Back in the Day: Aug. 29, 2018

10 YEARS AGO
Sept. 2, 2008

The TCHS cross country team was preparing for their season opener. Runners were Lindsay Troike, Mark Crawford, Lisa Ponder, Nick Moore, and Alex Kemp. The team was coached by Ryan Tabeling.

The 2008 varsity football players were Gunnar Edwards, Zach Bosch, Jesse Hall, Caleb Little, Colby Knerr, Kyle Melton, Brent Harris, Shane Albert, Jordan Knerr, Shane Jaeger, Kyle Bowles, Josh Scribner, Tyler Zyskowski, David Meyer, Christian Lehmann, Jerrod Baird, Jack Leonard, Johnny Ervin, Heston Eveland, Josh Brookins, Philip Meyer, Mike Adams, Mike Pflum, Kolby Clough, Cody Schum, Blake Smith, Travis Gould, Brett Clifton, Dylan Stewart, Pat Yoakum, Jared Hall Trace Quinn, Chase Little, Kyle Miller, Dakota Gilpin, James Simpson, Blake Stokes, Cody Shelmadine, and Auste Shelmadine.

Seven sets of siblings were on the football team. David and Philip Meyer, Jared and Jesse Hall, Cody and Auste Shelmadine, Jerrod and Jordon Baird, Colby and Jordan Knerr, Jordan and Josh Scribner, and Chance and Chase Little.

20 YEARS AGO
Sept. 1, 1998

Firefighters Mike Yusko, John Brookins, Greg Ritter, and Chip Haake worked to “Fill the Boot.” It was the third consecutive year the firefighters raised more than $4,000 to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Cheering for the Warriors in 1998 were Tara Gray, Ashley Hall, Cassie Minear, Rachel Cronk, Jessica Surma, Rachel Kleiss, Amber Hector, Jenny Gensler, and Erica Hall.

Tuscola cross country runners were Erica Hall, Brian McDaniel, Robert Hanners, Lindsey Snider, Tosha Stevens, Chris Anderson, Tim Heyen, Scott Groves, Jason Kocher, Will Lucas, Tony Reinhart, Ryan Kleiss, and Mark Quinn. The team was coached by Les Sluder.

The TCHS second year golf team was Crosby Coats, Andrew Kling, Tom Sluder, Jeff Rairden, Luke Patterson, Jared Blaudow, Travis Dallas, Zach Waters, Doug Opperman, Drew Hall, Matthew Schweighart, and Ben McGuire.

30 YEARS AGO
Aug. 30, 1988

The Douglas County Courthouse received a bomb threat, and court proceedings had to be continued in a different location. The caller was an anonymous male who was described as “sounding young.”

Rex Allen Jr. and Moe Bandy performed at the I-SEARCH benefit concert. The concert was held at the Tuscola High School.

Jaci Meyer of Tuscola received an internship from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Jaci is the daughter of Wayne and Margaret Meyer.

District 10 held a trooper retiree function. Retirees in attendance were Carl Young, Frank Martens, Melvin Irvin, George Smeltzer, John Matulis, Lawrence Bury, Russ Davis, Wendel Dreckphol, James Smith, Wayne Ballew, James Hart, Bob Martin, Wilford Woodard, James Davis, Bob Riley, Charles Kite, and Drexel Camerer.

Coaches for the 1988 Warriors Football team were Larry Bienias, head coach; Steve Clark, assistant coach; and Ken Schwengel, head sophomore coach.

40 YEARS AGO
Aug. 31, 1978

Teresa Yutzy, Miss Arthur 1978-79, signed up to participate in Tuscola’s Old Fashioned Days parade.

Tuscola Community Unit 301 teachers conducted a peaceful and informational picket. They were protesting the salaries they were receiving.

Ben Franklin held their Midnight Madness promotion. Staff was fully dressed for the occasion in their pajamas. Store manager Kent McGillian and employees Denise Cutright, Wilma Woods, Barb Soards, and Ethel Harbaugh participated.

Greg Hastings and A.E. Kleiss snagged salmon in Lake Michigan. The fish weighed 12 and 13 pounds.

GOP faithful braved a storm to participate in a picnic at Ervin Park. Rep. Tim Johnson discussed issues with those in attendance.

Coach Bill Vangel was searching for 11 hard-nosed football players. Vangel was considering Steve Kalmar, Brian Hunt, Greg Campbell, Colby Decker, and Stan Redden to lead the Warriors.

50 YEARS AGO
Aug. 29, 1968

City Council discussed having an island mailbox in the middle of Center Street just east of the post office. The idea was proposed by Postmaster Wayne Neal.

For the 1968-69 school year, Tuscola school enrollment was a record high of 1,680. Classes were crowded beyond recommended numbers, and the school board signed a lease to rent the Scout Cabin for kindergarten classes until East Prairie was completed that winter.

Linda Metheny was preparing for a position on the U.S. Olympic Team. Linda had been among the top five or six female gymnasts in the United States and had been on the U.S. team that competed in Japan.

Les Sluder and Jim Hunt were greeted by over 30 freshmen at their first football practice. This was the first coaching assignment for both men.

Coach Gene Murray reported having 76 candidates for Warrior football. It was one of the largest squads in the school’s history as of 1968.

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