Down Sports Memory Lane
20 Years Ago (1993)
Tunkhannock’s American Legion baseball team blasted out 14 hits en route to a 14-9 victory over Back Mountain. Chad Patton led the hit parade with three hits.
Christy Mathewson hammered out a 16-13 win over North Pocono Dandy Lion to earn the District 17 Girls Softball Little League title Wednesday. Tara Caughey, Kristina Davis and Melissa Newell all had four hits for the winners.
Danny Shiner fired a one-hitter as Christy’s juniors blanked Hyde Park, 14-0 in the District 17 all-star tourney.
Roosevelt Trail took advantage of a porous Tunkhannock defense as they defeated the locals 19-11 in an error-plagued 13-year-old all-star game at Baumgartner Complex Tuesday. Chris Markunas started on the hill, and was followed by Lucas Welch, Stan Karp and Billy McDonough.
Robin Davies tossed a 1-hitter at Troy in a 15-0 win on Thursday to keep the Tunkhannock Teener League all-stars undefeated in District 15 play and earned a trip to the finals on Thursday.
In Major Boys action, Tunkhannock lost a 10-6 decision to Potter-McKean at Mansfield to put them out of the District 15 Tourney. The Major Girls were eliminated by Towanda Wednesday.
In Cliff Kingston action, Ivey’s and Bartron’s are in a 2-way tie for first place at 11-2 in the American Division while Tugs at 11-1 is standing above a 3-way tie for second place in the National League with Second Wind, Mile Hill and Wall Street all 9-4.
40 Years Ago (1973)
Camp St. Andrew, Tunkhannock, is preparing for its first encounter with female campers in the history of the camp. Women’s lib will arrive Sunday, Aug. 19, when the Junior High School Cheerleading Clinic begins.
The Noxen-Monroe Gun Club is sponsoring a rattlesnake hunt on Aug. 4-5, rain or shine. Entry fee is $2. Cash prizes will be awarded. The Keystone Reptile Assn. will send representatives to Noxen to give demonstrations on snake handling.
A trout hatchery is being built by the Noxen-Monroe Gun Club, west of Noxen in Stull, with club money and donations from local people.
Tunkhannock had two volleyball teams entered in the 37-team Ball State University three-man tourney. Rich Holdredge, John Holdredge and Bob Nast took second place in their bracket in the AA Division. Jud Holdredge, Jim Pilcher and Scott Howell earned first place honors in Class B.
George Abbey’s pitching and Todd Sichelstiel’s hitting led the Wyoming National Bank Athletics to the Southern Division Championship in Teener Baseball League playoff action Saturday.
Tournament play begins this week for the area’s Little Leagues. On Tuesday, Bob Horlacher League, centered in the Noxen-Harveys Lake area, was to meet Susquehanna County at Tunkhannock’s Art Keefer Park. On Wednesday, the Roosevelt Trail Little League was to be host to Bridgewater & Montrose at Keefer Park.
60 Years Ago (1953)
Berwick driver Dale Croop made his first appearance at the Bowmans Creek Speedway Sunday and was the feature race winner, beating out Nanticoke’s Jim Baker by two car lengths. Baker, George Heydon, larry sando and Dick Brown took first in other events.
The first game of the Little League Baseball Tournament for this District will be played Friday evening at Noxen, with the Bob Horlacher Memorial League playing host to the Roosevelt Trail. The newest Little League in the region, the Horlacher League has been given the distinction of being home team for the opening playoff game in its first year of operation.
Managing the RTL All-Stars will be Fred Clark, of Gay-Murray’s Tunkhannock nine. Included on the preliminary roster which must be trimmed to 14 players and two alternates are: Turrell- Tommie Robinson, Freddie Frey and Dick Montross; Gay-Murray- Doug Gay, Art Howell; Meshoppen- Tommy Carter, Joe Gacha, Leslie Space, Kenneth Price, Fred Light, wayne Sherwood; Laceyville- Gene Salsman; Wyalusing- Grover Powell, Charles Proof, Wendell Fisk; and Wysox- Joe Aquillo, Charles Strickland.
At the Boy Scouts National Jamboree opening pageant Friday in California, local boys Harold and Huston Craige, Meshoppen; Stephen Jennings, Laceyville; Frank Mayberry, Joseph Morgan, and Jim Shaughnessy, of Tunkhannock, portrayed colonial soldiers.
80 Years Ago (1933)
The local ball team, which has labored so hard for the first game of the season, which they are still after, realize that their finances are drifting, and have decided that in order to get out of the red, they must follow suit of some of the neighboring teams and they have decided on an ice cream social Tuesday evening next, which will be held in Giberson’s Grove, and it is hoped the general public will rally to their support, Tuesday even next, July 25.
Myron Baker, George Young, Martin Horlacher, Gail Holmes, John B. Henning Jr. and Charles Lane, all Boy Scouts, were taken to Camp Acahela by Allen Holmes, where they will remain for a couple of weeks.
Great was the surprise at Camp Onawandah when Sherwood Forest troop announced that the merrymen were going to barbecue more than 65 pounds dressed of ribbed roast of beef Wednesday- and wished it to enjoy the feast. To finish this delightful day, the nature group of Treasure Island entertained the camp with a nature play. Another thrilling day will be next Monday when all the Girl Scout Council members, the standing and troop committee members, the leaders and lieutenants will spend the day at Onawandah.
William Moss and Elmer Phinney returned Monday morning from St. Stephen’s Camp, Vosburg, where they spent the last week.
Roger Burgess, Forkston, caught a brown trout in the South Branch creek lately which measured 17 inches.
100 Years Ago (1913)
Fishing for bass is great sport especially if you get a boat and float down the river from Mehoopany to Falls. Now that the law forbids the coal companies from polluting the river with coal and refuse, the time may come, when fishing in the Susquehanna from here to Nanticoke will be as good as it was 40 years ago.
The Meshoppen Boy Scouts are camping at Fox Island in the river. While fishing on Monday, one caught a five pound black bass.
The Boy Scouts from Taylor have been spending 10 days in camp at Falls, in charge of Rev. A.D. Decker, pastor of the M.E. church at that place.
R.T. Potash of Clark’s Summit claims to have killed the largest rattlesnake that has been seen in the Lake Winola region for some time. This snake, he says, measures six feet and three inches from its poison pouch to its rattles. There were 16 buttons or rattles. The snake was killed along the Tunkhannock Creek about four miles from Factoryville.
H.H. Sloat noticed a peculiar commotion down among the knives as he was cutting grain on his farm with his self-binder and reaper. On investigation, he found that the machine had halved a big rattlesnake. Out of the forward half after much wriggling, leaped a toad as healthy and unharmed as was Jonah after his experience with the whale.