50-year Cats reunion draws 45 together

Twenty former Allison Cats showed up to see the baseball tradition  revived from yesteryears, while several more came to the celebration later. Front row: Steve Klunder, Mark Randall, Tom Cain, Vic Woodley, Karl Heyenga, Bill Dunkelberger, Chad Kruse, Martin Johnson, Matt Boomgarden, Phillip Johnson. Back row: Eric Kruse, Vern Butch Harms, Larry Chico Gress, Ken Nevenhoven, Matt Heyenga, Merle Hoodjer, Dennis Hippen, Mike Boomgarden, Dave Opperman and Collin Freesemann.

Around 45 Allison Cats celebrated their 50-year reunion during Wilder Daze.

Ranae Boomgarden, who grew up rooting for the Cats and spent a year planning the event, managed to rally over 30 former players together, along with the 13 current players and family members.

All told, 100 Cat lovers met up under a tent on Main Street for a meal, memories and fun, with memorabilia, pictures and jerseys on display.

Read full story in the July 24 Tribune-Journal.