212 ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HISTORY

1947 - 1974

 

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All-Time Team Records

Conference Champions and Runners-Up

Conference Individual Records

Who Was the Best Team

 

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All-Time Team Records        Back To Top

School
Hector
Danube
Stewart
Renville
Bird Island
Buffalo Lake
Brownton
Sacred Heart
Championships
13 (5 Ties) 
  6 (2 Ties)
  5 (3 Ties)
  4 (1 Tie)
  4 (2 Ties)
  1 (1Tie)
  0
  0
Runner-Up
4
3
4
3
5
5
3
2

 

 

Team

Hector

Renville              

Danube

Stewart

Bird Island

Buffalo Lake

Brownton

Sacred Heart

    

   

Win-Loss-Tie

 174-42-3

 120-92-7

 112-95-11 

 115-99-10

 113-98-13

  97-117-7

  89-124-7

  64-144-10

 

Pct.

.806

.566

.546

.537

.535

.453

.418

.308

Tot. Games

219

219

218

224

224

221

220

218

 

 

 

Conference Champions and Runners-Up        Back To Top

Year Champion Record Runner-Up Record
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
Hector
Hector/Bird Island
Hector
Danube
Danube
Danube
Danube
Hector/Renville
Hector
Buffalo Lake/Danube
Hector
Stewart
Hector
Stewart
Hector/Stewart
Bird Island
Hector
Bird Island
Hector/Stewart
Hector
Hector/Stewart
Hector
Renville
Renville
Bird Island/Danube
Renville
Bird Island
 
7-0
7-0/6-2
7-0
7-0
6-0
6-0
8-0
7-0-1
8-0
6-1/6-1
7-0
7-0
7-0
6-0-1
6-0-1
7-0
7-0
5-1-1
6-1
7-0
6-1
7-0
7-0
7-0
7-0
7-0
7-0
Buffalo Lake/Brownton
Sacred Heart
Danube
Stewart
Hector
Bird Island
Bird Island
Sacred Heart
Buffalo Lake
Stewart
Stewart
Brownton
Renville
Hector
Danube
Buffalo Lake
Bird Island
Stewart
Renville
Renville
Buffalo Lake/Bird Island
Danube/Buffalo Lake
Brownton
Bird Island
Hector
Hector
Renville
6-1
5-2-1
6-0-1
6-1
6-1
5-1
4-2-1
5-2-1
6-1
5-2
6-1
6-1
6-1
6-1
5-2
6-1
5-1-1
4-2-1
5-1-1
6-1
4-3
5-2
6-1
5-1-1
5-2
6-1
6-1
 

 

Conference Individual Records        Back To Top

Touchdowns

Career TDs (Total)
John Jurisch, Hector
Bob Bruggers, Danube
Jim (Todd) Macik, Hector
Doug Wertish, Renville
Tom Haspert, Hector
 
Season TDs (Total)
Bob Bruggers, Danube
Mike Wertish, Renville
Neil Sing, Hector
Todd Macik, Hector
Several
 
1957-60
1958-61
1961-63
1968-69
1958-60
 
 
1961
1969
1968
1963
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41
36
36
31
30
 
 
22
19
19
18
16
 
 
Conference TDs (Career)
John Jurisch, Hector
Todd Macik, Hector
Doug Wertish, Renville
Bob Bruggers, Danube
Larry Radloff, Hector
 
Conference TDs (Season)
Mike Wertish, Renville
Bob Bruggers, Danube
John Jurisch, Hector
Tom Haspert, Hector
Todd Macik, Hector
 
 
 
1957-60
1961-63
1968-69
1959-61
1961-63
 
 
1969
1961
1959
1960
1963
 
 
37
33
31
30
29
 
 
19
19
16
16
16

Bob Bruggers, Danube, 1961, scored 22 touchdowns and 7 extra points for a conference record 145 points.

DougWertish, Renville, 1969, scored 19 touchdowns and 20 extra points for a conference record 134 points.

 

Passing

Conference (Season)
Dave Loe, Sacred Heart
Don (Skip) Dolan Renville
Dick Peik, Brownton
Brain Stark, Buffalo Lake
Steve Hage, Hector
 
Conference (Career)
Don (Skip) Dolan
Steve Hage, Hector
Brain Stark, Buffalo Lake
Brain Schuette, Brownton
Dick Peik, Brownton
Brain Kaatz, Buffalo Lake
Year
1972
1971
1958
1972
1970
 
 
1971-73
1970-71
1971-72
1966-68
1956-58
1967-69
 
Yards
1050
1044
1028
1018
1002
 
 
2494
1725
1721
1701
1489
1477
Atts.
131
136
104
169
153
 
 
390
256
414
202
183
223
Comp.
61
63
54
68
72
 
 
184
123
156
103
  94
107
TDs
10
13
12
  5
12
 
 
32
22
13
13
19
22
 

 

Pass Receiving

Conference (Season)
Ken Abram, Brownton
Keith Klawitter, Hector
Scott Johnson, Hector
Larry Bratsch, Renville
Larry Mulder, Renville
Larry Schuette, Stewart
 
Conference (Career)
Keith Klawitter, Hector
Ken Abram, Brownton
Scott Johnson, Hector
Larry Mulder, Renville
 
Year
1958
1971
1970
1972
1971
1972
 
 
69-71
56-58
69-70
69-71
Rec.
34
32
31
28
28
27
 
 
58
48
45
43
 
Yards
669
585
431
336
364
412
 
 
1085
903
601
353

 

Rushing
Conference (Season)
Jim (Todd) Macik, Hector
Bob Bruggers, Danube
Randy Spaude, Brownton
Larry Radloff, Hector
Neil Sing, Hector
 
Conference (Career)
Jim (Todd) Macik), Hector
John Jurisch, Hector
Larry Radloff, Hector
Bob Bruggers, Danube
Galen Swoboda, Danube
Year
1963
1961
1968
1963
1968
 
 
61-63
57-60
61-63
59-61
69-71
Yards
1123
1014
1009
  957
  953
 
 
2046
2041
2035
2030
1989
 
 
 

 

Who Was the Best Team        Back To Top

Who Was The Best Football Team Ever To Play In The History Of the 212 Conference?

     Any number of great football teams came out of the 212 Conference that could be classified as the best.  Hector had numerous great teams during the first twenty five years of conference play.  The Bulldogs had twelve teams that went undefeated during that time.

Before the evolution of eleven man football in 1954, the Danube Hawks won thirty five consecutive games in the early 1950s.  Three Stewart teams had undefeated seasons in the late 50s and early 60s.  The Renville Indians football teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s dominated the conference.

Take Your Pick!

1947-Hector (6 Man)

     The best of the 1940s Bulldogs averaged 45.0 points per game on offense with All State halfback Billy Enright scoring 22 touchdowns on the season.  Center Don Silker, End Neil Silker, and halfback Curt Melberg were other standouts on this 7-0 team.

1953-Danube Hawks (8Man)

      All of the early Danube teams were excellent teams, but the 1953 Hawks were the best. In the last year of eight man football, Danube featured a highly successful senior class that won the conference championships in football, basketball and baseball. 17 seniors led the way to a 35 game winning streak.  On offense the Hawks averaged 54.9 points per game. End, Larry Good, led the conference in scoring with 12 touchdowns. Twin brothers Arvin and Arvid Reetz, and center Roger Grund were other All Conference players.

1955-Hector

     Led by All State halfback, Don Hennessy, the Bulldogs dominated the conference by averaging 28.1 points per game on offense and only giving up 3.3 on defense.  Their closest contest was 25-0 victory against arch rival Buffalo Lake.  Other outstanding players on the team were halfback, Francis Krentz, ends Steve Sprieter and Glen Dovenmuehle and guard Gary Raitz.  The Bulldogs ended the season with a 19 game winning streak.

1957-Hector

     An outstanding senior class led the Bulldogs to an undefeated season.  Their closest contest of the year was a 13-7 win over Stewart in the second game of the year. The team featured backs, Ted Hauer, George Beske and freshman John Jurisch and an outstanding line led by Jeff Johnson, Dennis Ackerman and Bruce Rueber.  Hector averaged 33.6 points per game on offense, and gave 5.8 points per game on defense.  Quarterback, Lee Raitz was the standout player on the 1957 team.  Raitz was the first quarterback in conference history to feature the belly option as part of their offense.  Several times during the season, the whistle of the referee blew the play dead as Raitz was around the end with the ball.

 1959-Hector

     The touchdown twins of Tom Haspert and John Jurisch scored a total of 31 touchdowns behind one of the best array of linemen ever put together in conference history. Barry Fosland, Morris Torbert, Darwin Carlson, Grant Leff, Jim Keltgen and conference 100 yard champion, Elton Johnson dominated every game of the year.  The Bulldogs averaged 30.1 points on offense and gave up only 4.0 on defense.  In the final game of the year Renville and Hector went into the game undefeated.  HHS prevailed 35-7, with Jurisch scoring four touchdowns.

1960-Stewart

     An outstanding senior class that won football, baseball and track conference championships, and a junior class that would go undefeated the next season, made the Gophers a conference power in the early 1960s.  Their linemen averaged 215 pounds across the front line, three of whom placed in the Region 3 Wrestling tournament.  Five of their backs won conference championships in the sprints, relays and hurdles.  End Ralph Larson was the conference champion in the 100 yard dash and the discus.  The other end, Gary Meier would go on to place 3rd in the high hurdles at the State Track Meet.  The team was led by quarterback, Dick Barnes.  Barnes was one of the most versatile athletes ever to play in the 212 Conference.  Defensively the Gophers only gave up 15 points in conference play for a 2.1 average per game.  On offense they averaged 28.5 per game.

1963-Hector

     The Hector Bulldogs dominated the conference with a perfect 8-0 record.  In what is considered to be the best backfield ever assembled in conference history, the Bulldogs averaged 32.4 points per game on offense.  Halfbacks Todd Macik and Larry Radloff scored a total of 33 touchdowns on the year and totaled over 2200 yards rushing.  Macik was the conference and district 100 yard dash champion, and Radloff was the 175 pound conference wrestling champion for three straight years.  Both played football at 195 pounds.  Fullback Galen Johnson was an outstanding all-around athlete who went on to play baseball on the college level.  Junior quarterback, Mike Dahlheim was in his 3rd year as the starting quarterback at HHS went on to play quarterback at Mankato State.

1966-Hector

    Led by an outstanding linebacking crew of Jay Johnson, Tim DeGroat and Don Cunningham, the Bulldogs held their opponents to 2.9 points per game.  On offense they averaged 28.7 points per game.  Other outstanding players on the team were quarterback Karl Dickman, guard Larry Kiovija, and halfback Harold Heller.

1968-Hector

    An outstanding senior class led the Bulldogs to a perfect 9-0 record.  Hector won the football, basketball and baseball conference championships.  63, 190 pound halfback, Neil Sing scored 19 touchdowns on the season.  The Hauer twins, Dave and Duane, also supplied much of the offense that averaged 34.4 points per game.  Lineman Jim Roepke and Lee Anderson led the defense that gave up 6.5 points per game.

1970-Renville

     Doug Wertish scored 19 touchdowns and scored 134 points to break all existing records for points scored in one season.  The Indians averaged 39.4 points per game in conference play which was also a conference record for eleven man football.  Other outstanding players on the team were end Larry Mulder, quarterback, Doug Reetz, guard Mike Kashmark, linebacker and future State wrestling champion, Bill Schmidt.  On defense the Indians gave up 6.9 points per game.

 

    Throughout the history of the 212 Conference, over 500 athletes have been honored with being selected to the Football All Conference Team.  All of them played a major role in the success of their team.  Only fifty of those  athletes were selected two times in their career.

     Only eight athletes made the All-Conference Team three times.

          Jerry Omholt, Sacred Heart, 1949, 1950, 1951, 61, 170 pound Halfback
          Harvey Kienholz, Bird Island, 1951, 1952, 1953.  511, 230 pound Linebacker.
          Larry Good, Danube, 1951, 1952 1953.  63, 195 pound End.
          Jerome Jacobs, Renville, 1958, 1959, 1960.  63, 190 pound End.
          Jim Roste, Sacred Heart, 1962, 1963, 1964.  60, 190 Guard.
          Brad Danielson, Bird Island, 1964, 1965, 1966. 64, 190 End.
          Rich Roste, Sacred Heart, 1969, 1970, 1971.  60 190 pound Guard.
          Paul Moritz, Buffalo Lake, 1970, 1972, 1973. 61, 185, Guard.
               (Paul Moritz was the only freshman in conference history to make the All
               Conference team.)                          
 

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