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 Minster Wildcats played spoiler toward the New Knoxville Rangers on New Knoxville’s home field in the annual Auglaize County baseball tournament.  The battle was a scoreless tie through the first three innings of action before the Orange and Black tacked on single runs in each the fourth and fifth innings before adding two more in the top of the seventh frame.  The New Knoxville bats remained cold throughout the game, as Minster’s J. Frericks hurled a gem, allowing just one hit in the game – a double to Bambauer.  In the contest, Frericks struck out 12 batsmen, while allowing five base-on-balls.  D. Schlater led the Wildcats at the dish with two base hits in three at-bats.  With the victory, the Wildcats advanced to the county tournament’s semi-finals, where they would face Waynesfield.  In the other half of the ‘final four’, the New Bremen Cardinals took on Buckland.  

25 Years Ago This Week – 1987
Twenty-five years ago this week, the annual Minster Memorial track and field meet was held at Memorial Field in Minster.  The Wildcats dominated all across the board as the home teams each grabbed titles following the afternoon events.  The Wildcats won all four relays on the girl’s side, while Stephanie Weaver was their lone double-winner after securing first place in both the mile and two-mile run.  While the Wildcats scored 145 points for first place, the New Bremen Cardinals finished in sixth with 30 points.  For the boys, Minster’s Dane Schubert dominated the rest of the field by winning both long-distance running events.  The Wildcats also snagged all three relays including breaking a meet-record with their 45.3 in the 400-meter relay.  Minster’s 123 points was nearly 70 better than second-place Anna, while New Bremen placed tenth overall with 17 points for the day.    

10 Years Ago This Week – 2002
Ten years ago this week in baseball action, the New Bremen Cardinals enjoyed a productive offensive afternoon by sweeping their double-header against the Jackson Center Tigers.  In the afternoon opener, the Cards captured the easy 20-6 victory in five innings, while they battled back from behind in the second game to send the Tigers home with the 13-5 defeat.  Jason Tinnerman, Dustin Pape, Eric Nelson, Adam Friemering, Ben Wissman, and Jason Dicke all had solid days at the plate for the Red and Gold and head coach Dane Cook.