20 Years Ago (1999)
Mother Nature interrupted Tunkhannock’s road to a state championship as rain and lightning forced umpires to stop a game after two and a half innings when the Tigers were down 5-4 against Coatesville at Pottsville. The game is set to resume Tuesday.
To get to Pottsville, the Tigers beat Montoursville last Monday, 4-0, at Bowman Field in Williamsport. Dave Gay led off the Tigers with a home run. Matt Crispell pitched five strong innings with Jeff Papi finishing up with two in relief.
Tunkhannock Area baseball players Jeff Papi and Matt Davis were selected by the Wyoming Valley Conference coaches to this year’s all-star squad.
The best softball season in Tunkhannock Area history came to an end June 7 as the Lady Tigers dropped a hard-fought 3-2 battle to Williamsport. It was the school’s first appearance ever in the state playoffs. Sandy Grigas took the loss while Millionaire Amber Cowher had 15 strikeouts. Tara Kinney and Lindsay Faux each scored runs for Tunkhannock.
Beagle’s Pub and Logomaster remained as the lone unbeatens in the Cliff Kingston Memorial Softball League with wins last week.
An Endless Mountains Wrestling Camp will be held June 21-25 at Tunkhannock Area High School.
40 Years Ago (1979)
The Elk Lake Warriors lost the District 12 championship Thursday to the Western Wayne Wildcats, 5-2. Although it was a no-hitter for the Wildcats’ Dave Andreychick, Clint Tyler and Tony Blaisure each got to first on walks, and worked their way around the bases.
Dana Colavitti and Dale Kitchnefsky, playing American Legion ball with a group of Trail players on an Abington team, nipped Jessup-Archbald.
In a recent Junior Olympics at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium, Jeff Jerome came in fourth in the 300 hurdles; Paul Tuffy, 9, took third in the 100-yard dash, third in the 220, and second in the 440, with a 440 time of 1:15.4.
Winners in the Nicholson Sportsmen’s Club Fishing Derby were 1-Tim Keller; 2-Donna Spadine and Patty Spadine; and 3-Jobie Rosengrant and John Hawk.
Charles Kovalick, president of the Noxen-Monroe Sportsmen’s Club, said his group was having its seventh annual Rattlesnake Roundup, Saturday and Sunday.
The Shadow Brook Women’s Golf League is in full swing this spring with Dot Cavalier, Debbie Kennedy, Ann Bluhm, Jean Sexton, June Kukuchka, Peg Claypoole, Joyce Flood, and Lori Dombrosky.
Buddy Sands had a 3-run homer in Harvestore’s 12-5 Little League win over Sherwood.
60 Years Ago (1959)
Seventeen strikeouts eased Jimmy Hudock’s road to victory in his first Susque-Wyo League start of the season Sunday, when Tunkhannock turned back New Milford, 9-4. The towering University of North Carolina basketball prospect gave up only four hits, while his brother Mike of football’s Philadelphia Eagles was collecting three in his behalf. Tom Wyda also had two hits.
Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Cole and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Cole attended the ball game between Meshoppen and St. Joseph’s at Middletown, Sunday.
In Bi-County League action, Mike Greene allowed only one hit in hurling Falls to a 14-0 win over Harding. Ronnie Coolbaugh got a home run. Tommy Carter, pitching for Silvara, only allowed two hits in a 1-0 victory at Jenks. Forkston also downed Center Moreland, 12-7.
Robert Eggleston, of Vernon, four-sport star at Tunkhannock High School, received three medals upon graduating from Tunkhannock High School.
In the Tunkhannock Women’s Bowling League, Keystone Shoe led by Muriel Sherman’s 448 and Janice Benninger’s 425 held off Passmore.
State Fish Warden Steven Shabbick announces that the Fish Commission will have a truck at Forkston Thursday with brook and rainbow trout which will be placed in the North Branch of the Mehoopany Creek.
80 Years Ago (1939)
With a fine record of four victories and one loss for the season in the Wyoming-Susquehanna League, the Tunkhannock team, under the management of Robert Fowles and George Gay, will use all its power when it meets the strong Fairdale team on the high school diamond next Saturday.
Last week’s games: Tunkhannock 4, Laceyville 2; Meshoppen 4, Harford 2; Noxen 4, Mehoopany 1; Meshoppen 2, E. Dallas 1.
The yacht races at Lake Carey were won by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ridgway closely followed by Henry Dunn and Rowland Tewksbury. Due to a terrific rain storm which came up near the end, many boats did not finish.
Robert M. Horlacher, Frank T. Dolbear, Francis H. Shaughnessy, George L. Bunnell, and Clinton E. Morse drove to Cooperstown, N.Y., to attend the celebration commemorating the 10th anniversary of the founding of baseball.
The new 3-cent stamps issued by the Post Office Dept. commemorating 100 years of baseball are on sale at the local post office.
The West Falls Baseball Club connected to the Union Chapel held an ice cream social on Thursday.
Wayne Frempter, a THS star of a few years back, was one of the leading hitters on the Penn State freshman team this year.
Worthy Drake and son, Ronald, enjoyed a fishing trip to Jenningsville Pond Saturday evening.
100 Years Ago (1919)
The new State Bounty Law is now effective. Under its provisions the bounties will be paid directly by the State Game Commission, which will draw the funds from the portion of hunters’ licenses set aside for that purpose and account to the auditor general. At present the bounties are paid by first passing through the auditor general’s department and owing to pressure of business are often delayed.
Under the New Bounty Law Act 144 approved May 28, claimants after June 1, the bounties for wild cats will be raised to $8 for wild cats, $1 for a mink and $2 each for foxes and weasels.
The skins of all animals for the killing of which a bounty is claimed must be sent to the Board of Game Commissioners office, by the claimant just as they are now sent when the affidavit is made before a Justice of the Peace. The skin must not be mutilated, and the affidavit must clearly state when as well as where the animal in question was killed if the claimant hopes to profit by the increased bounty.
The Boy Scouts under the leadership of Rev. James Lawson made a bee on Monday afternoon and cleared off the vacant lot on the corner of Church and Warren streets and began the work of grading it for a tennis court.
Forkston and Mehoopany played baseball
Saturday, with Forkston winning, 19-0.