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

10 Years Ago This Week – 2003
Ten years ago this week, the St. Marys boys’ track and field team placed first at the Sidney Invitational, while the girls ended their afternoon in second place overall.  The boys were aided by eight first-place finishes, including two relays and Kyle Vossler in both hurdle events.  Joel Burke was named the outstanding male athlete of the meet after grabbing second place in the 100- and 200-meter sprints and third in the long jump.  Other first place days for the Roughriders included Justin Nagel in the 400-meter dash, Eric Kerns in the 800-meter run, Matt Schlater in the shot put, and Joel Schumm in the pole vault.  Stacey Clausing was named as the top female athlete in the meet with four first-place finishes, as she helped guide the Blue and Gold to a runner-up finish behind the Celina Bulldogs.

50 Years Ago This Week – 1963
In the 1963 sectional baseball tournament this week in New Knoxville, the Minster Wildcats suffered a season-ending loss to the Coldwater Cavaliers by a final of 3-2.  Goubeaux hurled from the mound for the Orange and Black and was tagged with the defeat after giving up six hits and striking out seven Cavaliers.  The Wildcats took an early command and were in charge 2-1 heading into the third inning.  Coldwater loaded the bases and with two outs though, before tapping an infield hit.  In what should have been a routine play, an errant throw to first base plated two runs and gave the Cavs a 3-2 advantage.  Although the Wildcats tightened up defensively after that, their offense spun their wheels in what turned into a one-run defeat.  At the plate, Huelsman smacked Minster’s only two base hits of the game in the loss.    
25 Years Ago This Week – 1988
Powered as usual by outstanding relays, the Minster boys and girls track teams shared the top honors at the Ada Invitational 25 years ago this week in track and field action.  The Wildcat girls notched victories in all four relay events, while the boys took the top spot in three of theirs.  The girls’ squad totaled 114 points for the afternoon, downing second-place Bluffton by over 40 points.  Leslie Moorman was the top individual for the Lady Wildcats after winning both hurdle events and running a leg on the winning mile relay team.  Moorman was the only double-winner for the Wildcats , but was joined by freshman Mindy Fullenkamp in establishing meet records in the hurdle events as well as the high jump respectively.  For the boys, who took first place by more than 60 points, Dane Schubert won the mile and two mile run, while the Orange and Black snagged top honors in seven events overall.