Hey, I Remember That!: A look back at area sports 10, 25 and 50 years ago

50 Years Ago This Week – 1962

Fifty years ago this week, the St. Marys Roughriders concluded the 1962 football campaign by nearly upsetting the Western Buckeye League champion, Lima Shawnee Indians. 

In a mud-caked mess, the first quarter came and went without any activity on the scoreboard.  That all changed in the second period when St. Marys received a punt from Shawnee and returned it 25 yards to the 10-yard line. 

Terry Young scored the contest’s opening touchdown a few plays later with a one-yard plunge.  The extra point kick was also good and the Roughriders were in charge, 7-0.  On the ensuing drive, the Indians strung together a 13 play series that covered nearly 50 yards before scoring their first touchdown. 

The two-point conversion was also good, and they took the 8-7 lead into the locker room with them at halftime.  The Roughriders received the opening kickoff of the second half, but soon fumbled the ball to Shawnee. 

The turnover proved troublesome as the Indians scored a few minutes later and extended their advantage to 14-7 following a failed conversion attempt.  On their next series, St. Marys waltzed 50 yards in a drive that ended when Ronnie Jones crossed the goal line from one yard out. 

For the second week in a row, the ‘Riders blundered their tying or go-ahead score, and things remained 14-13 on the scoreboard.  Despite being within seven yards of the end zone in the final quarter, the Roughriders could not capitalize, and Shawnee went on to record the one-point victory. 

25 Years Ago This Week – 1987

Following the state cross country meet this week in 1987, St. Marys head coach Rich Seas predicted his girls finished in fifth or sixth place as he mentally tabulated the final times in the Class AA meet at Scioto Downs.  When the official results were released however, the Roughriders left the Columbus area with sole possession of third place in the meet – only seven points out of the runners-up spot. 

St. Marys senior Carol Waesch led her team with a 20th-place finish overall and was sixth among runners participating with a team in the event.  Teammates Michelle Goens and Michelle Gill ended their day in 30th and 51st places respectively, while Cathy Burden was the fourth St. Marys runner to cross the finish line, and she did so in 64th place with a time of 21:09.  Rounding out St. Marys’ lineup was Tracy Axe, Andrea Nedderman, and Linda Dues. 

Earlier in the day, the New Bremen Cardinals placed sixth overall in the Class A race with senior Julie Rollins finishing in 15th place with a time of 20:09.  She was eighth among runners participating for a team.  Other Cardinals helping in the effort were Heather Niekamp (36th), Jennie Rempr (55th), Amy Poeppelman, Vicki Froning, Julie Schwartz, and Bobbi Johnson.  On the boy’s side, Minster’s Dane Schubert placed 25th in the Class A race with a time of 16:55.

10 Years Ago This Week – 2002

This week in 2002, the Midwest Athletic Conference released the list for All-MAC football with many local gridders included in the lineup.  Jason Lammers and Kurt Albers from New Bremen were both named to the first team defense, while teammates Jeremy Krieg and Brian Baker were both listed on the second team defense. 

Over in Minster, senior Justin Gushing was the only Wildcat named to the first team defense, as he earned the honor from his defensive back position.  Minster sophomore Ty Parks earned first team honors on the offensive side of the ball, while Adam Bergman also made the first team offensive cut as a lineman.  Jason Lammers duplicated his defensive honors by also garnering first team status on the offensive line, and he was joined by Cardinal running back Doug Piper, who was a second-teamer at running back. 

Rounding out the list of honorable mentions were Minster’s Kurt Baumer, Alex Bernhold, Scott Sherman, Tim Cordonnier, and Justin Gushing (offense), while New Bremen’s Andrew Kuck, Michael Brackman, and Doug Overman also earned honorable mention accolades.