20 Years Ago (1999)
The Tunkhannock Area girls volleyball team won the District 2 AAA title Thursday by defeating Crestwood and Nanticoke at the Wyoming Area gym. In both games, Jessie Didier led the spikers with kills and Roxanne Mahle in assists. They will play again at Shippensburg on Thursday. Veteran Coach Scott Howell has been going with an 8-player rotation of Mahle, Katie Gabriel, Didier, Sandy Grigas, Elissa Kilmer, Barb Grimaud, Fallon Remington, and Claire Henning. Remington is the only underclassman.
Mountain View knocked off Lackawanna Trail to claim the AA girls volleyball title.
Lackawanna Trail finished its regular football season on a high note as they downed host Carbondale Area, 29-6, to go 9-1. Trail’s Rich Jackson surpassed the 1,000-yard mark with his 125 yards against the Chargers. Trail is ranked ninth in the state in Class A. The Lions enter the Class A playoffs as the top seed against Old Forge.
North Schuylkill atoned for a loss at Tunkhannock last season with a 40-6 win Friday in Ashland. The Tigers went 1-9 in Coach Jan Cechak’s first year at the helm.
Tunkhannock Area had 240 athletes take part in its fall athletic programs.
Former Tiger Matt Davis caught six passes for Dartmouth in the Big Green’s 63-21 loss to Harvard.
40 Years Ago (1979)
The Tunkhannock Tigers cross country team finished 11th in the state AAA meet at Fort Indiantown Gap out of 21 teams. Tom Richardson was the first Tiger to cross the finish line at 16:25, in 24th place.
The Lackawanna Trail field hockey team of Coach Janet Finn dropped a 2-0 decision to defending state champ Delaware Valley in the District 12 title game Tuesday.
Trail’s football Lions had an easy time in disposing of hapless West Side Tech, 25-0, at Kingston. Quarterback Greg Schubert scored a pair of Lion touchdowns and intercepted a pass, while Wayne Mitchell was the big ground gainer with 86 yards in just nine carries. The Lions close out the season against Honesdale Saturday, and the only chance of making the playoffs is if Lakeland is upset at home against Susquehanna.
The Tunkhannock Tigers dropped their fifth consecutive game, a 26-12 decision to Old Forge. Bright spots came from Jim Sick with and interception and Charlie Dente with a fumble recovery.
The season comes to an end Saturday for the 2-8 Tigers with the 40th meeting with arch rival Abington Heights/ Clarks Summit on the road.
THS wrestling, under Coach Frank Wadas, has begun practices for the school’s first season in the Lackawanna League. Its opener is Dec. 1.
60 Years Ago (1959)
Tunkhannock outclassed Towanda, 19-0, in a non-conference game at Memorial Park that was postponed from Friday due to heavy rains. Jim Sulzinski got 93 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns. He also threw two passes to Bobby Daniels for 34 more yards. This Saturday the Tigers travel to Exeter High School Stadium for a game with West Pittston.
A fast start gave Lackawanna Trail its biggest football victory to date Saturday as Ed Romanski’s took a 14-6 win over Clarks Summit. Jim Kromer ripped things back and ran 60 yards in the first period. Later Dale Dixon blocked a Clarks Summit punt and Wright scored for a Lion touchdown. Runs by Dave Nichols led top both extra points.
Fullback Eddie Shaw from Tunkhannock played a big role Saturday as the University of Pennsylvania took over first place in the Ivy League with a 28-12 victory over Yale.
Fred Frey was in the backfield for Bloomsburg’s stunning 13-10 upset of West Chester.
TV fans also got a rare treat on Sunday when they saw former Tunkhannock resident Walt Michaels carry the ball for the Cleveland Browns in their 28-7 win over Philadelphia.
The Game Commission will not pay bounty on red foxes or grey foxes pr great horned owls taken betweek Oct. 31 and Dec. 31 this year.
80 Years Ago (1939)
On Friday, the Orange and Black of Tunkhannock scored an impressive 13-7 triumph over Dallas Township, and in doing so, showed more power on both the offensive and defensive than has been seen in evidence of any of the season’s previous encounters.
On the following Saturday, many from this vicinity went to see the 54th annual battle between Wyoming Seminary and the Little Giants of Scranton-Keystone Junior College, with Sem winning, 18-7. The activity that pleased them most was that 13 points had been scored by Tunkhannock boys, with ‘Zook’ Billings getting a touchdown for Sem and Bob Massaker doing likewise for Keystone.
Dr. John Cashin attended the Penn-Navy football game Saturday at Franklin Field, Philadelphia.
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Titman attended the Army-Notre Dame football game in New York City Saturday. Walter Sherwood and George Roght of Nicholson also attended.
James ‘Senator’ Platt who died of a heart attack while hunting last week near Jenningsville was widely known as an athletic star at Lafayette College.
The hunters are find the game quite scarce through this territory.
Charles Trowbridge Jr. was accidentally shot while he was hunting last Friday. He is home and improving.
100 Years Ago (1919)
The Keystone Academy football team played Tunkhannock Nov. 1 and tied them, 6-6. It was conceded by all who saw it to be one of the hardest fought games that we have played this season. The regular high school team was helped by four additional Tunkhannock players: Betz, Murray, Newell and Walter. They are all old high school players.
Miss Gladys Devine and Miss Mildred Wooten of Fowler Hill attended the ball game at Lawton Saturday afternoon. Players were Dairymen’s League of Skinners Eddy and the Fairdale Tigers. Score was 16-8 in favor of the Dairymen.
Walt Young has been appointed game warden for Wyoming County. The State Game Commission sent Mr. Young 40 fine young English ring-necked pheasants to feed throughout the winter and they will be turned loose in the spring to propagate their kindred for game purposes.
Our hunters at Mehoopany are just lucky in the forest. Game must be plentiful or our hunters are good shots. They seem to get the goods when they go after it.
Fred Shefler of Stoney Brook killed a 180-pound bear Monday.
Lee Kester shot a large bear on the Bela Sylva Mountain last Monday.
At Shupp Hill, hunters are having the time of their life, but the rabbits and squirrels are not in it.