212 ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HISTORY

1947 - 1974

 

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Football and Basketball Records

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
196-61
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
0-8-0
5-2-1
5-3-0
5-1-0
4-3-0
0-6-0
2-6-0
5-2-1
5-2-1
0-8-0
3-5-0
2-5-1
2-5-1
0-8-0
2-6-0
0-7-1
4-3-1
0-9-0
2-7-0
0-9-0
2-7-0
3-6-0
2-7-0
2-7-0
2-4-3
0-8-1
6-3-0
64 Wins
144 Losses
10 Ties
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Basketball
  4-16
  3-16
13-  5
16-  5
  4-14
  3-15
10-  9
16-  4
13-  6
  6-11
  7-11
  5-13
  6-13
  6-11
  6-14
  2-14
10-  9
10-  8
  8-10
  6-14
  8-12
  2-17
  4-15
  7-12
10-  9
13-  7
17-  3
217 Wins
286 Losses
 
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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
8th
3rd
3rd
3rd
5th
8th
6th
2nd
3rd
8th
5th
6th
7th
8th
6th
7th
4th
8th
7th
8th
8th
7th
8th
7th
5th
8th
3rd
Basketball
8th
8th
2nd
2nd 
7th 
7th
5th
2nd
1stT
5th
5th
6th
7th
7th
6th
7th
4th
5th
4th
7th
4th
8th
7th
5th
5th
3rd
2nd
Wrestling
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


6th
5th
6-7
7-6
4-4
2-4
4-4
4-4
3-2
3-3
3-3

Track
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7th
6th
4th
5th
6th
6th
6th
8th
7th
8th
8th
8th
5th
6th
8th
8th
8th
5th            

 

 

Baseball
 
 
 
 
4th-West
4th West
2nd West
3rd West
3rd West
4th West
4th West
3rd  West
3rd West
6th
8th
7th
7th
7th
6th
6th
5th
4th
7th
4th
1st Tie
5th
6th
Football-0 Championships and 1 Runner Up
Basketball-1Championship (tie) and 3 Runner Up
Wrestling-0 Championship and 1 Runner Up Dual Meet
Track-0 Championships
Baseball-1 Championship (tie)

 

Sacred Heart High School All-Conference Players

Dave Aalderks, 69 FB
Jay Arends, BBHM-74
Jerry Ashburn, 55 BBHM
Mark Barnal, 54 FBHM
Brian Bergstrom, 73 BB, 74 BB
Larry Brown, 62 FBHM, 63 BB, 63 FB 64 BB
Dave Dahlager, 55 FBHM
Howard Dahlager, 65 FB, 65 BB, 66 BB
Byron Davidson, 51 FBHM
Jack Davidson, 50 BB
Jim Davidson, 56 FB, 57 FB, 57 BBHM, 58 BB
Dick Deason, 53, 54, 55 FBHM, 56 BB
Tom Deason, 61 BBHM
Alton Dysband, 48 FB, 49 FB, 49 BB, 50 BB
John Eitrem, 57 BB
Gary Engen, 60 FB, 61 FB
Sam Fischer, 51 FBHM
Don Frieborg, 74 BB
Jack Gorder, 49 FB
Keith Gorder, 53 FBHM, 54 FB, 55 FB
Wally Hagen, 67 BB, 67 FB, 68 FB
Dave Hoff, 60 FB
Ron Hoff, 64 FBHM, 65 FB
Lon Holien, 73 FB
Ron Holmgren, 66 FBHM
Don Johnson, 50 FB
Terry Kjersten, 74 Bb
Mike Knapper, 71 BB, 72 BB
Bob Knutson, 72 FB
Erv Knutson, 68 FB
Dave Loe, 71 FB
 
Conference Track Champions
Larry Brown, 64 Low Hurdles
Dave Skolberg, 69 Mile
Mike Schjenken, 73 880
Galen Seehusen, 74 District 880
Randy Ashburn, 74 Mile
 

Gary Nerdahl, 63 FBHM, 64 BB
John Nester, 73 FB
Billy Olsen, 57, FBHM, 58 FB, 59 BB
Jerry Omholt, 47, 48, 49 FB, 50,51, 52 BB
Mike Ramsland, 53 BB
Harvey Refsland, 54 FB, 55 FB
Jerry Romness,59 FBHM, 60 BBHM
Jim Rosten, 65 FB
Jim Roste, 62, 63, 64 FB
Rich Roste, 69, 70, 71 FB
Kevin Peterson, 69 FBHM
Rich Peterson, 70, FB
Mike Pray 65 FBHM
Steve Stai, 66 FBHM
Jim Schimming, 57 FBHM, 58 FB
Ernie Schoepke, 47 FB
Bernie Schulte 63 FB
Paul Schwinghammer, 59 FBHM, BBHM
Brian Skalbeck, 61 FBHM, 62 BB
John Skalbeck, 51 FBHM
Bob Skolberg, 56 FBHM
Jim Slater, 57 FBHM
Vern Standjord, 53 FBHM
Vern Tebben, 55 BB,
Paul Trongard, 53 FBHM, 54 BB, 55 BB
Alden Wickstorm, 47 and 48 FB
 
Wrestling Champions
Dave Skolberg, 69 District Champ, 138
Steve Williams, 69, 145
Dave Aaldarks, 70, C&D, 133
Wayne Anderson,  69, 112, 71 C&D-127
                                   72,C-D-R Champ, 132
Dave Anderson,74, 180
Keith Holien, 73, C & D 132, 74, C & D, 155
Lon Holien, 73,C & D, 167, 74, C,D R 165

C = Conference, D = District, R =Region

 

Top Basketball Scorers in SHHS History
1.
   Mike Knapper, 1969-1972
2.   Wally Hagen, 1965-1968
3.   Howard Dahlager, 1963-1965
4.   Brian Bergstrom, 1972-1974
5.   Paul Trongard, 1952-1955
6.   Jerry Omholt, 1949-1952
7.   Jim Davidson, 1955-1958
8.   Larry Brown, 1962-1964
9.   Billy Olson, 1957-1959
10.  John Eitrem, 1955-1957
11.  Dick Deason, 1954-1956
12.  Vern Tebben, 1953-1955
 
Top Football Scorers in SHHS History
1.
      Jerry Omholt, 1949-1951
2.      Dave Dahlager, 1953-1955
3.      Jim Schimming, 1956-1958
4.      Jack Davidson, 1947-1949
5.      Larry Brown, 1962-1963
 
Top Wrestling Winners in SHHS History
1.
      Keith Holien, 1970-1975
2.      Wayne Anderson,, 1968-1971
3.      Lon Holien, 1969-1972
4.      Steve Williams
5.
      Dave Aalderks
 
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756
738
746
638
586
562
520
 
 
34 TDs
22 TDs
19 TDs
15 TDs
10 TDs
 

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The Early Years

 

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Alden Wickstrom (50) was an All Conference pick in 1947 and 1948. He scored 15 TDs in his career.


Alton Dysband (50) was an All Conference football and basketball player in the late 40s and early 50s


Jack Davidson (50) was a 3 year starter in football and basketball. He was selected All Conference in basketball his senior year.


Rod Trongard (50) was an all around athlete in the late 1940s. He later became a sportscaster for the Minnesota Vikings.

 

 

Jack Gorder (50) was one of the best linemen in the conference in the late 1940s. He was All Conference in 1949


Jerry Omholt (52) was a very successful student-athlete in the early 1950s. He is the only athlete in 212 history to be voted All Conference six times.


Coach LeRoy Norsted was a highly successful football and basketball coach for the Vikings in the early 1950s. He also was the principal of the SHS school system.

 

1949 squad included:
Front Row: G. Fischer, J.Omholt, J.Davidson, J.Gorder, Johnson, Dysband.
2nd Row: Samuelson, DeGreest, Trongard, C. Gorder, Skalbeck.
Back Row: Slater, B. Davidson, Knutson, Coach Norsted, S.Fischer, Agre Anderson.  
Sacred Heart High School had four consecutive winning seasons from 1949 to 1951.

1950 Vikings: Rod Trongard, Alton Dysband, Jack Gorder, Jack Davidson, Jerry Fischer, Charles Gorder, Jerry Omholt. 
The 1950 Vikings finished with a 16 and 5 record.  The best in SHHS history.  They were runner up to Danube in the conference standings in 1950 and 1951.  Being short in stature, they were an outstanding shooting team that played a great pressing defense.  The Viking B Squad went 18 and 1.

The Blue Notes were musicians that formed a Sacred Heart High School Dance Band that entertained and played for local dances. 
The lead saxophone played for the band was all around student-athlete, Jerry Omholt.

 


Harvey Refsland (61),Keith Gorder (60), Paul Trongard (58) and Archie Ellior (56) in action against Renville in 1954.


Everett Sagness (62), Merle Barnaal (54) and Harvey Refsland (61) in 1954.

 

1954 212 Conference Runner Up. 
Front Row: Jerry Meyer, Dave Dahlager, Ed Heggerston, Archie Elliot, Dick Deason, Coach Worden, Paul Trongard, Coach Madsen, Ev Sagnes Harvey Refsland, Merle Barnaal, Keith Gorder, Gene Zimmer, (Student Manager, Billy Olsen).
Second Row: John Skoberg, Trygve Anderson, John Docken, Dave Ellefson, Ron Sagness, Bill Kist, John Eitrem, Milan Skalbeck, Don Dahlager,  Sheldon Wickstrom, Otis Odegard, Jim Davidson, Jim Schimming.

 


A cold and windy October day at the Sacred Heart Athletic Field in 1954. Picture was taken looking west, toward downtown.


Dave Dahlager scoring the winning touchdown in the first game of the year vs. Echo, 1954.

 

1955 Conference Runner Up and District 12 Runner Up.
Front Row: Ron Sagness, Dave Dahlager, Archie Elliot, Jerome (Bud) Ashburn, Vern Tebben, Paul Trongard, Dick Deason, Jim Davidson.
Second Row: Coach Tom Kelly, John Docken, Ed Heggerston, John Eitrem, Harvey Refsland.

     The Class of 1955 is considered to be the most athletic class in SHHS history.  Led by 66 center Vern Tebben, along with other seniors Paul Trongard, Bud Ashburn and outstanding juniors Dave Dahlager,  Dick Deason and Archie Elliot, and sophomore John Eitrem, the 1955 Vikings were the only team in the conference to beat Renville who were 22 and 2 during the season.  The Vikings finished 16 and 4.

 


Paul Trongard tries to out run Renville's Junior Groen and Chuck Huselid in the District Finals game. Number 25 is Jerome Ashburn.


Vern Tebben grabs a rebound in the first game of year against Brownton. Number 31 is Dave Dahlager, number 20 is Dick Deason.

 


Jerome (Bud) Ashburn (55) was an outstanding  basketball player for the Vikings in the mid-50s. He was known as a player that had his best games against arch rival, Renville.


Vern Tebben (55) was a 66 center. He scored a record breaking 41 points against Olivia in 1955.


Paul Trongard (55) was one of the outstanding three sport athletes in the conference in the mid-50s. He was a three year starter in Football, Basketball and Baseball.

 


Dick Deason (56) led the Vikings to outstanding seasons in Football and Basketball in the mid-50s. He was a three year starter as a Quarterback and a All Conference Basketball player in 1956.


Keith Gorder (56) was one of the outstanding linemen in the 212 Conference in the mid-50s. He was a two time All Conference player in 1954 and 1955.


Harvey Refsland (56) was a three year starter for the Vikings and a two time All-Conference player in 1954 and 1955.

 

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John Eitrem (57) was a 64 center for SHHS. He was one of the outstanding big men in the conference in the mid 50s. He was All Conference in 1957.

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Jim Davidson (58) was a two time All Conference selection in Football and Basketball in 1957 and 1958.

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Billy Olson (59) was an outstanding three sport athlete at SHHS in the late 50s. He was an All Conference Basketball player and scored 638 points in his basketball career.

 

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John Eitrem scores against Renville in 1957 in the Sacred Heart gym. Eitrem was one of the leading scorers in the conference in 1956 and 1957.

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Jim Davidson (58) drives against Stewart in 1958. Davidson was a three year starter for the Vikings and scored 738 points in his career.

 

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Jim Schimming (59) was an outstanding halfback for the Vikings in the late 50s. He was a two time All Conference HB.

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Jim Schimming scores a touchdown against Hector in 1958. Schimming scored 19 touchdowns in his football career at Sacred Heart High School.

 

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A scene in the locker room at Olivia after the Vikings upset number one seed, Brownton, in the first round of the 1959 District 12 Tournament.  It was one of the biggest upsets in Minnesota High School history. Front Row: Jim Schimming, Billy Olson, Jerry Romness, Rudy Hoff.  Back Row: LeWayne Benedict, Rog Berge, Donley Ruter, John Homme, Paul Schwinghammer, Sheldon Hovda, Marc Reinerston, Coach Don Lockery, Floyd Flaata.

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King Gary Engen (62) and Queen Pam Romness (62). Engen was a one of the outstanding linemen in the conference for two years. The 61, 190 offensive guard is regarded as one of the best linemen in SHHS football history. Both students went on to Gustavus Adolphus College. Engen coached high school football for many years in the Twin Cities area.

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Brian Skalbeck (62) was an outstanding football and basketball player at SHHS in the early 60s. The 64 Skalbeck was a 1962 All Conference basketball player and one of the leading scorers in the conference.

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1962 Sacred Heart High School Cheerleaders: Linda Slater, Pam Romness, Aimee Agre, Marge Homme, Ingrid Evanson, Pat Lueck.

 

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Larry Brown (64) was an outstanding athlete In four sports at SHHS. He was All Conference in Football and Basketball, and the conference champion in the Low Hurdles.

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Jim Roste (65) was a three time All Conference football lineman in the early 60s.

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Howard Dahlager, (65) was an All Conference Football and Basketball player for the Vikings in the mid 60s. He scored 940 points in his basketball career.

 

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Wally Hagen (68) is considered to be one of best basketball players ever to play at SHHS. An all around athlete, the 62 forward was a two time All Conference selection and scored 978 points in his basketball career.

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Steve Williams (69) on the left, and Wayne Anderson (70) on the right, won the 212 Conference Wrestling Tournament in 1969. Williams went on to finish 2nd in the Region 3 Tournament to qualify to the State Tournament. Going into the State meet, Anderson had an 18-2-2 record.

 

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Rich Roste (72) was a three time All Conference selection in football as a linemen. He was the younger brother of Jim Roste, who also was selected to the All Conference team three times.

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Mike Knapper (72) was an All Conference football and basketball player. He was one of the outstanding three sport athletes in the conference in 1972. He scored 987 points in his basketball career which was more than anyone else in SHHS history.

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Wayne Anderson (72) lost his only match of the season in the first round of the state tournament to make his final record 25-1 for his senior year. He was the conference champion three years in a row and District 12 champion in 1971 and 1972.

 

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1972 Conference Co-Champion:
Back Row:
R. Knutson, L. Imes, M.Knapper, B.Bergstrom, D.Loe,R.Roste, J.Hoberg, M.Kingston, R.Hagen, Coach Grams. 
Middle Row:
M.Hoberg, M.Stai, M.Erickson, P.Rustand, P.Knapper, J.Agre, M.Peterson, J.Hoberg, T.Kjersten.
Front Row:
D. Loe, P. Hamre, J.Knutson, F.Bjorndal, D. Wolf.

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Back Row: B. Schjenken, J.Arends,P.Knapper, B.Bergstrom, D.Frieborg, G.Seehusen, M.Hamilton, Coach Ford.
Front Row: K.Beekman, manager, D. Johnson, T.Kjertsen, S.Swartz, M.Stai, L.Northouse, G.Dikken, manager.

The 1974 SHHS Basketball team is considered to be the best team in Viking history.  Led by twin 65 post players,Brian Bergstrom and Don Frieborg, they went on to a 17-3 record, the best in SHHS history. Bergstrom and Frieborg were selected to the All Conference team, Paul Knapper and J. Arends were honorable mention.

 

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Paul Knapper drives in for a easy basketball against Stewart in the SHHSs old gym. Number 33 is Don Frieborg and number 35 is Brian Bergstrom.

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Brothers Lon and Keith Holien with coaches Tom Vickerman (left) and Ray Miller, ready to leave for the 1974 State Wrestling tournament.

 

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Galen Seehusen (74) won the 880 in the District 12 Meet in 1974.

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Randy Ashburn (74) won the 212 Conference Mile Run in 1974.

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Paul Anderson (74) won the 212 Conference Championship at 180.

 

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Keith Holien (75) placed in the Conference Wrestling Meet six straight years and winning it 1973, 74 and 75. He was also District 12 Champion in 1974 and 1975 and qualified for the State Meet two years. Keith Holien won 109 matches in his SHHS career.


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Lon Holien (74) was a 212 Conference and District 12 Champion in 1973 and 1974 in the 165 pound class. In 1974 he won the Region 3 Tournament. Holien was also an All Conference football player in 1973. He went on to wrestle at Willmar Junior College and St. Cloud State College, winning championships at both colleges.

 

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