50 Years Ago This Week – 1962
The New Bremen Cardinals created a jam at the top of the Auglaize County League standings with a thrilling 66-65 victory over the Minster Wildcats. Minster jumped in front by five points at the end of the first quarter, but the Cardinals outscored their rivals by eight before halftime to secure the three-point advantage. The Cardinals held a one-point lead heading into the final quarter, as the last minutes unfolded with a fight that swayed back-and-forth. With 12 seconds remaining in the game, New Bremen’s Jim Fark drilled a shot from the outside corner to put his team ahead by a point, which they eventually held on to for the win. Dan Nedderman led things in the scoring column for New Bremen with 26 points, while Fark contributed 22 in the victory.
25 Years Ago This Week – 1987
Powered by 21 points by Cory Schroer and 17 points from Tim Dicke, the New Bremen Cardinals improved to 3-1 in the Midwest Athletic Conference with a 71-56 win over the New Knoxville Rangers. The Red and Gold blasted out in front 15-6 after eight minutes of play and extended their lead by three more points before the teams broke for intermission. New Knoxville edged the Cardinals 21-19 in the third quarter, but New Bremen shook it off in the final minutes, before recording the 15-point victory. The win kept Craig Griesdorn’s crew tied for the second place spot in the MAC with Delphos St. John’s, as they both remained one game behind the Coldwater Cavaliers, who were unbeaten in conference play.
10 Years Ago This Week – 2002
Sitting at 2-9 overall and still winless in the Western Buckeye League, the St. Marys Roughriders traveled to Allen County to challenge Lima Shawnee in what promised to be a stiff league test against the 8-2 Indians. Despite a game-high 20 points by Matt Steinke and eleven points from Eric Kerns, Josh Leslie’s Roughriders fell short and headed home after a 79-67 defeat. With less than four minutes to play, St. Marys pulled as close as six points, but it wasn’t to be as Shawnee cranked up their defense in the final minutes before recording the win.