George Sauer, a wide receiver on the New York Jets’ 1969 Super Bowl championship team, died this week at age 69. A few years ago when the Aberdeen Wings were forming under the guidance of then head coach Pete Sauer (now the Wings director of business operations), my first question to Pete was: Are you related to George?
He laughed and said that question dated us both.
Changing of guard
Long-time Dakota State coach and former Ipswich standout Buzz Stevenson has retired his cross country duties at Dakota State in Madison.
He will remain as the university’s head track coach. He has been coaching for almost 50 years, nearly the last 30 at DSU. Two-year DSU assistant and former DSU All-American Anthony Drealan has been promoted to cross country head coach.
Sioux Falls Roosevelt and University of South Dakota graduate Nate Tibbetts changed NBA teams this week. He went from an assistant coach with Cleveland to Portland. He currently is a candidate for the head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats.
A new sport is on the rise in the form of the Black Hills Lacrosse Association with more than 50 players in three divisions.
My Aberdeen friend, Penny De Hueck, has a granddaugher who is a high school lacrosse star in the Chicago area. Karina De Hueck, whose dad Ian played football at Aberdeen Roncalli and Notre Dame, is a junior for Loyola Academy, the four-time defending Illinois state lacrosse champion.
Late model driver Jeff Wildung of Nassau, Minn., won a big race in the early dirt-track season.
He earned $4,000 by winning the 40-lap Blaine Brothers WISSOTA Challenge Series feature race at Dakota State Fair Speedway Saturday in Huron. The race, which went yellow-flag free, was led for the first 35 laps by Chad Becker of Aberdeen before Wildung passed him. Becker finished second.
The series will return to the Huron speedway on June 1 for a 63-lap Late Model feature with the winner earning $6,300.
Meanwhile, Mike Stearns of Hecla won the Saturday’s Modified feature. Results can be found in Scoreboard.