20 Years Ago (2000)
The Lackawanna Trail football team took care of business early against Bishop Hafey and cruised to a 54-0 win at Hazleton on Saturday. Rich Jackson accounted for 203 yards on the day.
Tunkhannock was one yard away from a possible tie against North Pocono last Friday, but it wasn’t to be as the Tigers lost, 21-14.
Trail took a 3-0 loss to Crestwood in the field hockey district championship finals, but still qualifies for a spot in the state playoffs.
In the state PIAA cross country meet AAA contest, Abby Valvano of Tunkhannock Area took 144th in the girls and Damon Young 183rd in the boys. In AA competition, Trail’s Kevin Kloss finished 52nd in the boys race, and Rachel Henneforth was 197th and Krista Kobeski 198th in the girls.
The Lady Tigers volleyball squad completed their regular season with a win over Pittston Area.
Elk Lake junior Robbie Hotchkiss topped off an undefeated league record of 12-0 by earning a berth on the Lackawanna Golf League’s Northern All-Star team.
Erica Swiercyzinski was the leading scorer for this year’s field hockey team for Tunkhannock Area as she tallied 10 goals, dished out two assists, to total 22 points.
TA standout Keri Beckhorn, now at the University of Louisville, was recently named player of the week in the Mid-American Conference.
40 Years Ago (1980)
Lackawanna Trail defeated highly regarded Delaware Valley, 3-0, Wednesday at Keystone Junior College to nail down its first PIAA District 12 field hockey championship since 1975. Jaime Tallman got two goals and Toby Carroll one. Coach Janet Finn’s 15-1 Lions now have a berth in the state tourney which opens Nov. 13 at Shippensburg.
The Honesdale Hornets won the Suburban Football Conference title with a 60-0 trouncing of Trail. Adding to the Lions’ woes was their failure to complete a single pass in 10 attempts, while giving up three interceptions.
West Scranton’s top-rated defense shut down Tunkhannock, 35-0. A bright spot was Tim Stark’s interception on the 4-yard line in the first quarter that delayed the Invaders’ first touchdown.
The junior high cross country team at Tunkhannock, which compiled a regular season record of 21-1, captured the District 2 crown at Frances Slocum State Park. Top finisher for the Tigers was Rich Stark in third, covering the 1.7 mile course in 9:24.
Keystone has received an invitation to the Region 19 NJCAA Field Hockey Tourney at Camden County College, N.J.
A number of youngsters of the Mill City area have spent the last four weeks learning all facets of gymnastics, thanks to the instruction of Maria Haire and Susan Schven.
60 Years Ago ( 1960)
Showing a little bit of everything in the line of offensive football, Tunkhannock High pulled away from Towanda for a 45-14 win. Four players scored touchdowns for Coach Charley Shaw’s Tigers: Butch Keller, Rick Stevens, Tom Ford, and Lynn Brown.
Taking advantage of every break that came its way, Lackawanna Trail won its fifth game against two losses last Saturday when it gave Clarks Summit a 35-6 blasting at the Trail field. Coach Ed Romanowski’s Lions capitalized on three Comet fumbles.
St. Michael’s tied Avoca, 13-13.
Forkston: The hunters seem to be having good luck on small game so far, and the farmers are busy picking corn.
In the Tri-County Women’s Bowling League, First National Bank of Meshoppen moved into first place with a 4-0 shutout of Firestine. Three of the gals surpassed 500 for the night: Marge Fitch (Laceyville Hardware); and Jane Carter and Ruth Clapper, both of First National.
In the Tri-County Men’s League, Voda’s Garage held a 1-point lead despite a 3-1 loss to Riverside Hotel. Three men reached the 600 mark: Ray Voda, Bernie Steele (GLF), and Bob Long (Windmill).
Go-Kart races will be sponsored on the school grounds in Mill City on Nov. 12. Floyd Billings will act as chairman.
80 Years Ago (1940)
Tunkhannock High School football team will play at home on Armistice Day, Monday, against Kingston Township at 2 p.m.
A committee of the athletic boards of Factoryville and Clarks Summit are completing plans for a Saturday, Nov. 23, football game at Factoryville. The rivalry went through a lapse of two years. Previously the game was played on Thanksgiving morning for 12 years.
The Falls-Overfield soccer team has been undefeated in this year’ regular competition. The team scored 28 goals to its opponents’ two. We hope to take the district championship this coming week. Basketball season will open Dec. 6.
Representatives of the Keystone Basketball League met at Nicholson High School on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to complete plans for the coming season. League members this year are Nicholson, Montrose, Tunkhannock, Factoryville, and a new entrant, Clarks Summit.
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LeRoy Jones, while hunting Saturday at Russell Hill, was accidentally shot in the leg by his brother George of Wilkes-Barre.
The Tunkhannock High School football team defeated Montrose High School at Montrose last Friday, 6-0.
The rabbit hunting season opened on Monday, Nov. 1, and the sound of guns and dogs were heard on the hillside at the first peep of day.
A party of young men from near Vose went bear hunting up at Kasson Brook a couple of days, and one of them, Lester Stang, got a bear. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Stang. The others were Wilbur and Landis Barry, James Clayton and Alfred Smith. They saw four bear but were to get but one.
Several of our local men were hunting on the Dutch Mountain.
Starkville: Hunters on all sides and it seems as though one is in danger when walking the roads or working in the fields.
Mr. Lewis Kingston and Mr. Dana Miner went down to Columbia County for four days hunting.
A party of hunters from Sugar Notch were spending the weekend at the home of James Clayton.
The tennis grounds at the corner of Church and Warren streets have been fitted up for basketball playing.
One of the local bowling teams took three straight games from the Craftsmen’s Club team of Hyde Park at Triton Hose House Friday. The team was composed of Dr. W. H. Smith, William Skinner, H.B. Asheld, H.P. Asheld, and B.L. Billings.