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

50 Years Ago This Week – 1963
This week in 1963, the New Knoxville Rangers hosted their first basketball game of the 1963-64 campaign and throttled the Mendon Pirates by a final of 82-64. 

The Pirates led 17-14 at the end of the first quarter, but New Knoxville soon grabbed the lead and took a 37-32 edge into the locker room with them at halftime. 

The two squads played evenly through the third quarter before the home team pulled away in the final eight minutes to secure the 18-point victory. 

J. Schwaberow led the Ranger offense with 20 points in the victory, while four other Rangers landed in double digits as well including D. Henschen and D. Wierwille with 17 points, and L. Fledderjohann and D. Kuck with 15 and ten points respectively.  

25 Years Ago This Week – 1988
A week after spoiling New Bremen’s bid at their first unbeaten season in school history, the Minster Wildcats inflicted more disappointment to their rivals the next week at Memorial Field in St. Marys with a 9-6 victory in the opening round of the Division V playoffs. 

Following a scoreless tie after 12 minutes of first quarter action, the Wildcats took command before halftime when Bryan Niemeyer connected for a 26-yard field goal.  The Orange and Black added to their advantage in the third period when James Wolf sprinted 75 yards to pay dirt.  The extra point was no good and the Wildcats remained in front, 9-0. 

Things stayed the same until just under ten minutes remained in the game when New Bremen running back Steve Quellhorst blasted in from the one-yard line to pull his team to within three points.  The extra point was off the mark and, unfortunately for Cardinal fans, the score remained in Minster’s favor 9-6 as time ran off the clock.  Wolf led all rushers with 154 yards in the victory as the Wildcats advanced to round two with a 9-2 overall record, while New Bremen’s season came to a close with a 9-2 mark overall.  

10 Years Ago This Week – 2003
This week in 2003, the Midwest Athletic Conference released their academic All-MAC selections for the fall sports season with several Minster athletes earning accolades. 

Lee Mueller and Aaron Knapke garnered awards from the golf team, while Robyn Hoying, Valerie Bornhorst, Patricia Young, Samantha Schumann, Laura Gruber, Laura Morsey and Jody Westerheide pulled in recognition for the volleyball team. 

Representing the boys’ cross-country team were Andrew Dahlinghaus, John Maltinsky, Austin Winner and Casey Heckman, with Jennifer and Marie Bornhorst, Sunni Olding, Joanna Gruber, Allison Brown, and Kara Niekamp being selected for the girls’ cross country runners. 

Rounding out the awards from the football team were Scott Sherman, Jon Kaylor, Scott Kuehner, Aaron Dues, Dane Sommer, Alex Stricker, Jeff Riethman, Justin Spillers, Troy Parks, and Michael McVety.  To qualify, the athletes needed to be at least a sophomore letter-winner while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 in the grading period.