference heavyweight wrestling champion. In the spring, he was the conference discus and shot put and pole vault champion. In the fall he was an all conference football player.

 

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Mark Poortvielt (70) was an outstanding wrestler for DHS in the late 1960s. In 1970 he was the conference wrestling champion at 103.

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Dale Hotovec (73) was one of the outstanding athletes in the conference in the early 70s. He was a two time conference and district wrestling champion and a two time all conference football player.

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Daryl Lippert (70) was a 66 all conference center and led the league in scoring his senior year.

 

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Lowell Hoekstra (69) was one of the outstanding basketball players in the conference in the late 60s. He scored 823 points in his career.

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Galen Swoboda (72) was an outstanding halfback in the conference in the early 70s. He scored 24 TDs in his career.

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Mark Kurtz (72) was one of the best all around athletes in the conference in the early 70s. He was an all conference football and basketball player in 1972.

 

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Jack Brietkruetz (74), was an all conference basketball player in the early 1970s

 

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