LTE – Merwin Moen – 8-23-2017

I would like to introduce myself as Merwin Moen, teacher and coach at Boyceville 1958-1967.

We started the wrestling program at Boyceville. We were one of the only programs in the whole area. The team won 85% of their matches, taking on all comers.

[emember_protected] The team won 7 baseball championships with outstanding pitchers: Ken Helland, Rick Stevens, Kelly Stevens, Bill Mittlestadt, Ron Talmage and others.

We had an undefeated untied conference championship in football. Most of the years gave the Bulldogs a top place finish.

The Bulldogs were champions both in basketball and track. The boys did quite well in volleyball. Yes there was a WIAA Volleyball Championship – Prescott won the tournament. The Bulldogs concentrated on baseball and Prescott in volleyball.

I had a full plate in teaching and coaching. I also wrote much of the Press Reporter for Don Halverson.

We had a yearbook which I directed – the students really had a fun time. They won top honors in yearbook production. The female students did not have intrascholastic athletics. Yearbook service, cheerleading, GAA were first attempts of athletics.

I have a very rare disease which took away most of my abilities. I served part of a year as St. Croix Falls principal followed by 28 years as school superintendent at St. Croix Falls and my home high school at Cumberland, Wis.

Jamie Olson was a great wrestler at Cumberland who took his abilities to Boyceville. We enjoy reading about the boys abilities.

I started this note by writing down some of the events of Boyceville during the early 1950’s/ Boyceville and Glenwood joined forces in the summer time with a powerful Legion team with Jeff Garske, Barry Halverson, G Johnson and others. We had to put our smaller numbers against Eau Claire Memorial, North, Chippewa Falls, etc. which added up to about a 30-40 game schedule.

This note was a brief history of a good era in high school athletes. This is about how I handed my stories to Halverson, publisher.

Do what you wish with the story. It was a fun time.

Yours truly,
Merwin Moen
BHS 1958-1967 [/emember_protected]