20 Years Ago (1997)
The Tunkhannock Area boys’ swim team unofficially took the Wyoming Valley Conference title back on Feb. 4 with its win over Wyoming Valley West, but sealed the claim with a 138-42 win over Hanover Feb. 13 and Berwick on Monday. The Lady Tigers closed out their swim season with a 125-61 loss to Abington Heights.
Both Tigers’ next challenge will be the Dist. 2-AAA swim competition at King’s College Feb. 26.
For the first time since Tunkhannock Area entered the Wyoming Valley Conference, both boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are in the Dist. 2 playoffs in the same year.
Tunkhannock double teamed Wyoming Valley West standout Phil Bonczewski and knocked off the Spartans 48-28 to earn a berth. They will face Williamsport at Berwick.
The Lady Tigers also made the D2 playoffs after finishing just ahead of Pittston and Coughlin in the standings, and will face Honesdale at Western Wayne High School.
In other playoff action, the boys from Elk Lake and Lackawanna Trail are to meet Thursday for the third time this season. The Lady Warriors will also face off against Meyers.
The Tigers did not have any D2 wrestling champion over the weekend but did qualify three for pre-Regionals: Lynn Macmillan (2nd at 152), Joe Farber (2nd at hwt) and Alan Reid (4th at 145).
40 Years Ago (1977)
The Tunkhannock Area School Board confirmed Stew Casterline, one of the school’s all-time greats, last week as its baseball coach.
Bob Stevenson notched 29 points as Elk Lake beat Tunkhannock, 76-51, in basketball. The night’s effort moved Stevenson into fourth place in Pennsylvania’s all-time scoring statistics.
For their part, the Tigers were led by Keith King with 14. They regained their winning touch with a 48-45 win over Honesdale on Friday, paced by Eric Colangelo’s 21.
Elk Lake’s Lady Warriors and Forest City meet Thursday at Mountain View for the District 12 PIAA girls’ basketball championship.
In wrestling action, the Tigers knocked off Wallenpaupack, 42-16, with pins recorded by Norm Fassett (126) and Lyle Wildrick (hwt). Elk Lake dispatched Bishop Hannan, 38-19, with pins scored by Jack Kauffman (126), Eric Noldy (132), Joe Licata (138), and Randy Bell (145).
In swim action, the Lady Tigers beat Central Columbia, 101-67, but lost to Williamsport, 102-70.
Although Jeff Dewar set a new school record in the 100 breaststroke at 1:10.9, the Tigers fell to Scranton Prep, 100-65.
Tunkhannock’s Lodge Team in the Scranton Basketball Association romped to a 189-83 win over Table B, with Ron Hobbs and Bruce Suter combining for 70 points.
60 Years Ago (1957)
Tunkhannock High School nailed down its first Back Mountain Basketball League Championship Tuesday night with a 77-36 victory over Westmoreland in the latter’s gym at Trucksville. The Tigers’ 13th meeting without a defeat enabled them to maintain a 3-game lead over second place Dallas.
In Susquehanna loop action, Elk Lake took wins over Newton-Ransom, 52-27, and Susquehanna, 66-37. Lackawanna Trail beat Susquehanna, 43-34. Falls-Overfield lost to Blue Ridge, 51-34, Thursday, and Newton-Ransom, 72-29, Friday.
Meshoppen High news: Friday night, the girls’ and boys’ varsities played at Blue Ridge. They both won; the boys by quite a margin.
Tunkhannock High School was selected to serve as host to both the volleyball championship tournament and the District track meet in PIAA District 12 at a recent meeting of the District committee.
It was announced last week that stocking of the state’s streams will begin March 1, about a month later than usual with 2,407,410 trout due to be ‘planted.’
Still smarting from a last-minute loss of the first half in the Women’s Bowling League Championship, Cathrall Mercury took a clean sweep over Sinclair. Leading the cannonade was Dot Jacques, 171, 187-506; Marge Fitch, 169, 165-484, and Eileen Mahanna.
80 Years Ago (1937)
The Tunkhannock Rotary Club sponsored a banquet for the benefit of the Tunkhnannock High School football squad last Friday. After the banquet was served, Mr. Kehrli presented the football trophy to Veto Barziloski, the captain of the football team. Mr. Bunnell then presented the football charms to the members of the squad.
The Tunkhannock Tritons lost their first home game of the season Monday night when Plymouth was victorious by a single point, thus winning first place in the Penn State League, 18-17. Schuckman led the Tritons with nine. Next Monday night, Nanticoke will play here.
In a basketball game at Laceyville Tuesday night, Tunkhannock Junior Varsity defeated the team at that place, thereby winning the championship of the Wyoming County North League.
Tunkhannock defeated Keystone Junior College in an extra period battle at Tunkhannock last Thursday night, 24-22.
This Friday evening will be one of the most important basketball games of the season for the local high school teams. Factoryville High School plays at Tunkhannock which is set to avenge the only league defeat which was administered at Factoryville. Come out and help the high school boys win.
The varsity girls team plays at New Milford High School Wednesday at 4 p.m.
100 Years Ago (1917)
Wanted Raw Furs Highest Market Price at John Loftus barn, Tunkhannock, every Sunday from 11 a.m. until3 p.m. H.R.Tague, Bell Phone 87-0, Tunk Exch. P.O. Tunkhannock RD2.