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

50 Years Ago This Week – 1962

Fifty years ago this week, the St. Marys Roughriders squared off against the Bellefontaine Chieftains and had little trouble as they rolled to a 25-14 victory. 

The Roughriders buried the Chieftains all night with long touchdown runs, as they improved to 3-3 on the season with hopes of capturing the Western Buckeye League title still hanging in the balance. 

Following an uneventful and scoreless first period, the Roughriders caught fire in the second quarter beginning with Tom Hollman’s 71-yard touchdown sprint that put his team in front 6-0, where it remained after the failed PAT. 

Terry Young added to the excitement later in the period with a 56 yard scoring run.  The Roughriders stayed in front 12-0 through the halftime break before extending their lead in the third quarter after Ronnie Jones went 30 yards on a reverse for another St. Marys touchdown. 

Although the Cheiftains managed a touchdown later in the period, the Roughriders answered in the fourth quarter with another reverse from Jones for a touchdown – this one from 40-yards out, making the score 25-7. 

The Chieftains added one more score in the closing minutes, but it wasn’t enough as St. Marys cruised to the 11-point win.   

25 Years Ago This Week – 1987

Despite a formidable challenge from the New Bremen Cardinals, the Minster Wildcats held on in the end of the 1987 Midwest Athletic Conference girls cross country championship to pick up their sixth straight MAC title in as many years. 

In the end, the Wildcats held off a furious upset bid from the Cardinals before finishing with the one-point victory. 

On the other end of the results, the Wildcat boys were also victorious, as they left Coldwater with their second consecutive conference crown. 

For the girls’, New Bremen’s Julie Robbins captured the individual title, while teammate Michelle Niekamp finished the afternoon in third place. 

The Wildcats were led by Jenny Geake in fourth place overall, while three of her teammates all placed in the top ten. 

Minster standout Dane Schubert took home his second consecutive individual MAC title, while the Wildcats’ Travis Langenkamp edged into second place in a time of 17:21. 

Minster’s Mo Bornhorst was the only other area finisher in the top ten, as he concluded the day in sixth place overall.  

10 Years Ago This Week – 2002

Ten years ago this week, the Minster Wildcats hosted the Parkway Panthers in Midwest Athletic Conference football action and despite leading just 14-7 at intermission, rolled on to the easy 42-7 victory. 

The Wildcats were powered by Ty Parks the entire game, but never more so than in the third quarter, where his four carries totaled 122 yards.  For the contest, Parks finished with 193 yards on 19 carries, while crossing the goal line five times.  Midway through the third quarter, he broke Minster’s all-time rushing record of 1,182 yards, while he finished the contest with nearly 1,300 rushing yards on his resume through nine games. 

Justin Gushing picked up Minster’s other touchdown when he hauled in a 27-yard scoring strike from quarterback Scott Sherman in the third quarter to put their team in charge, 34-7. 

Kicker Ty Whitford was a perfect six-for-six on extra points, adding to the Wildcats’ potent scoring barrage.