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James Amdal, 97, in attendance at state quarterfinal

James Amdal, 97, played basketball and graduated from Audubon in 1938. He is seated courtside here at Williams Arena for today's game.

James Amdal, 97, played basketball and graduated from Lake Park high school in 1938. He was seated courtside at Williams Arena for Lake Park-Audubon’s state quarterfinal game against Goodhue Thursday.

The University of Minnesota stadium offers a bit more than gyms in the 30’s.

“Some of those gyms in those days weren’t very big; the spectators were up in a loft,” he said.

Amdal graduated with a class of less than 20 students but they managed to form a successful basketball team out of such a small student body.

“There couldn’t be too many because the school’s weren’t that big, but we had a pretty good record,” he said. “If you had somebody six-feet or more that was awfully tall.”

Amdal recalled playing teams from around the area, including Detroit Lakes and Moorhead in the one-class system during his time in Audubon.

He grew up on Main Street in Lake Park and his parents owned Amdal Mercantile and is from the family name behind the Amdal House, which housed the Historical Society, until recently being sold.

Amdal moved to Fergus Falls in 1945 and has lived there since and has a rooting interest for the Otters as well in a big state tournament where both of his teams are represented.

Amdal just turned 97-years-old in February.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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