Hey, I Remember That!: A look back at area sports 10, 25 and 50 years ago
50 Years Ago This Week – 1962
The St. Marys Roughriders drew the curtain on their final baseball game of the 1962 spring when they hosted the highly-regarded Lima Senior Spartans. The hard-hitting Spartans plated three runs in the first inning courtesy of numerous long-hit baseballs on St. Marys’ fenceless field. They added a run to their advantage in the second and third innings before exploding for eight more over the fourth, fifth, and sixth frames. When all was said and done, the Roughriders closed the season on the bad side of a 13-0 defeat. Offensively, St. Marys managed just three base hits, two of which were from second baseman Williams.
25 Years Ago This Week – 1987
Although just four events were completed at the Class A District track meet in Minster, six area athletes already punched their tickets to the regional competition the following week in Bowling Green. Under a steady rain, Minster’s Dave Grieshop advanced to regionals in the pole vault by clearing 12-feet, which was good for fourth place. Shot-putter Randy Luthman, also from Minster, grabbed second place in the event with a heave of 46-11.25, while junior teammate Jay Huelsman finished right behind in third with his toss of 46-11. The New Knoxville girls also sent a pair of athletes to Bowling Green on the initial day of qualifications, as senior Laurie Merges broke her school-record in discus with a throw of 103-2, which placed her in fourth. Freshman Shannon Egbert cleared 4-11 in the high jump, which was also enough for fourth place. Minster’s Amy Purpus also hit 4-11 in the high jump, but because of a jump off, was able to secure second place.
10 Years Ago This Week – 2002
With the 2002 high school baseball season officially in the books, the St. Marys Roughriders held their spring awards program, with honors passed out to many different Roughrider ball players. As head coach Bill Cheslock awarded the honorees, five different players received the Gatorade ‘Will-to-Win’ award. The plaque, which signifies the recipient’s desire, sacrifice, and commitment to winning, was handed to seniors Mark Bergman, Adam Lauth, Jake Meinerding, and Dan Zink, along with juniors John Pfeffenberger and Matt Steinke. Team members who received All-WBL status were also recognized, including first teamers Lauth and Bergman and special and honorable mentions Matt Mallory, Jon Doenges, Pfeffenberger, and Steinke. Lauth, Steinke, Bergman, Mallory, and Pfeffenberger also received all-district honors, while Lauth, Bergman, and Mallory were all selected to participate in the MAC/WBL All-Star Game.