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

10 Years Ago This Week – 2002

For the second time in as many years, the Minster Wildcat girls finished the school year as the Division III state track and field champions, after a grueling two days of competition in Columbus. 

Under first-year head coach Kristen Heitkamp, the Orange and Black tallied 54 points, which was 11 better than runners-up Gates Mills Hawken. 

With Brittany Winner in the pole vault and Jenni Schmitmeyer in the shot put, the Wildcats racked up seventh and fifth-place finishes in the field events, while the 800-meter relay girls placed seventh overall. 

Sunni Olding awarded her team a first-place finish by winning the mile run, while teammate Joanna Gruber came in fourth in the same event.  Winner finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles, while Olding also added a second-place medal in the two-mile run. 

The final event of the day was the mile relay, as the Wildcats’ third-place finish put the exclamation point on the state championship. 

Other local athletes with fulfilling weekends included St. Marys’ 1600-meter relay team of Marie Doenges, Alicia Sanford, Krissy Haines, and Stacie Clausing, which placed first in the event, while Clausing also finished second in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. 

Finally, New Knoxville’s Ashley Arnett concluded her amazing weekend with state championships in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, as well as the long jump.  Kristy Wirwille added four more points to the Rangers’ third-place finish overall with a fifth-place time in the 800-meter run.   

50 Years Ago This Week – 1962

As the lid has officially been lifted on the 1962 summer baseball season, the St. Marys Lakers adult-league baseball team got back to their winning ways with an 18-5 victory over the Defiance Eagles at Memorial Field in St. Marys. 

Don Miller pounded out four hits in the win including a pair of doubles, while Cal Caywood added three doubles and scored four times in the 13-run victory. 

The Lakers jumped in front 4-0 after two innings of action and although Defiance pulled to within a run at 4-3 and 5-4 later on, the outcome was never in doubt after the fifth frame when the Lakers went on a 13-5 run to secure the easy win. 

The Lakers were set to go for their second victory in a row later in the week when they traveled to Osgood.  
25 Years Ago This Week – 1987

St. Marys junior Mike Trogdlon became Memorial High School’s highest-scoring track athlete in history when he placed third in the high jump at the state track and field meet in Columbus with a leap of 6-7. 

New Knoxville’s Shannon Egbert also picked up a few points on the opening day of the annual event with a sixth-place performance in the long jump with an effort of 16-8.75 . 

On day two, the Minster Wildcat ladies put the finishing touches on their fifth place finish overall, marking the first time in twelve years that the Orange and Black did not place in the top three of the meet. 

Sophomore Leslie Moorman led the way with a first-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles, while also running a leg in the 400, 800, and 1600-meter relays, which placed third, second, and fifth place respectively. 

In the 3200-meter relay, the Wildcats finished seventh to round out the scoring on the girl’s end.  For the Minster boys, David Huecker placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles, while teammate Dane Schubert came in fifth in the two-mile run in school-record time. 

In the discus, Jay Huelsman placed seventh with a school-record toss of 155-5, while New Bremen’s Julie Rollins also ran a personal best in the 3200-meter run as she ended her day in eighth place overall.