A look back at area sports 10, 25 and 50 years ago

A look back at area sports headlines from this week 50, 25 and 10 years ago in Auglaize County:

50 Years Ago This Week – 1963

Fifty years ago this week in 1963, the St. Marys Roughriders hosted the Coldwater Cavaliers at Memorial Stadium and rebounded from their loss the previous week by thumping the Cavs 26-8 in front of a crowd of nearly 3,000 in the stands.  

The Roughriders jumped in front early as Ronnie Jones hit pay dirt with a six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.  

For good measure, Jones tacked on an 18-yard scamper in the second period, and his team went into the locker room enjoying a 12-0 advantage at the halftime break.  

St. Marys came out in the third quarter and established their dominance once again as Tim O’Reilly intercepted a pass deep in Coldwater territory early in the quarter.  Tom Hollman carried the load for five straight plays down to the Cavalier 3-yard line and three plays later, quarterback Ralph Hecht punched it in, and the Roughriders were in command, 18-0.  Following the first successful PAT of the game, the home team extended their advantage to 20-0.  

Later in the stanza, St. Marys’ Gene Yahl recovered a fumble near midfield and five plays later the ‘Riders were in front 26-0.  The fourth quarter was quiet other than Coldwater’s lone score of the game, but it wasn’t enough as St. Marys evened their record at 3-3 on the season.

25 Years Ago This Week – 1988

This week in 1988, it was Parent’s Night at Minster Memorial Stadium, and the home team didn’t disappoint as they dismantled the Coldwater Cavaliers 28-6.  

The opening quarter was a defensive battle that ended in a scoreless tie, but the Cavaliers picked up the first break at the start of the second period when they recovered a Minster fumble near the midfield stripe.  Fortunately for Wildcat fans, their drive sputtered at the 9-yard line and a field goal attempt was off the mark.  

The Wildcats responded immediately when Jamie Wolf raced 60 yards on the ensuing drive for the score.  Bryan Niemeyer’s extra point put the home team in front 7-0, a score they maintained through halftime.  

The second half belonged to the Wildcat,s as they opened with a nine-play drive that concluded with Wolf crossing the goal line from four yards out.  The Cavaliers punted on the next series and soon the ball rested at the Cavalier 47-yard line.  Bryan Niemeyer put things out of reach on the next play with a 47-yard dash, and his PAT extended the Wildcats’ lead to 21-0 with 1:01 remaining in the third quarter.  

The Cavaliers lit up their side of the scoreboard just one minute into the final quarter, but Toby Meyer finished off Minster’s scoring for the night with a two-yard touchdown run with 4:12 left to play.  The extra point gave the Wildcats the eventual 22-point win as they improved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in Midwest Athletic Conference play.

10 Years Ago This Week – 2003

This week in 2003, the St. Marys boys’ soccer team picked up a big league win when they traveled to Celina and edged the rival Bulldogs, 1-0.  

Despite Celina controlling the field and out-shooting the Roughriders 12-2 in the contest, the Roughriders left Mercer County with the victory.  

The winning goal unfolded at the 15-minute mark of the second half when Ryan Peters’ shot found its way into the net in what would soon prove to be the winning score.

 It was the first-ever win over Celina at the varsity level for 13 Roughrider seniors.