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

50 Years Ago This Week – 1962

The St. Marys Lakers pushed themselves above the .500 mark for the first time since their season-opener when they were 1-0 with an 11-5 victory over Bradfield Center.  

St. Marys dug themselves in a one-run hole to start the game, but quickly responded with two runs in the bottom of the first inning and five more over the next three innings.  

They inflicted their most damage in the bottom of the sixth inning however, when they plated four runs before cruising to the easy victory.  Don McGue and Cal Caywood provided St. Marys with their offensive firepower by pounding out four hits apiece, including a pair of extra base hits for both.  

On the mound, Bruce VanTilburg went seven innings, and the lefty allowed four runs on seven hits, while striking out six and walking five.  Fred Dray came on in relief in the eighth and allowed the final Bradfield run, while yielding two base hits.   

25 Years Ago This Week – 1987

Twenty-five years ago this week, the St. Marys 10-and-under all-star baseball team came back home with the championship trophy from the Celina Little League tournament, after capturing  the gold with a 4-2 win over Middlepoint in the championship game.  

The two teams collided with Middlepoint coming from the elimination bracket and St. Marys coasting through the tournament with no losses.  In their initial meeting, Middlepoint pulled off an unexpected 11-1 victory before St. Marys shook it off to capture game two.  

Matt Rain picked up the victory from the pitcher’s mound in the championship battle, while Joel Johns and Ted Liette each connected for a pair of base hits at the plate.  

10 Years Ago This Week – 2002

The high school golf season officially got underway ten years ago this week as the St. Marys Roughriders headed south for a pair of season-opening matches.  

Their biggest prize came at Arrowhead golf course in Minster where they captured the top spot in the New Bremen Cardinal Invitational.  

Drew Paulus led St. Marys with a 74, while Alex Lampert was right behind as he shot a 75 in his team’s winning effort.  Brad Axe also contributed to St. Marys’ championship efforts with his 77 at Arrowhead.  

The Roughriders placed third in the Homan Invitational in Piqua a few days earlier, where Paulus also led the way with an 80.  

Minster and New Bremen tied for third place in the Cardinal Invite, while New Knoxville ended the afternoon in sixth place overall.  

Josh Richardson was the low scorer for New Bremen, while Doug Brockman shot an 80 to lead the Wildcats.  

Scott Williams paced a youthful New Knoxville squad with an 89 for the day.