Hey, I Remember That!: A Look Back at Area Sports 10, 25 and 50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago This Week – 1962
This week in 1962, the St. Marys Roughriders lit the fuse to the 1962 football campaign, but unfortunately for Roughrider fans, fell by a final of 28-14.  The Roughriders got started on the wrong foot after fumbling the ball away on each of their first three offensive drives of the contest.  The Yellow Jackets capitalized on every one of their opportunities to jump out in front 20-0 at the end of one quarter of play.  Neither team cracked the scoring column in the second quarter, and they both hit the locker room at halftime with Sidney still in front by 20 points.  St. Marys turned things over to running backs Terry Young, Tommy Hollman, and Ronnie Jones in the third quarter and they cut into their deficit early in the period with Jones’ three-yard touchdown plunge.  The Jackets scored on the ensuing series to go ahead 28-7, only to have Jones score again late in the third to pull his team to within 14 points.  That is as close as the Roughriders came though, as they fell by the 28-14 final in the initial game of the season.  

25 Years Ago This Week – 1987
Twenty-five years ago this week, the New Bremen Cardinals volleyball team upped their record to 5-0 overall on the young season with a two-game win over the Marion Local Flyers in what was classified as a non-league Midwest Athletic Conference volleyball match.  The Cardinals snagged the opening game 15-8, while nearly duplicating their effort in game two with a 15-7 victory over the Blue and Gold, who slipped to 3-2 on the season.  In the battle, Lori Busse scored 15 points and recorded five aces, seven spikes and a kill, while Lyn Gagel was six-for-six in spikes with a pair of kills.  Kim Rismiller also contributed to the victory with seven spikes in eight attempts along with a kill.  The Cardinals were also victorious in the junior varsity match, while improving to 3-2 on the year with a pair of 15-9 wins over the Flyers.  Susie Reuse led the way for the Cardinals in that win with nine service points in the match.     

10 Years Ago This Week – 2002
This week in 2002, the St. Marys Roughriders notched their first Western Buckeye League football victory of the season with a 9-7 triumph over the Van Wert Cougars.  The Cougars made it interesting in the early part of the contest when they scored on their initial possession of the game with a 40-yard touchdown pass.  The 7-0 score remained in their favor as both defenses tightened and things stayed the same on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter.  St. Marys quarterback Corey Vossler delivered a pitch to Nick Yahl, who sprinted with the pigskin toward the sideline.  Just before running out of room, Yahl put on the brakes, turned, and released a halfback pass into the waiting hands of a wide-open Brandt Huttis, who pulled the ball in near the five-yard line and quickly hit the end zone.  The ensuing extra point attempt was blocked, and with time ticking in the final quarter, the Roughriders trailed 7-6.  The ‘Rider defense quickly forced a punt and regained possession with two minutes showing on the game clock.  They methodically drove down the field, and with 15 seconds to play, Nick Pfeffenberger lined up for what soon became the game-winning, 20-yard field goal.