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08/22/17 06:02 PM #64    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

From the Des Moines Register, 

October 24, 1967


URBANDALE is on the brink LJ of having its best football season since the Suburban Conference school switched to 11- man football. Coach Dennis Frcrichs' B1 u e j a y s have won six straight and can clinch a tie for the conference title by splitting the final two games against Ankeny and Saydel. Urbandale has never won the conference title and the best record in the school's history is 6-2.

A strong defense, which has limited foes to 102 yards per game, and the running of fullback Gary Graham have been the key factors. Graham, who plays middle guard on defense and averages 13 tackles per game, has carried 87 times for 467 yards. Other defensive leaders are tackle Eric Blockhus, a 210- pounder who has started every game for three years, and defensive halfback Danny Christensen. Blockhus has averaged 12 tackles while Christensen has intercepted nine passes in six games. 


Saturday, November 4, 1967


Urbandale rolled to its first undefeated season since shifting to 11-man football 13 years ago by defeating Saydel in a Suburban Conference 144>, at Urbandale night. Urbandale (8-0) had already clinched its first league championship last week. Scoring twice in the second quarter — once on a one-yard plunge by Dan Christensen and again on a halfback run- pass option toss from Christensen to Scott Stanfill for 60 yards — Urbandale held a 14-0 halftime margin. 


In the first half, Saydel could penetrate only to the 31 before being thrown back by the defensive charge of the Urbandale line of Gary Graham, Mike Lucas, Eric Blochus, ' Gary Stearns and Glen Richardson. Lucas made 13 unassisted tackles.Urbandale's defense has allowed only two touchdowns this season and the offense two on intercepted passes. The Blue- jays have limited opponents to 26 points while rolling up 167.  



08/23/17 04:48 PM #65    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

If the D Line could have stopped the only thing Carlisle had in '66, Jim Sinclair up the middle, and if I had not dropped the same 27 Cross County pass Christensen threw to Stanfill in '67, we would have beaten Carlisle.  I remember it being 6-0.

We couldn't stop Saydel's running game, either.

The defense sure got a lot better between '66 and '67.

Sinclairs were big in Carlisle.  I read in Jim's eulogy that he had 15 siblings.  One of them was covering me that night, and we beat another of them in a sectional baseball game, 11-0, played at Saydel.  Oppedal got the win for the good guys.

Ankeny, Saydel and SE Polk were the other powerhouses in the conference.

Hey, if it's any consolation, we won the conference golf tournament in '67.  In was in a cold rain storm at Urbandale Country Club, and we won by one stroke.  Forgive me for those I forget, but . . . Rich Custer, myself, Don Cracraft, Tom Marion . . . someone help me out.



09/09/17 06:57 PM #66    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Anyone else about to get nailed in Florida?

We're at our Missouri house, and figured nothing will be left at our Florida place.


09/10/17 11:10 AM #67    

Barbara Ridgway (Larsen) (1967)

I'm so sorry, you may be surprised when you return though. Since I don't know where your Florida home is located I pray it will be ok. I have Family whose homes are located in central Florida, but also have a home in Iowa in the Spring & Summer. Gary Hudson & Sharon Givens also live in Florida, I PRAY they will all be ok. Do you live close to Branson in Missouri, as that's where I live.

09/10/17 10:57 PM #68    

Janice (Jan) Stokes (Elias) (1970)

Hi Marcia, Sorry to hear about your damage. Ugh.
My house stayed dry during Hurricane Harvey but my subdivision was flooded for 4 days. We couldn't even get out in our truck. There were over 200 water rescues because the water came up in many of the single-story homes
As far as Christine Deal Krause, from her Facebook post it looks like they stayed dry to even though they were surrounded by water. Ellen Hobbs Burton sounds like she did okay in Galveston, too.

We're worried about our family members in the greater Tampa area, too. One brother lives in Gulfport about a football length from the beach. Another one lives at Treasure Island on the water. Everyone evacuated so all they can do is watch the security cameras. It does not look good. Only time will tell. Another brother evacuated to Saint Augustine & their streets are flooded but the house is still high and dry. Hurricane Irma is also bringing amazing amounts of rain with it.

09/11/17 05:07 PM #69    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Just answering in order.

The legend that our little Florida village is protected by the spirits of the Native Americans who settled the area has not been diminished.  In recent years it has survived Charley and Irma.  But I guess we have a lot of avacados on the ground.  It was their year.  Maybe Rob Wedin will go pick them up.

In Missouri, we live 3 miles south of the Kimberling City bridge on the Lampe side.  DW works for Shoji and I'm at Branson Hills Golf Club.  I golf with Shoji and a few others.  I'm also a member at LedgeStone, but haven't played there in years.

We probably know a lot of people in common.

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Our Texas cousins live just west of the Addicks Resorvoir, in Katy.  They're OK.  They also own 13 lakefront acres on our road on Table Rock Lake, but can't decie if they want to build and move here.

10/04/17 10:59 AM #70    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Has Mike Connelly been put into the Urbandale Hall of Fame?

He still holds the rebounding records:




10/05/17 12:55 PM #71    


Timothy J. Lyons (1968)

I agree Jim. Mike averaged over 28+ points per game ( no 3 pointer ). The team averaged over 88+ points and scored over 100 points in 3 of the 20 we played.

10/06/17 12:08 PM #72    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Amen . . . a high scorer, and his records are in rebounding.

Not only were there no 3-pointers, but no dunking, too.

At SE Polk in the pregame lay-up drill, he stuffed one.  The gasp from the crowd was amazing.  The game started with SE Polk shooting a technical.  If they made it, which I can't remember, that would have been their only lead!!

In '65 or '66, Dick Jensen from Madrid stuffed 2 balls in lay-up drill, one with each hand.  That game was in the Cracker Box gym, when Sugar Bear Dan Carlyle was point guard.  (Chuck Rizutti the next year and Tom Hansen after that).  Dick played for Iowa after high school.

Looking up Mike Connelly's records, I saw Lloyd Thornburg from Pleasentville high on the records list.  He is the son of my mother's best friend from college, and my brother and I used to go stay on their farm in the Summers.


BTW, Tim, you are more blurry now.




11/01/17 12:33 PM #73    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Back to Mike Connelly, and the Hall of Fame, how many records do you have to still hold after 50 years?

Mike holds 11 of 29 possible in Boys Basketball.  Several of the team records still standing are because of him, too.


C'mon man!


01/01/18 02:58 PM #74    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Congrats to Allen Lazard.


01/02/18 01:23 PM #75    

James F. Blend (1969)

I was at the Liberty Bowl ......Lazard was great.  The Memphis fans raved about their All American Reciever.  Lazard was by far the best receiver on the field that day. He made some catches on a few underthrown passes and the one in the end zone that was deflected  was in front of us and phenomenal.  The NFL scouts in attendance had to come away impressed.

01/03/18 01:54 PM #76    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Lazard was the 22nd ranked NFL receiver prospect.  That seems pretty low. 

I bet he goes early.


02/12/18 09:50 AM #77    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Socks . . . 

Does anyone else remember the socks guys wore in the 60s?  You knew where someone went to high school by the color of the rings at the top of their socks.

Urbandale's were Royal Blue.

Roosevelt's were navy blue.

Ankeny's and Dowling's were Scarlet/Burgundy, I think.

North's and Saydel's were green.

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I wanted to give a shout out to Dave Argenta, the unassuming placekicker in '66, '67, '68.  I know you're having a bit of a battle, and I wish you the best.



02/13/18 03:36 PM #78    

Michael Connelly (1968)

I remember navy blue striped “Rosie” socks we used to get at Reicharts in Beaverdale.  Don’t think I had many royal blue?

02/14/18 11:14 AM #79    

Lila C. Mart (1970)

sh.....uh, shoot........i wrote something and then lost it

mike - you were supposed to wear royal blue - and only YOU would shop at Reichart's (weren't you in an ad for them in the yearbook?  hmmm)   NOW it's navy blue but i doubt they wear striped socks.......too gauche.

miss you on FB.......but i don't miss FB

keep in

take care........happy VD!

02/14/18 12:36 PM #80    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Bill Reichardt's (RIP) store was in the Roosevelt Shopping Center on 42nd Street, but others sold the "sweat socks" with the colored rings on top.  I got mine at Younkers.  When I came to Urbandale, from Beaverdale, I switched from Navy stripes to Royal Blue.

My brother was still at Roosevelt (Class of '65)  and Bill Reichardt gave Roosevelt students a Navy-and-striped State Championship tie.  My brother got one, and since he didn't care about it, he gave it to me.  A few years back I discovered it, and a lot of other stuff, gone from my closet.  DW had taken it to the thrift store.sad

An incidental aside, there was group of cool kids from Roosevelt who hung out at the Roosevelt Shopping Center, the ACBs (All Center Bums).

The clothing store in Beaverdale was Bond's of Beaverdale.

03/16/18 10:57 PM #81    

Rebecca Jane Haines (Ervin) (1967)

Duane William Haines, age 70, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Mosaic House, a loving and caring group home that provided him much comfort and enjoyment during the past year. From his premature birth on August 12, 1947 in Des Moines, Duane expressed an eagerness to explore his surroundings, always ready to make new friends. Although afflicted with cerebral palsy, which the doctors felt sure would result in his death as a child, his enthusiasm and humor never failed him, even when the outside world sometimes focused on his limitations, rather than his abilities. Against all odds, he enjoyed life and had a personality that was a gift to the world. Despite a life spent in a wheelchair since his teens, Duane loved sports above all, except for his friends and family. He is still remembered to this day for his memorable devotion to the Urbandale High School athletics teams, leading the Des Moines Register to call him the school’s “greatest athletic booster” who “inspired a lot of people to do their best.” He also rooted for the New York Yankees and USC Trojans, but he cheered on countless other teams, especially the underdogs. In the present day, Duane might have had other opportunities, but he still managed to contribute to his community in ways great and small, including his work and supporting his new friends at Camp Sunnyside. He was deeply loved by his family, especially his seven younger siblings, Rebecca (Jim) Ervin, Brian (Charlotte) Haines, James (Minnie) Haines, Ramona (Tom) Sharp, Rachel (Allan) Crandall, Schuyler Haines, and Billie (Kent) Haines, but his numerous nieces, nephews and their own children cared for him no less. With an unnatural affection for fast food, rock and roll and Mountain Dew, Duane appreciated the little things in life, allowing the rest of us to appreciate him all the more, notwithstanding his inability to carry a tune when singing along to Aerosmith or The Beatles. His wonderful life was a fairy tale in many ways, despite what the circumstances might suggest, making his passing appropriate: watching an underdog overcome long odds to record a historic first-round upset during March Madness. Upon hearing the news, his best friend John Cortese wrote, “he was an incredible, strong, and kind man, who got more out of life in a wheelchair than most people do running free.” Duane was preceded in death by his parents, James William and Mary Jane (Sumner) Haines and his younger brother Brian. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in Duane’s name to the Mosaic House at 11141 Aurora Avenue, Urbandale, 50322. Funeral arrangements are pending.





03/17/18 12:42 PM #82    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

RIP, Duane.



03/17/18 06:02 PM #83    

Robert L. (Tip) Chase (1966)

Duane was an inspiration to all.   He wasn't just the "kid in a wheelchair,"  he was a part of our team.

I can still hear his "Go Blue!"

Tip Chase




03/18/18 12:01 PM #84    

Joyce L. Allen Daly (1966)

Duane was an inspiration to everyone he came in contact with. He was such a presence at so many events. His positive outlook on life will live on with all who were privileged to know him. RIP big guy!

Joyce Allen Daly (1966)

03/18/18 03:41 PM #85    

Michael Connelly (1968)

Well said, Tippy and Joyce.  He was an inspiration to so many of us.

11/05/18 11:09 AM #86    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

I'm surprised that Allen Lazard has not been picked up by someone.

11/07/18 09:00 PM #87    

Jonathan Koele (2013)

Jim.  Allen is currently on the Jaguars practice squad.

11/08/18 11:43 AM #88    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)


What I meant is that at this time in the season, with injuries and some poor performances, I'm surprised no one has picked him up.  He could help some teams.

I see that three weeks ago, he was mentioned as a possible help for the Browns.

Lotsa receiver trades/moves recently.



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