20 Years Ago (1998)
Tunkhannck Area won every event on Tuesday to cruise to a 132-42 swim win over Dunmore. Nich Boehmer and Steve Fisher each won four times for the Tigers.
The Tiger basketball squad got a game-high 19 points out of John Grigas, but fell to visiting Hazleton, 48-39.
Elk Lake’s Zach Mowry poured in 27 points to help the Warriors down Delaware Valley, 64-57, on Saturday night.
Lackawanna Trail’s boys came to life in the second half to defeat Mountain View, 58-36; and then they dumped visiting Forest City, 79-45.
In girls’ action, the Lady Warriors, lost to DelValley, 54-53. but bounced back with a 49-34 win over Sacred Heart.
In wrestling, Trail downed Delaware Valley, 47-17 with Alex Josephite (112), Howard Jacoby (135), Clayton Sheffler (140), Bob Shupp (152), Garrett McCracken (160) and David Drake (hwt). They also nudged West Scranton, 30-20.
Berwick coasted to a 45-14, win over the Tigers with TA’s lone pin from Lynn MacMillan (191). They bounced back with a 48-21 win over Dallas, with pins by Chris Yatsko (130), Mark Nonnemacher (145), Allen Reid (160), Mark Johnson (171) and Kevin Avery (hwt).
Montrose downed Elk Lake, 48-18. The only Warrior pins were by Reed Shave (112) and Mike Fissler (130). DelValley also beat Elk Lake, 50-13.
40 Years Ago (1978)
Basketball win No. 13 came quite easily to the Tigers as they breezed by Blue Ridge, Wednesday, 89-52. Paul Rhodes led the way with 22 points.
Lackawanna Trail gave Coach Ron Evans with his 100th wrestling victory Saturday by defeating Western Wayne, 35-25.
Although the weatherman wasn’t cooperating, nearly 200 area wrestlers made it to Tunkhannock Area High School Saturday morning to compete in the Endless Mountains Wrestling Club’s Invitational Tournament.
Elementary School winners included 50 lbs.-Gerry Henry; 55- Chris Olshan; 60- Randy Cole; 65- Joe Doss; 70- Jim Hammersley; 75- Mark DeRobertis; 80- Chris Wisekal; 85- Brian Jones; 90- Terry Legg; 95-Tony Tewksbury; 100- Bryce Bedford; 110- Mark Legg.
Junior High winners included 80- Bon Ungureit over Don Leiberfinger; 85- Scott Marabell over Chas Wisekal; 90- Dick Jordan over Dan Leiberfinger; 95-Steve Brown over Gary Latiner; 100- Tim Wiernusz over Doug Thompson; 110- Frank Ross over Russ Hampsey; 120- Ken Licata over Wes Warner; 130- Brett Keefe over Nick Fornicola; 140- Al Tucker over Brian Rogers; Unlimited- Jeff Posten over Jerry Daly.
Reaping awards recently from the Keystone Quarter Horse Association was “Wimpey” owned by Bubs Marcy, of Tunkhannock.
60 Years Ago (1958)
With 30 points in the third period, Tunkhannock Hi pulled away from Wyalusing Hi, 69-52. The Tigers led by 36 when Coach Ed Serfass benched his starting team. Jimmy Hudock led with 29.
A busy week in the Susquehanna Basketball League provided a first-half champion by last Friday with Elk Lake moving into second place behind the all-conquering Mountain View Eagles, and Montrose dropping to third after its unbeaten status was taken away with a 70-67 thriller won by Elk Lake. The Warriors also took a 50-35 win over Susquehanna.
Lackawanna Trail also breezed to a 76-42 win over Falls-Overfield. Lochen led for the Lions with 20 points . F-O also lost to Newton Ransom, 68-38.
Among the game’s oldtimers interviewed for a series of stories in the Philadelphia Inquirer was Gaza Chizmedia who one starred with Tunkhannock’s teams in the old Penn State League, and ranks with the great Bobby McDermott as the best-remembered of the local players.
The East Lemon Sportsmen’s Club will serve a venison supper at Karp’s Cafe on Saturday, Feb. 1 after 6 p.m.
In the Triton Women’s Bowling League, Sinclair Refiners moved into first place with Eileen Mahanna a big gun for the winners.
Penn Electric took over first place in the Triton Bowling League with Glen Shomaker pacing the win.
80 Years Ago (1938)
Coach Franklin P. McLaren’s varsity cagers defeated the strong Nicholson quintet on their home court last Friday. Fans are asked to come out this Friday to take in old-time rival Montrose.
Tunkhannock is rapidly climbing up the N.Y.-Penn ladder, getting its third consecutive win Monday by defeating Wilkes-Barre, 32-19. With Shikey Gotthoffer directing the local team, it has taken on new form and is declared by many to be the strongest team in the league. At Binghamton, N.Y., last Thursday, Tunkhanock won 41-33. In a Binghamton Sun account of the game, this was said: “Never before have the basketball fans seen in Kalurah Temple such an exhibition of passing and teamwork.
William Loftus, 42, sports editor of the Wilkes-Barre Evening News and president of the N.Y.-Penn Basketball League, died at is home Friday after a long illness.
The Meshoppen High School basketball teams play the Meshoppen alumni teams Friday night. The MHS team beat Laceyville last Friday.
The rifle team of Tunkhannock Conservation Club went to West Pittston Momday evening where they met defeat at the hands of the Pittston team. Shooting for Tunkhannock was Tom Lazarus, H. Glenwright, F. Frioni, T. Coolbaugh, W. Dunlap, and Jim Brown. Tunkhannock will shoot with the Falls team in the basement of the Ben Franklin store Jan. 31.
100 Years Ago (1918)
Game Warden Gregory Shoemaker and State Fish Wardens W.E. And M.E. Shoemaker have been notified by state authorities to see that all unlicensed dogs are killed. Their work is not confined to any particular locality in the state, which means the untagged dog may be killed wherever found. Fron the above, it is evident for once the state is going to make a determined effort to enforce a dog law, and those in touch with the situation state if it is enforced as intended, will have a tendency to increase the raising of sheep.
Now is time for a sleigh ride on Shupp Hill.
Wanted raw furs. Highest market price at John Loftus’ barn, Tunkhannock, every Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. H.R. Tague. Bell Phone 87-0, Tunk, Exch. P.O. Tunkhannock, Pa. RD2.