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


10 Years Ago This Week – 2003

This week in 2003, the St. Marys Lady Roughriders concluded their regular season at 16-4 overall with a 51-39 win over the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds, who ended their campaign with a 15-5 record.  

The Thunderbirds enjoyed a tight 12-10 advantage at the conclusion of the first quarter, before the Roughriders outscored them by eight in the second period to take a 22-16 lead at the break.  

St. Marys added to their command by another point after three quarters, 34-27 before having little trouble handling LCC in the final eight minutes of action to record the 12-point win.  

The Roughriders were paced offensively by Haley Fannon and Krissy Haines who each dumped 18 points on the Thunderbirds, while Emily Matthews contributed eight points in the victory.  St. Marys was also victorious in the junior varsity contest, 56-37.                                

25 Years Ago This Week – 1988

Twenty-five years ago this week, the Minster Wildcats headed west to Maria Stein to take on the Marion Local Flyers in boys’ basketball action.  

The game got off to a fast start when the Flyers scored four quick points along with a three-pointer from Minster’s Charlie Ernst.  From there though, no one scored for more than four minutes as the game continued at a snail’s pace.  

The Flyers grabbed the 12-9 lead after the first period of play and extended it to 22-12 at intermission.  It was 30-18 at the end of the third quarter before Marion Local went on to post the 39-28 victory.  

Ernst, who is now the head coach at the University of Findlay, finished the contest with a team-high 12 points, as the Wildcats dropped to 7-11 overall and 3-5 in the Midwest Athletic Conference.  

50 Years Ago This Week – 1963

Fifty years ago this week, the New Bremen Cardinals and New Knoxville Rangers bumped into one another on the basketball court in a final tune up before the post-season in New Bremen.  

Powered by 29 points by Mark Froning, the Cardinals led at all stops before posting the 75-49 blowout victory.  Max Fledderjohann added 21 points In the win, while Dick Wierwille and Gary Bambauer paced the Rangers with 15 and 11 points respectively.  

The Cardinals jumped ahead 17-11 at the end of the first quarter and took a 33-23 lead into the locker room with them at halftime.  They really blew things open in the third quarter by outscoring the Rangers 24-10, before the two squads played pretty even in the closing minutes.  

With the victory, the Cardinals moved to 12-7 overall and 6-4 in the Auglaize County League, while New Knoxville ended up 7-11 overall and 3-7 in the ACL.  The Rangers snagged the win in the preliminary contest, 37-34.