Sports Page

When you think of GHS sports many names come to mind. Coach Brinsko, Monte Pearson, Darl Walker, Kevin Reed, and many more. Goldfield has had a long tradition in sports like Baseball, Basketball, Track, Volleyball, and Golf.

Pictured below is the trophy case you see as you enter the Goldfield Schoolhouse erected in 1956. Prominently displayed in the front of this case is the trophy that the girls basketball team of 1955 brought home as the state champions for that year.

We've had our share of sports successes over the years at Goldfield High School and this page has been created to show some of the highlights from the past.

 1955 Girls Honored at Vet's Auditorium

On March 12, 2005, the 1955 Goldfield Girls basketball team was honored at a special halftime ceremony at the girls state basketball tournament in Des Moines, Iowa. The Goldfield girls team was the first to win a state championship at Veteran's Memorial Auditorium and since this is the last year the tournaments will be held at Vets, the team was invited to be part of a special recognition ceremony for several teams and players.

Many of you were unable to attend this event or even view it on TV so we have a video clip that you can watch here on the alumni site and a photo gallery with some of the pictures from that special day.


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Photo Gallery will be up soon so check back!

 1955 Girls Basketball Team

In 1955, the Goldfield girls basketball team accomplished the ultimate goal in high school athletics. They brought home the state championship. The images below tell the story of this incredible moment in GHS sports!

Front row L-R Sharon Richards, Karen Gillespie, Judy Freeman, Donnarae Madison, Wanda Jones, and Sharon Hansen. Back row L-R Lois Christensen, Sandra Whyte, Jane DeWitt, Jim Carroll, Ellen Kloster, Marcia Robinson, Delores Frakes, and Mary Axon.

1955 State Tournament Schedule

Newspaper Clipping from 1955

 1975-76 Boys Basketball Team

Front row L-R Steve Brooks Mgr., Kurt Helgevold, Gary Frakes, Roy Frakes, Tom Williams, Dave Stoakes, Ron Knight Mgr. Back row L-R Coach Mike Brinsko, Conley Nelson, Randy Purcell, Dale Knight, Greg Nelson, Geoff Nelson, Gary Sampson, Kevin Thompson.

Goldfield Loses sub-State to Allison-Bristow by one

Many Goldfield fans must have been thinking they've see it all somewhere before as they watched their Indians lose a close one point decision to Allison-Bristow(AB) in the Class A sub-state tournament game at Mason City Monday night, 50-49.

Many were probably thinking back to a year ago when Goldfield lost in the same sub-state final to Tripoli, 39-38.

But there the similarities end. The last time around it was Tripoli that came from behind in the closing seconds to nip the Indians. This time the Indians were forced to play catch up ball.

After a disastrous first quarter, Goldfield struggled back to come within nine, 40-49, of AB with just under two minutes left to go. Goldfield's Geoff Nelson hit the first part of a one-and-one and a field goal to bring the margin down to six. The Trojans hit a free throw and then recovered the ball out of bounds with :57 remaining on the clock.

The Indians played some of their finest basketball of the year in that last minute never giving up even though the time continued to click away.

Greg nelson hit two quick baskets to bring the score to 47-50 with a half-minute left, and Goldfield was faced with having to foul to try to recover the ball.

The Trojans missed the one-and-one and Gary Sampson charged down the floor with the ball. His shot missed and the Indians had to foul again and hope for another rebound. The Trojans again missed at the line and this time Sampson's recovery was converted into two points and Goldfield called time out with a second left and one point needed to win.

Dale Knight intercepted the inbounds pass at the half court line and put up a last second shot before the buzzer sounded. It was short and the tip by Randy Purcell would not have counted even if it had gone in.

"The most important thing about the game was that the boys didn't give up, when by all rights they could have," said Coach Mike Brinsko.

~excerpt taken from the Eagle Grove Eagle, Thursday, March 11, 1976 edition

Greg and Geoff Nelson fight for the rebound.

Tom Williams, Roy Frakes and Coach Mike Brinsko watch the action from the bench.



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