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


50 Years Ago This Week – 1962
This week in 1962, the St. Marys Roughriders logged their first Western Buckeye League win of the season with a 55-52 overtime win over the Van Wert Cougars.  The first half was a tight battle before the Roughriders edged out in front by six points at halftime, 21-15.  The Cougars trimmed their deficit in the third quarter down to a point, but two quick Rider buckets gave them a five-point advantage heading into the last quarter.  St. Marys maintained their lead until a foul with 34 seconds left in the game and the ensuing free throws by Van Wert, knotted things at 49 points, where it stayed until the overtime period.  St. Marys’ Pat O’Reilly sank his only two points of the game to ice things in his team’s favor before they eventually notched the victory.  In the win, Denny Brown chipped in 22 points for the Roughriders, while Jim Hollman corralled 16 rebounds, despite fouling out with three minutes left in the game.  
25 Years Ago This Week – 1987
In Midwest Athletic Conference action, the New Bremen girl’s basketball team improved to 4-1 in the league with their 39-36 edging over the Parkway Panthers.  Parkway jumped in front by six points early in the game and heading into the final quarter, the Cardinals still found themselves down by seven, 25-18.  A 21-11 outburst in the final eight minutes however, reversed the Cardinals’ fortunes as they picked up the three-point conference victory.  Heidi Hoehne drove the New Bremen offensive attack with 15 points and was the only Cardinals in double-digits.  

10 Years Ago This Week – 2002
Fueled by a remarkable defensive effort and opportune shooting, the Minster Wildcats survived their Midwest Athletic Conference showdown with Marion Local after securing the 48-40 victory in girls’ basketball action.  The win moved the Orange and Black to 14-1 overall and kept their quest for the MAC championship in tact as they improve to 6-0 in the conference.  The Wildcats built a commanding 19-point lead through the first three quarters, but the Flyers rallied furiously and out-scored Nann Stechschulte’s girls 16-5 in the final stanza, only to fall short in the end.  Linda Young tallied 18 points for the Wildcats to lead all scorers in the battle.