By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

From Our Files

1948: Hartley hoopsters win O’Brien County tourney


February 2, 2023

• Feb. 5, 1948

Although the fuel oil shortage had not been so keenly felt in Hartley as in other sections of the state, plans were discussed by the Chamber of Commerce to set up an emergency fuel oil council. The committee would attempt to allocate fuel oil so that all would receive enough to heat their homes.

The Hartley Hawks made history when they marched through the three toughest opponents, Sheldon, Primghar and Gaza, to win the O’Brien County basketball tournament. In the title game, Hartley pulled away from tournament dark horse Gaza, 55-38, a team expected to give the Hawks a de...

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