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Fostoria Area Sports

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1900 : Fostoria High School's first football championship of the century would have to wait another season, but the team did go 7-1, losing only to Toledo Central.

1901 : Fostoria High School's football team was named champion of northwest Ohio. The team, coached by Lynn St. John, for whom Ohio State would later name its arena, outscored its opponents 128-28 while going 5-2-1.

1902 : Fostoria won its first state football championship, outscoring its opponents 270-5. This was the first year the playing field in back of the high school was used.

1903 : Fostoria was again named football champion of northwest Ohio. The redmen were coached by Kitto Carlisle, a star football player from Kenyon College.

1904 : Fostoria's football team outscored its opponents 173-39 while going 5-4-1 in its last season under Carlisle.

1905 : Fostoria won another northwest Ohio championship, going 9-3.

1906 : Fostoria took another state championship under first-year coach Homer L. Keller.

1907 : L.C. Boles came to Fostoria and coached the Redmen to another state championship. Fostoria scored 368 points that year to its opponents' 11.

1908 : Fostoria claimed another northwest Ohio championship and was one game away from the state championship. The Redmen, who finished 8-1, were defeated by East High of Cleveland.

1909 : No football championships were won for Fostoria this year, however this young team outscored their opponents 187-44 while going 6-2-1.

1910 : Fostoria won the state championship and defeated Columbus North 11-0 on Thanksgiving Day.

1911 : Boles won his fourth state championship, when Fostoria defeated Mansfield 44-0. Fostoria defeated Findlay twice this year, 3-0 and 5-0.

1912 : Fostoria was declared national football champion by defeating Buffalo Central High, the champion of New York State, 74-0, on Thanksgiving Day. This was Boles last year of coaching Fostoria football.

1913 : This football season, which ended with a 5-3 record, was not a great success for Fostoria. George Hatfield, the first team captain, was injured and unable to play. Richard Kelly was second captain, had difficulties with the coach and quit the team. Ada defeated Fostoria for the first time, 22-0.

1914 : Fostoria was named football champion of Michigan and Ohio by defeating Ann Arbor 25-0 on Thanksgiving Day. Fostoria beat Tiffin 112-3 on its way to 548 points for the season.

1915 : Fostoria defeated Wellston 13-7 for the state championship on Thanksgiving Day. This was G.M. Trautman's last year at Fostoria.

1916 : Fostoria High School had a girls varsity basketball team for the first time in the history of the school.

1917 : Fostoria and Findlay competed in football for the first time in five years, with sportsmanship problems having suspended the series. The Redmen upset the Trojans 6-0.

1918 : For the first time in seven years, Findlay defeated Fostoria in football, 33-21.

1919 : Fostoria won the Trolley League football championship. The Redmen ended the season with a 10-1 record.

1920 : Fostoria's football team won every game in the Trolley League and the conceded championship of northwestern Ohio by defeating Ada 14-7 on Thanksgiving Day.

1921 : Fostoria's basketball team won Trolley League honors and earned the championship of northwestern Ohio by winning the Heidelberg Tournament.

1922 : Fostoria canceled relations with Findlay High School after an intense football game. There was controversy surrounding a call, after which a referee was roughed up and Findlay coach Bob Fletcher forfeited the game.

1923 : A professional basketball team was organized in Fostoria. It was made up of all Fostoria men and coached by W.H. Ellis.

1924 : St. Wendelin closed its first basketball season with a 12-6 record. The Mohawks advanced to the regional semifinals, where they lost 33-23 to Archbold.

1925 : Fostoria and St. Wendelin both went to the state basketball tournament in Columbus. Fostoria was defeated by Columbus North 34-20, and St. Wendelin got beat 25-15 by Glenford.

1926 : St. Wendelin advanced to Class B district play in basketball, where it lost 31-18 to Liberty Center.

1927 : Ralph H. Hogan, an athlete from the University of Iowa, became Fostoria's football coach and physical director.

1928 : Fostoria athletics were suspended for one year by the state athletic association. Fostoria was charged with bringing in athletes from smaller schools in the vicinity.

1929 : Athletic relations between Fostoria and Findlay resumed when a new league was formed among six northwest Ohio schools.

1930 : Vanlue football, coached by Milo Treece, won the Hancock Title, defeating Van Buren 7-6.

1931 : Fostoria reached the district basketball tournament, where it lost 39-19 to Galion.

1932 : St. Wendelin reached the Class B district basketball tournament, where it was edged 32-31 by Castalia.

1933 : St. Wendelin tied Norwalk St. Paul for the League of Six Nations title.

1934 : St. Wendelin defeated Fostoria 28-18 to win the city basketball championship.

1935 : Fostoria captured the city championship by defeating St. Wendelin 25-14, the Redmen's second win over the Mohawks that season.

1936 : Semi-professional baseball came to town when the St. Louis Cardinals chose Fostoria to receive their backing. The team was called the Red Birds.

1937 : Fostoria's basketball team went to the district semifinals, where it lost 38-21 to Lima Central.

1938 : Fostoria finished its football season with a perfect 10-0 record and was ranked second in the state by the Associated Press, trailing only Massillon Washington.

1939 : Fostoria went to the Class A district basketball final, where it lost 35-19 to Findlay.

1940 : Fostoria reached the district basketball semifinals, where it fell 38-31 to Findlay.

1941 : Kenny Herman was hired as St. Wendelin's football coach in September.

1942 : Fostoria High School's football team went 6-2-1 under coach Ike Trubey and earned a share of the Buckeye League title.

1943 : Fostoria captured the city basketball title by defeating St. Wendelin 54-36.

1944 : Bascom's Bruce King won the boys Class B shot put championship with a throw of 47-7.75.

1945 : St. Wendelin finished the best basketball season in school history at 18-3 with a win in the consolation game of the state Class B sectional tournament.

1946 : The Fostoria High School football team claimed its fifth straight win, a 26-7 victory over Findlay, to finish the season at 6-2 and forge a three-way tie for the Buckeye League championship.

1947 : Fostoria High School lineman Jim Thrailkill was voted to the All-Northwest Ohio football first team.

1948 : Fostoria's Carlos Jackson earned All-Buckeye Conference first team and honorable mention All-Ohio football honors.

1949 : New Riegel's boys basketball team finished second in Seneca County League to Attica.

1950 : New Riegel won its first Seneca County League basketball championship, defeating the Thompson Tigers 63-39.

1951 : Hopewell-Loudon won its first Seneca County League basketball championship by beating Attica 68-45.

1952 : The Fostoria Athletic Board considered banning all live broadcasts of sporting events due to a large loss in admission revenues. The first tape-recorded sporting event was aired on WFOB this year.

1953 : Jim Tucker represented Fostoria in the Class A state track and field championships, placing second in the 120-yard high hurdles and third in the 180-yard low hurdles.

1954 : Fostoria advanced to the sectional basketball semifinals, but was defeated 60-51 by Oregon Clay.

1955 : Fostoria placed sixth in the regional wrestling tournament by scoring nine points.

1956 : Seven Fostoria wrestlers competed in the state wrestling meet, but only Clyde Jeter was able to score, by winning his first match.

1957 : Hopewell-Loudon's basketball team, coached by Harry Groman, won the Seneca County League with a 7-1 league record.

1958 : Hopewell-Loudon reached the Class A regional basketball final, where it fell 63-53 to Holmes-Liberty.

1959 : St. Wendelin finished with its first undefeated football record. It was the best season in the 35 years the Mohawks had been playing the sport.

1960 : Hopewell-Loudon finished as runners-up in the Mansfield district of the Class A basketball tournament. They were defeated by Lykens, 52-46.

1961 : St. Wendelin football won the Seaway Conference football championship in its second undefeated season, going 9-0-1.

1962 : St. Wendelin went 20-3 in boys basketball, reaching the Class A district, where it lost 62-52 to Miller City.

1963 : Fostoria shared the Great Lakes League football championship with Oregon Clay. The Redmen ended the season with a 7-2-1 record and were the first FHS team in 20 years to win more than six games.

1964 : Hopewell-Loudon's boys basketball team advanced to the Class A regional final, where it lost 83-54 to Celina.

1965 : Elmwood won its first Northern Lakes League football title, posting a 7-1 league mark.

1966 : Frank Ferguson became the first Fostoria runner to score a point in the state track and field meet. He finished the 880-yard run in 1:57.8 while taking fifth place.

1967 : Tom Shrider of Lakota tied for best time in the qualifying round of the 180-yard low hurdles at the state track meet.

1968 : Hopewell-Loudon reached regional play in basketball before falling 71-53 to Wynford.

1969 : New Riegel's Larry Gase got a base hit and drove Paul Gnepper home to give the Blue Jackets the state baseball championship by a 1-0 count over Bridgeport.

1970 : Lakota's boys cross country team, coached by Myron Cline, won the Class AA state championship. The Raiders, who scored only 84 points, were led by Rex Brockschmidt, who finished second with a time of 10:07.

1971 : Vanlue's boys' basketball team made it to regionals before losing 56-47 to Crestview.

1972 : Fostoria's football team finished with a 9-1 record, the Great Lakes League championship and a top-10 state ranking.

1973 : Tony Newlove, Tony Rathburn and Ed Heiser represented Fostoria High School in the state. All, however, lost their opening matches.

1974 : Randy Lowmaster finished third in the state pole vault for Fostoria. FHS had a total of eight points in the state track and field championships.

1975 : Fostoria's Tony Newlove won the Class A-AA state wrestling championship.

1976 : Arcadia's Jeff Crow won the state Class A wrestling championship at 155 pounds.

1977 : Fostoria's boys finished ninth at the state cross country meet. Chuck Pullom finished third for the Redmen, with a time of 12:27

1978 : Arcadia's Anna Hitchings, Linda Nau, Cathy Dray and Miriam Boes posted a meet-record time of 1:45.7 while winning the state Class A 880 medley relay championship.

1979 : Fostoria had two athletes win a Class AA state track and field championship. Joe Johnson won the long jump, with a leap of 21-3 and Chuck Pullom won the 880 run in 1:56.4.

1980 : Three Fostoria High School wrestlers came away with top-six finishes in the state meet. Josh Goddard placed fifth at heavyweight, while Clayton Moore (185) and John Marshall (138) each finished sixth.

1981 : Brian Brooks of Arcadia claimed the Class A state wrestling championship at 175 pounds.

1982 : St. Wendelin capped an 11-2 season by reaching the Class A state championship football game, where it lost 14-7 to Newark Catholic. Arcadia had a state Class A high jump champion in Kelly Deibley, who cleared 5-4.

1983 : Arcadia's Cassie Walters won the Class A state high jump championship with a leap of 5-5.

1984 : The Midland Atlantic League was formed, consisting of St. Wendelin, Hopewell-Loudon, Seneca East, North Baltimore, Bettsville, New Riegel, Old Fort and Fremont St. Joseph.

1985 : Fostoria's girls' 1,600 relay team finished second at state. Caroline Alexander, Laura Hoppe, Wendy Kirian and Brenda Cousin finished with a time of 3:57.75

1986 : Senior Jamie Baker won St. Wendelin's first state championship in any sport, taking a heavyweight championship by an 8-3 count in the final over McComb's Harold Lora.

1987 : A victory in the 400 relay in 49.9 by Nancy Gilbert, Jennifer Scherger, Lisa Lucius and Diane Carlo and Tammy Stahl's winning shot put effort of 43-5 led the way as coach Gary Scherger's Lakota team won the Class AA state track and field championship. Lakota also had an individual boys champion, as Joe McKown won the 3,200 in 9:12.01.

1988 : Fostoria High School's Maco Gonzales won the Division II 103-pound state championship. He defeated Medina Highland's Todd Hill 7-4 in the championship match.

1989 : Fostoria High School's football team won the Great Lakes League championship and gained the Associated Press' top state ranking in Division II before its 13-1 season ended with a 21-14 loss to Cleveland St. Joseph in the state championship game.

1990 : Fostoria advanced to the Division II state semifinals before finishing a 9-4 campaign with a 21-8 loss to St. Mary's Memorial.

1991 : Fostoria completed its 14-0 football "mission" by winning the Division II state football championship by a 21-6 count over Uniontown Lake in front of a record crowd of 15,352 spectators at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon. A key to the season was the state Mr. Football-winning performance of senior quarterback Derek Kidwell.

1992 : St. Wendelin's Geoff Fielder won the Division III state shot put championship with a throw of 56-2.

1993 : The New Riegel boys basketball team finished its season as Division IV runner-up. The Blue Jackets beat Lynchburg-Clay 71-67 in the state semifinals before 70-54 to Fort Loramie in the state title game.

1994 : Hopewell-Loudon's volleyball team advanced to the Division IV state tournament for the first time. The Lady Chieftains' run ended with a 15-4, 15-11 loss to St. Henry.

1995 : Hopewell-Loudon's volleyball team went a step further, reaching the Division IV state final. The Lady Chieftains finished as runner-up to St. Henry, falling 15-9, 15-7 in the title match.

1996 : Dick Kidwell coached Fostoria to a 13-1 record and a Division II state championship in his last year in charge of the football team. The Redmen defeated Akron Buchtel 14-6.

1997 : Senior Jessie Sheeran became the first Fostoria High School individual to repeat as a state champion, winning the Division II state discus title with a toss of 134-2.

1998 : Hopewell-Loudon repeated as Division IV state volleyball champions, defeating Ridgedale 15-1, 14-16, 15-7 in the championship match, and finishing the season with a perfect 20-0 record.

1999 : Fostoria High School's Cory Echelberry finished a spectacular senior season by winning the Division II state discus championship with a spectator-scattering, state-record throw of 203-7. Echelberry broke the state Division II record three times during the season.


Information courtesy of Kathy Cline


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