20 Years Ago (2000)
Lackawanna Trail used a punishing ground attack and a swarming defense to trounce Western Wayne, 40-0, on the road Friday. Rich Jackson accounted for 153 yards rushing, and Jim Colvin 129 to lead the Lions.
The Tunkhannock Area Tigers suffered an opening game home defeat to Abington Heights Friday, 42-14. Good news for the Tigers: The crowd was the largest ever since the new bleachers were installed.
TA cross country runners Ella Daniels and Abby Valvano earned medals at the Cliff Robbins Memorial Race at Kirtby Park Saturday. Daniels came in fifth at 20:35, and Valvano eighth at 20:44. For the boys, TA’s Damon Young finished 26th in a field of 283 runners.
Trail opened its field hockey season with a win over Wyoming Valley West, 3-2; but the Lady Tigers and and Lady Warriors were not so fortunate with Tunkhannock dropping a 6-0 game to Lake Lehman, and Elk Lake dropping a 9-0 game to Delaware Valley.
Tiger golfers are now 4-1 after a 171-172 loss to Wyoming Area, with Larry Abrams shooting a medalist round of 41. The Tigers did beat Bishop Hoban and Nanticoke on the week, with Jeff Sands and Corey DeLeo co-medalists against Hoban.
Elk Lake took a split in golf, beating Blue Ridge, 6-3, but losing to Montrose, 7-2
40 Years Ago (1980)
The Tunkhannock Tigers took advantage of some mistakes, and beat the Mid Valley Spartans, 21-0, at Fern Hill Grounds, Olyphant, on Saturday. It was a big night for Tim Stark, who caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Stevens in the third quarter, and in the fourth Stark intercepted a Spartan aerial and ran 55 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Bob Smalanskas accounted for the first Tiger touchdown of the season, and after a bad snap by Mid Valley the Tigers got two points from a safety.
The Junior Tigers also took a 12-7 win over Mid Valley on Labor Day at Olyphant.
Lackawanna Trail squeaked by Montrose, 7-6, in the opening game for both football squads. Trail’s sole touchdown came in the first quarter on Trail’s second possession. Wayne Mitchell trotted in two yards for the score, and Bob Deremer added the extra point.
Tunkhannock had a good showing at the Cliff Robbins races at Kirby Park: Brian Ball was eighth among high school boys and Mary Jo Reichel, third among junior high girls.
Seniors Mary Schubert and Nancy Katorkas are co-captains of Lackawanna Trail High School football cheerleading squad.
In the Wyoming County Bowling League, Kathie Astegher took high individual triple at 493, and high individual single went to Mary Ney at 179.
60 Years Ago (1960)
Nicholson and Meshoppen will meet Sunday afternoon at Montrose for the playoff championship of the Susque-Wyo League.
In Bi-County League action, Falls defeated Noxen, 6-4, while Beaumont routed Sugar Hill, 20-1. Emmett Coolbaugh struck out 13.
Tunkhannock took its third baseball win without a loss in the Schautz Memorial Tourney in Dunmore, 8-5 over Duryea. The Tunks’ Bert Cross struck out 12, and Duryea’s Nowakowski blasted two home runs.
THS grads Ed Shaw and Buzz Joyner left last week for the football training camp at Hershey for the University of Pennsylvania.
With only 32 of the 65 boys invited to early workouts have reported by the end of last week, Coach Charley Shaw faces a huge task in preparing his Tunkhannock High football team for the opening of the season. All games, except the finale will be played under the lights. The season-ending matchup played at home with Clarks Summit will be Thanksgiving morning.
Judy Fassett of Tunkhannock recently took part in the Vermont state swimming championships, finishing first in the breaststroke and second in freestyle. Last week in Montrose, she was crowned senior women’s tennis singles champion.
The new bowling season got underway last week at Shadow Brook lanes.
80 Years Ago (1940)
A. Harden Coon Jr. of Kingston and his sister Lindsey won the Admiral Harold Stark Trophy at Lake Carey. The presentation took place on the lawn of the Stark summer home at the conclusion of the final race. The lawn was crowded with spectators as was the lake with boats, canoes, sailboats and motor boats. Many moving pictures were taken of the event by local camera enthusiasts.
Robert Selingo and Harden Coon left on Wednesday for Huntington, Long Island, where Selingo will enter the National Comet Races as an entrant from the Lake Carey Racing Association.
The Vernon AC will play their first game of baseball starting the series on Sunday at Vernon Ball Park. Beaumont which won second place in the league, is the opponent.
On Sept. 5-8, the country club of Scranton will be the scene of the Anthracite $5,000 Golf Championship Open, one of the country’s outstanding and important golf classics.
At this year’s Bloomsburg Fair, a 4-day harness meeting will start Tuesday with automobile races on Saturday. Thrill day programs will be presented Tuesday and Friday of fair week in addition to horse racing.
Fred Kehrli and Fred Smith of Factoryville spent Friday at the Syracuse Fair.
Flying has opened up a vast field for young women.
Norman Swartwood, manager of a ball team composed of players all from Tunkhannock, will play the Tunkhannock-Noxen team combined for a purse of $100 a side on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the fairgrounds at 4 p.m. Following is the line-up: Mosier, rf; Titman, cf; Ritter, lf; Billings, 3b; Harding or Fitze, ss; Smith, 2b; Shoemaker, 1b; Ball, c; Clayton, p.
Last Thursday the LVRR baseball team defeated J.L. Cary’s fast aggregation composed of tannery men, 5-4. LVRR: Clayton, lf; Neallis, 2b; Titman, 3b; Kellogg, 3b; Camp, cf; Skinner, c; Williams, 1b; D Rosengrant, ss; H. Rosengrant, p.; Avery, rf.
Tannery: Kingston, lf; Wilsey, cf; Smith, 1b; Mosier, ss; Kintner, p; Gay, 3b; Rice, 2b; Murray, c; Sands, rf.
William McKenna Jr. of Noxen was injured in a ball game at Fern Brook Park last week so badly that it will preclude his playing more this season.
At the fair Sept. 14-17, baseball will feature fast clubs from three counties with two games each day. Horse racing in all classes is being arranged for by the racing committee.
More than 100 beavers will be placed on state game preserves this year.
Following complaints that millions of fish are being killed in some streams by pollution, the Department of Fisheries has announced a plea for the full numbers of wardens permitted by law.