50 Years Ago This Week – 1962
For the first time in the history of their boys basketball program, the Lima Shawnee Indians raised the Western Buckeye League title at the end of the 1961-62 season. Unfortunately for the St. Marys Roughriders, the clinching victory came at their expense as the Indians blasted them by a final of 63-36. The first period was close, as the Indians held just an 11-7 lead, but then they blew things wide open in the second stanza and took a 31-11 advantage into the locker room with them at intermission. St. Marys’ deficit extended to 26 points after the third period, and although they played pretty even with Shawnee in the final minutes, it obviously was not enough. With the loss, St. Marys dropped to 3-11 on the year as seniors Pat O’Reilly, Jim Hollman, and Rex Hiles, played in the final home game of their careers. Denny Brown was the only Roughrider in double-digits as he scored ten points in the loss.
25 Years Ago This Week – 1987
In his five seasons as the head coach of the Minster Wildcats, boy’s coach Ed Snyder had never scored a victory over the Marion Local Flyers. Thanks to 18 points by Scott Larger and 13 from Darren Wolf though, the Wildcats improved to 7-10 on the season when they downed the Blue and Gold by a final of 45-42 in Minster 25 years ago this week. Fighting through Marion Local’s notorious 2-3 match up, zone defense, the Wildcats edged out in front 12-8 at the end of the first quarter and extended their lead to 28-22 at the halftime break. The Flyers pulled to within four points with eight minutes remaining in the game. With six minutes left though, the Flyers knotted the score at 38 where it stayed until two-and-a-half minutes remained and Minster jumped back in front by a basket. The Flyers hit a free throw a few moments later to claw to within a point, but Darren Wolf’s tip-in with 23 ticks on the clock eventually sealed the win for the home team.
10 Years Ago This Week – 2002
In a battle between a pair of teams each seeking a little momentum heading into the post-season, the New Bremen Cardinals hosted the neighboring New Knoxville Rangers in girls’ basketball action. The home team squeaked out in front 12-10 at the conclusion of the first quarter, but laid it on thick before halftime as they extended their advantage to 35-21. They added six more points to their lead in the third quarter and coasted to the 17-point win by a final of 58-41. Jessica Eckert led all scorers in her team’s win with 17 points, while the Rangers were paced by Ashley Arnett’s 11 counters. The victory bumped the Cardinals up to 10-9 overall, while they finished the year one game under the .500 mark in the Midwest Athletic Conference with a 4-5 slate. The Rangers slid to 11-9 overall with the loss, and ended the conference season with only two wins in nine outings.