20 Years Ago (2000)
Lackawanna Trail scrimmaged against Montrose in track and field last Tuesday. It was on their new track, and it was the Lions’ first home meet in 24 years.
The boys tennis season at Tunkhannock Area began last week with a 5-2 loss to Wyoming Valley West, and a 7-0 shutout to Wyoming Seminary. Rich Costello won his singles match against the Spartans and teamed with Joe Kintner to also win the No. 1 doubles match.
Tunkhannock had three wrestlers selected for the Wyoming Valley Conference All-Star team: Steve Franko, Marc Johnson, Lou MacMillan.
The TA girls softball team will return six starters from last year’s WVC championship team, including the all-star battery of pitcher Sandy Grigas and catcher Jessica Chellis. Coach John Davis also welcomes back shortstop Karri Urpack, outfielders Noreen Inman and Lindsay Faux, and designated hitter Lindsey Francis.
TA baseball coach Gary Slick has announced a 17-player roster, with the top two hurlers from last season in Jeff Papi and Ryan Crispell and catcher Scott McCormick. Other pitchers include Corey DeLeo, Doug Wilson, Ken Janiszewski, Ken Lillie and Billy Hampton.
Trail grad Chris Pensak is among the leading hitters for this season’s Lackawanna College Falcons.
40 Years Ago (1980)
Former Keystone varsity wrestling star Richard Keefe was inducted into the National Junior College Wrestling Hall of Fame. Keefe is currently a teacher at Maple Point High School.
The Tunkhannock High School volleyball team outdistanced both Blue Ridge and Mountain View earlier this week to keep their undefeated record alive. The team is coached by Ernest Holdredge and has been the Susquehanna league champions for many seasons.
Elk Lake’s Kelly Serfass and Reds Lunger and Lackawanna Trail’s Lynn Nehila have gained first team selections on a Susquehanna League all-star team selected by the Scranton Times. Named honorable mention from Trail are Toby Carroll, Tina Freeman, Carol Vail, and Amy Austin; and HM from Elk Lake are Kim LaRue and Brenda Allen.
Twenty-five members of the Endless Mountains wrestling Club are participating in this week’s Regional AAU Junior Olympic Championship hosted at Tunkhannock High School and Middle School.
All-Star honors were given to the following members of the THS wrestling squad: Jim Miller, Scott Marabell, Mike Roth and Marty Migliori.
Tunkhannock will have an entry, coached by Russ Gunton, in the Scranton Senior Babe Ruth League this summer.
60 Years Ago (1960)
Montrose High School narrowly missed bringing the Susquehanna Basketball League its first state championship, were defeated by Wampum, 67-61.
Tunkhannock High School won the volleyball championship of Wyoming County last Thursday night by turning back Lackawanna Trail and Falls-Overfield in the county tournament at the Tunkhannock High School gym. Coach Ernie Holdredge’s Tigers will now compete in the PIAA District 12 tourney at Blue Ridge. Trail, entered in the county competition for the first time, proved to be the biggest threat to the Tigers.
Boat owners who use their craft on the Susquehanna River must apply for Coast Guard numbers under the new Federal Boating Act if their boats are propelled by machinery of more than 10 horsepower.
The 7-week reign of the Tunkhannock Women’s Bowling League ended
last Thursday when Gay-Murray beat the former kingpins, 3-1. Marge Fitch (Citizens) led the scoring parade with 182, 182-502, followed by Barb Casterline (Turrell), 177-481.
A 3-0 shutout over Horlacher & Sherwood in the Suburban Bowling League vaulted Charles Brothers from fourth to first. Individual leaders on the week were Russ Turner (Gay-Murray), 588, followed by Al Vogrin (Passmore) with 587.
80 Years Ago (1940)
Bement Avery of Pittsburgh and Stedman Harding were injured Monday evening when the toboggan they were riding at the Lakewood Club struck a large stick that had fallen on the toboggan path, causing them to upset. Young Harding suffered a fractured right leg and Avery received bruises and severe brush burns. Aaron Herrick who was also riding on the toboggan, was uninjured.
Game coverts throughout the state will be replenished with almost 70,000 game birds within the next few weeks, according to state game officials. Over 50,000 ringneck pheasants, 17,000 quail, 700 wild turkeys, 750 Hungarian partridges and 500 chukar partridges, held or purchased for spring release, will be turned loose, on the unposted territory across the state.
Sportsmen will be interested to know that in spite of the hard winter and deep snow, many of the English pheasants released in Wayne County last year have survived. Irving Dix, county representative, while taking motion pictures of the recent ice storm, observed several of the pheasants in the woods, and was able to approach quite near to them.
Mehoopany: Several deer may be seen each morning on Carney Flats, the deep show probably causing them to leave the shelter of the woods.
100 Years Ago (1920)
Prof. I.D. Ritter, principal of the borough schools, distributed the ‘T’s which had been won by the young men of the school last Friday morning. Previous to giving them out, he made some very appropriate remarks, showing the relationship between athletics and school work, closing with an original poem. The young men who received the T’s were Harold Camp, Fred Camp, Waldo Hufford, Stuart Herrick, Frederick Madden, Arnold Platt, Lafayette Platt, John Morgan, Robert Farr, and Smith Skinner. These marks were won in athletic games last fall.
A flock of wild geese bivouacked at Lake Winola a few nights ago on their way to the northern regions.
Robins, bluebirds, song sparrows, and chipmunks, harbingers of spring are with us, but have found a cool reception as there are many snowbanks, obvious reminders of our long winter.
Harold Wakefield, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wakefield, of Jackson Township, had a thrilling battle with a fox Monday morning of last week and came out a winner.
The Campfire Girls will have a tag day this Saturday.