THE HISTORY OF PIQUA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS – A JOURNAL
“Displaying an unbelievable wide-open first half offense, Piqua Central mustered all its scoring into the first two quarters to defeat West Milton in both teams’ season openers last night at Roosevelt Stadium 34-24. Running and passing off both the ‘T’ and spread, Coach Paul Faehl’s Indians scored 16 points in each of the first two periods and held off the visitors the last 24 minutes.”
“Piqua Central came up with the right play at the right time to defeat the Northeastern Jets 30-6 last night at Roosevelt Stadium. Sophomore Mike Ostendorf is rapidly gaining the sensation of the fans. Ostendorf, chosen earlier to guide Central sports in an upper direction, may have earned a starting berth over senior quarterback Corky Driver. The 190-pound back with legs that churn up an amazing amount of ground—(he can fall forward and gain three yards)—scored the last three Piqua touchdowns on runs of six, four and 19 yards, plus adding a PAT by a pass. Ostendorf gained 86 yards – touchdowns included in nine carries.”
“Piqua Central broke a 6-6 first quarter deadlock to run roughshod over the St. Marys Roughriders, 42-20, last night at St. Marys Memorial Stadium. Bill Powell, Don Reed, Doug Minnich, Kenny Rousseau, Butch Brown and middle linebacker Gene Bayman played a strong game defensively. Reed, Minnich and Bayman play both offense and defense. St. Marys only gained 24 yards rushing the first half, finishing with 204 total yards, while Central picked up 280, 172 through passing.” “Undefeated Piqua Central passed a supreme Miami Valley League test last night at Roosevelt Stadium when they roared to a 34-6 win over previously unbeaten Sidney. The Indians’ week-long battle cry ‘They won’t be playing Bellefontaine’, rang true as the Tribe’s defense held the Yellow Jackets to one touchdown, while the fast, deceptive offense piled up the score. Sidney ran wild last week against Bellefontaine, scoring 75 points. Sidney’s lone touchdown last night came after an off-side penalty nullified a pass interception by Piqua.”
“I lost it, I lost it,’ Coach Paul Faehl said dejectedly as he climbed aboard the bus back to Piqua after a nightmare that came true at Troy’s Municipal Stadium. His voice was low-pitched, filled with bitterness. ‘If we would’ve made it, the game would have been ours. But…’ Faehl was talking about the fourth quarter play Friday night that sent Piqua Central High School to its first loss of the year, after it had battled for more than three quarters to stay ahead of a heavier Troy team. The final score was 20-16, snapped a five-game winning streak that carried back to last year’s season final. There were approximately two minutes remaining in the final period. Piqua led 16-12. It was Piqua’s ball, fourth down and four to go on its own 48. Piqua gambled . The ball was snapped back to Mike Ostendorf, running off the spread. The sophomore gridder lunged and went town short of the first down. After that it was Troy’s ball game.”
“Miamisburg came to town undefeated in the Miami Valley League, but didn’t go home that way. Piqua, playing a woeful first half, exploded for 12 points in the final quarter to beat previously undefeated Miamisburg, 18-0, to celebrate Dad’s Night at Roosevelt Stadium. The win, Piqua’s second in the MVL and fifth in six games, keeps the Indians’ title hopes alive.”
“It took 12 years of waiting but it was well worth it. Piqua Central scored a 30-0 lacing over Fairmont at Kettering last night. Although Piqua fans were rushing on the field before the closing seconds, the win was costly. Senior left end Dennis Black was believed to have suffered a should separation after taking a 17 yard pass from Mike Ostendorf. With 10:16 still left in the second period and Piqua in front, 6-0, Gene Bayman had to be carried from the field after being hit by a Dragon blocker. The fleet halfback may have suffered a broken bone in his foot that could sideline him for the rest of the season”
“Coach Paul Faehl was criticizing his Piqua Indians after a 36-0 shutout, second in a row, over Fairborn last night at Roosevelt Stadium in Piqua’s final home game. ‘You play ball like this next week at Greenville and you will get beat.’ Seconds later a radio message echoed those very same words when it announced Greenville upset Xenia, 16-8. Piqua, now 7-1 seasonwise, was never threatened by Fairborn after the opening kickoff. All this with two starters on the sidelines. Regular end Denny Black was lost last week when he suffered a shoulder separation against Fairmont. Gene Bayman, the league’s top scorer with 36 points, also suffered an injury against the Purple Dragons. Bayman received a leg injury and sat out last night’s game.”
“Wow! Piqua Central Indians overcame the toughest team they’ve faced this season, penalties at crucial time, and loose officiating to edge Greenville’s Green Wave 8-6 last night at Greenville’s Harmon Field. Piqua’s win, coupled with Fairmont’s 14-6 triumph over Troy, sets the stage for next Friday night encounter for the Miami Valley League championship at Xenia.”
“Rising from a sea of mud, Xenia’s Buccaneers outlasted Piqua Central for the 1962 Miami Valley League football championship Friday night by a score of 8-6. It was Xenia’s first MVL title in 21 years. Xenia scored with 3:55 remaining in the initial quarter. With 24 seconds left in the game, Piqua got the ball and took to the air and Big Mike Osterdorf’s next four aerials from the 10 yard line went incomplete, the last with 10 seconds left. The Indians finished the season with eight wins against just two losses.”
Coach Wendell Carter’s cross country team defeated Greenville twice and Fairborn, but lost to Troy, Xenia and Fairmont. In the Troy loss, Piqua’s Rollin Karnehm established a new school record of 11:14.5. In the Lowell Thomas meet at Pisby, Ohio, Karnehm finished first with a time of 11:16.5 for the fourth place finishers from Piqua.
“Senior Rollin Karhehm became the first cross country runner in Piqua Central history to win the Miami Valley League cross country meet at Xenia with a time of 10:21. Boys on Piqua’s cross country team, who entered the District Cross Country meet held last Saturday at Springfield, brought home with them a new trophy for their winning second place in the meet for 10 schools, which included 70 runners.
“Because of their individual records made by two runners, Rollin Karnehm and Bob Cooper, Piqua will be represented by two entrants in the annual OHSAA Cross Country Championship meet at the Ohio State University Golf Course. Other Piqua runners who won medals were Skip Martin, Jon Nicodemus, Dennis Bundschuh, Bill Gilmore, and Tom Metz.”