20 Years Ago (1998)
Four Tunkhannock Area track and field athletes will try to bring home a medal this weekend from the PIAA state meet. Nick Boehmer will compete in the 110 hurdles with his D2 top time of 15.3 seconds. Jarad Pencek is in the triple jump having won D2 gold with a 45-foot leap. Keri Beckhorn is in the triple jump with her D2 leap of 36-3.5. Barbara Grimaud finished second in the javelin, which her sister Gretchen won at states in 1992.
Stacey Newell is now 14-1 on the mound for Elk Lake which beat Delaware Valley to claim the Northeast Division Softball League title at 18-1.
TA’s softball squad has ended its regular season at 13-1 after Tara Smith led the Lady Tigers to a 3-0 win over Wyoming Area. They have a first-round bye in the D2 AAA playoffs.
Elk Lake’s baseball team succumbed to Dunmore, 7-2 in a District 2 AA quarterfinal game. Trail’s season ended early with a loss to Elk Lake, 4-2, before the playoffs.
Wyoming Area came up with four big runs in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday to rally past the Tigers in the opening round of the District 2 AAA playoffs.
Tiger volleyball squad is advancing to the District 2 tourney facing off against Lake-Lehman, while Dallas takes on Blue Ridge.
Lady Tigers soccer ended with a ‘sudden death’ 3-2 loss in a play-in game to Pittston Area.
40 Years Ago (1978)
Montrose became the THS harriers’ 11th victim as the Tigers claimed the Suburban Scholastic Track Conference Championship. The Friday 103-47 drubbing of the Meteors saw the Tigers win every event except for the 440 relay, 2-mile, javelin, shot put and discus. Charlie Dente streaked to a school record 10.1 seconds in the 100 yard dash. The previous record of 10.2 seconds had been set by Tom Dunn more than 30 years earlier.
The Tigers finished fourth in the Jordan Relays at Scranton High School where Valley West won the team title. Dente, Bob Fitch, Sid Lyons and Tom Richardson smashed a school record in the distance medley at 8:33.1. The 440-relay team (Bill Nast, Scott Kresge, Steve Hunt and Dente) also set a school record at 45.4.
Tunkhannock’s Dale Kitchnefsky cracked one of the longest hits seen on the Tigers’ diamond this season in the bottom of the eighth to drive in the winning run in a 7-6 win over Lackawanna Trail. Scott Parkison was called in relief to claim the THS win for the 10-1 Tigers.
THS volleyball captain John Mikelaitis was named to the state all-tournament team.
Two standout Tunkhannock Area High School student-athletes, Art Gable and Kelly Landon, will play college football at Columbia University in New York.
60 Years Ago (1958)
The Tunkhannock High School track team, under new coaches Ernie Holdredge and Ray Edwards, led the Tigers to the District 12 title as they edged Blue Ridge.
Winning district titles for THS were Jim Borgeson (shot put) and Gary Brown (mile run). Also qualifying for the state meet with second-place finishes were Frank Miner (880) and Roger Shupp (high jump).
Other members of the track team are Dick Gregory, Dick Stark, Wilmer Faux, Charles Joyner, Allan Kinsman, Joe Slocum, John Charles, Ronnie Place, Doug Cooper, Lynn Brown, Fred Frey, Bob Daniels, Dave McCorkle, Bob Smyrl, Corky Shupp, Bob Eggleston, Jack Bowman, Jimmy Hudock, Gerry Grimaud, Lloyd Sick, Carl Sickler and Ralph Blackwell.
A brilliant no-hit pitching performance by Fred Frey highlighted an 8-0 Tunkhannock High victory over Benton Township in a rain-shortened Suburban Baseball League game.
Jimmy Hudock, the all-around Tunkhannock High School athlete who will graduate next month, was the leading scholastic basketball scorer in eastern Pennsylvania during the 1957-58 season, according to figures compiled by Steve Seman, sports statistician, of Johnstown.
80 Years Ago (1938)
Tunkhannock High won another baseball game Friday afternoon at Nicholson, 9-3. Custer was the winning pitcher. Runs were made by Ferguson (2), Custer (2), and one each from Lane, Frempter, Moss, Hardman, Lybolt, and Nicholson’s Spencer, Millard, and Tyrell.
The last home game will be played Friday against Mill City.
All NEP and Abington League baseball games scheduled for last Sunday were cancelled on account of rain. The Scranton-Tunkhannock game will be played at Nicholson May 25.
Tunkhannock High’s Frempter ran a fast 10.2 over a slow track and also finished a good first in the 220 yard dash. The one-mile relay decided the meet and the final score was 30-38.
In a 3-cornered track meet at Dalton, May 13, George Miller had a 5-5 high jump, and Bob Bowman had a double triumph in the 220 and broad jump. Tunkhannock defeated the combined forces of Dalton and Waverly, 49-33.
The PIAA District 12 Track Meet is at New Milford on Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. John Kilcoyne, of Lake Carey, left the end of the week for Gatineau Rod and Gun Club in Canada, where they will spend the summer. They were accompanied as far as Ottawa by Lawrence Harding.
100 Years Ago (1918)
A can of wall-eyed pike containing thousands of tiny fish was received by R. E. Frear on Tuesday morning and placed in the Susquehanna River.
Another can was taken to Lake Carey. The fish fry come from the State Hatchery at Torresdale. Mr. Frear has orders in for trout, bass and catfish, also.
Jerome B. Rooney of West Auburn appeared before Justice W.A. France and was charged with shooting fish by State Fish Warden Shoemaker of Laceyville.
In Joseph Ogden’s platform for running for the State House seat are three matters of interest to sportsmen: “to suspend all fish laws for the period of the War so that one and all could fully enjoy nature’s privileges,” “to allow eel racks during the War,” and he’s “against the bill compelling all fishermen to pay a license fee.”