Down Sports Memory Lane
20 Years Ago (1994)
Elk Lake sophomore Leanne Howell was named the Player of the Year in the Northeast Athletic Conference after helping the Lady Warriors to softball titles in both the NAC and PIAA District 12. She finished with a record of 19-2 and 207 strikeouts. Three teammates also made NAC West first team: Melody Bennett, Daniela Dedonis and Devin Fitch. Trail had four selections: Karen Bell, Sara White, Judy Pompey and Michelle Gowka.
After producing his seventh consecutive conference championship and fourth district title, Lackawanna Trail Coach Paul Fearick was selected as the Scranton Times-Tribune Regional Baseball Coach of the Year. This year, Trail had the area’s best record at 16-3.
Four Tunkhannock Area senior football players were instrumental in helping the Div. I stars defeat the Div. II stars, 10-9, in the 43rd Annual UNICO All-Star Classic June 24. The DI Stars came from behind twice with Dave Tinna setting up the final score with a 57-yard punt. TA defenders Jermaine Mills and Shane Stevens played well and Jeff Flood saw some action.
Triton Trekker Randy White took seventh overall in the recent Donegal Irish Heritage Games 5K Walk at Harveys Lake.
After eight weeks of action, Warren II is the lone unbeaten team in the Cliff Kingston League, with Logomaster second at 7-1.
Tunkhannock’s Legion Tigers are 9-4 after splitting games - beating Hanover, 9-8; but losing to league-leading Nanticoke, 11-3.
40 Years Ago (1974)
The cars filled the pits, the people filled the stands, and everyone knew it was race day. The scene was Herb Harvey Speedway in Lemon last Sunday night. Winning the Tiger class in the Spring Championship race was Harry Marvin, followed by Dennis Randall. Taking the Hobby class was Bobby Jones, of Dalton, followed by Francis Sabol. Grabbing the Sportsmen feature was George Lewis of Hancock, N.Y., followed by Rick Powell.
The Endless Mountains Women’s Bowling Tourney at Hop Bottom Recreation and Waverly Community Center, ended in a team from Belvedere Lanes, Nicholson, as tourney champs. Sandy Harding of Tunkhannock took the singles event, followed by Diane Otto of Nicholson and Barb Werner of Clarks Summit.
The Pennsylvania Fish Commission announced June 21 that legislation before the General Assembly is desirable that will give the PFC jurisdiction over not only fish but all reptiles and amphibians.
In Tunkhannock Little League action, Harvestore, with home runs by Mark Krotchko and Keith Palen, knocked off Bartron, 20-7. Gay-Murray bowed in its only appearance of the week to Sherwood, 10-9.
Cpl. Veto M. Barziloski took second place in the middleweight division of a judo tournament held recently in Billerica, Mass. He is stationed in Newport, R.I.
The Endless Mountains Archery Club is holding a trophy shoot June 30 at the club grounds.
60 Years Ago (1954)
Rushville banged out 15 runs on as many hits to win its Susque-Wyo League game at Meshoppen, 15-9. Both teams went into the game in a 4-way tie for second place. Gardner did the heaviest hitting for the winners, with a double and a triple, while Jay Ruhf, Harold Salsman, Art Pickett, Hollister and Hitchcock each had two singles.
Turrell’s Little Leaguers played two high-scoring but close games in Roosevelt Trail League competition during the last week, losing an 11-10 decision last Thursday at Laceyville, then losing to their intraborough rival Gay-Murray, 11-9, Tuesday evening. Despite loose defensive play, Tuesday’s game was a real thriller. Billy VanDuzer was the hitting star for the winners, clouting a home run in the first inning and adding a single in the fifth. Bobby Daniels also had two hits for Turrell, and Larry Keefer collected two for Gay-Murray.
Mehoopany’s entry in the Bob Horlacher Little League defeated Auburn Center twice last week, winning a Tuesday game at the losers’ diamond, 15-4, and a Friday game at Mehoopany, 9-3.
Holmes Cathrall, Eaton Road Mercury dealer, first-ranked performer in the Northeast Pennsylvania Senior Tennis Tournament, swept into the quarterfinals Sunday afternoon by defeating Karl Purnell, of Mifflinburg, 6-0, 7-5, at the Scranton Tennis Club Courts on the Morgan Highway. In a quarterfinal match Saturday, Cathrall will meet George Collins, of Scranton, who downed Bob Bidwell, of Honesdale.
80 Years Ago (1934)
At least two eventful as well as important, baseball games were played in this community early this week. First, the Lake Carey No Sox defeated the Shadow Brook Dairy nine, 11-5, in a real thriller. In the other game, Tunkhannock Boy Scouts defeated the members of the Scout Committee, 11-6, in a game played on the high school grounds Monday afternoon.
Sixty boys from St. Stephens Church at Wilkes-Barre went into camp at Vosburg on Monday.
An ice cream social for the benefit of the Jenks baseball team will be held at Giberson’s Grove, Eatonville, Friday, June 29. Everybody attend and give the boys your support.
Three calico bass of exactly the same size were taken simultaneously by William Troster, Kingston angler, while fishing on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River, near Meshoppen. The fact that calico bass are rarely caught in this section of the river makes the catch still more unusual, according to Warden Russsell Womelsdorf.
Sullivan County game protectors arrested several boys for dynamiting a pool in Little Loyalsock Creek. Beside the fish found in their sack, 210 other dead fish were found in the water. Two older boys were fined $100 each and sent to jail since unable to pay up.
The Fish Commission has announced that the season for black bass, pickerel, walleyed pike, rock bass, muskelunge will open on Monday, July 2.
100 Years Ago (1914)
When Charles Moore and his son George of Lymanville were out hunting woodchucks a few days ago, the boy received part of a load of shot which was intended for a woodchuck. He was crouching behind a log, or stump, and rose up just as his father fired several shots, penetrating his head and arms. The wounds are not considered dangerous.
Miss Eleanor Whipple of Laceyville saved 8-year-old Frederick Horton of that place from drowning a few days ago. The lad was bathing in the river just below the old dam, and in paddling around got carried away by the current. Miss Whipple rushed to the scene and succeeded in getting him out, but with a hard struggle and only after both had been under the water once or twice.
John Stemples was up to Lake Carey on Monday on a fishing jaunt with his friend Robert Gorman.
The baseball supper was well attended at Beaumont and the boys realized $21.