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01/19/21 01:10 AM #104    

Thomas D. Brackett (1968)

Also, the coverage was all over the DM TV stations---I can send you a link if you want!

01/19/21 11:39 AM #105    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)


Yup, I'm, following it closely.  He's a double fav because we both are Cyclone letter winners, although mine was not as hard-earned or as well deserved.

I'm also looking forward to playing again for Urbandale.  winkGotta catch up with Lazard's stats.

We've also been Chiefs fans for 40 years, so we have a conundrum.

All the teams left standing are good, and any of them could win the Super Bowl.


03/04/21 03:05 PM #106    

Jenna Darsee (2011)


I am planning the class of '11 10 year class reunion and haven't gotten far into the planning as I was waiting on the state of COVID before I got too far. I am seeking suggestions from previous reunion planning committees on what you are doing to accomidate safety of reunion attendees or looking to see if most are post poning their reunion for the following year.


Thank you!

Jenna Darsee '11

06/04/21 10:51 AM #107    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

RIP, Coach.  Love you man!

Raymond Gayle Burgett, 86, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2020, at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines due to complications of Covid-19.

09/14/21 07:50 PM #108    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

File this under the category of Dense & Clueless:

Every now and then, one the our excellent school photographers would hand me a picture . . . catching a pass, doing a jumpball at North Polk, et al.  I was always grateful, and still have them today, in that stash that no one ever looks at or cares about!!!!

I would say thanks when they gave me one, and I assumed they were being compensated by the yearbook, or the school, or someone.  I felt great to think that they thought taking a picture of me was worthwhile.

But, I suspect they were not being compensated, and I should have ante'd up a few bucks to help them with their expenses.  I wasn't being a jerk; just clueless.

I'd be more than happy to pay, with a little interest, for those pictures taken 55 years ago!!!!




11/08/21 07:36 AM #109    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Lazard was open all game against the Chiefs, got targeted once, and scored.

11/10/21 07:18 PM #110    

Jerry Stuckle (1970)

Thank you, Jim.  I didn't realize he was an Urbandale alumni.  That's great!

11/11/21 11:20 AM #111    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

From the Urbandale Hall of Fame::

Lazard, Allen Boys Basketball 2014

Lazard, Allen Boys Track 2014

Lazard, Allen Football 2014

2013 - Elite All-State

2012 - Elite All-State

2011 - Elite All-State


Yards Receiving


Allen Lazard



TD Passes Caught


Allen Lazard


More Football stuff:

Sad that he has now gotten involved in the Rodgers deal.

To my original point, if the Packers will target him more, they will be happy.

11/11/21 07:06 PM #112    

Thomas D. Brackett (1968)

hey Jim, the one pass Allan caught sure was pretty, Hope the Pack can bounce back on Sunday!

11/20/21 08:24 AM #113    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

More Senior musings . . . . . . 

Regarding post #108, I believe the debt I owe is to Larry Ackerman.

- - - - - - 

New musings . . . .

I don't know how it is now, but back in the day we had Summer baseball, so you could be a four sports patricipant, and you could earn as many as 12 letters.  Of course, the key to that was to letter in baseball, and three other sports.

So, it was Football or Cross Country in the Fall, Basketball or Wrestling in the Winter, Track or Golf in the Spring, and Baseball in the summer.  Most would opt for Track in the Spring, because Coach Burgett (Football and Wrestling) preferred that, but for those who made a fool of themselves at the first indoor track meet, Golf was their Spring sport.

Several lettered in four sports, but not many lettered in four sports all three years.  Mike Connelly might have; I don't know if he got enough football playing time his Sophomore year because he was behind Jim Keane and Bob Wedemeyer, and I didn't follow Track that closely. Maybe Tom Hansen.

Four sports athletes:  Mike Connelly, Eric Blockus, Gary Hintz, Mark Oppedal, Dave Halverson, Tom Hansen, myself, and ????? (anyone want to add names?)

Our Golf team was Conference Champions in the Spring of '67, playing in a freezing rain storm.  We won by one stroke, decided by the last putt on the last hole.  Class of '67 members of the team were Rich Custer #1, myself #2, Tom Marion, and Vance Cook (at least that's my memory of it).  Class of '68, Don Cracraft, was on the team, and we ran around together a lot the Summer of '67.

I'm sure Rich Custer lettered three years in Football.  I doubt that he ever weighed as much as 150#, but was the center on the Football team, and wrestled.

12/26/21 05:12 AM #114    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Lazard was in the spotlight again, catching Rodger's record- breaking TD Pass.  He's fitting in really well, but should be targeted more.  That would help Davonte Adams, and make the Packers receiver corps unstoppable.

Even so, they could easily have lost to the Browns.

01/22/22 11:04 AM #115    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

May be an image of 1 person, nature and body of water

Gosh, how I miss Iowa in the Winter!!!!


01/24/22 12:40 PM #116    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Once again Lazard goes untargeted, and thus . . . . . 

04/01/22 07:50 PM #117    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Back to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, only in Missouri . . . . My wife is POA for her elderly Aunt, and I get to do all the work.  I noticed her Aunt's name on Missouri Unclaimed Property, and I jumped through all the hoops to collect it . . . . over $4000.  I won't say what I said when I opened that envelope.

Of course, that won't cover two months in the nursing home, but it helps.

Then I noticed the Aunt's deceased husband and son on the list with 11 items of unclaimed property.  Making the claim for those involved a whole more hoops to jump through, but I got it done.  Now we're waiting for the results, which we have no idea what it will be.

07/01/22 09:15 AM #118    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Sorting through clutter, my wife found an R&T article from the Summer of '67, the Urbandale Baseball players on the All Conference Team.  It was Coach Frerichs first Head Coaching job, and we were undefeated in Conference play.  I'll see if I can scan and attach it.

Everyone have a Happy 4th!!!!


07/01/22 09:29 AM #119    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

I can't see how to post a file.  Any help?

07/01/22 05:38 PM #120    

Stephen Arthur Chapman (1959)

Jim, you just posted that you didn't know how to post, so that is how you do it. Just go to your page and type just like you did before. You're better than you thought you were.

From Mrs Steve Chapman (Sandy)

07/01/22 08:33 PM #121    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

What I want to post is the R&T article that I scanned and saved to My Documents.  It would be an attachment, but I don't see any of those buttons that do that.  Link is normally for a web address.

Did I say that right?

Not that I'm knocking things, because I appreciate the effort that's been made here, but I have been using Vbulletin format Internet forums for more than 20 years, and this format is awkward.

Well, the first carload of 4th of July guests has arrived, so the holiday weekend is on.  They all went down to the dock to swim as I was coming up.



07/02/22 02:14 PM #122    

Jonathan Koele (2013)

You can attach a picture. The button looks like a couple of mountains and the sun. 

07/02/22 03:02 PM #123    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Thanks, good try, about what I would have guessed, but that is not to attach/upload a file.  It is to attach an image, and needs a source URL.

So, how about it site administrator(s), how can I attach a file from My Documents?

Thanks, back to the lake now.

May The Fourth Be With You



07/02/22 10:15 PM #124    

Linda Biermann (Hoobin) (1973)

Jim, You can send the file to  and I will see what I can do.  Thanks!

Linda Biermann Hoobin

07/03/22 02:08 PM #125    

Linda Biermann (Hoobin) (1973)

From Jim Beasley Class of 1967: From the Des Moines Register and Tribune 1967


Urbandale Places Six On All-Unit 

Urbandale, which won the Suburban Conference baseball title with an 11-0 mark, placed six players on the 12-man, All Suburban Conference team selected by the coaches. * Pitcher Mark Oppedal, who had a 6-0 record, was a unan imous choice. He hurled two no-hitters and struck out 73 in 6013 innings.  Oppedal also had four shut outs. He walked only seven and finished the season with a 0.25 earned run average. He allowed only six runs during the season. 

Teammate Gary Hintz took the other pitching post. Hintz led Urbandale in hitting with a .405 average. Robbie Sim mons, another Urbandale player, batted .400. - Ankeny, Carlisle and Saydel each placed two boys on the first team. 

FIRST TEAM P---Mark Oppedal, Urbandale, Gary Hintz, Urbandale F, Gary Rothfus, Carlisle F, Jim Beasley, Urbandale OF, Danny Christensen, Urbandale OF, Rick Hornberg, Ankeny C, Rich Kozeliski, Saydel IF Mike Connelly, Urbandale IF, Robbie Simmons, Urbandale IF, Bob Darr, Carlisle IF, Ron Longnecker, Ankeny IF, Tom Hughes, Saydel

SECOND TEAM Tom Smith, Carlisle P-Mike Miller, Johnston P-Nito Basquez, Sayde! OF_John Sims, Johnston OF--Terry Rice, Saydel OF-Don Owens, North Polk OF-Gary Johnston, Carlisle C Gary Sinclair, Carlisle IF Jeff Simpson, Johnston IF-Pete Griffin, Southeast Polk Tom Hansen, Urbandale IF-Ronnie Wycoff, Carlisle IFMich Albaugh, Ankeny 

HONORABLE MENTION Dave Halverson, Urbandale; Larry Wurst, Saydel; Giovingo, Saydel; 1 Mike Murphy, North Polk; John Turpin, Johnston; Tim Lyons, Urbandale; Steve Fausch, Ankeny; Rich Reames, Johnston; Ken Murphy. Ankeny; Bob Bergrem, North Polk,  Tom Thomas, Southeast Polk; Mark Logli, Ankeny; Danny Sharp, Saydel; Jerry Manning, Saydel. 

07/04/22 04:46 PM #126    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Thanks for getting it posted, but it's more impressive in the "Big Peach" newspaper format.  wink

Oh. if it's not still called that, the R&T's Sunday Register Sports sections used to be called the Big Peach.


07/05/22 10:31 AM #127    

Jack W. Gowan (1981)

Jim, I just looked it up online. It said they quit printing the daily sports section on peach paper in 1981 and the Sunday Big Peach in 1999.

07/05/22 10:34 AM #128    

Anthony N. Woloch (1972)

Congratulation to the very impressive 1967 UHS Boys Baseball Team and Coach Frerichs!

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