Area sports headlines in The Evening Leader 50, 25 and 10 years ago...
50 Years Ago This Week – 1963
Fifty years ago this week in 1963, the St. Marys Roughriders collected their second Western Buckeye League baseball victory of the season by edging the Coldwater Cavaliers 3-2 in eight innings of play. Following three-and-a-half scoreless innings in St. Marys, the home team pushed in front 2-0 when Jim Scott blasted a triple that pushed two St. Marys runs across the plate. The advantage didn’t hold for long though, as the Cavaliers knotted things up in the top of the top of the fifth, with the score staying 2-2 through seven innings of action. Tom Hollman ignited the bottom of the eighth inning with a single and scored the winning run within a few moments when George Peterson smacked a base hit on a hit-and-run play to centerfield. Hollman’s run capped off a two-hit, two-run day for the standout, while he also enjoyed a splendid afternoon from the hill by allowing just five hits and two runs in the winning cause.
25 Years Ago – 1988
This week in 1988, the New Bremen girls track and field team traveled to Spencerville and returned home with a first-place finish in the four-team meet. Senior Julie Robbins was the Cardinals’ biggest threat of the day after finishing tops in the mile and two-mile runs, while also running a leg in New Bremen’s winning 3200-meter relay team. The Red and Gold also scored first place honors in the 1600-meter relay, while Jill Friering and Heather Niekamp each took gold in the 200-meter dash and 800-meter run, respectively. Rounding out the Cardinals’ first-place finishers was Cindy Simon, who flew a personal-best 14-1 ¼ in the long jump. Although the Cardinal boys finished fourth overall at the meet, they wound up pulling in three first place individual finishes, led by Chris Shroyer in the mile and two-mile runs. Bob Heitkamp was the only other first-place performer in the boys’ lineup, as he won the discus with a throw of 139-10.
10 Years Ago – 2003
Ten years ago this week, the Minster Wildcats swept a tri-meet against Greenville and St. Henry, as the boys took the top spot with 95 points and the girls ended with 86 points. On the boys’ side, the Wildcats were tops in eight events and three relays, while the girls were nearly as dominate in taking seven events and also three of four relays. Chris Brown, Justin Gusching and Joel Slane were each double-winners for Larry Topp’s boys, while Brittany Winner and Joanna Gruber each captured two events on the girls’ side. Brown was king of the sprints in the meet, as he clocked top times in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, while Gusching won both the pole vault and 400-meter dash, with Slane taking it all in both hurdle events. Brittany Winner led the Wildcats in the pole vault and 100-meter hurdles, while Gruber helped the Orange and Black sweep the meet with victories in the mile and two-mile runs.