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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!

07/06/22 12:03 PM #129    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

I played organized baseball from 8 years old until The Peter Principle kicked in at Iowa State, and Mark Oppedal was the best pitcher I ever saw.  Mark was athletic in a quirky and awkward way, which gave him an amazing pick-off move.  He also fell off the mound during his wind-up once, whcih we all enjoyed immensely.

Our demise in '67 came in District.  We kicked Carlisle ---- in the first game, then Saydel did the same to us in the second game.  It was on their field, and we could not hit their hispanic lefty.  Very disappointing end to Urbandale sports for several of us.

Not only did the R&T drop The Big Peach, I saw where they stopped covering High School sports in their Saturday Register, after they disbanded their Iowa reporters.


07/06/22 06:27 PM #130    

Jerry Stuckle (1970)

Every time I've been back to Iowa over the last few years I've been disappointed at what the Register has become.  Not even a ghost of it's original self.  And considering what they charge for a subscription it's almost robbery.

07/07/22 09:32 AM #131    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

Back in the day, Gordon Gammack was on my paper route.  My brother delivered Morning, evening and Sunday for awhile, so he was up at 4:00, went to school, delivered evenings before 5:00, then did it all over again.  Plus, we had to collect once a week, trying to catch 80 customers at home. 

What a grind!!!

When I started, it was just Evening and Sunday for me.

We hung on for Christmas tips!!!!  Remember that, tips???!!!

As 9, 10, 11 and 12-year-olds, I don't know how we did it.

07/07/22 05:05 PM #132    

Jerry Stuckle (1970)


I am really impressed by your brother's industrialness.  I hd a morning route for two years and that's all I could handle.  No way could I have managed an evening/Sunday route, also.

And having to collect every week?  Every other week was bad enough for me.  It was $0.80 for two seeks of the Register, of which I got somewhere around $0.15 - don't remember how much any more.  But that was good money for a 13 year old in the mid 60's.

07/07/22 06:08 PM #133    

J. Phillip Brewer (1958)

Thank you to all of you "youngsters" who add news and comments to this website.

I am wondering how "we" can get more input from the "parents" who graduated "backsome" in the 60's and 50's---some of us are still around. 

I enjoy your comments about the DM Register and Tribune---I carried papers for both the morning Register and the Evening Tribune between 1952 and 1956 in the area of 32nd to 36th Streets between University and Kingman Blvd in Des Moines.  That was the time when I also had to "collect" money for the subscriptions.  Christmas tips were an absolute thrill.  I finished my "journalistic" career in 1956 and began the grocery business with Thriftway in West Des Moines, Parkview (that may be a wrong name---on Euclid 5 miles east of Urbandate), and at 41st and University.  Safeway took over that grocery chain while I was still a stocker and checker.

I have no idea if these stores are extant!  I have not been in DM since the 50th reunion in 2008.

There are a few of us 58'ers still left.  I hear from Larry Wilson, Dave Rusk, Glen Ferguson, Lloyd Barger and Max Bible on occasion. 

I was not very famous at the school and "city" as I transferred to UHS my senior year from Roosevelt HS. 

Not many people remember this "one-year" addendum.  I was not an athlete outside of the gym class.

I am not familiar with the loss of an Urbandale person referred to in some of the previous messages. News of that tragedy did not reach me years ago. 

07/08/22 12:03 PM #134    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

My brother delivered 47th, 48th, and 48th Place, north from Urbandale,  Back then 48th and 48th Place were dead-end, before Fred Grove sold his field to developers.  My brother's branch was at 53rd and Urbandale, across 53rd from Riley elementary.  So he had to go there to get his papers.  

My branch was the old metal building behind the gas station at Beaver and Urbandale.  I went north on Beaver . . . Christophers, Hummel Bros, Doctors Office, Holy Trinity, to Boesen's, Ashby to 44th, and Ovid to 47th.  I ended about where my brother ended.

My route was a prosperous area back then, with business leaders, attorneys, government and elected officials.  My mind has not left me (yet), and I can still picture them and their names.  Gammack, Connolly(s), Adcock, Boesen, Dr. Chapman, E I Sargent, O"Malley . . . . . 

Dad helped my brother some mornings and Mom helped us both on Sundays, followed by breakfast at the pancake place at 56th and Hickman, then church.

Other than that, we were on our own. 

If we managed our paper count, and got everyone collected, I'd make about $8/week, supplementing my night crawler, cucumber, pop bottle, coat hanger enterprises.  Oh, that reminds me, there were frequent "branch meetings", where we went out to get "Starts", and sometimes we would fake them to get a transistor radio or something, so we would have to buy extra papers for awhile.

My branch manager was a two-year-older responsible kid, Craig Lewis.

Don't get me started about blizzards, and customers who complained if they didn't have their Sunday paper by 7:00 AM.  One complaint meant no blue ribbon for the month.

07/08/22 12:18 PM #135    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

J. Phillip Brewer:

I, too, transferred to Urbandale, where I was the "Rosey" tackling dummy on the Urbandale football practice field.  wink

But, I found a niche at Urbandale, opportunity I never would have had at Roosevelt.  My brother kept going to Roosevelt, where he graduated in '65, and our parents had to pay "tuition" for him to do that, even though they owned property in the Roosevelt district.  Where we grew up, at 48th and Urbandale, you could go to Roosevelt, North, or Tech.

If the person previously mentioned was "Coach" Gayle Burgett, he was head football coach at least from '64 to '66, when our disappointing 5-3 record did him in.  We, the players, all liked him, and I have to respect him for giving me a B in Phys Ed.  He died of Covid early on, March, 2020.

Dennis Frerichs came next.

07/08/22 06:45 PM #136    

Jerry Stuckle (1970)

I fondly remember Coach Frerichs.  I had him for six years.  I graduated in 1970 so I had him for 3 years in Junior High at 70th & Doublas (how i remember that old building!) and them 3 years in high school. I wasn't an athlete but I enjoyed his gym classes. 

I still remember he would chose a student to lead calisthentics.  The leader would indicate the next exercice and how many reps, i.e. "20 pushups".  If Coach Frerichs didn't like the number of reps (i.e. 10 pushups), he'd say "How many?" - I can still hear him saying it, even after over 50 years :)  If you gave a count that was ok with him he would nod.

A great guy and a great coach.

07/11/22 11:27 AM #137    

Anthony N. Woloch (1972)

Well said Jerry about Coach Dennis Frerichs! 

Besides leading fun PE classes (e.g., dodgeball & flag football), he was also my excellent summer driver's ed teacher. 

Our class learned to drive in beautiful brand new 1970 V-8 Chevrolet Caprices in various colors from class to class.

I was 15 years old and had already been practicing driving and parking full-size Ford Country Squire Station Wagons and Ford Galaxies since obtaining the earliest available Iowa driver learners permit at age 14, thanks to my dear Dad. I was parking cars in the garage even earlier than that and also began driving lawn mower tractors at age 7.

On our first day in the driver's ed car, the first few students were instructed to drive on Urbandale city streets where the speed limit was 25 or 35 mph.

When my first turn came to drive the driver's ed car, Coach Frerichs calmly said take it out on Interstate 35 or 80 where the speed limit was 75 or 80 mph at that time..  I happily obliged. 

I knew I could do it but I was impressed and thankful that Coach Frerichs trusted me to do it safely.with him and other students in the car. 

Later that summer, I got my Iowa drivers license on my 16th birthday before my Junior Year began.  I still walked to school all the way to graduation in May of 1972, fifty years ago.

Thank you Coach Dennis Frerichs and many other UHS teachers for fond memories of Urbandale High School!

07/12/22 02:06 PM #138    

Sally Reed (Donison) (1972)

Yes Tony, I also had Coach for summer Driver's Ed. He was such a calm teacher even at 630am!!!

07/13/22 10:50 AM #139    

Marcy R. McClintock (Tanner) (1972)

Love the memories of Drivers Ed - I was so nervous and coach was so nice.  Took me from a 13 point turn down to 3 and I still parallel park like a champ.  My favorite 6:30 am memory was stopping so he could get coffee and a Twinkie!  Wonderful teachers at Urbandale 

07/13/22 01:12 PM #140    


James L. (Jim) Beasley (1967)

A few years earlier, my Drivers' Ed teacher was Coach Brown, who was the Head baseball coach my Soph and Jun years, before Frerichs.  Girls basketball coash, too.

When the Highway Patrol came out to do the driving tests, the word got around that the guy doing the test was very picky about signaling when you pull out to start.  So, I did. . . . blink, blink, blink . . . and a hand signal with the rolled down window.

At the end he gave me a 99, and said I did not signal to pull out.

I was livid.

My senior year I arranged a vehicle safety check with the Police Chief Wayne Woods, and they came out and looked at cars and motorcyles for whoever wanted that.

I also told Chief Woods that the all-night after-Prom party would be at my house, and he had an officer there to check on people leaving, although most people didn't leave until the sun came up, or later.

My parents were out of town, and they were the only ones in town who did not know about the Prom party.  It started Friday after school and ended Sunday morning. 

nuff said

07/13/22 01:42 PM #141    

Phyllis Brunia (Stackhouse) (1971)

I too am a Coach Frerich's drivers ed graduate!  And 6:30 in the morning as well!  Since I had never had him in a class, I was really nervous that he would be my instructor.  After all I had only seen him coaching on the football field.  He was so kind and not at all as intimidating as I thought he would be.  I also appreciate that he took driver's education seriously.  I was told that it was because his parents were killed in an automobile accident and he helped raise his sister.  

07/13/22 10:00 PM #142    

Anthony N. Woloch (1972)

Sally, Marcy, and Phyllis, it is so good to hear from you and read your personal stories about Coach Frerichs' summer driver's ed class and his likeable demeaner.  I hope you are all doing well.

Were we all taking driver's ed in the same car with Coach Frerichs in the summer of 1970?  

I had forgotten but you have all reminded me that our summer driver's ed classes started at 6:30am.  No problem, i think we were all earger to learn to drive and earn our Iowa driver's license.

Sophomore boys basketball practices with Coach Gayle Palmer - during the winter of 1969-1970 - were also held very early in the morning before homeroom and regular high school classes.

By the way, Coach Jack Wiersma apparently succeeded Coach Dennis Frerrichs at Urbandale Junior High School located at 70th & Douglas. 

I definitely remember having Coach Wiersma for 9th grade PE classes, 9th grade boys basketball, and 9th grade boys track during the 1968 - 1969 school year.

During 9th grade boys basketball practices, our intense conditioning workouts included running a lot of windsprints on the basketball court and a lot of up & down stairs - from the top floor of the brick building to the basement floor boiler room where we did pushups.  All that running inspired me to join the 9th grade boys track team. 

I am not sure who was our 8th grade boys basketball coach at the old Urbandale Junior High School during the 1967 - 1968 school year.  Was it Coach Wiersma, Mr. Cox (Science teacher), or someone else?  Does anyone from the UHS Class of 1972 remember for sure? 


07/14/22 01:23 PM #143    

Nancy Proctor (1972)

Wow, lots of discussion of drivers ed with Coach F. My memories are an afternoon session with Mike Warner, singng along to Three Dog Night. Sorry, I don't remember the 3rd student in our session.  Jeremiah was a bullfrog...

Mr Cox was the Girls basketball coach for at least 7th and 8th grades.  Maybe 9th?  My great Aunt, born 1900, played girls basketball, so we chatted about it sometimes. I too, still remember those Jr High stair runs. OMG!

So disappointing when I moved junior year to Milwaukee, and discovered Wisconsin didn't have girls high school sports. Unless you count intramural field hockey, in skirts. I was offered to practice with the boys golf team, but didn't. I learned a lot more playing regularly with my dad, a virtual scratch golfer. Alas, Susie Sykes, he didn't sing with me like you did, though.

07/14/22 01:34 PM #144    

Michael Connelly (1968)

I had Coach Frerichs for drivers ed in the summer of my sophomore year.  One day, I fell asleep and he threw a stapler at me that hit my desk and definitely woke me up!  He was aiming for the desk, not me.  I looked up and he was chuckling!

07/14/22 01:58 PM #145    

Phyllis Brunia (Stackhouse) (1971)

So nice to catch up with each of you, Tony, Marcy, Nancy and Sally!  Great memories!

07/14/22 03:17 PM #146    

Susan Ruth Guthrie (Bonnicksen) (1972)

Good to see Tony, Marcy, Sally, and Phyllis on this site--- any of you coming back for the class of 1972's 50th Class reunion??? 

07/14/22 06:47 PM #147    

Sally Reed (Donison) (1972)

Hi Susie, sadly no I cannot attend. I do remember my car-mates at 630am...Jodi McElherne and Dowlings Dennis Mcmanus...sometimes we had to pick him up to drive...hahaha...I learned to not have such a lead foot, don't overreact, and how firmm but calm voice is best when I did for y 2 kids...I hope the reunion is much fun as I am sad to miss...s

07/15/22 09:41 AM #148    

Barbara Hill (1972)

Hello Class of 1972,

Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend our reunion. Lots of things going on. On a good note, I am planning on moving back to Iowa next summer. Need to get my oldest grandson through his senior year.

I have a request, though. I wanted to ask those that go to the reunion if they could take pictures and forward them to me. I'd love to see you. My email is

Have a great time and I'm bummed I can't make it. I know it would be a blast.

Barb Hill

07/15/22 01:09 PM #149    

Vicki Briggs (Evans) (1969)

i had coach Frerichs in basketball and softball. not sure if he was involved with track. i would say he is one of the best coaches Urbandale will ever have! I thought he was awesome! i believe his sister was involved with coaching also, possibly.(Nancy?) my achievements included throwing a softball three fourths of a football field and i scored 25 points in basketball against Carlisle. i also performed the high jump in track.  i miss those days! Mike Connelly, hope you are doing well !  you probably saw we lost Patti to cancer in February.


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