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

50 Years Ago – 1962
Fifty years ago this week, the Wapakoneta Redskins traveled to New Knoxville to lock horns with the Rangers in high school baseball action.  The visiting Redskins got things started in the early-going with three runs in the top of the first inning, but the Rangers managed to trim some of their deficit in the home-half of the first by plating a single run before pulling a little closer in the second inning with another score.  Wapakoneta added to their advantage in the top of the sixth inning when they pulled ahead 4-2, before the Rangers tacked on another run in their final at-bat to trail 4-3.  Unfortunately for the home team, that is as close as they came, as the Redskins posted the one-run victory.  Elshire pitched a three-hitter for the Redskins and struck out six, while Snyder led the Rangers on the hill with eight strike outs.  Tom Lammers provided Ranger fans with the most excitement for the afternoon, as his double was one of the three New Knoxville base hits.  

25 Years Ago – 1987
In track and field action 25 years ago this week, the Minster boys and girls each captured first place overall in their home triangular track meets with Liberty-Benton and St. Henry.  On the boy’s end, the Wildcats were paced by first place finishes in 14 of 16 different events.  Junior Dane Schubert established a new Wildcat record in the 3200-meter run with his finishing time of 10:03.2 – more than a minute-and-a-half better than the second place runner at the meet.  David Huecker also paced the Minster boys with first place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter dashes as well as the long jump and a leg in the winning 1600-meter relay.  Jay Huelsman grabbed the top spot in both the shot put and discus, while the Wildcats also won all three relay events.  They concluded the meet with 114 points – 85 better than Liberty Benton, who finished in second.  For the girls, Stephanie Weaver etched her name as one of the top distance runners in Ohio after edging by Liberty Benton’s Micki Bish, who was the defending state champion in the 3200-meter run.  Weaver’s 11:58.8 broke the Minster High School record by more than 30 seconds.  Although Bish beat her out in the 1600-meter run, Weaver’s time of 5:24.8 also set a new school record for the Orange and Black.  The Wildcats captured gold in 11 events, including all four relays.  Leslie Moorman was tops in both hurdles events, while Maria Thieman captured first places in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.  The Wildcats tallied 87 points overall, bettering Liberty-Benton by 39 points.  

10 Years Ago – 2002
Ten years ago this week, Bill Cheslock’s St. Marys Roughriders hosted the St. Henry Redskins at K.C. Geiger Park and fell by a final off 11-6 in non-league baseball action.  The Redskins were in charge 6-0 after their half of the second inning, before St. Marys scored their first run in the bottom of the third.  The Redskins extended their advantage to 8-1 in the fourth and added three more in the sixth to pull in front 11-2.  St. Marys answered in the bottom of the sixth inning with four runs on seven walks issued by St. Henry pitchers, but it wasn’t enough as the Riders fell by five runs in the end.