20 Years Ago (1994)
Lackawanna Trail lived up to its top seed billing by handling Mountain View, 8-1, before a crowd of over 400 in the PIAA District 12 championship baseball game at Lackawanna County Stadium Friday afternoon.
Mark Kalinoski showed why he has the best earned run average in the area by tossing a 2-hitter with one walk.
Left-handed hitting catcher Keith Schubert went 3-4 with a double and drove in four runs to lead a deep offense that also got three hits from Ross Smirne and two from Craig Roberts.
The win set up a state AA opening playoff game with Garnet Valley, but the Jaguars outwitted the Lions, 8-2, to bring Trail’s season to a close.
Elk Lake softball coach Tony Blaisure called upon Melody Bennett in the bottom of the fifth to pinch hit and her double down the rightfield line provided the spark for the Lady Warriors to claim the District 12 AA softball title over Lackawanna Trail at Montrose.
However, the 18-0 Elk Lake team had more than it could handle Monday against Springfield-Montco, and lost 4-1. The Lady Warriors managed just one hit as Sheree Lucas singled.
Jeff Flood and Dan Stacknick were named co-recipients of the Norman Ball Scholarship, and Jesse Lambert became the 27th winner of the Ambrose ‘Dutch’ Keller Award during TA’s awards night.
40 Years Ago (1974)
Each of the two Wyoming County high schools came up with a victory last week as they wound up their baseball season with two games against each other at Lackawanna Trail’s field. On Wednesday, Trail won 10-2, and on Thursday, Tunkhannock won 12-8.
Coach George Brittain’s Lions finished third in the Lackawanna League at 9-6. The Tigers, playing their first season under Coach Augie Grant, won only two and lost 13. On Wednesday, Lions Scott Jones, John Kiryluk, Dave Gumble and John Saunders had two hits apiece. On Thursday, Tiger Mike Smith had two home runs and a single.
With a team of six sophomores, along with senior Jud Holdredge and junior Howie Denmon, Tunkhannock’s Tigers pulled out a fourth place finish at the national Junior Olympics volleyball tournament, May 25-26, in Catonsville, Md.
Holdredge, who was named to the state volleyball all-star team in 1973 and 1974 for his play at Tunkhannock, has been accepted at Kellogg Junior College in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Garry Forte, who first gained football prominence as one of Tunkhannock High School’s finest quarterbacks and linebackers, has been named head coach at Manhasset High School on Long Island.
Winning the Sixth Annual Genesee Open at Shadow Brook was Dave Roslund with a two under par 68.
Mrs. Ellie Visneski, who has four sons, was elected the first woman president of the Tiger Booster Club.
John Williams, a 1968 graduate of Lackawanna Trail High School, succeeds Lyman Krewson as sports editor of the Tunkhannock New Age.
60 Years Ago (1954)
Suddenly finding the power that had been lacking all season, Tunkhannock Hi blasted its way to its sixth straight Back Mountain Baseball League pennant Friday afternoon, using three home runs to beat Lehman, 8-5. Biggest of three homes was a grand slam blast in the second by Joe Glenn. Harry Sharpe and Eddie Shaw also had homers.
Tunkhannock Hi made a brief appearance in the Wyoming Valley scholastic baseball tournament at Kingston’s Artillery Park, losing its Saturday afternoon game in the semi-finals to the defending champions from Marymount, 3-2.
Montrose, the team that eliminate THS in the PIAA District 12 semifinals, actually won the District title Saturday by defeating Susque-Wyo, 8-3, at Factoryville. It was a tight pitchers battle in the regulation seven innings, but Montrose broke through with six runs in the top of the ninth.
Eatonville Methodists turned in their first upset of the season when they downed Osterhout Union, 10-7. Bob Herman went all the way for the Methodists as they gained their first victory.
All boys of Little League are invited to travel to Wilkes-Barre as guests of the Kiwanis Club Friday night, to see the Baron’s play Binghamton. A Wheaties box top will serve as a ticket of admission.
The annual South Town Horse Show, for the benefit of the Bridgewater Athletic Association, will be June 20.
Bloomsburg will be the scene of intense baseball activity, June 25-26, as the St. Louis Cardinals conduct a tryout camp at State Teachers College Field.
Thomas Rowe and son Tommy, of Lynn, and Lawrence Hamilton spent a few days last week fishing at Charbot Lake, Ontario.
80 Years Ago (1934)
Stanley A. DeWitt, local insurance man and politician, is attaining an envious reputation as a horse dealer. Last week the head trainer for the Whitney racing estates at Aqueduct, Jamaica, Long Island, arrived at Tunkhannock in the quest of a certain type of lead horse, to be used in exercising the blooded race horses at Mr. Whitney’s stables. A purchase was quickly made of Mr. DeWitt who delivered a horse to the Whitney Green Tree Stables at Long Island.
At Tuesday’s graduation, awards were presented to senior members of the girls’ basketball team by Prof. Ruel George; Prof. Hufford presented the senior boys of the football and baseball teams with their ‘T.’
J.J. Burgess killed a large rattlesnake near his barn last Saturday. It had nine rattles.
Elmer Williams and his Colorado Cowboys are back in Factoryville, and are holding, regular roping and riding exhibitions at the Blue Ridge Riding Club Stable, getting in practice for the big rodeo to be staged by the Factoryville Fire Co. on July 3-4.
Betty Reddon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Reddon, of Susquehanna, saved the life of Genevieve Fairchild from drowning in the Susquehanna. They went bathing in the river and the Fairchild girl got beyond her depth.
A West Falls cat, playing with a fishline, got the hook fast in its throat. A Pittston veterinarian was called, and after padding the animals paws so it could not scratch, the hook was cut loose.
The local ball team of Eatonville served ice cream to the public at Giberson’s grove Monday evening.
The annual Boy Scout field day at Towanda will be held on the fair ground at that place tomorrow.
100 Years Ago (1914)
The Laceyville Gun Club held a shoot on Memorial Day.
The dog muzzling ordinance goes into effect next week. Burgess Stark is notifying dog owners to that effect.