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50 Years Ago This Week – 1961
The St. Marys Roughriders got the 1961-62 boys’ basketball campaign off to a promising start with a 46-40 victory over the Greenville Green Wave.
It was St. Marys’ first win over the Wave on the basketball court in five years.
Using their noticeable height advantage, Greenville held complete control of the boards in the first half and pushed out to a 23-18 lead at intermission.
Minster senior linebacker Daniel Gusching earned the Division VI Defensive Player of the Year award in Division VI and Minster head coach Nate Moore was named Division VI’s top coach in the Associated Press All-Ohio football team.
Gusching, a 6-foot-3, 217-pound senior outside linebacker, made 89 tackles this season with 11 sacks in 13 games.
Gusching schared the honor with Youngstown Christian’s Kaevon Green.
COLDWATER — The common link between Coldwater and Kirtland coming into Friday’s Division V state championship game is a team that didn’t even make the playoffs this season.
Both teams bowed out of the playoffs the last two seasons at the hands of private school power Youngstown Ursuline. Coldwater lost the last two Division V title game to the Irish. Kirtland fell earlier in the playoffs the last two years to Ursuline.
The two squads meet at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Friday morning at 11 a.m.
St. Marys running back D.J. Manning earned second-team All-Ohio honors and St. Marys senior center Austin Rupard was named Special Mention All-Ohio when the Associated Press released its Division III All-Ohio teams on Tuesday afternoon.
The teams are based on the recommendations of a state media panel.
Manning, a senior, rushed for more than 2,000 yards this season — setting the school rushing record and the single-game rushing record against Sidney in the season opener.
The Marion Local at New Knoxville boys basketball game scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16 has been postponed because of the Flyers' run to the state championship football game and Homecoming has been pushed up a week at New Knoxville.
The make-up date for the Marion Local game now set for Tuesday, Jan. 31, with a 6 p.m. junior varsity tip-off.
Homecoming activiies will now be held on Friday, Dec. 9 against Waynesfield-Goshen. That game is a 6:30 p.m. JV tip-off.
MARIA STEIN — Maybe nothing illustrates the next-man-in-line mentality of the Marion Local football program better than Justin Rutschilling, the Flyers’ own proverbial rags to riches story.
Just a junior varsity player from a season ago as a junior, Rutschilling worked his way into becoming a first team All-Midwest Athletic Conference player on both offense and defense this fall.
The St. Marys Athletic Department has 205 tickets available for Saturday’s boys basketball game at New Knoxville.
On Tuesday, parents of varisty and junior varisty boys basketball players and parent of varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders may pick up a maximum of two tickets at 5:30 p.m. in the high school main office.
On Wednesday season ticket holders may pick up a maximum two tickets starting at 5:30 p.m. in the high school office.
A quartet of Wapakoneta Redskins were named to the Division II All-Ohio football lists, which were released on Monday.
Wapak running back Connor Pickens earned first team All-Ohio honors. Pickens rushed for 1,611 yards this season.
Safety Kevin Kraft and offensive lineman Chris Schwartz were both second teamers.
Linebacker Brendan Wilson took third team honors.
The Divisions III and IV All-Ohio lists will be released on Tuesday afternoon and the Division V and VI lists will be released on Wednesday afternoon.
MINSTER — Minster center Tara Clune scored 19 points and the Wildcat girls basketball team had 11 players get into the scoring column in a 62-20 season-opening victory over Jackson Center on Saturday night.
Clune score all of her 19 points in the second and third quarters — including six baskets in the third to tally 12 of Minster’s 18 third-quarter points.
Minster held Jackson Center to four first-half points.
Minster’s Kayla Albers added 11 points and Sara Dahlinghaus had 10 points.