A look back at area sports headline from 10, 25 and 50 years ago:
50 Years Ago This Week – 1963
After suffering losses in four of their first five exhibition contests in the spring of 1963, the Cincinnati Reds took on the New York Mets fifty years ago this week in hopes of reversing their recent misfortunes on the diamond.
Suiting up on the hill for the Mets was St. Marys native Galen Cisco, who was eventually credited with the victory after the Redlegs fell by a final of 3-2 in the exhibition game.
St. Henry native Wally Post put the Reds on the scoreboard initially in the second inning with an RBI and later extended his teams’ command to 2-0 with a solo home run. Cisco recovered in a hurry and didn’t allow any more runs in the game. When the smoke cleared, Cisco struck out three on the afternoon in his teams’ victory.
25 Years Ago This Week – 1988
Twenty-five years ago this week, Minster’s CYO ‘A’ team captured the North Valley CYO championship held at Wapakoneta St. Joe with a 57-53 victory over Sharpsburg from Mercer County. With the win, Minster moved on to the state tournament, held in Toledo the following weekend.
After trailing 14-10 at the conclusion of the first quarter, Minster rallied and posted a 19-10 run in the second quarter and held a five-point lead at intermission. From there, they maintain efficient offense and solid defense to pick up the four-point victory. Joe Prenger finished the contest with 19 points, while Jason Roetgerman added 14 counters, with Rex Mescher contributing ten in the victory. Minster’s ‘B’ team was also successful, as they posted a 77-70 triumph over Burkettsville in the consolation game, earning third place in the tournament. Bryan Niemeyer paced the winners with 24 points, with Tony Goubeaux and Mark Prenger chipping in 22 and 14 points respectively in the victory.
10 Years Ago This Week – 2003
This week in 2003, the Evening Leader selected their local boys’ basketball all-star team, with Minster’s Dustin Sommer earning Co-Player of the Year honors with Waynesfield-Goshen’s Ross Spencer. Sommer reached the 1,000-point milestone for his career earlier in the season, while also becoming Minster High School’s all-time leading scorer in the process after averaging a little more than 20 points per game. The senior also canned nearly 40 percent of his shots from beyond the three-point arc, while connecting on almost 85 percent of his free throw attempts. Joining him on the first team was another 1,000-point career scorer, as New Knoxville’s Marcus Borgerding averaged 19.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists each time out in 2003. Second team selections included New Bremen’s Nick Wente (10.8 ppg) and St. Marys’ Scott Vossler (13 ppg), while rounding out the list in the honorable mentions were New Bremen’s Justin Eilerman, Minster’s Dane Sommer and David Patch, St. Marys’ Eric Kerns, and New Knoxville’s Trent Fledderjohann.