HEY, I REMEMBER THAT: A look back at area sports 10, 25 and 50 years ago

50 Years Ago This Week – 1962
With just one hurdle remaining between New Knoxville and the 1962 Auglaize County boys’ basketball championship, the Rangers marched into Minster and handed the Wildcats a six-point loss.  The triumph pushed the Rangers to 13-4 overall and 9-1 in the county basketball standings, which secured the outright championship.  The battle began with a back-and-forth opening quarter that concluded with things tied at 15.  The Rangers unknotted the game in the second quarter and were in front 30-27 at the halftime break before adding two more points to their advantage in the third quarter.  The final stanza was close, but the Rangers slightly extended their lead to record the 61-55 victory.  Katterheinrich led all scorers with 20 points for the Rangers, while S. Kruse and Snyder added 17 and 11 respectively for the visitors.  Jack Albers was Minster’s leading scorer with 16 points in his team’s loss.  

25 Years Ago This Week – 1987
Despite a noteworthy effort, the St. Marys Lady Roughriders fell shy in their bid for their first Western Buckeye League victory of the season when they came up short-handed to Kenton, 40-37 at McBroom Gymnasium.  Kenton jumped in front 10-4 after eight minutes and held a 28-18 advantage at the end of the first half.  From that point, the Roughriders’ Kerri and Tammy Goodwin combined for 12 points in the third period to pull their team to within two points at 32-30, heading into the fourth quarter.  The Roughriders tied the game early in the period and remained within striking distance throughout, but they couldn’t close the deal before falling by three points in the end.  Kerri Goodwin paced all scorers with 20 points in the loss for the home team, as the Roughriders fell to 6-10 overall and 0-6 in conference play.     

10 Years Ago This Week – 2002
Nann Stechschulte’s Minster Wildcats hosted backyard neighbor New Bremen in Midwest Athletic Conference action and fired out to an 11-2 command in the first quarter and never looked back.  They extended their lead to 18 points at 28-10 in the second quarter before out-scoring the Cardinals by nine more points in the third stanza.  New Bremen managed to out-muscle their rivals by four points in the final quarter, but it obviously wasn’t enough as Minster posted the 50-27 win.  Steph Boeke led the victors with 16 points, while Bridget Slonkosky chipped in 13 for the Orange and Black.  With the win, the Wildcats improved to 16-2 on the year and 7-1 in the conference, while the Cardinals saw their record even out at 9-9 overall and slip to 3-5 in the league.