20 Years Ago (1998)
Actor Eddie Frierson was on hand Aug. 8 for the unveiling of a new state historical marker on College Avenue, on the Keystone campus, honoring Christy Mathewson.
First male to finish the inaugural Mathewson Day Race was Donald Holdredge at 18:07, and first female was Michelle Tierney at 22:12.
First to cross the finish line of the Aug. 2 Endless Mountains Downriver Canoe Race was Steve Rankinen at 1:27:19, and winning the C1 Competition Canoe Class. He was eight seconds ahead of Todd Roadman; and three seconds ahead of Richard Rankinen in the C1 Masters Class.
Brian Crispell of Dallas was the first male across the finish line of the B&R/Jack Daniels Mile at 4:30; and Michele Wolyniec the first female at 5:28.
Bob Kapp and Tom Powell won the Shadowbrook annual member-guest tourney, while Kathy Goeringer and Ruth Dettore claimed their sixth straight win.
Nicole Polanichka of Dalton won two gold medals in fencing at the Keystone State Games; while Teena Thatcher grabbed a bronze in the women’s division of the 8K, and Jane Ryan earned a bronze in women’s powerlifting.
Joe Jerauld and Devon Myers combined on a 4-hitter to take Christy Mathewson to the semifinals of the Little League District 17 city-county championship by beating Dickson City, 6-4.
40 Years Ago (1978)
The Tunkhannock Tigers’ town team unbeaten streak came to an end on Saturday as Wyoming Area recorded a 2-1 victory at Bocar Field. The Tigers came into the game with 19-straight wins over a 2-year period. The Tigers scored their only run on a 2-base error- a wild pitch and a suicide squeeze bunt by Mike Roth. Prior to the no-hit defeat, the Tigers bested the Kingston Yankees, 13-0. In that game, Dana Colavitti yielded only two singles and struck out 10. Rick Gay led the Tigers with a double and two singles.
Four former Tunkhannnock stars: Bob Smalanskas, Kelly Landon, Joe Colangelo and John Mikelaitis will make their presence felt at the 44th Annual Lions Club Dream Game Friday.
A Keystone Junior College soccer camp saw more than 20 youngsters pick up the basics in a clinic for Lackawana Trail District students led by Keystone athletic director Michael Mould.
Game protectors in Pennsylvania prosecuted a record 11,387 persons and penalties in 1977, collecting fines totaling $496,624.
A Northeast Regional Field Archery championship was shot at Bloomsburg July 30 with the following local first place winners: youth, Steve and Robert Johnson, Elizabeth and Clinton Welch, Goldie Mingus, Tom Foster and Dervin Keisling.
60 Years Ago (1958)
In preparation for the first 1958 practice session to be held next Monday, new Tunkhannock High football coach Charley Shaw will be at the school Saturday morning to distribute uniforms. Coach Shaw will be aided by Dutch Keller and Ernie Holdredge. Reginald Remley is serving again as director of athletics. The 10-game schedule opens Friday night, Sept. 19, at home against Dallas.
The junior varsity season opens Sept. 22 at home against St. Michael’s School
Tunkhannock, battling for second place in the Susque-Wyo league, picked up its fifth straight victory over Dimock, 11-2. Returning after several weeks on a basketball safari in the Catskills, Jimmy Hudock pitched 3-hit ball, and Ed Shaw slammed a tremendous 3-run homer.
Beaumont made it four Bi-County League pennants in a row Saturday by scoring a 10-5 win over Jenks in a special playoff in Beaumont. Charley Everetts went all the way for the win.
The league had been six teams, but this year was eight with the addition of Falls and Red Rock.
Veteran state trooper Clifford Hawke and his son David were admitted to Nesbitt Hospital last Wednesday after both lost fingers of the right hand in a weird motor boat accident near Camp Onawandah.
80 Years Ago (1938)
Minus the services of their ace receiver George Frempter, Russell Hill was defeated by Scott on Sunday, 9-5. Although they out hit Scott, 12-10, seven errors led to their downfall. Swetland and Wayne Frempter each had three hits.
South Montrose’s baseball team visited Meshoppen Saturday, but lost, 9-8, in 12 innings.
Word has been received here that George McKown, brother of Mrs. Adelaide Hawke and Charles P. McKown, has won the senior golf championship at Helena, Montana.
Dr. William Jaquish of Myo Beach caught a 7 pound 5 ounce yellow bass recently. The bass measured 28 inches long, 13 inches around, and had a mouth spread of four inches one way and three the other. Don Robinson of Russell Hill was the official weigher and measurer.
Mr. and Mrs. Alvah Fassett and Mr. and Mrs. William Quin will leave on Monday for Nordlaw Lodge, Bob’s Lake, Ontario, Canada, for a week of fishing.
The fish are biting good in the river now at West Falls, and experienced fishermen claim they are using good old-fashioned worms for bait.
Mrs. Miles W. Bliss received a message Tuesday stating that her only nephew, John Alden Fuller of Ames, Iowa, had been killed while mountain climbing in Colorado.
100 Years Ago (1918)
Lawyer Trescott and a company of boys are camping at Yaicke Flat.
Keystone Academy: Gymnasium, athletic field, tennis courts and boating afford unexcelled opportunity for athletics, sports and recreation. Students quarters renovated and finished this summer.