20 Years Ago (1997)
Tunkhannock Area won every event but the shot put en route to a 124-24 boys’ track win over GAR on Thursday at Memorial Park. John Kacuba, Kris Wandall and Jared Pencek were triple winners for the Tigers. In the girls’ meet, the Lady Grenadiers edged Tunkhannock, 71-70. Jessica Richards and Becky Mack were three-time winners.
TA’s boys’ volleyball squad got back on the winning track with a win over visiting Pittston Area. Justin MacBain led with nine kills, Dave Shupp led in assists and Jeremy Brown led in service points.
The Tigers lost a pair of boys’ tennis matches, getting blanked by Dallas, 7-0, on Wednesday at Newberry Estates, and dropping a 6-1 decision at Hanover. TA’s lone win came at No. 2 singles by Mark Szajkowski.
The recent snowstorm that hit northeastern Pennsylvania has caused some major revamping of the spring sports schedules at Tunkhannock with openers in baseball and softball wiped out.
Awarded trophies at the recent TA swim banquet were - for the girls - Outstanding Swimmer, Meredith Post; Coaches Award Alyssa Kintner; and Most Improved Courtenay Hawley. For the boys, winners were: Outstanding Swimmer Christian Bovine, Outstanding Diver Justin Tyson, Anchor Award and Most Improved Nik Boehmer, and Most Dedicated Jim Hudock.
40 Years Ago (1977)
They did it! Jubilation ran supreme in the Hersheypark Arena and around radio sets throughout this area early Friday afternoon when the Elk Lake Warriors were officially crowned Class A basketball champions of Pennsylvania.
Paced by Bob Stevenson’s 55 points, Elk Lake ran Shanksville-Stonycrest off the court, 94-60, before 4,000 fans. In the semifinals Thursday, Stevenson was held to 27, but the Warriors knocked off Northwest, 71-62.
An AAU-Junior Olympic Wrestling Tournament Saturday at Tunkhannock saw wrestlers competing from 15 schools. Repeating as Junior Olympic champs were Adam Fitch of Elk Lake and Matt Fornicola of Mountain View. The Tunkhannock winners included Mike Roth (ages 13-14 at 126); (ages 11-12)- Steve Brown at 85 and Scott Marabell at 75; (ages 9-10)- Chris Olshan (55), Rick Marabell (60), Jim, Hammersley, and Chris Wisekal (70). Endless Mountains Wrestling Club winners in the Bantam Division (age 8 and under): Gerry Henry (45), Kevin Kalmanowicz (50), Mike Gacha (55), Fred Forba (70), and Jeff Doerner (unlimited).
Waterways patrolman Stephen A. Shabbick has announced the pre-season fish distribution schedule with the first creek scheduled for replenishment, the Meshoppen Creek on April 2. It will receive 1,300 brown and 2,000 rainbow trout.
Walt Buscavage fired a blazing 45, 43, 35-123 last Tuesday to pace all the shooters in the Wagon Wheel Dart League.
60 Years Ago (1957)
Mike Hudock, who played center last fall for the University of Miami football squad, has accepted a bid to play Aug. 9 for the College All-Stars against the NFL champion New York Giants.
Jim Hudock was honored as ‘Student of the Month’ by the Tunkhannock Kiwanis. He set new scoring marks this year for THS basketball and is a mainstay of the District 12 volleyball champs who go to Penn State to compete in the state tournament this week.
Making the trip to states will be Coach Duke Bunnell, his assistant Ernie Holdredge, student manager Don Shupp, and a 12-man playing squad which includes Hudock, Eddie Shaw, Joe Backowski, Jerry Jenkins, Johnny Kukucka, Lefty Robinson, Dave Faux, Ed Murach, Roger Shupp, Jack Reynolds, Corky Shupp and Fred Frey.
According to final figures this week released by the Game Commission, 379 legal buck deer and eight legal bears were taken in Wyoming County in the 1956 hunting season. The buck kill was the lowest in the region.
Passmore Style Shop scored a moral victory in the Women’s Bowling League in March 21 action holding rampaging Cathrall Mercury to a 2-2 standoff.
In Triton Bowling League action, Art Davenport, Ed Rau and Arnold Platt helped Rau’s Painters open their biggest league lead of the season.
80 Years Ago (1937)
Tunkhannock’s Tritons will oppose Plymouth here next Monday in their first playoff series game of the Penn State League championship. The winner of this series will play the winner of a three-game series between Pittston and Hazleton.
George Bunnell, athletic coach at Tunkhannock, spent Easter vacation with his mother, Mrs. Lewis Bunnell of Meshoppen.
The Springville Athletic Association will have a banquet at the Methodist Church April 2.
The Tunkhannock Presbyterian Church Sunday school class of boys, taught by Harry Brown, won an exciting basketball game from the Pittston Hi-Y team on Saturday night, 19-15. R. Tewksbury was high scorer. Others playing in the game were S. Mark, F. Billings, R. Massaker, R. Kromelbein, P. Horlacher, and D. Dilmore. The game was played in the Pittston YMCA and a swim in the pool afterwards was enjoyed by the 19 boys who made the trip.
District Game Protector John Spencer of Wyoming County issued a warning to all dog owners that it is unlawful to allow dogs to roam the woods, or chase either small or large game between March 1 and Aug. 20. Dog owners who disregard this warning will be subject to prosecution.
100 Years Ago (1917)
The Pastime Theatre, Tunkhannock, announces the only real athletic features on the market shown on this theatre every Tuesday. See your favorite athlete in action. Wrestling, boxing, actual contests between colleges and athletic organizations.
Marble playing is not as popular with the youngsters this spring as usual. Roller skating seems to have superseded it.