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

50 Years Ago This Week – 1963
Fifty years ago this week, the St. Marys PONY League baseball tournament wrapped up at Memorial Field with the Dodgers getting the best of the Indians by a final of 7-4. Larry Tinnerman captured the victory for the Dodgers from the pitcher’s mound with Bob Bricker providing him relief in the final inning.  The Indians jumped in front 1-0 in their first at-bat, but the Dodgers took command with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the first.  They added another score in the second inning and remained in favor 4-1 heading into the fifth inning, when the Indians trimmed it to two runs.  In front 4-2, the Dodgers tallied three more runs in the bottom of the fifth, while the Indians’ two-run outburst in the sixth wasn’t quite enough.  Craig Hertenstein and Steve Schnarre each picked up a pair of hits apiece for the Dodgers as they ended their season with a final mark of 14-4.  
25 Years Ago This Week – 1988
This week in 1988, football was finally in the air in Leaderland as the Minster Wildcats hosted the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers in a football scrimmage that the Wildcats “won” three touchdowns to none.   Wildcat head coach Ken Newland pointed out there were many things that he and his staff needed to work on in the coming weeks, but he was pleased with the balanced offensive attack the Wildcats put forward.   Minster was prepared to wrap up their two-game scrimmage schedule the next week against Antwerp before opening the 1988 campaign a couple of weeks later when they hit the road to square off against the Spencerville Bearcats.  

10 Years Ago This Week – 2003
This week in 2003, the Minster Wildcats football team lifted the lid on the 2003 football season with a convincing 34-0 victory over the Spencerville Bearcats in Minster.   The Orange and Black jumped in front 7-0 at the conclusion of the first quarter before exploding to a 28-0 margin at the end of the first half.  
Scott Sherman was the workhouse for the Wildcats in the victory, as he logged 88 yards through the air and an additional 56 on the ground.   The lone black eye for the Wildcats was piling up 120 yards in penalties, but it was overshadowed by their rushing total of 251 and an additional 157 in the air.   The Minster defense managed to hold Spencerville to below 200 yards of total offense in the contest.