20 Years Ago (2001)
Lackawanna Trail dominated in the middle weights to come away with a convincing 46-19 win over Abington Heights Saturday. The Lions were helped with pins by Adam Johnson (119), Mike Shupp (135), Keith Gavin (140), Billy Evans (171), and Bly Jerrauld (hwt).
The Lady Lions basketball squad took a pair of wins, 44-41, over Susquehanna, led by Katie Burton with 16; and outdoing Blue Ridge, 60-27, led by Kristy Kropa with 19. The Lady Tigers bounced back from a 54-50 loss to Pittston to beat Berwick, 46-45, and Coughlin, 65-50. The Lady Warriors suffered a double overtime defeat to Montrose, 66-65.
Elk Lake’s Warriors split for the week on the ball court, beating Mountain View, 69-52, with Jay Shingler hauling in 30 points; beating Forest City, 54-48; but losing 53-42 to Montrose.
The Tigers took their first loss of the season to Coughlin, 52-40.
The Lady Tiger swim team downed Coughlin, 103-78, and Meyers, 94-91. Justin Gilligan and Alexis Ames were double winners. The boys swim team lost to Delaware Valley, 97-89, with David Dussinger and Corey DeLeo triple winners.
Wilson Place, 88, of Tunkhannock, shot a buck in Forkston the first day of the season, a feat replicated too many times to count since his first one in Bardwell 72 years ago.
40 Years Ago (1981)
Elk Lake won its twelfth straight game in boys action in the Northeast Athletic Conference on Friday, stopping Forest City, 71-35. Clint Tyler rimmed 21 for the Warriors, D.J. Wooden had 14 and Jim Bronson had another 12.
Tunkhannock, experiencing one of its coldest shooting nights from the field, dropped a low-scoring, 40-36 tilt to Scranton Tech on the home court.
In girls’ round ball action, Lackawanna Trail nudged Wallenpaupack, 58-53. The Lady Lions were paced by Tina Freeman who scored 20, and Amy Austin and Toby Carroll who scored 14 each. The Lady Warriors succumbed to a 34-27 loss by Forest City. The Lady Tigers lost to Bishop Hannan, 43-27.
Elk Lake won its opener in the Northeast Athletic Wrestling Conference Wednesday night, beating Blue Ridge, 34-28. The Lions, got clipped by North Pocono, 42-21, but with Lion wins recorded by Greg Reddenbach (121), Mike Burak (128), Frank Ross (157), and George Bush (hwt).
The Endless Mountains wrestling club will conduct its sixth annual wrestling tournament at Tunkhannock High School on Jan. 31. It will have three divisions open to all wrestlers in grades 1-11. For more info, contact Gary Thatcher.
60 Years Ago (1961)
Eleven boys broke into the scoring column for the winners and nine for the losers last Friday when Tunkhannock High easily defeated Falls-Overfield, 86-41.
Despite Coach Ed Serfass’ liberal use of his second team, the Tigers outscored their neighbors by at least seven points in each period.
Percy McMillan (16), Stan Podlaski (13), Bob Sheffler (12), Tom Ford (10), and Lynn Brown all scored in double figures to help the team post its sixth victory in seven tries. For Russ Hons’ Orioles, Rocky DeLeo was high man with 15 points, and Bob Kenia added 10.
Lackawanna Trail pulled the big surprise of the night Friday by crushing Clarks Summit, 86-59. Dave Nichols scored 35 points and Jim Fitzsimmons 24 for Bill Hammerman’s Trail quintet.
Elk Lake’s scheduled visit to Susquehanna was postponed because of an outbreak of hepatitis in the Elk Lake school.
As the final nine days of Shadowbrook Lanes bowling tournament for the March of Dimes began Monday, Jim Layaou’s 639 still held up as high total, although Harland Carter of Meshoppen had pulled into second place
Cecil Brown’s Lake Wilderness, in Eaton Twp. was prominently featured in an illustrated article in the January edition of Pennsylvania Angler, the official publication of the Pennsylvania Fish Commission.
80 Years Ago (1941)
Friday morning in assembly, the boys of the junior varsity team demonstrated under Mr. Bunnell’s supervision, the rules of basketball. The program was very informative, The following boys participated: G. Ayres, G. Sherwood, B. Gaylord, J. Setser, E. Madden, O. Jaquish, L. Lewis, H. Kromelbein, B. Ball, Peterson.
Don’t let those roller skates, bikes, scooters, wagons or sleds be the means of post holiday tragedies!
Ralph (Mac) Taylor, Beaumont’s baseball pitcher, and Walter Dereemer, enlisted to serve in the Army last week. They were sent to Fort Monroe, Va.
Miss Marguerite Bedell, P.G., student at the Tunkhannock High School, was among the lucky hunters to bag a deer the last day in Forkston.
I saw in last week’s paper an article of the shooting of a collared red fox by Olin Miner, of Eaton Township. About four years ago Lawrence Frempter of Vernon caught a young red fox. He put a new dog collar on it and tied it up. He had it two days, I think, when it broke the snap on the chain, getting away with the collar still on. I am wondering if that might be the little red fox he caught.
The young sport lovers from Mehoopany were enjoying the skating on the pond over the weekend.
100 Years Ago (1921)
Keystone Academy’s decisive win over the Peckville Boy Scouts gives evidence of their having a well-balanced team.
Vargas, forward, and Wentz, pivotman are a good offense although the entire team is competitive.
The Academy boys open their season with nearby teams on Jan. 15 when they play at St. Thomas College.
The Towanda basketball team defeated Meshoppen, 26-21 at Towanda. Meshoppen fielded Cole, forward; Winans, forward; Decker, center; Possinger, guard, and Ellsworth, guard.
The Coleman basketball team of Sayre was defeated by Meshoppen Saturday evening, 23-22. It was a hard played game.
The first of more than 20,000 rabbits bought by the Pennsylvania Game Commission in Maine, Michigan and various western states for distribution are being sent out under the direction of game protectors. The rabbits include the western varieties and some from northern states, which have been shown by experience to thrive in Pennsylvania.