20 Years Ago (2000)
Baseball great Christy Mathewson of Factoryville will be one of 20 players honored with special postage stamps to be sold starting this week. Matty won 373 games during his pro years with the New York Giants.
Lackawanna Trail football team members John Glenn, Josh Tylutki, Yogi Roth and Bob Shupp have been selected to play in the 66th Annual Dream Game on Aug. 5.
Elk Lake’s Becki Murphy and Alicia Mowry have been named to the Times-Tribune all-regional softball team by members of the local media.
The District 15 Little League tournament has gotten underway. Major boy all-stars, managed by Joe Sick, are Steve Danko, William Sheehan, Billy Ball, Chris Lenivy, Zack Migliori, Andy Skrynski, Will Zaleppa, Matt Gilroy, Kaleb Givens, Jesse Hallock, Thurston Sick, and Brett Cooley.
The major girl all-stars, announced by TBA President Chris Strumski are Mauri Anderson, Courtney Austin, Monica Bauer, Rachel Burrell, Brittany Custer, Becki Jones, Krista Lubinski, Julie Howell, Denise Nogick, Elizabeth Schaefer, Olivia St. Clair, and Noelle Zaner. Gary Custer is manager.
Laceyville Community Day is ready to tout local athletic prowess Saturday, July 8, with a tug-of-war; a greased pole kids game; a turtle race; and an arm wrestling contest.
40 Years Ago (1980)
Plans are being completed to field a women’s field hockey team from Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties, a concept being promoted by Joan Meehan.
The TBA Little League Major Softball all-stars announced this week are Traci VanOrder, Maureen Roche, Nicole Lefchak, Heather Strumski, Peggy Herman, Brenda Peabody, Jennifer McCain, Colleen Hill, Michelene Antesh, Theresa Miller, Lisa Beebe, Kimberly Lynn, Kellie Madigan and Bonnie Minick. Coaches are Jim Bisbee and John Keefe.
In Babe Ruth Senior Action, Tunkhannock beat up on Sloan with Rick Gay winning pitcher. Hits recorded by Terry St. Clair, Ken Jacques and Bob Schultz Jr.
Award winners in the 2nd Annual Tiger Basketball Clinic, run by TA head coach Tony Konieski, included John Snyder (boys grades 2-6) and Ben Daniels (7-9); Peter Scott and Jeff Howells (high school); and Mauri Lawler and Amy Davis (girls). Howells, Scott, Kathy Long, Jodi Shipe, and Jerry Oster were winners in ‘Beat the Pro’ shooting.
Residents of Mill City are battling the Mill City Sportsmen’s Club to reduce hours of trap and rifle shooting so they can have a quiet atmosphere.
The Endless Mountains Archery Club will host the Northeast Regional State Target Shoot July 6.
60 Years Ago (1960)
Merle Bainbridge, whose father of the same name once thrilled professional basketball fans playing for Tunkhannock’s entry in the NYP Professional Basketball League, has been named head football coach at West Pittston.
Forkston: A girls’ softball team has been organized under the coaching and management of Tom and Joan Severcool.
Tunkhannock Boy Scouts of Troop 681 had an enjoyable and successful week at Camp Acahela in the Poconos, the last week of June. They included: Billy Dominick, Gary Coleman, James Forte, Donnie Davis, Dale Lane, Jeff Devine, Tommy Jenkins, Gary Place, Ned Slocum, Joe Madden, Chippy Smales, David Puza, Billy Shaw, Jimmy Solanick, John Rinehimer, Billy Anderson, John Foote, Alvin Dixon, Bobby Hoffman, Leonard Kile, Gary Forte, Lee Baumgartner, Bobby Miller, Bob Radle, Jerry Stroka, Daryl Swartwood, Steve Lasco, Dick Keefe, David Gay, Stewart Casterline and Bobby Stevens. The Scouts were accompanied by Donald E. Davis as acting scoutmaster, assisted by George Gay Jr., Jerry Mattocks, Douglas Gay, and Bill Eggleston.
Curved Bars, the highest award in Girl Scouts, recently went to Bonnie Underwood, Doris Brewer and Carol Overfield, of Meshoppen.
80 Years Ago (1940)
Veto Barziloski is one of the most outstanding athletes ever to enter the University of Idaho. He competed in football, basketball, and baseball there and has won letters in each event. He is seen as the outstanding end in the Pacific Coast Conference, and many expect him to make All-American mention.
Tunkhannock sports fans have others to keep an eye on in college, including Frederick Zook Billings in football at the University of North Carolina and George Frempter in baseball at the University of Pennsylvania.
Osterhout women’s softball team would like to get some games with any team around and on any night. Get in touch with Harold Decker.
A rise of two feet in the Susquehanna River Monday night has spoiled the fishing and it is so cold many cottagers became disgusted and went home.
Walter Sherwood, Clyde Pratt, and John Whipple of Nicholson spent last week fishing in Canada.
Ted Monsey and Ben Herman left early Sunday morning for Bob’s Lake, Canada, where they plan to spend several days fishing.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy L. Titman took their daughter, Marcella, to Lake Ariel Sunday, where she has enrolled at YWCA Camp.
You will always find bargains in the Gay-Murray sports department: 95 cents tennis rackets; 20 cents tennis balls; soft balls and bats, 25 cents and up; Spaulding golf clubs $2.50.
100 Years Ago (1920)
Bass and pickerel are authorized to bite now.
Kenneth Rittenhouse, 19, of Cummings Pond, was found dead Saturday evening. He borrowed a neighbor’s boat at 5 p.m., and went fishing. An hour later the boat was discovered drifting on the surface of the pond with the young man dead.
Next Tuesday morning, about 40 boys of Troop 1, Tunkhannock Boy Scouts, will start on their annual trip to State College Camp. Last year 16 boys attended. The boys are quartered in tents on the college campus, and have access to almost every part of the college grounds and buildings. The boys will be brought into personal contact with many of the professors, who will give instructions in knot tying, agriculture, cooking, forestry, first aid, etc.
Would you like to be a boy again? Bring back old memories by seeing ‘Huckleberry Finn’ at the Savoy Friday night.
You are invited to a dinner July 3 at the East Lemon M.E. Church. Ball game in the afternoon.
You can have a good time at Eatonville July 5. Arrangements are being made to have two baseball games during the day.
A meeting will be held in the Savoy Theater, Tunkhannock, July 14 at 1:30 p.m., for the purpose of forming a county sportsmen’s organization, the object for the betterment of shooting and fishing conditions.