Down Sports Memory Lane
20 Years Ago (1994)
Roosevelt Trail pitchers Tonya Santee and Katie Matalavy turned in stellar performances as the RTL 11-12 All-Stars opened their run at a state title with a pair of wins. Santee struck out 16 batters and allowed just one hit as RTL defeated Back Mountain 4-0 on Monday. Two days later Matalavy fired a one-hitter striking out seven in a 20-4 win over Christy Mathewson.
The RTL Senior Girls All-Stars were eliminated Wednesday by Back Mountain, after beating Christy Mathewson, 13-1, Monday with Tricia Knolles on the mound.
The Danville minor all-stars (10-year-olds) took the first game in a best-of-3 series with RTL, 26-14.
Tunkhannock’s Marc Marini will miss the remainder of the 1994 season with the Canton/Akron Indians after injuring his shoulder in a recent game at Canton.
Despite six hits, with each coming from Jeff Flood, Mike Boreti, Ryan Oakley, Jay Shepulski, Dan Stacknick and Tom Walsh, Tunkhannock Legion lost to Back Mountain, 7-5, and completed its season at 9-9.
Regina ‘Gina’ Evans of Nicholson is packing up her roller skates and heading to Buffalo, N.Y., for a national competition. She also enjoys skiing, bowling and golf and is looking forward to her 25th class reunion at Mountain View.
TAHS wrestling star Bob Farber will continue his athletic and academic career at Wilkes University.
40 Years Ago (1974)
Wyoming County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs honored president Francis Heisler for his outstanding service to sportsmen, by Norbert J. Mulski, regional supervisor of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The Scranton Lions Club announced the members of the City team who will face the County in the upcoming Dream Game on Aug. 9 at Scranton Memorial Stadium. Representing the Tunkhannock Tigers are tackle Ted Sohns and tailback Jim Heydon; and representing the Lackawanna Trail Lions are fullback/defensive end Jim Chiburka, guard Carmelo Trovato, wingback Jim Rivera and defensive back Del Smith.
A battle of the Titans is scheduled for Thursday, July 25, at Art Keefer Memorial Little League Park, Tunkhannock, when the Tall Terrific Troopers of the Tunkhannock State Police Station will meet the Kill-Krazy Kiwanians in a battle to the death on the softball diamond.
Shavertown scored all the runs they needed in the first inning to beat Fireplace and capture the Stone Ridge Tournament title at Beaumont last week. Charles Shaw was the losing pitcher but a bright star for Fireplace was Paul Zaleppa with two hits.
Once again this summer, Camp St. Andrew will play host to some of the nation’s top coaches during its high school basketball clinic Aug. 4-9. LCCC Coach Jim Atherton will serve as director aided by Penn State head coach John Bach and Seton Hall head coach Bill Rafferty,
60 Years Ago (1954)
The all-star team from the Bob Horlacher League got off to a flying start in the preliminary tournament leading to the state and world championship series at Williamsport, defeating Roosevelt Trail and Sullivan County in its first two games. Four Tunkhannock boys: Tom ‘Lefty’ Robinson, Jerry Stone, Doug Gay and Teddy Marabell, were part of RTL’s losing effort, 7-6. Horlacher clouted two home runs in a 5-3 win over Sullivan County.
Charles Seipert, 65, of Meshoppen, and Carol VanVolkinburg, 10, of Laceyville, drowned while swimming in the Susquehanna River near Pebble Beach, Mehoopany Twp., on Friday.
Marlene Mitchell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Mitchell, Tunkhannock, narrowly escaped death and her horse, Ranger, was so severely injured that he had to be destroyed, when he was struck by an automobile on Route 29.
John Frenchko, of Binghamton, N.Y., pulled a major upset Saturday afternoon when he defeated Holmes Cathrall, of Eaton Road, in straight sets to win the Northeastern Pennsylvania singles championship at the Scranton Tennis Club.
The Evans Falls Methodists moved into a tie for second place with Noxen and Osterhout as they defeated Noxen, 18-11, while Osterhout lost to Eatonville Baptist, 7-6.
Local kids who are members of the Knothole Club will get another look at the red-hot Eastern League pennant race Saturday when the Wilkes—Barre Barons meet the Allentown Redbirds.
80 Years Ago (1934)
Alexander Kresge, 19, a West Pittston man who was acting as counselor for other boys at the Pittston YMCA camp at Vosburg, met his death when he fell from a ledge of rocks on Friday.
State game officers last week arrested four men from West Pittston: Lewis Oline, John Dombroski, Peter Markolonus and John Christian for using set lines in the river at Carney Flat. All were found guilty by Justice of Peace N.A. Doty and were fined.
A deer fell or jumped over the cliff in the Falls narrows Wednesday. The carcass was taken by the District Game Protector and given to St. Michael’s Industrial School.
On Tuesday evening, Johnny Woods, human fly, weighing 172 pounds, slithered up the side of the Sprout block in Montrose, and performed many hair-raising stunts for the amusement of spectators.
At a meeting of the Grange Picnic Committee July 23, the following committees were named: Baseball: Harry Ross, Lemon; Louis Hackling, Noxen; Roy Baker, Bardwell; Dan Honts, Centermoreland.
Sports: Harry White, Meshoppen; Seeley Ferris, Laceyville; Ervin Pierson, Forkston; Gordon Dixon, Brookside; Harold Rogers; Stark Bartron, Vose; Arden Robinson, Vosburg; Geo. Russell, Tunkhannock; Carl Hunt, Mill City.
Horse Racing: Stanley Dewitt and Elmer Dietrich, Tunkhannock.
Quoits: Emory Wright, Beaumont; Arthur Shaw, East Lemon; Oscar Henry, West Nicholson.
100 Years Ago (1914)
There was excitement enough and to spare on Saturday afternoon, when the first game of the series between the Springville and Lynn ball teams was played down in Ernest Frances’ pasture. The game opened badly. Willie Sherman, one of Lynn’s best players, was hit on the head by the ball as it came from the pitcher’s hand, and had to leave the game. Both teams were handicapped by the condition of the grounds but they played well.
Snakes abound in unusual numbers along the river this year, it is said. Pilots infest the rank growth of weeds near the water’s edge, making it unsafe for bathers and especially for small children, who take little precaution.
E.D. Murdock visited Wyalusing on Monday, having run up in the interests of the Old Town Canoe Co., of which he is an agent, and will answer all calls for this Indian novelty.
Dexter Burns, who went to Cape May Court House to run a linotype machine, seems to be obtaining some celebrity down there as a baseball pitcher.
The Boy Scouts from Moosic are camping at West Falls.
The Winola Camp Fire Girls of Factoryville spent a happy week in camp at Lake Loomis.
William Lonsdorf, proprietor of the new Packer House has placed two new large plate glass display cases. He also caters to fishermen, furnishing boats, bait, etc.
Indian students from Carlisle are employed as waiters at Spring Grove and Camp Pokanoket.