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 McBroom Junior High eighth grade football team opened their 1962 gridiron season with a disappointing loss to the Celina Bulldogs.
Celina scored a pair of touchdowns in the first half, and despite St. Marys’ defense tightening up the rest of the way, the Roughriders were unable to overcome their deficit and fell by the 14-point decision.
Roughrider quarterback Mike Lhamon had a decent day throwing the pigskin, as he completed a pair of passes to Gene Turner and two more to Eddie Henning, both for substantial gains.
Joining Lhamon in the backfield were halfbacks Jim Bubp and Johnny Dysert, who despite not crossing the goalline, put forth solid days running the football. The Roughriders were back in action the next week in hopes of grabbing their first win of the year when they hosted the Minster Wildcats.
25 Years Ago This Week – 1987
Powered by a remarkable offensive performance by junior fullback Scott Schlosser, the St. Marys Roughriders kept themselves in the chase for the Wester Buckeye League title following their 42-6 blasting of the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans in Ottawa. In limited action (only one carry in the second half), Schlosser weaved his way through the OG defense, and before he stopped he logged 221 yards and crossed the goal on three occassions.
His 98-yard touchdown sprint in the first half broke the previous school record of 97 yards set by Gregg Clark against the Van Wert Cougars in 1978. Schlosser scored on touchdown runs of 98, 5, and 57 yards to up his yardage tally to just over 700 in the first half of the 1987 season .
St. Marys was in command 42-0 at the halftime break, and allowed the reserves to play out the remainder of the game to secure the easy win.
The victory bumped the Blue and Gold to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the WBL, log-jamming the top spot in the league with five other conference teams.
10 Years Ago This Week – 2002
One week earlier, the Minster girls’ cross country program suffered its first loss in three-and-a-half years. They shook it off in a hurry though, as ten years ago this week they rebounded by thoroughly dominating their way to the 2002 Midwest Athletic Conference championship.
The gold trophy was Minster’s eighth consecutive league championship and 18th title overall.
The Wildcats finished the afternoon with 24 points, downing second-place Versailles by 24 points as seven of Jesse Magoto’s girls ended the race in the top 12 spots overall.
The New Bremen and New Knoxville girls also enjoyed solid meets by finishing fourth and fifth respectively in the final standings.