20 Years Ago (2000)
Lackawanna Trail standouts Morris and Richard Jackson were both honored last week by being named to the AP small school all-state football team.
Five Tunkhannock Area Tigers were named to the Wyoming Valley Conference boys soccer first team all-star squad: Jeff McCarthy, Dan McDonough, Doug Wilson, David Clapp, and P.J. Mulhern.
Elk Lake girls basketball stayed with national power Christ the King for a half, but the Royals went on a blitz and came away with a 84-43 win on the Warrior court.
Trail split two girls games, defeating Riverside, 52-33; but losing to Forest City. The Lady Tigers suffered losses to Lake-Lehman, 58-47; and Crestwood, 38-35.
In boys basketball, Trail beat Forest City, 57-52, led by Rich Jackson with 19; Elk Lake beat Blue Ridge, 66-51, led by Jay Shingler with 17; and the Tigers beat Crestwood, 59-49, led by Mike Starzec’s 20.
TA wrestlers pined Valley View, 43-23, and Hanover Area, 40-24, with two wins each recorded by Bo Beeman, Jake Mattioli, and Lou MacMillan. The 23rd Tunkhannock Kiwanis Wrestling Tournament is Friday and Saturday, with Steve Franko the lone defending champion.
Hunters took nearly 3,100 black bears and set a new record state bear harvest for the 3-day PGC season, Nov. 20-22.
40 Years Ago (1980)
Tunkhannock suffered a 46-44 loss to Abington Heights in the Kiwanis Boys Basketball Tourney. Named to the all-tournament team were Tigers Stan Bracey, Walt Zola and Brent Long.
Tunkhannock rallied in the final period to outlast Dallas, 65-55, in a battle that saw the Tigers attempt charity tosses. Al Cerep scored a career high 28 points and Stan Bracey had 20.
The Tiger wrestling squad beat the Pittston Patriots but dropped a 26-23 match to Honesdale Saturday. In the latter match, wins were recorded by Tim Posten (105), John Gresh (112), Joel Field (119), Scott Marabell (126), Rob Ungureit (132), and Steve Brown (145).
The Tiger wrestlers will see action next Friday in the Dalton Lions Holiday Tournament at Lackawanna Trail.
Small game and deer hunters take to the fields and forests for the final time in 1980 when the late small game and archery and flintlock whitetail deer seasons open on Dec. 26.
Plans are being completed for an alumni basketball game on Dec. 27 in the TAHS gym. Joe Johnson will coach the men’s team against Tiger Coach Tony Konieski, and athletic director Jim Tiffany will coach the women’s team.
Steve Nitti, sophomore captain of the Keystone junior varsity squad, is leading scorer in NJCAA Region 19.
60 Years Ago (1960)
Tunkhannock High School got some unexpectedly tough competition as it stumbled to its fifth straight win, this time, 44-33, over Newton-Ransom. Chuck Hoffman and Lynn Brown were in double figures for the Tigers. Spangler was the leading scorer with 9 for the pesky Avengers.
Elk Lake led all the way to a 49-41 win over Blue Ridge, with Tony McCann leading the way with 19, and Sherm Wooden 14.
A poor second period cost Lackawanna Trail its chance to win as Mountain View downed the Lions, 51-45. Price led with 17 for the Eagles, and Dave Nichols led Trail with 10.
The second annual varsity alumni basketball game at Tunkhannock High School will be played Friday night with the Tigers meeting their predecessors from the last three seasons.
Unfortunately, at least three alumni will be unable to play: Jim Hudock whose UNC Tar Heels are in the Dixie Classic; Roger Shupp who is overseas with the Air Force; and Jerry Grimaud. Those expected to suit up include Bob Daniels, Doug Gay, Lefty Robinson, Art Howell, Dick Montross, Tom Ross, Ray Peters, Gary Brown, Fred Frey, Jack Reynolds and Corky Shupp.
Two full days of open bowling are in store Monday and Tuesday for area men to kick things off in the March of Dimes singles tournament at Shadow Brook Lanes.
80 Years Ago (1940)
Roller skating at the new state armory, Tunkhannock, on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights. On Jan. 1 will be a big Skating Carnival with loads of fun for all. Make a date to roller skate.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Goble of Harding shot a deer the last week of hunting season.
George Bunnell, athletic coach at Tunkhannock High School, is spending his vacation with his mother, Mrs. Lewis Bunnell at Meshoppen.
At a meeting of local businessmen and women at the library at Montrose recently, a committee was appointed to ascertain the housing capacity in the town in event large numbers of skiers come to Montrose this winter. George P. Little heads the committee.
Lakewood Club Inc. which has plans to provide entertainment in the nature of dancing, picnics, boating, fishing, horseback riding, games, sports, etc., has applied for a charter on Jan. 20.
Dog licenses for 1941 are on sale in the county treasurer’s office, Fred Kehrli Jr. of Factoryville, dog law enforcement officer in this area, announced. He said dogs not worth a license are not worthy keeping.
This Wednesday and New Year’s Eve only, don’t miss ‘The Quarterback’ starring Wayne Morris and Virginia Dale, at the new Dietrich Theatre, Tunkhannock.
The Keystone Academy basketball team won its first game in a fast contest with the Peckville Boy Scouts, 24-9. A full schedule has been arranged for the season.
Nicholson won another game by defeating the Petersburg A.C. in a fast and interesting game. Pedrick scored five field goals in the first half for Nicholson. Others in the lineup: Sibley, Wheeler, Pedrick, Decker, Proper, MacConell.
It is said that at the coming session of the legislature, a measure will be pressed to exact a license of $1 from every adult person who desires to fish in the lakes and streams of Pennsylvania.
Morris Farr had the misfortune to break his nose during football practice on Saturday.
Harriet Mowry and Alice Bronson of Meshoppen were out horseback riding Sunday afternoon and were calling on friends on the Hill.
The Pennsylvania deer season has closed, and while it is too early to give figures of the kills made, word from Harrisburg is to the effect that the season will far surpass that of last year, when over 3,000 bucks were slain.
William Elchak, 14, of Lopez, drowned in Rough’s Pond near that place last Sunday. He, with his younger brother, went to the pond to skate, but the ice was so thin that William broke through, and the younger lad was unable to help his brother.