20 Years Ago (2000)
Lackawanna Trail used a balanced offense and a stingy defense to thoroughly dominate Carbondale Area, 41-6 on Saturday afternoon at Lackawanna County Stadium. The win by the Lions enabled Coach Jeff Wasilchak’s squad to successfully defend its District 2 Class A crown and advance to the PIAA state tournament once again. Rich Jackson rushed for 170 yards, Jim Colvin ran for 104 yards, and freshman quarterback Devin Myers threw for a career-high 110 yards. The 11-1 Lions are expected to play Tri-Valley at the Lackawanna County Stadium on Friday night.
Elk Lake High School’s girls basketball team was, last season, in the Top Five in the state in Class AA. But when the playoffs started, they were gone in one game. Coach Tony Blaisure would like to change the dynamic about playing hard every night and this upcoming season has scheduled national powerhouse Christ the King on Friday, Dec. 22.
Elk Lake junior Robbie Hotchkiss was recently named to the Scranton Times-Tribune All-Region golf team.
TA junior Abby Valvano was named most outstanding runner in Division 1 by the Wyoming Valley Cross Country League coaches. Lady Tigers Ella Daniels and Kim Murley were named to the WVC first team, and Tenleigh Ayers honorable mention.
40 Years Ago (1980)
The Lakeland Chiefs football team outdistanced Tunkhannock, 48-26, Friday. The Tigers main offensive weapon was Stan Bracey who carried the ball 28 times for 202 yards. They also amassed 211 yards in the air.
Seniors gearing up for their last football game tonight against Old Forge include Matt Ostrowsky, Dave Bush, Tim Stark, Dave Skumanick, Jim Cooper, Ron Laniewski; Andy Jubinski, Mike Germain, Brant Schaedler, and Mike Tallada.
Hunters will have a one-day opportunity to take a black bear in 29 Pennsylvania counties on Monday, Nov. 24.
The Endless Mountains Archery Club elected new officers for the upcoming year: Ronnie Hopfer, president; Clinton Welch, vice president; Goldie Mingus, secretary; and Tony Kowalski, treasurer.
Larry Fornicola, veteran coach for the Keystone Junior College men’s wrestling team, has a good feeling about the upcoming season. They open their season this Friday at the Corning (N.Y.) Invitational Wrestling Tournament.
Kathryn Vosik captured first place in the No-Tap Bowling Tournament recently, taking $400 in prize money.
The annual New Age-Examiner Swim Invitational promises to be quite a show for Tunkahnock fans this weekend Nov. 22-23 at Tunkhannock Area.
60 Years Ago (1960)
One golden break was all that separated Wyoming County’s two public school football teams last Friday as Tunkhannock turned a fumbled punt into a first period touchdown to defeat Lackawanna Trail, 7-0, before nearly 2,000 fans at Tunkhannock Memorial Park. With halfback Rick Stevens sitting out the game because of an injury, Butch Keeler picked up some slack with 85 yards from 23 rushes. Trail’s Jim Kromer led the Lions attack with 38 yards.
THS will have a golden opportunity to take a lead for the first time in its Thanksgiving football series with Clarks Summit as the record stands at 9-9-2. THS is 6-3; Trail 0-7-1. They square off at 10 a.m., Thursday. A full team on THS boys will complete their scholastic eligibility: Stevens, Tom Ford, Lynn Brown, Charley Kovalchick, Carl Sickler, Percy MacMillan, Bob Smyrl, Warren Singer, and Paul Baker. Juniors Lou Marabell and Chuck Hoffman will be ineligible to compete next year.
Ferranti-Ballantine, one of the top bowling teams in Scranton, outclassed Shadow Brook here on Sunday afternoon. On the local team: Chip O’Brien, with a high 611; Gaylord, Voda, Shupp, and Labori.
R. Norman Wilkinson, a THS grad, completed his freshmen football season at the University of Delaware putting together a 5-0 record. He was a first string center and linebacker.
80 Years Ago (1940)
Tunkhannock High School has two football games for the coming week, one on Saturday afternoon at Dupont, and one here on Thanksgiving Day. The game at Clarks Summit begins at 10 a.m., and the winning team will receive a jug. The captain of the losing team will present to the winning captain at an assembly of the school which wins.
On Saturday at 2:15 p.m., a football game of much interest will be played on the Factoryville field with Clarks Summit. The renewal of a 12-year rivalry, with a record standing at 5-5-2. The Clarks Summit High School Band and the Factoryville American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps will play during the game.
Nat Stevens Jr. went to Syracuse, N.Y., on Friday with the Wyoming Seminary football team where it met the Syracuse freshmen. The Sem boys stayed on Saturday for the Syracuse-Colgate game.
The bear season opened Monday with an army of hunters in the woods. Alvah Eggleston was the lucky man in Vernon and Jay Evans, too, who bagged a nice bear the first day of the season. Several illegal animals were reported killed.
Congressman Patrick J. Boland of Lackawanna County has announced presidential approval for $1.2 million in public works projects for state game lands in northeast Pa., including Wyoming.
100 Years Ago (1920)
The wild turkey season opened Monday last. The birds are said to be plentiful in some sections. No such statement is made concerning domesticated birds of that sort, however.
The State Game Commission paid $4,198 in bounties on plenty of noxious animals during October.
Sayre Technical School easily defeated the Meshoppen eleven at that place, 21-13, Saturday. Meshoppen substituted several imported players from Tunkhannock and succeeded in making two touchdowns. On the Meshoppen team: Salvinski (LE), Newell (LT), Kasson (LG), Daugherty (V), Kintner (RG), H. Carter (RT), Cole (RE), Bowman (QB), Tolin (LHB), Mason (RHB), and B. Carter (FB).
The Craftsmen’s Club Bowling Team from Hyde Park, Scranton, met defeat at the hands of the Triton team in Tunkhannock last night at the Triton Club alley, the Tritons taking three straight games. On the Triton team: Smith, Skinner, Asheld, P. Asheld, and Billings.
Bradley W. Lewis attended a meeting of Lafayette and Lehigh graduates at Wilkes-Barre, on Monday for which arrangements were made to attend the football game between Lafayette and Lehigh universities at Easton on Thursday.
The Boy Scouts of Mehoopany held a banquet on Monday evening which was greatly enjoyed by all the Scouts.