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

50 Years Ago This Week – 1964

Fifty years ago this week in 1964, the New Knoxville Rangers and New Bremen Cardinals both moved on to the second round of the Auglaize County Boys’ Basketball tournament with a pair of victories over intra-county foes.  

The Rangers upended Wapakoneta St. Joe 75-44, while New Bremen knocked off Buckland by a final of 38-29.  

Lee Fledderjohann, Jim Schwabero, and Dick Wierwille led the New Knoxville charge with 18, 14, and 13 points respectively as the Rangers moved to 12-8 overall with the victory.  

On the New Bremen side, R. Froning, Mark Froning, and D. Harlamert scored 12, 10, and 10 points apiece as their squad improved to 13-5 on the year with the victory.  

With their respective victories, New Knoxville was set to square off with the winner of Waynesfield-Goshen and Minster, while New Bremen was prepared to face Cridersville in the second round for the opportunity to play for the tournament championship the following evening.  

25 Years Ago This Week – 1989

Twenty-five years ago this week in 1989, the New Bremen boys’ basketball team notched a non-conference victory over the Jackson Center Tigers by a final of 82-75.  

The Cardinals held a one-point edge at the end of the first period of play, only to fall behind 43-37 at intermission.  

They chipped away at their deficit by a couple of points in the third quarter to move into the final eight minutes trailing by four points.  

Things rolled in New Bremen’s favor considerably in the last stanza when they outscored the Tigers 23-12 to enjoy the seven-point victory.

 Bob Heitkamp dumped in 33 points to lead the Cardinals in the victory, which was their first in nearly two months.  

Chad Williams and Scott Fortkamp also contributed double-digits in the scoring column with 16 and 13 points in the winning effort.

10 Years Ago This Week – 2004

Ten years ago this week in 2004, the New Bremen Cardinals won the “Battle of 66” when they edged the rival Minster Wildcats in boys’ basketball action by a final of 56-51.  

The Wildcats took an early 18-16 command at the conclusion of the first eight minutes, but the Cardinals rallied before halftime to take a 33-29 lead into the locker room with them at intermission.

 Both teams swung back and forth at one another throughout the third period with New Bremen extending their advantage to five points.  

The command stayed the same for the final eight minutes of the game as the two squads each tallied 13 points in the last quarter, allowing the Cardinals to celebrate the five-point victory.  

Troy Lammers ended his evening with 19 points for the Cards, while Dane Sommer was the leading man for the Orange and Black with 12 points.

 New Bremen moved to 12-5 with the victory, while the Wildcats slipped to 10-6 overall.