20 Years Ago (1999)
Elk Lake graduate Chris McGee is off to an outstanding start in his first season of professional baseball. He is a pitcher for the Class A Ogden Raptors in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.
The Tunkhannock Area baseball team, which advanced to the Eastern finals of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs, ended the season ranked sixth in the state by Sportsfever magazine.
TAHS swim coach Ernie Shartle won an all-expenses paid 3-day trip for the All-Star Baseball Game in Boston, Mass.
Former Tiger golfer Mark Durland was recently named as first assistant golf pro at the Huntsville Golf Club.
Bartron’s Farm Supply moved a step closer to clinching a post-season berth as it went 11 innings to edge Mile Hill Auto 15-13 in Cliff Kingston Memorial Softball action.
Tunkhannock’s Jessica Chellis is playing with the STPS Ponies of Binghamton, N.Y. The 18U travel team will be in the national championship in August in South Dakota.
Former THS sport star Jim Solanick is training for an upcoming 750-mile bike race from Boston, Mass, to Monteal, Quebec.
Michelle Bartron Mackey finished third in the 20-29 age group in the 5K Montrose race July 4.
The Tunkhannock 9-10 Little League boys and 15-16 Senior Teener boys remain unbeaten in District 15 play.
40 Years Ago (1979)
Bartron-Sears nailed down the Major Division crown in the Senior League baseball as Tim Stark shutout Wyoming National Bank, 3-0.
The Tunkhannock Little League Association major boys all-star team has been announced: Mickey Gilroy, Steve Lee, Tim Tracver, Mark DeRobertis, Chris Olshan, Rob Truesdale, Jim Cuddy, Ron Murach, Dick Vogrin, Mark Visneski, Jeff Hebda, Buddy Sands, Keith Watkins, and Scott Smith. Jay Stark is manager.
Horlacher Memorial Association All-Stars include Bryan Freeman, Bill Boston, Jeff Davidson, Gerald Congdon, Joe Kubiski, James Patts, Ray Strazdus, Chris Steele, Willy Cadwalader, Jeff Martin, Kip Brobst, Bob Rogers, Joe Faux, and Kevin Gilpin with Al Wendel managing assisted by Raymond Strazdus.
Ray Kerdeski, who plays with the Columbia Porch Shades team in the National Division of the Back Mountain Leagues was Most Valuable Player in Nationals 18-17 win in the all-star game.
Vivian ‘Pete’ Hagen won the closest-to-the-pin contest at Shadowbrook and will be entitled to drive a 1979 Cadillac DeVille for one week.
Two local residents had some luck fishing on the Susquehanna River in Falls Township. Larry Rice caught a 44-and-a-half inch muskie weighing 26 pounds, and Wally Reeves got a 12-inch bass.
60 Years Ago (1959)
Tunkhannock dropped into a second place tie in the Susque-Wyo League after a 13-1 lacing on Sunday from Springville, whose pitcher Cliff Ellis struck out 16. Newhart and Brink had two hits each.
Beaumont moved closer to the Bi-County League pennant with a 2-1 win over Jenks in 11 innings on Sunday. Mel Crispell won the defensive masterpiece.
The first night game of the summer season will be Friday at Memorial Park as Tunkhannock takes on Jenks with the top contenders from two regional amateur leagues.
The Tri-County Teeners League begins activity Monday in the Teeners National Baseball Tourney. On the roster: Allan Butch Keller, Bob Sheffler and Bob Montross of Tunkhannock; David Smith, Richard Watt, Richard Kintner and Thomas Blizzard of Mehoopany; Carl Harvey, John Smurkowski, and Gerald McGavin of Meshoppen; Orrin Phinney and Earl Lewis of Laceyville; Joseph Bell, Elwyn Hayes and Edward Shingler of Auburn Center; and Gerald Burke, Gary Otis, and Robert Keeney of Wyalusing.
Liz Ayre, formerly of Tunkhannock now of Clarks Summit, was one of seven bowlers honored by the Lackawanna County Bowling Alley Proprietors.
Five canoes carrying 13 Sowopa Indians, Boy Scouts Troop 86 made a return visit to the Brolley Riverview cottage.
80 Years Ago (1939)
Establishing what is believed to be a world’s record, David Thompson, 17, played 200 holes of golf at the Montrose Country Club between 4:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. one day, resting only a half hour in the middle of the day.
Meshoppen won the ballgame played with Fairdale Saturday afternoon.
The Mehoopany baseball team got a poor start but are doing rather well lately.
The Tunkhannock girls played softball with the Forkston team on Thursday evening with Forkston coming out ahead.
Lawrence Hawes Jr. and Cecil Krewson Jr. attended the All-Star baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.
There were no sailboat races at Lake Carey Saturday due to the absence of sufficient wind.
Richard Ridgway spent Saturday at Skaneateles Lake where he served as crew for Mr. Barnes of the Skaneateles Boat Company in the race scheduled for that day. The Barnes boat came in first in an exciting race over a 7-mile course, sailing a Lightning boat which measured 19 feet.
Lewis Winans, while fly fishing below the river bridge Friday night, caught a four and a half-pound black bass. Sebveral fishermen reported catching the limit the past week.
There will be an amateur boxing exhibition every night next week at the Lake Winola Firemen’s Carnival.
100 Years Ago (1919)
After the morning parade on the Fourth of July, came the athletic sports around the court house square:
100 yard dash- L.A. Michaels, Laceyville; second, Raymond Fowles, Tunkhannock.
Bag race- Raymond Fowles, Tunkhannock; second, L.V. Hall, Tunkhannock.
Quarter Mile- F.A, Thomas, Lake Carey; second, R. Jones, Tunkhannock.
Three-legged race- Fowles and Leighton, Tunkhannock; second, Hall and Ferris, Tunkhannock.
One mile relay- First: Jones, Thomas, Fitz, Wynd.
Shot put, 12 lb. weight- R. Leighton, Tunkhannock, 38 and a half feet five inches.
Pie eating contest- Norman Frame; secnd, Herbert Brown.
Businessmen’s Ball Game- Meshoppen, Laceyville and Mehoopany 4, Tunkhannock 3.
Lemon 10, Tunkhannock 4. In the fantastic parade, the first prize was awarded to the float John Barleycorn’s last ride. John was impersonated by Juddie Crandall, and Floyd W. Kellogg as Carrie Nation, rode on the hearse.
The second prize was awarded to the float of the Boy Scouts.
Ruel George won the prize for the best decorated bicycle.
Frear caught a trout on Bowmans Creek Monday and shown to his friends that measured 14 inches.