20 Years Ago (2000)
Lackawanna Trail senior John Glenn nearly outscored Elk Lake by himself as the Lions downed the visiting Warriors, 44-33, in local basketball action.
Tunkhannock Area boys dropped to 0-5 in Wyoming Valley Conference action after losing to Berwick, 47-42, and Wyoming Valley West, 64-35. Mike Starzec led with 18 against Berwick and Mike Gruen led with 13 against the Spartans.
The Lady Tigers basketball team beat Berwick, 53-42, but lost to Wyoming Valley West, 63-41, last week. Sandy Grigas led against the Dawgs with 19, and Otten led with 10 against the Lady Spartans.
In wrestling action Lackawanna Trail beat Honesdale, 38-27, and Wyoming Area, 52-9.
The Tiger boys swim team is 5-1 after beating Hazleton, 103-83, and Scranton, 124-52. Nathan Croop was a triple winner in both meets. The Lady Tigers dropped to 1-5 with losses to Hazleton, 93-87, and Scranton, 109-77.
The Elk Lake boys swim team beat Hanover Area, 108-60, and Scranton, 125-48, with Toby Ciprich and Kristian Lunger registering four wins apiece. The Lady Warriors lost two on the week, to Scranton, 113-41, and to Hanover, 136-41.
TA volleyball standout Jessie Didier was named honorable mention to the all-state team.
40 Years Ago (1980)
A disastrous third period once again did in the Tunkhannock Tigers as they scored a 72-61 decision to the Scranton Prep Cavaliers. The Tigers had previously been beat by West Scranton, 72-63.
Tunkhannock Tigresses continue to find the going tough in the Lackawanna League’s southern division after dropping a 44-25 decision to Dunmore. That on top of losses to Abington Heights, 80-22, and Scranton Tech, 47-41.
Lackawanna Trail nudged Wallenpaupack, 53-52. Steven Jeffrey’s 21 points led the Lions, and it was his shot from 25 feet out that sealed the victory over the stubborn Buckhorns. However, the Lions were beat by Montrose, 64-29.
Elk Lake had to go to overtime before subduing Blue Ridge, 87-82, led by Clint Tyler’s 36. The Lady Warriors defeated Blue Ridge, 40-25, with Kelly and Kathy Serfass each collecting 15 points.
Tunkhannock’s wrestling squad made a successful debut in the Lackawanna League, coming out on the long end of a 51-5 win over Biship Hannan. The Tigers, coached by Frank Wadas, got pins from Scott Marabell, Marty Migliori, Vince DeRobertis, Fran Hirkey, Jim McKennas and Dave Rought.
The ice covering Lake Carey was thick enough last weekend for a few daring ice fishermen and skaters to be out.
60 Years Ago (1960)
Tunkhannock High’s grunt and groan artists scored their first wrestling win of the season last Tuesday night, defeating Wyalusing, 29-25, but lost Saturday night at Forty Fort, 39-10.
In the latter contest, only Tigers Tom Keefe (95) and John Sickler (154) got pins while Carl Crispell’s match at 127, got a draw. Against the Rams, Gene Kovalchick (103), Walt Besteder (127), Charley Stonier (138), Rick Stevens (145), Sickler (154), and Bob Spudis (180) each got wins.
THS collected 23 points in the last quarter Friday night basketball defeat of Blue Ridge, 61-56, at New Milford. Leading the victory surge was senior Lefty Robinson who had been held in reserve for the finishing kick. With one point in the third, he added three goals and seven free throws in the fourth to lead the Tigers with 14. Bill VanDuzer had 13, and Doug Gay had 12.
Falls-Overfield won its first Susquehanna Basketball League game in four seasons with a 62-38 triumph over Newton-Ransom. Jack Tomlin led the Orioles with 21. Dave Dobriselski also had 21 to lead an Elk Lake victory over Susquehanna, 71-34. Lackawanna Trail beat Benton, 41-39. Carl Conklin led Trail with 14.
Fishing Pennsylvania waters became the privilege of aliens starting Jan. 1, as a result of the new fish law recently signed by Gov. Lawrence.
80 Years Ago (1940)
After completing the pre-league basketball schedule last Friday by bowing to Towanda, the local high school varsity team begins its league season at Nicholson Friday. Coach McLaren has been working on offense. The junior varsity lost to Dimock, 16-14, its third loss in four starts. Better games are expected in the future by both coaches Bunnell and Haldeman.
The Tunkhannock Girls Athletic Association will sponsor a basketball play day Jan. 24 with Mill City, Laceyville, Meshoppen, and Mehoopany invited.
Clarence Fitze, who was elected manager of the Scranton-Keystone Junior College basketball team spent the weekend in Ithaca, N.Y., where the Giants met Cornell freshmen.
The first ice skating carnival of the season at Welles Pond in Wyalusing on Dec. 29 brought 350 skaters and spectators out. Top skating honors went to Nellie Phinney of Tunkhannock and Donald Dunklee of Wyalusing.
Ice skaters and winter sports enthusiasts are sharpening their skates and polishing their figures for an ice carnival to be held Jan. 21 at the Lakewood Club.
The young people are enjoying the skating on the Mehoopany Creek.
Charles Ernst, who formulated and circulated the petition which resulted in Wyoming County’s first closed season for deer, died Jan. 5. He was 76.
100 Years Ago (1920)
Meshoppen has a basketball team that vanquishes nearly everything it comes into contact.
While skating on Tunkhannock Creek on Saturday, Gerald Frey ran a narrow escape from drowning. He skated on thin ice which broke and he went in, his companions pulling him out.
Arthur Evans of Waller Street, Wilkes-Barre was presented on Friday with a Carnegie medal for saving the life of Harry Howells at Falls in the summer of 1916. Howells was drowning when Mr. Evans went to his rescue.
Enforcement of the dog tax law is gradually thinning out dogs in Luzerne County. In 1918, when the new law went into effect, there were 14,600 dogs licensed in the county and over $13,000 was paid out to officers and constables for the shooting of unlicensed dogs. According to the latest figures, the county will pay out $5,000 more for the killing of unlicensed dogs during 1919 than was received for licensed dogs.
Wanted: Raw Furs. Highest Market Price at John Loftus Barn, Tunkhannock, every Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. H.R. Tague.
Hunters and Trappers Attention! We pay the highest cash prices for raw furs. Send your shipment to us at once. M. Heinz, 3 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre.