20 Years Ago (2000)
Three members of Elk Lake’s Lackawanna League Division III championship softball team were honored by being named to the league’s first team all-star unit: senior pitcher Stacy Newell and teammates Alicia Mowry and Becki Murphy. Trail’s Amanda Wilmot was second team, and Sam Wilmet and Ashley Dixon were third team. EL’s Rachel Cole was also third team. Named to first team LL baseball all-stars were Seth Button (EL) and John Glenn (Trail).
The Tunkhannock Legion Tigers of Coach Lou DeLeo opened their season by beating Drifton, 9-3. Ken Janiszewski was the pitching standout with Corey DeLeo and Ken Lillie belting home runs.
Helping the Kings College softball team this past season was former TA standout Ryan Purdy.
Taking part in the June 22 UNICO all-star contest from Tunkhannock are Mike Dziak, Ryan Crispell, Todd Boice and Dave Macarski.
The mud was flying May 28 as competitors raced in the 10th Annual Mud Bog at the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair Grounds.
Shirley Heron recently reeled in an 18-pound 36-inch striped bass while fishing in the Chesapeake Bay.
Logomaster remains atop the Cliff Kingston American Division at 6-0; while Park Place and Lake Carey in are in a 5-0 tie in the National Division.
40 Years Ago (1980)
The Elk Lake baseball team has ended its season in the Class AA state playoffs with a win over Everett, 10-5; but losses to Salisbury, 15-5, and to Northeastern, 11-5. Ken Johnson claimed the win over Everett, and Clint Tyler belted a home run.
Against Northeastern, Ron Hampsey and Atwood Lunger had two hits each for Coach Dick Nasser’s club.
The Elk Lake softball squad of Coach Ron Kropa had its state playoffs cut short following a 6-0 win over Tussey Mountain; but a 1-0 loss to Minersville. In the win, Reds Lunger had a 3-run homer with Sally Brozonis serving up the shutout.
Tunkhannock Area track standout Tom Richardson has made it official that he is signing a college letter of intent to run for Bucknell University.
Fish commissioner Steve Shabbick acknowledged a fish kill recently when a large number of bass were found along the banks of the Susquehanna River but said it was due to recent cold weather.
The Elk Lake Warriors and Lackawanna Trail Lions, who dominated Suburban Baseball League play this year, captured eight first team berths on the 1980 Suburban Baseball All-Star Team.
In Babe Ruth action, Tunkhannock took a forfeit from Avoca, and knocked off Connell Park, 8-7. Bill Sesson took the win.
60 Years Ago (1960)
Slamming 13 hits in 34 times at bat, junior second baseman Bob Henning led the Tunkhannock High baseball team in batting this year with a .382 average. Within five points of him were a senior, Lefty Robinson, and two sophomores, Butch Keller and Bob Shefler.
Tunkhannock and Nicholson, rained out when scheduled to play Sunday at Nicholson will meet in a Susque-Wyo League game at 8 p.m. Friday at Tunkhannock Memorial Park. The second game between these teams will be played in Nicholson, July 31.
Other Susque-Wyo games Sunday have Dimock at Tunkhannock, Meshoppen at Montrose, and Springville at Nicholson.
Bi-County League action Sunday sees Sugar Hill at Riverside, Harding at Forkston, Mehoopany at Noxen, Beaumont at Falls, and Jenks at South Auburn.
The banquet of the Neighborhood Bowling League will be held this Saturday evening at Shadow Brook Lodge.
Miss Margaret H. Frear, a qualified swimming instructor, will be at Lake Carey starting July 5 for swimming lessons.
Boy Scout Troop 681 met at the Presbyterian Church Monday. Billy Eggleston announced that all scouts going to camp are to report at the church Tuesday evening. Robert Hobbes showed us a movie about trees, and we cleaned up the block party grounds.
80 Years Ago (1940)
The Bearded House of David Baseball Team, the country’s No. 1 attraction, will meet the Tunkhannock team next Wednesday with the whisker boys’ giant portable light outfit at THS field at 8 p.m.
Winners of the annual senior awards in athletics were announced at commencement services: Basket Ball, Clinton Hugh Morse and Richard Jenkins Miller; Track, Nat D. Stevens Jr.; Girls Athletic Club, Marguerite H. Bedell; Football, Richard L. Shaffer; Baseball, Robert Stewart Johnston.
Grade school pupils and teachers had their summer picnic at Dunlap’s Grove, Mehoopany. In the morning was an exciting softball game with the Mehoopany Junior High boys winning, 15-13. Other events included dodge-ball, marbles, swimming, wading, hiking and fishing. Joe Mahoney caught a 2 and one-half pound sucker.
George Bunnell, THS athletic director, is spending some time with his mother in Meshoppen before going to Kamp Kewanee where he will serve as athletic counselor for the summer.
Horace Sick, Charles Gay, Harry Fassett, and C.F. Bonham spent the week fishing in Canada.
A number of the boys of the Junior Mechanics Lodge at Lynn have fitted up a ball diamond on the Smales farm and are anticipating a lot of fun during the summer.
100 Years Ago (1920)
The first of a series of five games of baseball between Tunkhannock and Nicholson will be played at the latter place next Saturday.
Cyrus Stark, John Luce and Milton Stang have given their unconditional release from the Organized Base Ball team of Lemon and are now at liberty to play with any outlaw team who wishes the service of one or all of them.
The Boy Scout tennis courts at the corner of Warren and Church Streets has been cleaned up.
Lewis Hichreiter, Wm. Zimsky, Herbert Gilbert, Earle Evans, Frank Podmonak, and Frank Powlitch of Plymouth were fishing at a local pond May 30. State Fish Warden W.E. Shoemaker arrested them for fishing on Sunday. They were taken before Justice of the Peace Martin Myers, Jenningsville.
Judson M. Fitze, while playing a practice game of ball last week, had his cheek bone crushed in by a hard-batted ball. He went to the Riverside Hospital, Wilkes Barre.
The Methodist General Conference has ordered a new paragraph be added to its Book of Discipline regarding Recreation and Amusement. It reads: While we are aware that improper amusements are a fruitful source of spiritual decline, we also believe that the social and recreational instinct is God-given and if properly guided, will strengthen the spiritual life.