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

25 Years Ago This Week – 1986
In the Scarlet and Gray Classic at Van Wert High School, the St. Marys Roughriders edged the Paulding Panthers 59-58 to improve to 3-4 on the boys’ basketball season.  Paulding jumped in front by six points after eight minutes of basketball, but the Roughriders roared back to take a 29-28 lead at intermission.  They extended their advantage by three more throughout the third quarter, and with less than two minutes to play, head coach Mike Kiehl’s boys held an eight-point cushion.  That’s when it became interesting.  The Roughriders clunked the front end of five straight one-and-one attempts which allowed the Panthers to eventually take a 58-57 lead with two seconds remaining in the game.  St. Marys’ Jamie Youngs tossed the inbounds pass to Troy Crouch, who turned and fired a twenty-footer at the buzzer to notch the one-point victory.  It was Crouch’s 22nd point of the game to lead St. Marys, while Youngs tossed in 11 points, and Todd Grimm and Mike Dietz each added ten counters in the victory.    

50 Years Ago This Week – 1961
With the local basketball scene at a near standstill during the holiday break, it was time to reflect on what had been accomplished so far during the first few weeks of the winter campaign.  As far as victories were concerned, New Bremen led the local teams with six wins compared to three losses, while Minster was 5-2, New Knoxville 5-3, and the St. Marys Roughriders were 2-4.  In the Class ‘A’ Auglaize County League standings, the Wildcats were unblemished at 3-0, while New Knoxville and Buckland were a step behind at 2-1 in league action, with New Bremen just 1-2 in county competition.  

10 Years Ago – 2001
Powered by 19 points from Dustin Sommer, Mike Lee’s Minster Wildcats closed the calendar year with a 62-49 victory over the Houston Wildcats in Minster.  Minster took a 33-20 lead at halftime as Dan Wente, Andy Roetgerman, Jonathan Piening, Marc Stueve, and Ty Henkaline, all contributed to the Orange and Black’s first-half scoring spurt.  David Patch enjoyed the bulk of his success in the third quarter as he chipped in his season-high 18 points in the victory.  Leading by eight points heading into the final period, Minster went on an 18-13 run in the final eight minutes to secure the win.