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20 Years Ago (1999)

Lackawanna Trail School Board voted last Monday to borrow $2.5 million for $1.6 million in athletic facility construction that includes a new football field.

The Walter B. Tewksbury Athlete of the Year Award will be presented to the top overall performer on Tunkhannock’s track team.

Tunkhannock’s baseball team lost to Hazleton, 4-2, but beat Coughlin, 5-1, behind the pitching of Jeff Papi, as the regular season winds down.

Elk Lake beat Bishop Hannon, 12-7, with Steve Howell striking out 12; and Carbondale, 11-5; but lost to Blue Ridge, 9-2.

Trail knocked off Susquehanna, 18-3, as Tim Ronchi led with four hits; and Bishop O’Hara, 3-1.

TA junior Sandy Grigas threw 21 shut-out innings last week as the Lady Tigers picked up three wins: Coughlin, 3-0; Valley West, 5-0; and Berwick, 8-0. Jessica Chellis got one run against Coughlin, and Melissa Babcock did likewise against WVW.

Elk Lake’s Stacy Newell was sharp in giving up only two runs in three games; but it was home run derby time against Blue Ridge as Becky Tolman had two, and Becky Murphy and Maggie Jones each had one round tripper.

Trail’s girls shut out Susquehanna, 10-0, with homers by Chrissy Antoine and Melissa Newell, but lost to Bishop O’Hara, 8-0.

D2 AAA Track districts were set for North Pocono.

40 Years Ago (1979)

Tunkhannock wrapped up a perfect Lackawanna Scholastic Track League season Monday by romping over Carbondale Area, 117-33. Len Vermeulen (120 hurdles and triple jump), Bill Nast (shot put and leg of 440 relay) and Bob Fitch (880 and leg of 2-mile relay) were double winners.

The Tigers also captured the Class AAA title in the 25th anniversary Jordan Relays, nudging out Pittston. They claimed wins in the distance medley and three quarter mile medley in record times and also captured the 2-mile medley. Times were calculated by electronic timing and computer this year for the first time.

The Elk Lake Warriors with pitcher Ken Johnson made it four in a row with wins over Lackawanna Trail, 10-1, and Montrose, 5-2.

Trail broke out of a hitting slump and blasted Susquehanna, 12-0, in five innings. Greg Schubert slugged a 2-run homer.

Tunkhannock suffered a 7-3 loss to Valley View and possible elimination from the title chase in the Lackawanna Northern Division. The Tigers still have contests at Carbondale and Sacred Heart to close out the season.

The annual Memorial Day chicken barbecue sponsored by the Tunkhannock Baseball Association will be Monday, May 28, at Art Keefer Field with tickets $3 a person.

60 Years Ago (1959)

Tunkhannock High repeated as District 12 track champion last Wednesday at Tunkhannock Memorial Park. The Tigers finished ahead of Blue Ridge, 52-46, followed by Clarks Summit, Mountain View, Montrose, Lackawanna Trail, Susquehanna, Elk Lake and Newton-Ransom.

THS senior Jimmy Borgeson surpassed a district record by nearly a foot when he threw the 12-pound shot 47 feet 6.25 inches. Frank Miner took the 880 in 2:17.4; the mile relay team of Jack Bowman, Dick Gregory, Bob Daniels and Miner was tops at 3:47; Bob Eggleston took the high jump at 5-7; and Eggleston and Lou Marabell tied for the pole vault at 10 feet. Trail’s best finish was a tie for the mile run between Hayden and Carpenter of Blue Ridge at 5:05.7. Elk Lake’s Bishop came in second in the broad jump to Fennessey of Susquehanna.

The undefeated Tigers need a baseball win over Trail to repeat as Suburban champ.

Beaumont scored four runs in the top of the eleventh to win a Bi-County League game at Falls. Falls starter Mike Greene struck out 13 in 10 innings.

Faculty and students at Falls-Overfield were saddened at the death of junior Walter Avery. He was struck on the left temple, just below the rim of his protective helmet by a pitched ball in a game with Lackawanna Trail.

80 Years Ago (1939)

Factoryville will honor its most famous son, Christy Mathewson on Saturday. A ballgame between Bucknell University and Scranton-Keystone Junior College, his two alma maters, will take place at 3 p.m., on front of the newly erected Reynolds Stadium on the high school field which will seat 2,000 people.

Plans are practically completed for the big Memorial Day weekend celebration at the Tunkhannock Fair Grounds. Two league ball teams will play a ball game on Memorial Day afternoon.

The Tunkhannock High School team will play its last league game here against Factoryville Friday.

The Beaumont High School baseball team has won the championship in their league. They have received the trophy.

The track team, under Coach Harding, participated in a meet at Dalton last Monday. They will enter the district meet this Saturday at New Milford.

In developing a tennis team, it will be necessary to set aside definite practice periods for the boys who are out for the team. Until further notice, the courts will be under the supervision of the tennis coach, Mr. Klinger, each day from 3 to 4:30.

Agents from the Fish Commission stocked Lake Winola with yellow perch yesterday, which were furnished from the hatchery at Pleasant Mount.

100 Years Ago (1919)

R.E. Frear recently received 20 cans of yellow perch and distributed them in the waters around Tunkhannock.

Forkston will play baseball this week on Friday with the Meshoppen team.

A woodchuck, which has been destroying gardens on Putnam Street and exasperating the people thereby, indiscreetly exposed himself to the range of Capt. H.A. Mack’s rifle Sunday afternoon, and his predatory ‘career’ ended right then and there.

The Boy Scouts will meet at the Methodist Church on Saturday evening. Two

of the boys, Merton Harding and Robert Farr, have qualified as second class scouts and several more are about ready to take the final tests. The boys take an enthusiastic interest in the work, which is being ably directed by Rev. James Lawson,

the scoutmaster.