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20 Years Ago (1998)

Wyoming Valley Conference sportswriters awarded Tunkhannock’s Steve Fisher the Most Valuable Swimmer award in the AAA boys’ division.

Mansfield University’s Chris McGee, an Elk Lake grad, was named the PSAC Pitcher of the Week.

Jarrad Pencek won four events to lead the Tiger tracksters to 124-26 win over Nanticoke, and 97-53 win over Crestwood. The Lady Tigers had similar success, edging Crestwood, 71-70, and downing Nanticioke, 91-50.

Lackawanna Trail opened the track season with a split in girls’ matchups – beating Blue Ridge, 105-34, but losing to Western Wayne, 86-32. Against the Red Raiders, Lady Lion Audrey Josephite won four events. The boys suffered a pair of defeats: 115-35 to Blue Ridge, and 86-32 to Western Wayne.

Delaware Valley put a double hurt on Elk Lake in track with the EL girls losing, 87-49, and the boys losing, 121-27.

Getting varsity letterwinner jackets at the wrestling banquet are Mark Nonnemacher, Ken Janiszewski, Marc Johnson, Lynn Macmillan, Luke Swick, P.J. Pigarelli, Neil Lane and Eddie Rought.

In baseball, Jeff Papi struck out 11 and helped his cause going 3-for-3 at the plate in a 10-3 win over Coughlin.

Abby Wilson scored the eventual game winning goal for the Lady Tier soccer team in a 3-2 win over Nanticoke.

40 Years Ago (1978)

Tunkhannocks boys’ track team traveled to arch-rival Abington Heights last Thursday for the latest round of the cold and rainy exhibition track season and put down the Comets by a margin of 42 points. Bill Nast took the 440 yard relay and the shot put.

The Tunkhannock Area High School girls’ track team opened the 1978 season Monday by dropping a 69-62 decision to Riverside at the winner’s home field.

Monday was opening day for the Lackawanna Northern Division in baseball and the Tigers played a practically flawless game against Bishop O’Hara, 5-0. Kevin Burgason went the distance with 10 strikeouts,

THS volleyball teams remained in first place with a pair of wins for both the boys and the girls over Blue Ridge, and should advance to district competition at Wallenpaupack.

With Pennsylvania’s army of anglers poised for their biggest day of the year, more than 750,000 men, women and children are keeping a close watch on the weather forecasts as well as the calendar.

The Charles Brothers Tigers were eliminated in the semifinals of the Brooks Memorial High School open basketball tourney Saturday morning, as they bowed to the Pace Setters, 89-52.

Bob Bessoir, head basketball coach at the University of Scranton, will be the featured speaker at the Basketball Backers Banquet April 29

60 Years Ago (1958)

Continuing in its role as giant killer in the PIAA state volleyball tournament, Tunkhannock High took top honors in the losers’ bracket of last Saturday’s tourney at University Park before losing to Homestead in the finals, 15-8, 16-14.

Their second place finish put the Tigers among the top four for the fourth consecutive year. For their runner-up performance, Coaches Duke Bunnell and Ernie Holdredge, student manager Don Shupp, and the 12 members of the team were awarded silver medals by the PIAA. Included on the team were Jjimmy Hudock, Fred Frey, Roger Shupp, Corky Shupp, Joe Rail, Lefty Robinson, Jack Reynolds, Buzz Joyner, Jack Bowman, Bob Eggleston, Frank Miner, and Jimmy Borgeson.

With three regulars and three part-timers returning from last year’s Back Mountain League Championship team, THS will open its baseball season today at Lake-Noxen. Next Monday the Tigers begin play in the new Suburban League with an afternoon game at home against Lackawanna Trail.

Keystone State Shoe Co., and Passmore Style Shop found the Crown Bowling Alleys, Dallas, to their liking last week as the Triton Women’s League action moved to that location because of renovations being made at the local Hose House. Passmore’s swept four points from Faux’s Restaurant, led by Dot Jacques and Doris Colbenson.

80 Years Ago (1938)

The trout season opens tomorrow but streams are high and the water icy cold. The legal size is now six inches and the daily creel limit 10 trout.

The baseball squad has had its practice curtailed due to weather conditions.

The following boys have reported for practice: Frank Brown, Charles Anderson, James Ayres, Harlow Lybolt, George Frempter, Frederick Shupp, Gene Lawrence, Bob Sherwood, Bill Moss, Charles Lane, Dick Rife, Nicholas Solanick, Lorenzo Myers, Paul Custer, Earl Eveland, Paul Walters, Edwin Hardman, Bernard Goodwin, Ben Pherreigo, Adam Yarsavage, LeRoy Baker, Edward Chemnitz, Arthur Inman, Lawrence Hawes, Richard Cleveland, Bob Massaker, Joe Rowe, Robert Ferguson, Milford Kintner, John Harding, Bob Johnson, Tony Wishnefski, Dick Rosengrant and Wilbur Stark.

After winning the first tilt of the final playoff series at Pittston last Thursday night, 35-25, that team came to Tunkhannock Monday night but was sadly disappointed at the short end of a 43-23 score.

The third and deciding game in the NY Penn League will be played tonight at Kingston.

Tunkhannock really put on a marvelous exhibition to defeat Pittston, working like a well lubricated machine. Starting at center, ‘Shikey’ Gothoffer figured as the spark plug and O’Donnell speedily cut for the basket taking bullet-like passes and scoring easily.

100 Years Ago (1918)

Trout have been distributed in streams of Pennsylvania in a most satisfactory manner within the past week, according to the department of fisheries. The trout are old and large enough to take care of themselves. The trout season opens April 15 with a poor outlook owing to the severity of the past winter.

A petition to the State Game Commission to close Wyoming County against pheasant and quail hunting for a period of three years has been circulated by James Vaughn and very numerously signed. Both quail and pheasants are very insectivorus birds and too valuable to the farmer to be killed at all, but their permanent protection can be secured only by Act of Legislature. The Game Commission can close a district against shooting any game for a period of time, on petition signed by 200 citizens.