20 Years Ago (2000)
Lackawanna Trail advanced to the finals of the District 2 Class A football playoffs by turning the tables on Riverside, 20-7, at Lions Pride Stadium Friday. Richard Jackson scored 18 of the 20 Trail points and rushed 36 times for 162 yards.
The Lions will defend their District 2 A football championship on Saturday against Carbondale.
Lackawanna Trail’s successful field hockey season came to an end in the first round of the PIAA AA state playoffs as the Lady Lions lost a 2-0 decision to Lancaster Mennonite at Warwick. Trail finished the season with a 15-4-3 season record, including an upset win over Lake-Lehman.
The winter athletic season began Monday as five varsity teams at Tunkhannock either hit the mat, the water or the hardwoods. Returning coaches are Tony Koneski (boys basketball), Dave Hinkley (girls basketball), Frank Wadas (wrestling), and Tim Mislevy (boys and girls swimming).
On Nov. 18 at the Tunkhannock Area Middle School gym, the upcoming basketball season will be ushered in with games featuring boys and girls teams in grades seven through 12.
The Keystone College Giants kicked off their basketball season against Bucks County Community College under new head coach Tommy Dempsey, a former assistant coach at Susquehanna University.
40 Years Ago (1980)
The Lackawanna Trail field hockey team of Coach Janet Finn lost a flickoff, 3-2, to Northern Lebanon in the first round of the state playoffs at Shippensburg State College. The teams battled through 5 minutes of regulation to a 1-1 tie with Amy Austin scoring the Lady Lions’ second half goal. In the 10-minute overtime session Cathy Aten scored a flickoff goal. Tri-captains of the District 12 champs were Cathy Jenkins, Toby Carroll and Hollie Schmidt.
The Tunkhannock Tiger defense played much better than usual in ‘The Hole’ at Clarks Summit Saturday afternoon but its offense failed to make the trip as arch-rival Abington Heights scored a 27-0 shutout.
Susquehanna surprised Lackawanna Trail, 22-0, in football Saturday. The Lions are now 6-4.
All previous records for returns on Pennsylvania furs were broken during 1979-80, the Game Commission announced, with some 815,087 pelts purchased, with $11.3 million paid last year.
Keystone Junior College is hosting a regional soccer tournament Nov. 15-16, its first such opportunity since it first fielded a men’s soccer team in 1962.
In the Wyoming County Women’s Bowling League, Carol Rice had high series and high single game at 191-500. In Tri-County Men’s action, high score belonged to Russ Campbell at 203-582.
60 Years Ago (1960)West Pittston High had to put up a grim battle in the late stages of the game last Friday night to hold its first-half lead and walk away from Tunkhannock Memorial Park with a hard-fought, 19-7, football victory over the THS Tigers, before about 2,000 fans.
Stevens was sidelined the second half and Keller missed nearly a full quarter because of an injury sustained in his lone touchdown drive. Coach Charley Shaw just didn’t have the horses to keep a determined assault going against Coach Merle Bainbridge’s Rams.
Lackawanna Trail’s back field turned to wind sprints last Saturday to run up a 39-7 score against Avoca. Dave Nichols scored three times, and Jim Kromer went 66 yards for the longest run of the day.
Tomorrow, Coach Ed Romanowski’s Lions will be coming to Memorial Park for the annual Tunkhannock Booster Game.
St. Michael’s lost to St. John’s, 13-6, last weekend.
Fullback Ed Shaw carried the ball 10 times for a net gain of 30 yards and was credited with some good blocking Saturday as the University of Pennsylvania blanked Columbia, 16-0.
Liz Ayre, former Tunkhannock resident, placed fifth in the state bowling tournament which finished Sunday at Reading.
80 Years Ago (1940)
Shear power gave Tunkhannock High’s healthy sons a 13-12 decision over Kingston Township Monday when Tunkhannock observed Armistice with a thrilling football game.
Caught behind at the outset when Kingston broke loose for a 6-0 margin, the local boys caught up with and passed their foes before the second period became history. A smashing offense terminated with Dick Rife bringing over from the three. Dobrinski employed the same method to get the extra point which eventually spelled victory.
During the THS Senior Hi-Y meeting, a panel discussion led by Edwin Myers, Donald Lathrop and Vernon Gardner agreed there was too much swearing in our school.
Big Vito Berllus, known locally as Veto Barziloski, is making a name for himself as a sophomore football player at the University of Idaho. The 6-4, 210-pound 1937 THS grad is on the university boxing team that meets the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia this winter.
Approximately 20 hunters have been arrested in the townships of Mehoopany, Forkston and Windham for trespassing on lands controlled by the FWM Landowners Protective Association.
Hunters are perplexed with a series of losses of their dogs, believed to be the work of thieves, and reported to the Game Commission.
100 Years Ago (1920)
The Dorranceton football team, accompanied by quite a large number of fellow students, came from Dorranceton, Saturday, by truck, to play with the high school team of this place. The home team was defeated at the fairgrounds by one point, the score being 7-6.
Lloyd Cotton of Sayre and James Tinney of Laceyville have been having some fun with the rabbits around here. The rabbits will miss them when they’re gone.
James Frutchy of Tunkhannock was hunting at W.A. Harding’s one day last week. George Hadsall of West Pittston spent a few days with his people here and put in some time hunting.
Susquehanna County started the hunting season with more than its share of gunning accidents. At Franklin, Kenneth Conklin, 10, was shot in the leg as his older brother was handling a gun. Near Montrose, Harry Rose was accidentally shot in the leg by his uncle as they were climbing over a stone wall. At Alford, a Scranton man was shot through the hand while handling a gun.
A dispatch from Saranac Lake, N.Y., where Christy Mathewson has been at a sanatorium for several months, declares that he is improving from his illness. After more than a year’s struggle with tuberculosis, which set in while he was with the American Army in France, he is making progress toward health.