Hey, I Remember That!: A look back at area sports 10, 25 and 50 years ago this week
10 Years Ago This Week – 2003: Area teams had big weekends at state this week in 2003 as the Minster Wildcats’ girls track and field team secured their 11th state championship, bettering second-place Gates Mills Hawken by a little more than five points at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. Sunni Olding led the Orange and Black with top honors in both the mile and two-mile runs, and she also ran a leg in the winning mile relay. The St. Marys Lady Roughriders ended their afternoon in ninth place overall as Stacey Clausing won the 400-meter dash and placed second in the 200-meter event. St. Marys’ mile relay squad, which consisted of Clausing, Alicia Sanford, Hannah Brautigam, and Elaine Schaaf, finished fourth with a time of 4:00.08. Other locals faring well at the meet included New Bremen’s Troy Lammers, who placed second in the 110-meter hurdles and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles helping the Cardinals to finish 10th overall.
On the same day in Columbus, the Minster Wildcats’ dream baseball season came to a close in the Division IV state championship when they fell to Newark Catholic, 8-2. Despite trailing only 2-1 heading into the last inning, the Green Wave erupted for six runs to send Minster home with the six-run defeat and ending their season at 20-8 overall.
50 Years Ago This Week – 1963: This week in 1963, the St. Marys PONY League programs threw out their first pitches at Memorial Field with both the Cardinals and Dodgers leaving with victories. Mike Lhamon scored the winning run in the night’s opener as the Cards bettered the Braves 7-6. His score came in the fourth inning after he ran out a bunt before making his way around the base paths on wild pitches and passed balls. Gene Turner then fanned three straight Braves in the fifth inning to secure the victory. At the plate, Chuck McKee nailed a two-run homer in the opening frame and singled later on, while John Nagel compiled a triple and a single while also recording an unassisted double play in the field. Jim Flinn and Steve Heapa pitched in the losing effort for the Braves, while Floyd Keith scored two runs in his teams’ defeat. In game two, Allen Esmond allowed only four hits from the mound as the Dodgers beat the Reds, 8-2. Allen Meinerding scored three runs for the Dodgers, while Craig Hertenstein added two more in the winning cause.
25 Years Ago This Week – 1988: This week in 1988, the St. Marys American Legion opened their season with a pair of wins over Bowling Green by finals of 14-2 and 3-2 in a double-header played at Wapakoneta. Minster’s Mike Wiss and St. Marys’ Mark Schamp combined efforts in the opening game with Wiss going the first four frames and Schamp in the final three. St. Marys scored in every inning but the fourth as they clobbered four hits overall in the 12-run domination. Game two was a little different however, as St. Marys was held scoreless through the first four frames and trailed 1-0. They managed to knot things up in the fifth and took over in the sixth inning when Daren Stiles blasted a two-out double and later scored on a single from Will Schulze.