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Page 8 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 By Kevin Skavhaug "In memory's telephoto lens, thr objects are magnified." John Updike When the PRFL football team played at Oak Grove two weeks back there was a large contingent of fans following the team. Most were from our co-op communi- ties, but many were not. As I scanned the crowd there were quite a few "older"Aggies in the stands. Former players who had played for either the WCAS Ag- gies, the Park River Aggies, the Park River-Pisek Aggies, and more recently, the Park Rive> Fordville-Lankin Aggies. When I was a kid growing up my heroes were those "big" peo- ple who played for WCAS. And to a little 5th/6th/7th grader they seemed huge to me. I remember distinctly how big they seemed. They were ginormous. They seemed like adults. They drove cars, had girlfriends, and as they strolled down the hallways of the school, they seemed in- timidating (but hannless). Heck, they even wore grown up shoes from time to time; you know the ones .............. black shiny ones like you'd wear to church or some- place special like that. At that gmne I noticed a group of five men sitting and talking to- gether. I completely remember four of them when they were players here. They were my he- roes when I was growing up. They were football players and they played basketball and they were all very good at both. Two of them lived on the same block as I did growing up so they were even more revered to me.Among the fans following their alma mater last week were Rick Clarens, Loren Laugtug, Don Gunhus, Lee Cudmore and Paul Samson. Three of those, of course, don't live in Park River any longer so seeing them at an Ag- gie game is a rarity tbr sure. Most of these players played in the very late 1960's or early 1970's. In 1971, Rick, Loren, and Don were members of the Aggie basketball team that went to the State Class A basketball tourna- ment. It would be almost 30 yeats before the next Aggie team would achieve the same. Also, in the fall of 1970, those players were a part of the Aggie football team that took second in what was called the NorthStar conference: a conference of class A schools in which Park River (WCAS) was probably the smallest in terms of enrollment. A highlight of that sea- son for them was winning seven straight games after a season opening loss to eventual confer- ence champs Graffon. The Aggies alto made a bit of history that year when Don Gunhus kicked what was believed to be the first field goal ever for an Aggie football team. The field goal coming late in the game was the deciding t c- tor in a 9-8 win over Devils Lake. It goes without saying that players from the current high school team have a big fan base in our younger students. Someday 40 years from now, a current sixth or seventh grader might come across some of the players on this year's temn and recall exactly who they were "back when." It's tim to reminisce, to remember the sights and sounds from our younger days. And if you were a follower of your local high school team, I'm sure all of you can re- member one or two athletes who were a hero to you as well. We even remember a particular play for some odd reason and if you think about it hard enough, it's like you're right back there again. It certainly was pretty cool to see that collection of players that night, two of which I have not seen since they were wearing their old white Converse high tops in our old Peanut gym. They looked the same to me as they did back then. I guess sometimes perceptions of rcaiity age aco cordingly and everything looks normal even 40 years later. announcements sports highlights special assembly features - band & choir concerts sporting events, athletic calendar lunch menu homecoming highlights and more! PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 29TH I I www.thinkpolar.com Your community. Your ii paper. Photos: John Brose By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. --- Now that they are in the early stages of region play, the Park River-Fordville Lankin Aggies are starting off with their best :foot forward. The Aggies are undefeated so far and this past week kept the ball rolling. The Aggie girls took a pair of region volleyball matches this past week, de- ....... feating Larimor e #mes ,to none on Tuesday then'f'611owed that up with a sweep of Midway Thursday night. PRFL had little trouble handling a young Polar Bear team, winning 25-15; 25-13; 25-7. Taylor Dalbey had 7 kills to lead the Aggies. Jenna Zavalney had 18 assists. The Aggies then played host to Midway on Thursday night and again, made quick work of another region op- ponent. The Aggies won 25-9; 25-6; and 25-13. It was Dalbey again leading in the kill category with 11. Peyton Cole had a nice match with 10 kills. Jenna Zavalney had 21 assists. Photo: Larry Bid Top Left: Gracyn Cole in JV game gets a shot in the match up against the Lari- more Polar Bears last Tuesday in Lari- more. Top Right: Park River-Fordville- Lankin's Jenna Zavalney goes up against Larimore's Paige Homes. Left: Midway Monarchs Jasmine Lopez goes up for a kill shot in front of the Aggie stu- dent cheering section. The Monarchs fell to the Aggies 256, 259, 25-13 Your source for Happy Happenin ty Press 284-6333