20 Years Ago (1997)
Tunkhannock’s football season came to an end Friday as the Tigers dropped a 28-18 decision to Northampton in the Eastern Conference AAAA Playoffs. Ryan Crispell completed 10 of 20 passes including two touchdown passes to Matt Davis and one to Lucas Welch. Playing in their final game for the Tigers were Tim Rogers, Jason Kuzma, Don Emmi, Charlie Headman, Nick Faux, Richard Gavek, Jared Shoemaker, Mike Jones, Ron Sands, Jake Blaisure, Jarrad Pencek, and Welch.
First year TA girls’ basketball coach Dave Hinkley welcomed more than 25 candidates to the first workout on Monday. He takes over for Coach Norm Sisle. Other coaching changes: Tony Konieski replaces Carmen Mendicino in boys’ basketball, Alice Edwards replaces Marion Petchalonis in girls’ swimming, and Tim Mislevy takes over the diving coach position from Rich Siperko. Ernie Shartle is back on deck as boys’ swimming coach as is Frank Wadas in wrestling.
Mike Mahon is the new men’s basketball coach for the Keystone College Giants after Dennis Mishko retired after 24 years.
TA’s Jamie Wildrick and Andrea Wilson were selected to the Wyoming Valley Conference first team all stars in volleyball.
Junior Kati Veety, a TA grad, just completed a season with the Susquehanna University women’s tennis team.
40 Years Ago (1977)
The Tigers defeated the Vikings of Riverside, 20-13, before a homecoming crowd. Bill Nast went over 1,200 yards rushing for the year, including two touchdown runs in this game of seven yards and 68 yards. Coach Augie Grant gave him the game ball. John Mikelaitis also had an 8-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Lackawanna Trail beat Carbondale, 14-3, on Saturday. Touchdowns came on a run by Bill Bergan and a Scott Dixon to Jenkins pass.
Carbondale took a 2-1 Suburban Girls Field Hockey Championship win over the Lady Lions last Thursday. Cheryl Maddock scored Trail’s only goal.
Jeff Roberts of Tunkhannock bowled in the Pro-Am event of the $60,000 Miller High Life Classic in Syracuse, N.Y., on Nov. 4. He earned this right by qualifying as one of 10 bowlers in a special roll-off at Owego, N.Y., on Oct. 21, when he finished fourth.
The sixth annual Tunkhannock New Age Invitational Swim Meet has been scheduled for Nov. 19 and 20 and will include swimmers from all over Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The First Annual Tigress Christmas Classic, Dec. 27-28, at the Tunkhannock High School gym is being sponsored by the THS Lettermen’s Club and has been sanctioned by PIAA. The tourney will feature Bishop Hannan, Wyoming Area, Tunkhannock and Lackawanna Trail.
60 Years Ago (1957)
A sudden flurry of long passes enabled Tunkhannock High to run up a 20-0 lead in the first period and then the Tigers appeared content just to keep from freezing as they coasted to a 32-0 victory over Towanda Monday night at Memorial Park. Top ground gainer was Don Shupp with 81 yards in 10 attempts. He also caught one pass for 49 yards and a touchdown.
West Side Central Catholic of Kingston is this Friday’s Tiger opponent at Memorial Park in Tunkhannock.
Hunting season is here. The old boys as well as the young have that old pioneer spirit. They love to roam the hills and woodlands. But, there is little game.
However, the cottontail rabbit and ring neck pheasant hunting success was greater on Oct. 26 – opening day for farm game – then on the first day of the seasons last year
Most of the farmers on Craige Hill have their fall plowing finished and are getting their rifles ready for deer season.
Shook Hardware maintained its three-point lead in the Triton Bowling League last week despite a 2-1 setback, but the rest of the first division tightened up like a wet shoelace.
Last place Passmore Style Shop upset the apple cart of front-running Keystone State Shoe Company in the Triton Women’s Bowling League Thursday.
80 Years Ago (1937)
Last Friday afternoon, Duke Bunnell’s charges defeated Dallas Township, 20-0. This is the sixth victory of the THS team and the first game played away from home. Miller-to-Moss passes accounted for the first and third touchdowns and Miller got the second TD with a plunge from the 6-yard-line. The most important football game of the season will be played at Clarks Summit Thursday afternoon at 3:30. Neither team has been defeated and since the score last year was 7-7, both teams will be out for victory.
The Falls-Overfield soccer team journeyed to Waverly and met defeat by the strong champion team of Waverly, 4-0. The F-O boys made a fine showing and next year will be able to play some fine soccer.
The Falls-Overfield basketball teams are beginning practice. The boys’ and girls’ teams are both hoping for a successful season.
Sterling Swetland of Pittsburgh and Leslie Swetland of Meshoppen were among those hunting in the area around Vose the last of the week.
On Saturday, Nov. 6, a deer was killed by a D.L. & W. train at Nicholson. Game Warden F.E. Flaugh was notified and removed the carcass. The meat was used for benevolent purposes.
It is unlawful for any person to shoot at game while it is on the highway, or to shoot across the road from game.
100 Years Ago (1917)
Hunting season is now at hand. The bang of the gun can be heard frequently.
Corey Kishpaugh of Dorranceton is up on a visit with his brother Royal of Eaton Township during the hunting season.
Bert Jayne of Sugar Hollow and Alva McVicar of Jenks shot 13 rabbits on the Thomas Hadsall farm, Nov. 1, it is reported.
W.H. Keller, the conductor on the Montrose passenger train, and a couple of railroaders from Easton were rabbit hunting in the vicinity of Springville the latter part of the week.
Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Scovill returned last week from Sioux County, Nebr., where they spent a year on the ranch of Mr. Scovell’s son-in-law. He found time to kill some small game, also bagging 167 jack rabbits, 300 gophers, and a number of prairie dogs.
Parties from Beaumont captured a bear on the mountain, last week.
A bear and a cub were shot near Noxen last week by a party of Wilkes-Barre hunters.
Rexford Tuttle of Dalton is visiting his parents in Springville and anticipates a lot of big game.
Many hunters contend that rabbits are not good hunting until after there are hard frosts. From all accounts, the cottontails are numerous. Under the new code a hunter may bag 10 rabbits in a day or 60 in a season.