20 Years Ago (2000)
Four local youth baseball players (Sean Brewer, Cory Raupers, Richard Nasser and John Benninger) helped their Northeast team win an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) tourney at Reading over Manchester, N.J., and qualify them to a national tourney in North Carolina.
It was a final night for high school seniors Ryan Crispell, Mike Dziak, Todd Boice and Dave Macarski as their West team lost 13-7 in the 49th annual UNICO all-star football game.
Tunkhannock Area softball standouts Sandy Grigas, Jessica Chellis, and Nicole Otten have been named first team Wyoming Valley Conference all-stars. Both Grigas and Chellis were key contributors for the West’s 2-1 win in the Dallas Kiwanis senior ll-star game last week.
Lackawanna Trial volleyball standout Jessie Penedos was named to the Lackawanna League all-star team.
Tiger grads with at least five athletic letters are John Belcher, Jessica Chellis, Ryan Crispell, Jessie Didier, Mike Dziak, Jonathan Evans, Katie Gabriel, Sandie Grigas, Barb Grimaud, Ashley Holod, Noreen Inman, Marc Johnson, Elissa Kilmer, Allyson McCann, Kevin McCann, Jeff Papi, Ed Rought, Chrissy Schoonover, Steve Sluck, P.J. Spigarelli, Molly Soltis, Mary Summa, Kristen Szychowski, Anna Szymanski, Justin Tyson and Abby Wilson.
40 Years Ago (1980)
There will be no all-star game for the recently graduated senior football players from Lackawanna Trail High School and other members of the Suburban Conference, as the classic was unable to obtain a sponsor.
Tunkhannock Tigers opened second half play in the Babe Ruth League with a 4-1 loss to Connell Park. Tim Stark took the loss.
Keystone Harvestore Blue Team (consisting of Rich Holdredge, Dale Carney and Jud Holdredge) took a 3-man volleyball tourney at Tunkhannock Area High School June 21.
Benton Trail-a-thon and President’s Physical Fitness Award winners at Lackawanna Trail included David Mooney, Thomas Smith, Susan Imbdt, David Decker, Scott Smith, Karen Mahaika, and Heather Pudlowski.
In Cliff Kingston League action, Wagon Wheel is atop the American Division at 7-1; and NAP is atop the National Division at 8-0.
Gay’s and Fruin Colnon are unbeaten atop the Tunkhannock Little League major boys action. In major girls action, the Tunkhannock Junior Women’s Club claimed the regular softball season title at 9-0. Members include Judy Hodgson, Wendy Barker, Kathy Delmar, Laura Reimiller, Ethel Singer, Nicole Lefchak, Debbie Shemanski, Sandy Penzone, Lisa Sedwick, Tracy VanOrder, Heather Strumski and Rene Roche.
60 Years Ago (1960)
Richard R. Dendler, manager of the Noxen team of the Bi-County Baseball League, died Wednesday at the age of 48.
Mehoopany came from behind at Dunlap’s Grove to beat Jenks, 7-2. Jenks led until the last of the sixth when Bob Henning laid down a perfect bunt to squeeze Norm Harding in from third with what proved to be the winning run. Harding pitched nice ball, retiring 10 men on strikeouts. Mehoopany is atop the Bi-County League. Additional excitement was provided, but marred the game, when an exchange of words ended up in fistfights between players.
Tunkhannock remained tied with Nicholson in first place of the Susque-Wyo League by defeating Springville, 16-7, last Sunday, while Nicholson upended Meshoppen. Bert Cross made his first start for the Tunks and came through with a 12-strikeout performance. Loch of Springville homered to lead off the fifth inning. Tunkhannock has a grudge match against Meshoppen Sunday and Manager Charley Shaw plans to use Jim Hudock on the mound. Meshoppen hopes to use Tom Carter just back from a stint in the minor leagues.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will conduct a tryout camp at Kingston on July 2.
The winner’s circle from bicycle races found: Seniors (Tom Fowles and Pete Cortese); Intermediate (Ned Slocum and Steve Lasco); and Juniors (Dale May and Bill Stratford).
80 Years Ago (1940)
Preparations are being completed for the opening of Camp St. Andrew, the new boys’ camp of the Scranton Diocese, Roman Catholic Church, at Oxbow Lake. Some 36 seminarians returning from studies throughout this country and abroad will assist as counselors during the season with 200 boys enrolled. The beautiful shade trees at Oxbow Pond make it a fine place to rest on hot days.
All Boy Scouts who plan to attend the overnight campout this week will meet at the Legion Home Friday afternoon.
A Coon Hound Field Trial will be held June 29 at Red Rock Mountain Coon and Sporting Club at Cragle’s Tavern and Grove on Route 115, near Mooretown. All local owners of coon dogs are cordially invited to attend and enter the hunt.
Janet Herrick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chase Herrick, left Wednesday for Silver Pine Camp, Roaring Gap, N.C., where she will spend the summer.
Miss Mary Harper Tewksbury will go to Hamburg, N.J., this weekend where she will serve as an athletic instructor at a camp for the summer.
William Quin has gone on a fishing trip to Canada for a few days. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Richards of Noxen and niece Lulu Jean Hahn will spend their vacation fishing in Canada.
Dallas won a ball game played with Beaumont, 10-4 in favor of Dallas.
100 Years Ago (1920)
The Triton baseball team played the Towanda nine on the home ground a week ago last Saturday, the score being 2-1 in favor of the home team. Yesterday the Tritons went to Towanda, with the same score, only in favor of Towanda this time. Both were well played and hotly contested games, and the rubber in the not distant future is looked forward to with interest. Horlacher, who formerly played on a collegiate team, is pitching well with the Tritons.
Mr. and Mrs. B.L. Billings and Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Thayer attended the intercollegiate boat races at Ithaca on Saturday. The universities represented in the contest were Cornell, Columbia, Syracuse and Pennsylvania.
The bass fishing season opens on Thursday next.
A party of Camp Fire Girls chaperoned by Misses Susan Jennings and Helen Robertson, returned Monday from an outing at Lake Winola. The girls were Misses Helen Stark, Josephine Lewis, Helen Vaughn, Clara McKown, Madeline Titus, Mary Lazarus, and Ruth Billings.
The Sunday School Advocate had a picture of Mrs. Adelaide Hawke and Sunday School class of boys (Frank Dietrick, Judson Cary, Norman Frame, Ralph Harding, Leo Weaver, Tom Monsey, Robert Space, Cecil Hahn, and Porter Loomis) noting they were interested in a missionary friend in the Belgian Congo to buy footballs for the boys there.