20 Years Ago (1998)
Elk Lake’s girls took the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Invitational Tourney with wins over GAR, 57-50, and Tunkhannock, 56-38. MVP was Rhi Shingler. Also named to the All-Tourney Team were EL’s Stacy Newell and Alicia Mowry and Lady Tiger Andrea Wilson.
Elk Lake’s boys defeated Mid Valley, 48-46, on Friday, and Mountain View, 57-54, on Saturday to claim the Mountain View Tourney.
John Glenn tossed in 30 points to lead Lackawanna Trail to an 81-58 boys’ win over Bishop O’Reilly.
Despite 32 points from Matt Davis, the Tunkhannock Tigers dropped a 62-52 home basketball opener against Carbondale.
Four Tiger football players were named to the Wyoming Valley Conference All-Star First Team (Ryan Crispell, Matt Davis, Todd Boice, and Dave Macarski); and Second Team (Matt Boice, Jeff Kerr, Jon Henry, Taylor Stuckey and Dave Gay).
Named from Trail to Lackawanna Conference Football All-Stars First Team were Tim Ronchi, Yogi Roth and John Glenn, and second team Mark Gable.
Trail’s wrestling team took early losses to Western Wayne, 41-15, and to Hanover, 25-17. Lions John Evarts (189) and Pete VanFleet (140) recorded pins.
40 Years Ago (1978)
Ski enthusiasts who live in Wyoming County no longer have to travel to enjoy an afternoon of skiing. Bob Stevens will soon be opening a rope tow and toboggan slide on the Shadow Brook complex to accommodate beginning and intermediate skiers and toboggan buffs.
Tunkhannock boys basketball opened with a split on the road, beating Bishop O’Hara, 41-39, but losing to Lake-Lehman, 45-39. Top two scorers in both games were Steve Davis and Scott Parkison.
The Tunkhannock Tigresses opened with wins over Forest City, 66-27, and Benton, 50-30. Seniors Lisa Thompson, Mary Costello, Sandra Cortright and Gail Hawk led the team in scoring.
Tunkhannock beat Hanover, 31-27, in exhibition wrestling with wins by Scott Marabell (98), Vince D. Robertis (112), Jim Miller (119) and Eric Forba (126), Norm Fassett (145), Roger Daniels (185),
Lackawanna Trail’s boys basketball team launched its 1978-79 campaign in the Carbondale Lions Club Tournament with a 62-43 loss to Carbondale, and then consolation loss to Valley View, and a home opening 67-59 loss to Wallenpaupack.
Among Keystone Junior College’s wrestling team are Mark Novotka (215), a 1977 Trail grad; and Andy Jackson (132) a 1977 Tunkhannock grad.
60 Years Ago (1958)
The 1958 football season at Tunkhannock High will be remembered as unique, principally because the Tigers lost more games since 1952.
After leading through most of the game, Tunkhannock’s basketball squad collapsed in the last period Tuesday night and dropped a 58-49 decision to Forty Fort, in the loser’s gym.
Despite a 17-point effort by Tom Ross, Tunkhannock also lost to Moscow, 67-46. The Tigers face Clarks Summit on Friday.
With Del Wooden’s 15 points, Elk Lake began its season with a 45-36 win over Blue Ridge, and Falls-Overfield just missed opening with a win, in bowing to Mountain View, 61-60.
Lackawanna Trail opens basketball season at home Friday against Waymart.
Forkston: Quite a few were out skating on the Goodwin-Fassett pond Sunday.
All persons interested in forming teams for the initial season of bowling at Shadow Brook Lanes are invited to a meeting at the lanes, Thursday, Dec. 18.
Glenn Truesdale of Meshoppen was able to provide a good supply of venison by killing a 10-point buck at Bunnell Hill on the opening day of the season.
Among the Forkston hunters who got bucks last week: Bob Adams, Floyd Burgess, Clarence and Carlton Henning, Don Saxe, Bernard Goodwin, and George Giberson.
80 Years Ago (1938)
Tunkhnnock’s team in the New York Penn League opened its home schedule in the new armory with a loss to Binghamton, 32-29. John ‘Honey’ Russell led Tunk’s Bees with 12 points.
The Tunkhannock High boys varsity team lost its opener to Dalton, 39-15. A girls’ team made up of girls playing intramurally, lost to Dalton, 39-18. This week both teams will face Waverly, whose boys beat a strong Nicholson team last week.
Howard Comstock, son of Ray Comstock of North Mehoopany, was lucky the first day of deer season. He shot one that weighed 160 pounds. Fred G. Adams of Mehoopany also got one that weighed 212 pounds.
East Lemon people who were successful in bagging a deer: Wilson Place, Dan Holod Jr., Ted Swintak, and Howard Jones.
Lucky deer hunters around Rosengrant: Markey Sands, Donald Rice, Dean Boice, Dana Miner, Olin Miner, Charles Shaffer, Richard Shaffer and Frank Brown.
The successful deer hunters around Evans Falls were James Sickler, Elwood Doll, Sterl Shook and Elmer Hufford.
Gaylord Bartron, of Washington Township, last Saturday became lost on North Mountain, Sullivan County, where on the last day of deer season, he and brother Benny Bartron and brother-in-law Tom Lazarus went in different ways. He was found two miles away from where he started 26 hours earlier.
100 Years Ago (1918)
While a party of foreign-speaking men were shooting at targets in Jenkins Township, Luzerne County, on Thanksgiving Day, Wasyl Tettlar, aged 33 and unmarried, stepped before the gun and was shot dead instantly. The shooting was purely accidental.
S.C. Messersmith, Rex Denison, and a couple of other men from Forkston, passed through town Saturday enroute to Lord’s Valley, Pike County, on a deer hunting trip.
Percy S. Stark, F.W. Kellogg. Geo. O. Skinner. Bert L. Billings, Corey Vaughn, William Connell and C. Elmer Dietrich went to Promised Land, Pike County, on a hunting expedition this week.
Wanted: Raw Furs. Highest Market Price. At John Loftus’ barn, Tunkhannock, Pa., every Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. H.R. Tague. Bell Phone 87-0, Tunkhannock Exchange P.O., Tunkhannock, Pa., R.D.2.