Down Sports Memory Lane
20 Years Ago (1994)
Elk Lake lost to Wilkes-Barre GAR in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA girls’ playoffs Saturday. Diane Snyder paced the District 12 champs with 17.
Earning honorable mention all-state honors in volleyball was Tunkhannock Area junior Melissa Grohs.
TA diver David Kelleher finished 16th in the PIAA state competition at Penn State on Thursday. In the state swim meet, the best finish was 21st, earned by both the boys 400 free relay team (Dan Stacknick, Paul Lupinski, Jesse Lambert and Matt Lewis) and girls 200 free relay team (Missy Davis, Megan Bovine, Chrissy Reilly and Heather Dieffenbach).
Six members of Tunkhannock’s Lunker Landers Bass Club qualified for the 1994 Pennsylvania Team Bass Tournament: Rick Rosengrant, John Schultz, Mike Panasevich, Tim Gavek, Tom Silverstrim and Wayne Berry.
Lackawanna Trail High School students will have the opportunity to participate in track and field this season with the understanding that related expenditures would not exceed $2,000.
TA senior Jeff Flood has been selected to participate in the 25th Senior All-Star Classic boys’ basketball game on April 7 at Bishop Hoban.
Veteran TA boys’ tennis coach has six returning letter winners: Tim Musser, Ryan Costello, Sam Williams, Jon Bush, Eric Benner and Paul Spangenburg.
40 Years Ago (1974)
Ted Sohns, Tunkhannock Area wrestler as a heavyweight, took fourth place at the regionals at the John Long Center at the University of Scranton on Saturday, and will move onto states.
Defending champions of the Suburban Girls’ Volleyball League are the Tunkhannock Area Tigresses, who will open the season next Monday with a home game against Montrose.
On this year’s Susquehanna Basketball League All-Star team chosen for the Scranton Times exclusively by a vote of the league’s coaches are TA junior Mark Stahl, Elk Lake junior Elmer Stevenson and Lackawanna Trail senior Marty McAndrew. Among those named honorable mention are Tunkhannock’s Danny Saxon and Steve Schaeffner; Lackawanna Trail’s Ray Novitch and Parker Bagley; and Elk Lake’s John Guiton and Steve Hunsinger.
Just as their season in the Scranton Basketball Association went, the Tunkhannock Ringers had a good first half last Wednesday but faltered in the stretch as they lost a divisional playoff game to Alpine Lodge, 108-94. Leading scorer for the Ringers was Ulias’ 31.
A Hunter Safety course led by Game Protector Al Kriefski will take place at the Dept. of Ag building on March 23.
The senior historians Club of Tunkhannock High School will sponsor a basketball game Friday between the middle school and high school women’s faculties.
60 Years Ago (1954)
Mike ‘Ozzie’ Hudock, former THS all-sports star, has been conceded an excellent chance of gaining a berth as first string linebacker on the University of Miami football team next fall. Mike is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hudock, of McCord Street.
First to qualify in the District 12 Class C Playoffs was Newton with an easy 56-28 victory over Elk Lake. Representing Springville, Dimock and Rush, Elk Lake entered the semifinals as an independent.
Susquehanna-Wyoming Joint High School teams, who hold second place in the league, played the Williamson Jointure, composed of teams from Jackson, Lawrenceville, and Tioga schools at Mansfield and won, 81-41. Saturday evening, they again played at Mansfield, this time the Coudersport team, and lost.
Friday evening, the Susquehanna-Wyoming All Stars played the Eastern Susquehanna County all-stars and won with the score of 126-79. Harford girls played the alumni here the same evening and the visitors won, 49-10. They play a return game at Harford Thursday evening.
Sinclair’s season-long hold on first place seemed certain to be lost last week in the Triton Bowling League, as the Antiquarian, tied for last, upset the leaders, 3-1.
Keystone Shoe Company’s league leaders again found the sledding a little rough in the Triton Women’s League last Thursday.
80 Years Ago (1934)
The Wilkes-Barre Barons came to Tunkhannock Monday evening and for the second time this season, “took home the bacon.” At the end of the first half the score was 19-13, in favor of Tunkhannock, but the visiting team rallied in the second half, and scored 23 points while the local team was making nine, making the final tally, 35-28. Chizmadia was high scorer with 12 points.
The next home game, and the last home game Tunkhannock will play before the play-off series, will be held at the high school auditorium next Monday night when Hazleton comes here. They will have Taylor, Clift and Rogan, and will make a desperate effort to win, as the results of this game will determine whether Hazleton enters the play-off series. Reserved seats at Henrie’s.
The basketball games played between Beaumont and Laketon on the latter’s floor Friday night, resulted in a victory for both Laketon girls and boys. This was the last game of the Interscholastivc Basketball League for this season.
About 30 of the young people enjoyed the snow at a sleigh riding and skiing party at Rosengrant Monday.
State Game Protector C.P. Moss declares that spring is here. He saw a flock of robins in Forkston a few days ago and since then some bluebirds in Washington Township. “You can sometimes fool the robins but never the bluebirds,’ he said.
100 Years Ago (1914)
Levi S. Lewis of Falls and William Anneman of Scranton, representing the United Sportsmen of Pennsylvania, were in town on Tuesday to see what could be done about compelling the payment of bounties for wild animals. The legislature failed to make a specific appropriation for the purpose and the county commissioners have refused to pay the claims on that ground.
Twenty-four students from Penn State have placed themselves for the missionary field including this year’s track captain.
A story of the introduction of the Baldwin apple- one of the finest fruits of its kind- is going the rounds of the papers. Before the outbreak of the Revolution, Loammi Baldwin of Wilmington, Mass., went out one afternoon to hunt rabbits, but in passing a wild apple tree picked up some of the fruit and ate it. It was so good he realized there was something more than rabbits, and cutting off a lot of scions carried them home and immediately grafted them unto young trees of his own.