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Sports on Swartz - Best athlete challenge answered by just one

March 18, 2011
By David Swartz - Managing Editor

So far only one person answered my challenge from last week to submit their nomination for best athlete to graduate from Estherville/Estherville Lincoln Central.

Marv Boever, a resident of the community for 65-years submitted Milton "Doc" Archer's name to the discussion.

"I have been in the Estherville area for 65 years. I have attended many athletic events in all 94) seasons of the year," Boever said.

"Estherville has had many outstanding athletes throughout these years, but in my opinion Milton (Doc) Archer is my pick as the best all around athlete in all four events of basketball, football, baseball and track."

With the help of Doc's wife, Boever compiled these statistics.

1.Lettered in four athletic sports earning 15 for his high school career.

(5) Baseball pitched for E'ville High School varsity as an eighth grader

(3) Football all-conference as a junior and a senior

(3) Basketball all-conference as a junior and senior

(4) Track qualified for state meet as junior and senior

2. Pitched two no-hitters in baseball and third baseman when not pitching

3. Baseball batting average was .402

4.Played excellent football both on offense and defense

5. Was quarterback at most times and running back at other times

6. Broke his left elbow in a football game against Spencer and played shortly afterwards with his arm in a cast and taped to his body.

7. In track Doc entered the state meet as discus thrower, 440-yard dash and 120-yard high hurdles.

8. He also ran 100-yard dash, low hurdles and shuttle relay at other times.

9. Doc was always willing to compete when needed and in a triangular meet with Sheldon and Spirit Lake, he volunteered in the 440 when the regular runner pulled a muscle and came within 1/10 of a second of Paul Conway's winning time of 58.2. The Midgets won with 74 points to Sheldon's 61.

11. For his basketball high school career, he averaged 14 points a game.

At the Estherville Junior College

1.Lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track both years.

2. Doc was all-conference in football basketball and baseball

3. He was First Team All State Tournament Team.

4. He averaged 20 points per game in basketball. He had 7 yards per carry in football. He had two 39-point games in basketball.

At Augustana College

1.He lettered as a starting player in football, basketball, baseball and track in his junior and senior years.

2. Played both offense and defense on the football squad.

3. In his track activities, he one day played a doubleheader baseball game, pitching the first game and winning 4-1 and played outfield in the second game which Augustan also won. Then in the afternoon at the Augustana Relays, he came in third in the high jump and also ran the third leg of the mile relay which placed third.



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