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


50 Years Ago This Week – 1962
Led in the scoring department by 29 points from Dan Nedderman – four above his season average – the New Bremen Cardinals notched an Auglaize County League victory by pasting the Waynesfield Tigers, 81-60.  The defeat snapped Waynesfield’s three-game winning streak on the hardwood.  The Cardinals flew in front 21-15 at the end of the first quarter and extended their command by six more points at intermission.  They maintained their lead in the third quarter before shutting things down in the final stanza by out-scoring the Tigers 20-13.  The win lifted the Cardinals to 12-5 on the season and 6-3 in the Auglaize County basketball standings.  New Bremen won the JV game, 42-27.  

25 Years Ago This Week – 1987
New Knoxville freshman standout Shannon Egbert swished a buzzer-beater in girl’s basketball action to record a 44-43 victory over the Parkway Panthers in Rockford.  The victory squashed the Rangers’ seven-game losing skid as they improved to 2-4 in the Midwest Athletic Conference and 3-12 overall.  New Knoxville led 22-20 at the halftime break and by three points at the end of the third quarter.  The final period was a see-saw battle before the Rangers eventually squeaked out the victory.  The Rangers found themselves behind by a point with only ten seconds remaining when they botched their initial chance to drain the game-winning shot.  Egbert swiftly snared the rebound and drilled the return shot with two seconds to play.  Lisa Scheblo led the winners with 14 points while Laurie Merges contributed ten counters in the victory.

10 Years Ago This Week – 2002
Anytime you head to the Vatican at Delphos St. John’s High School, the odds of leaving with a victory in boys’ basketball aren’t very good.  This week in 2002, the Minster Wildcats made the journey north on State Route 66 to square off against the Blue Jays, who were 5-0 in the Midwest Athletic Conference at the time.  After trailing 12-10 following one quarter of play, the Wildcats shaved a point off of their deficit and were behind 20-19 at intermission.  Mike Lee’s crew outscored the home team 16-10 in the third stanza, and with eight minutes to play, they were in charge, 35-30.  The Blue Jays rallied a little in the final period, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Wildcats returned to Auglaize County with the 42-40 win.  Point guard Jonathan Piening led the Minster attack with 12 points, while Dane Sommer added ten more in the win which pushed their team to 11-4 overall and 3-3 in the MAC.