Hey, I Remember That!: A Look Back at Area Sports 10, 25 and 50 Years Ago
50 Years Ago This Week – 1962
Fifty years ago this week, the St. Marys Lakers had their nine-game winning spurt frozen following an 8-3 loss to the Coldwater Cubs at Memorial Field in St. Marys. Each team scored a run in the second and fifth innings, before Coldwater pulled ahead in the eighth and ninth frames with six more runs to solidify their five-run victory. The big blow came in the ninth with the Lakers down by a run. Coldwater loaded the bases before Ken Wilker took St. Marys pitcher Mike Weadock deep with a grand slam. The old timers in attendance agreed it was the longest ball they had ever seen hit at Memorial Field as it traveled an estimated 410 feet before landing beyond the fence to the left of the football field in right centerfield. Red Belton had the most productive day at the plate for St. Marys with three base hits, while Cal Caywood and Tom Yingling each added a pair of base hits in the defeat.
25 Years Ago This Week – 1987
This week in 1987, the St. Marys Roughriders took to the football field for the first scrimmage of the season, and unfortunately left the field on the losing end of a 33-12 decision to the Piqua Indians. The scrimmage at West Elementary School was a blend of controlled, ten-play series, as well as game situations. Trailing 26-0, the Roughriders finally put together what resembled a little bit of an offense as they drove the field before Scott Schlosser scampered in from 23 yards. A couple of series later, St. Marys hit pay dirt again when quarterback Derek Turner hooked up with senior tight end Mike Trogdlon for a 36-yard touchdown strike. The Indians scored once more in the contest to record the 21-point win and gave the Roughriders two weeks to get things turned around before the season opener.
10 Years Ago This Week – 2002
Ten years ago this week in 2002, the St. Marys girls tennis team continued their early-season roll with a 5-0 shutout over the Defiance Bulldogs. Jenna Kogge led the way for the Blue and Gold in first singles as she dominated her counterpart from Defiance, 6-0 and 6-2. Katie Tebbe also grabbed a victory in second singles action with a 6-1 and 6-2 win, while Laura Fritz excelled in third singles with a 6-2 and 6-1 victory. In doubles action, Sarah Sawmiller and Angie Dzalamanow took an easy win in first doubles, while in second doubles, Dianna Carpenter and Kristy Wilson hung on for the ‘Riders fifth victory of the afternoon. The triumph was the first of the season in Western Buckeye League action for the Roughriders and head coach Brice Brenneman.