A look at local sports action this week 50, 25 and 10 years ago:
50 Years Ago This Week – 1962
With the New Year celebrations in the rearview mirror, the local boy’s basketball scene kicked off with the New Knoxville Rangers skidding by the Sidney Yellow Jackets, 46-42. It was the Rangers’ sixth win in nine outings, as they pulled in front throughout the third quarter to secure the victory. After trailing by a point at the end of the first quarter, the Rangers found themselves behind by the same margin at halftime before out-scoring the Yellow Jackets 11-4 in the third stanza. Sidney trimmed only two points from their deficit in the final minutes, and it wasn’t enough as the Rangers left town with a four-point triumph. Katterheinrich was the leading scorer in the game with 19 points, while S. Kruse hit for 11 in his first action of the season.
25 Years Ago This Week – 1987
The new calendar year seemingly supplied a little good luck for the Minster Wildcats girl’s basketball team, as they managed their first win of the season with a 66-50 victory over the Ansonia Tigers in Minster.
Jody Hemmelgarn piled on 24 points in the victory, while Angie Hemmelgarn contributed ten as the Orange and Black improved to 1-7 on the season.
The Wildcats also dominated in the rebounding department with a 40-20 edge, as Jody Hemmelgarn led the charge by pulling down 11 caroms.
They charged ahead to a 14-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and then exploded for 24 points in the second stanza to hold a 38-25 lead at intermission before eventually coasting to the 16-point victory.
10 Years Ago This Week – 2002
Fueled by a 23-point burst from Matt Steinke, the St. Marys Roughriders fought off a late Benjamin Logan rally to pick up their second win of the season, improving to 2-8 overall at the mid-point of the 2001-2002 basketball season. The ‘Riders jumped in front 13-7 after eight minutes of action and led by five points at intermission.
They seemingly put the game on ice in the third quarter as they held a 49-36 command, only to watch the Raiders outscore them 14-7 in the final stanza.
The effort fell short however, as St. Marys held on for the 56-50 victory at McBroom Gymnasium. Tyler Sampson added 11 points in the win, and the Roughriders out-rebounded the Raiders 31-20, with Stephen Kill leading the squad with eight and Steinke contributing five.