Hey, I Remember That!: A glance at area sports 10, 25 and 50 years ago

10 Years Ago This Week – 2002

The St. Marys Roughriders logged their second Western Buckeye League victory in a row with a tight, 14-7 win over the Lima Shawnee Indians. 

Following a scoreless first quarter, the ‘Riders got on the board in the second period when running back Justin Nagel scored on a 40-yard run, his first of both touchdowns in the evening. 

Nick Pfeffenberger’s extra point was spot-on and the Roughriders enjoyed a 7-0 lead at halftime.  With a little more than four minutes to play in the third quarter, Nagel’s number was called again and he raced 46 yards to pay dirt, and following Pfeffenberger’s second extra point kick of the evening, the Roughriders moved in front by 14 points. 

Although Shawnee crossed the goal line in the fourth period, their comeback fell short, as St. Marys held on for the seven-point victory. 

It was a career evening for Nagel who finished with 199 yards on 28 carries, leading a Roughrider rushing barrage that piled on nearly 300 yards in the contest.      

25 Years Ago This Week – 1987

The Minster Wildcats concluded the non-league portion of their football schedule with a 49-13 blasting at Ansonia.

Rex Mescher and Jeff Stucke got the Minster scoring attack ignited in the first quarter with a 64-yard reception and 33-yard run respectively, before blowing the game wide open in the second period of action.  

A two-yard dive by Toby Meyer and the third extra point of the game by Bryan Niemeyer put the ‘Cats in command 21-0 before a 46-yard interception return by Greg Eiting extended the score by another six points.  

Just before intermission, James Wolf sprinted 29 yards to paydirt and after Niemeyer’s fifth PAT of the game, the Wildcats headed to the locker room in front 35-0.  

The lone score in the third quarter was a 63-yard run by Doug Rutschilling, while a Minster junior varsity player tallied the final touchdown of the evening with a 26-yard, pick-six.  

The win pushed the Orange and Black to 3-0 overall.

50 Years Ago This Week – 1962

The Minster Wildcats opened the 1962 football campaign with a 34-18 blowout over the Waynesfield Tigers in Waynesfield.  

Wildcat quarterback Tom Stricker opened his teams’ scoring barrage in the first quarter with a one-yard touchdown plunge, only to have the Tigers knot the game up later in the same period.  

The Wildcats pulled back in front in the second quarter with a touchdown pass from Bob Huelsman to Ken Enneking.  

Huelsman tallied another score in the third period and added all of Minster’s PATs in the contest as well.  In the last quarter, Charles Clune got in on the scoring excitement, along with Bill Luthman, who added an 11-yard touchdown run for the final touchdown of the battle.