Down Sports Memory Lane (Apr. 21, 2010)
20 Years Ago (1990)
Keystone Junior College will have a major void to fill with the retirement of Larry Fornicola as the Giants' wrestling coach. Tunkhannock product Dick Keefe was a national champion of his.
Tunkhannock's Sean Moffitt was on the winning team in Penn State's Blue-White game.
Jeff Gaydos took Brady and Cavany's longest trout contest with his 21 and 1/2-inch palomino trout from Bowman's Creek.
The TA boys' baseball team bounced back from a 3-2 loss at Nanticoke to defeat Wyoming Valley West, 14-4.
The Lady Tigers took advantage of 18 walks to waltz to a 17-6 softball win over Wyoming Valley West, but got trampled by Crestwood, 10-0.
Chris Mills and ‘Chip' Avery each won their singles matches and combined for a doubles win to help the Tiger tennis team to a 4-3 verdict over Hanover Area.
Jennifer Lupinski won four events as the Lady Tiger tracksters swamped GAR, 122-19. They defeated Crestwood 87-54.
Elise Mason kicked home the winning goal in a 3-2 girls' soccer win over Bishop Hoban.
Tunkhannock's girls took first in the High School Girls' Rotary Relays, while its boys were seventh. The TA girls were eighth in junior high standings while the Tiger boys (led by the 4×300 shuttle low hurdles team of Clint Rozelle, Scott Appleman, Gary Hicks and Jermaine Mills) were second in junior high action.
40 Years Ago (1970)
For the third time in five years, Haverford edged Tunkhannock for the state volleyball title.
Tigers John Holdredge and Dave Kintner will join Ball State's volleyball forces next year.
Lackawanna Trail's George Hayduk signed an agreement to play football at Notre Dame with Coach Ara Parsheghian presiding in South Bend, Ind. He is believed to be the first Wyoming County athlete ever to play on a ND team.
The home of Trail's Bill Jenkins was visited by St. Bonaventure basketball coach Larry Weise for a letter of intent. It is doubtful he will get homesick as Paul Hoffman of Hoban Heights is a member of the Bobbies' varsity and Elk Lake grad Jim Wallace played on its freshman team this year.
TA tracksters beat Lackawanna Trail 86-55 and established two new school records: Dave Tinna was clocked in 11 minutes four seconds in the 2-mile run. Ronnie Ross took the triple jump at 39 feet, 9 and 3/4 inches.
James Atherton, head basketball coach at Luzerne County Community College, will be clinic director at Camp St. Andrew, Scranton diocesan camp for boys at Oxbow Lake.
Two new local teams have been added to the Roosevelt Trail Little League organization: Bartron Supply with Ace Shupp as manager and Sherwood Chevrolet handled by Bob Sheffler. Dick Ney returns as Turrell Motors manager, while Norm Ball replaces Gerry Ross at the helm of Gay-Murray.
60 Years Ago (1950)
Another attempt to open the local amateur baseball season will be made Sunday when Tunkhannock shows its Susque-Wyo League team for the first time against Mehoopany at the shoe factory diamond. How the team is shaping up: Redge Remley and Jimmy Lunger, pitchers; George Sherwood, catcher; Gene and Duane Abrams, Don Montross, Bob Johnston, infielders; Joe Rowe, Ralph Giberson, Bob Dunn, outfielders.
Other Susque-Wyo League openers: Middletown at Meshoppen, Springville at Lawton, Laceyville at Fairdale, and Bridgewater at Lymanville.
Gerald Frey, ‘Polly' Tomek and Bill Eggleston from Tunkhannock, ‘Sport' Allen of Meshoppen, and Bill Long of Montrose will represent the Horlacher and Sherwood team at the American Bowling Congress national tourney in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday.
A number of local anglers have been out limbering up their fishing poles, but to date we haven't heard of very many fish fries.
On March 28, Alexander G. Hastie, son of Mrs. Aaron Hastie of West Pittston, graduated from the Sparling School of Deep Sea Diving, following a 20-week course at the only commercial diving school in the world.
A coed has gained a berth on the Susquehanna University tennis team for the first time in the school's 92-year history. She's 18-year-old Barbara Stagg, daughter of Coach Amos Alonzo Stagg Jr. and granddaughter of the famed ‘grand old man of football.'
80 Years Ago (1930)
M.M. Whittaker, superintendent of the tannery at Noxen, writes county game protector C.P. Moss that his company is taking every precaution to prevent contamination of the waters of Bowmans Creek so as not to endanger the life of fish. All sewage is neutralized by chemical action, and the solids are removed by settling tanks, allowing the fluids only to escape in the stream. These effluents are negative in character and do not ruin the fishing.
B. Smythe Skinner spent Monday trout fishing in the headwaters of Mehoopany Creek, near Ricketts. He returned with legal limit.
Bobbie Davis came over from Mill City to Eatonville and captured a Bowmans Creek trout measuring 20 inches in length and weighing over 3 and 1/2 pounds.
Chas. Ferrell, who spent the winter at his Florida home has not lost the art of trout fishing, eight speckled beauties being his allotment the season's first day.
Burgess MacGuffie of West Pittston was one of the most successful trout anglers the initial day of the season, 15 nice ones going to his credit.
Game protector C.P. Moss recently put out 50 quail in Eaton, Lemon, Washington and Tunkhannock townships. Fifty more are due soon.
Lester Fargo, Arthur Frear and C.P. Moss attended the Noxen sportsmen's meeting Thursday. The Noxen camp is arranging to put out 25 or 30 wild turkeys on the mountains this summer.
100 Years Ago (1910)
Theodore Custard, who has been playing ball with the Tritons for some time, went down to Wilkes-Barre last week to be tried out for a position on the team of that city. Reports from there indicate that he is making good.
Meshoppen is organizing a tennis club.
Trout fishermen were out among the streams bright and early on Friday morning, the opening of the season. A few returned with fairly good catches, but most of them reported poor success.
Fishing was the order of the day with several on Monday last out in Springville, owing to the rainy weather. Among those who tried their luck were E.W. and Ziba Lott, G.P. Sterling and Harry Kilts.