20 Years Ago (1997)
Dennis Mishko, Keystone College basketball coach for 25 years and soccer coach for 19, is moving into full-time teaching. This past season, he reached his 500th win as a head basketball coach.
The Elk Lake girls basketball season came to an end when it lost a 46-27 decision to Trinity on Friday in the PIAA Class AA semifinals.
Jon Harding, a Wyoming Seminary senior and Tunkhannock resident, finished ninth in the PIAA state diving competition. At the state swim meet, the Tigers took 18th in the 200 medley relay and 21st in the 200 free relay. Christian Bovine had a 20th in the 100 fly and Steve Fisher, a 27th, in the 100 free.
The Wyoming Valley Field Hockey Conference officially admitted Northeast Athletic Conference members, including Elk Lake and Lackawanna Trail starting with the 1998 season.
The Wyoming Valley Baseball Conference has changed from a 13-game to 16-game schedule, where each team plays five division opponents twice and has six other games.
Former Tunkhannock Area All-State volleyball performer Melissa Grohs has recovered from foot surgery and cleared to practice with the Coastal Carolina women’s volleyball program this spring.
Maggie Tolerico, 16, of Nicholson, took a bronze medal at a Level 9 and 10 gymnastics meet at West Chester.
40 Years Ago (1977)
Elk Lake High School’s basketball team breezed through the PIAA District 12 Class A playoffs knocking off Pocono Catholic, 89-48, last Tuesday and Forest City. 84-34. This Tuesday, the Warriors defeated Mount Penn of District 3, 97-58, and will face unbeaten Darby Twp. Friday in Scranton.
Tunkhannock bowed out of post-season boys basketball action Friday, dropping a 66-58 decision to North Pocono in the District 12 Class AA championship game, as Keith King led the Tigers with 19. The game followed a 75-58 semifinal win for the Tigers over Wallenpaupack.
It was incorrectly reported last week that the THS volleyball team had its Suburban League record had been snapped after 194 straight victories. The Tigers did lose the first match of its opener with Susquehanna but won the last two matches for their 195th straight victory.
Headed for the state championship wrestling tournament at Penn State this week is Tiger standout Dave Panek.
An all-star team of senior wrestlers from the Suburban League will meet a similar squad from the Lackawanna League on March 22 at Keystone College. Those selected include from Tunkhannock (Andy Jackson and Dave Panek); Elk Lake (Jack Kaufman and Randy Bell) and Lackawanna Trail (Tim Gumble, Bob Shupp and Mark Novotka).
60 Years Ago (1957)
Elk Lake, winner of the Class B title in PIAA District 12 when no other team qualified for the playoffs will see action this Friday against the winner of Tuesday’s game between Ashley and Athens. Ashley is the team that eliminated Tunkhannock from the District 2 playoffs.
A sure harbinger of spring – the first meeting of the Tunkhannock Boys Baseball Association since November – will come into view Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the courthouse. President James Turrell has urged that everyone interested in the Little League park project attend this session so that plans may be started for the week that lies ahead for the spring and summer months.
Alice Podlaski of Tunkhannock is a member of the East Stroudsburg State Teachers College varsity gymnastics team which will put on an exhibition March 27 at Tunkhannock High School.
Claude Sherwood, proprietor of Sherwood’s Jewelry Store, has been named scoutmaster of Tunkhannock Troop #68. Assistant scoutmaster is Robert Colbenson and junior assistant is George Gay Jr.
Eighteen members were signed up in the Tunkhannock Sportsmen Club at an organization meeting of that group at the Triton Hose House Saturday. Horace J. Sick acted as temporary chairman, and George W. Brown as temporary secretary.
80 Years Ago (1937)
The Tunkhannock High School varsity basketball team played its last game Tuesday at Harford against the Hallstead team. This was the final game in the District 12 championship contest and was won by Hallstead, 40-22. Both the varsity and junior varsity enjoyed the most successful season in the history of basketball at the local school. Both teams won the championship in their respective leagues. Much credit is due Coach MacLaren for his work with the varsity and Coach Bunnell with the junior varsity. The JVs lost the playoff against Great Bend, 17-7.
The Tunkhannock Tritons defeated the Wilkes Barre team here Monday in a fast and furious game with the Barons. The final score was 28-21. Tunkhannock has lost the services of Allie Schuckman for the rest of the season due to an injury. The new import Bender was late in arriving for the game but eventually scored seven. The last home game before the playoff will be next Monday evening when Hazleton comes here.
George Brown, Frank Dolbear, P.L. Eheart, Howard Johnston and William Karschner spent the weekend in Syracuse where they attended the Intercollegiate Wrestling Matches.
Tryouts for the volleyball tournament to be held at Waverly this spring will get under way this week. Although the sport is new at Tunkhannock High School, we expect to give a good account of ourselves.
100 Years Ago (1917)
Larry Collins of Forkston took the high school pupils for a sleigh ride on Wednesday night of last week.
Remember the Selig Athletic Series every Tuesday at the Pastime Theatre in Tunkhannock. Mike Gibbons, world’s champion middleweight boxer, in action. Dr. B.F. Roller, Seattle physician, wins from Fred Dalkus, Lithuanian (wrestling) champion.
At the fourth semi-annual Wyoming County Teachers Association meeting held last weekend at Meshoppen, folk games by the primary children were greatly enjoyed by the teachers. The flag drill was also repeated by request.
To learn figure skating, one most devote himself to figure skating. There is a special figure skate curved on the bottom so as to make curves and circles entirely possible. It is round toed, and on this forward curl are deep corrugations for toe spins. “One of the principal features of figure skating,” said an expert “is the curve. To be able to control the circles means that one has gained the power to maintain the body in graceful attitudes. Everyone should skate large figures first.”
A Public Auction Sale of Western Horses will be held at the Moffitt Sales Stable, Wyalusing on Thursday, March 22, at 1 p.m. sharp.