Down Sports Memory Lane
20 Years Ago (1994)
The Tunkhannock Area girls’ swim team set a school record for league wins by beating Abington Heights Friday, 107-87, and Wyoming Area, 99-87, on Monday to be 9-2 on the season.
Mike Post, Christian Bovine and Ray Antoine each collected two firsts to help propel the TA boys’ swim team to a 55-35 win over host Wyoming Seminary on Tuesday.
Chris Marionni’s lay-up with 10 seconds left in overtime gave Lackawanna Trail a 62-61 upset win over Mt. View in boys’ basketball action. Trail’s Lady Lions, led by Jen Evans’ 13, outscored Mountain View, 46-29, Monday.
Kurt Sherman scored the 1,000th point of his career, but Sacred Heart removed Elk Lake’s boys from the ranks of the unbeaten. Forest City also put the clamps on the Warriors and handed them a 65-41 loss Tuesday. Mandy Heed scorched the nets for 18 points to lead Elk Lake’s girls to a 33-31 win over the Lady Foresters.
Jeff Flood poured in 28 points but it was not enough to save Tunkhannock Area from an 81-63 loss to Pittston Area Tuesday. The Lady Tigers, led by Stephanie Mociun’s 11, dropped at 41-39 loss to Pittston.
Trail’s grapplers beat previously unbeaten Blue Ridge, 34-24, and now have a 27-match winning streak stretching back to 1990 in the Northeast Athletic Conference.
GAR nudged the host Tiger wrestling team, 34-33, on Monday.
40 Years Ago (1974)
A pleasant surprise came to Jim Kitchnefsky, of R.D. 4 Tunkhannock, when he trapped a 38-pound beaver on the opening day of beaver season in a local pond.
The TA Tigers went 1-2 in the Susquehanna Basketball League, losing to Elk Lake, then Mountain View, 53-47, then beating Susquehanna, 64-57.
The Tunkhannock boys’ varsity swimmers suffered an 88-81 loss against Pittston at home on Feb. 12. Joe Dymond won the 200 IM and 100 breast. Steve Szabados took first in the 50 free, and Rudy Szabados took first in the 100 fly.
Tunkhannock received its third Suburban League defeat last Thursday when the Elk Lake wrestlers upset the Tigers in the Warriors’ gym.
Three spikers who gained their early experience with championship teams at Tunkhannock Area High School are prominently mentioned in Ball State University’s volleyball plans for 1974: John Holdredge, Dave Kintner and Bob Nast.
60 Years Ago (1954)
Public-minded citizens from most of the townships of the Tunkhannock Joint School Area met last Sunday afternoon with Rotary Club representatives to discuss the lighting of Memorial Park. The realm of possible uses is vast in addition to the many types of athletic activities which could be staged there.
Tunkhannock’s last mathematical hopes of winning the Back Mountain Basketball League championship went by the boards Friday night when the Tigers travelled to West Nanticoke to take a 71-51 beating from Harter.
Gay-Murray threatened to climax their drive toward the top of the heap in the Triton Bowling League last week with a much-needed win over pacesetting Sinclair. Glen Shoemaker led the refiners with 564, as Bob Bowman added 548, and Jerry Frey, 505.
Keystone Shoe Company’s Triton Women’s League powerhouse was given a rough time last Thursday night before finally topping Passmore Style Shop, 3-1. A 7-pin win in the final game provided the winning margin.
The Harrisburg office of the State Game Commission has released its season game kills tabulation showing receipt of 37,384 kill tags for antlered deer, and 16,252 for antlerless deer slain in the Keystone State in 1953.
80 Years Ago (1934)
Fifteen thousand minnow from the state hatchery at Mount Pleasant were dumped into Meshoppen Creek and its tributaries a few days ago to provide food for the brook trout.
Tunkhannock’s Tritons lost two of three games in the Penn State League this week. They lost to Hazleton, 18-15, on Saturday, and Freeland, 33-32 on Tuesday. In between losses, the Tritons beat Freeland in Tunkhannock, 32-29, before a fair-sized crowd that emerged despite blustery weather.
Three keenly fought games were played by six leading professional teams of the American Basketball League at the 71st Regt. Armory in New York on Friday. Watching the contests were: Nat D. Stevens, Floyd D. Titman, Guy Titman, Paul Billings, Robert L. Henrie, P.L. Eheart, Walter A. Sherwood, Stanley DeWitt and Cecil Krewson.
Montrose High’s boys’ basketball team knocked off host Tunkhannock, 38-15, while its girls tied Tunkhannock’s, 14-14.
Beaver may be caught only by the use of what are known as ‘Vernon Bailey live beaver traps’ and steel traps with a jaw spread not exceeding six and one-half inches.
100 Years Ago (1914)
An effort to start a YMCA was made at a meeting at the tabernacle on Monday night, after a talk by Rev. E.G. Crabill. About 300 men were present. At the close of the talk, H.S. Harding, esq., was chosen temporary chairman, and C.P. McKown secretary. G. Evans Avery was made president of the proposed organization, John B. Henning, secretary, and A.M. Shoemaker treasurer. A board of 12 directors was also elected and subscriptions for various sums taken as a starter.
A large number of quail and other wild game are supposed to have perished in the deep snow that fell in this section the latter part of the week.