Down Sports Memory Lane (Aug. 15, 2012)

20 Years Ago (1992)

When Tunkhannock Area head coach Tom Oldziejewski opened practice on Monday, he was greeted by a veteran squad that included 24 letter winners from last season’s 4-7 squad.

Although quarterback Jeremy Stephens, Sean Sands, Brian Pikerowski and Kevin Henning were lost to graduation, a solid group of experienced Tigers aim for a spot in the first time ever District 2 playoffs.

Returning seniors include Nate Brennan, Jason Wagner, Adam Hodge, Garry Hicks, Chris Poole, Bucky Camburn, Scott Appleby, Chad Forte, Jeff Stage, Jonathan Gable, Lance Montross, Steve Decker, Bill Koepke, E.J. O’Malley, Chris Hoff, Steve Jervis and Jeff Rutledge.

Juniors returning are Jermaine Mills, Nate Roote, Shane Stevens, Bob Farber, and Keith Carpenteer. Entering their sophomore season are lettermen Reuben Sherman and Mike Slivinski. New coaching additions are John Filer and Frqank Parra.

Randy Sevensky used an eagle on hole number 5 during his second trip around Lakeland golf course to pull away from the pack and capture the men’s club championship with a 63. He won by five strokes over Duke Carpanetti, Tony Peters and Brian Baker.

Two Mehoopany women- Kathy Vosikand Helen Dunlap- recently won first place in the Class B-Division Doubles of the state bowling tournament in Scranton.

40 Years Ago (1972)

The ‘unbeatable’ Doc Davenport once again grabbed the late model limelight at the Herb Harvey Speedway at Lemon last Friday night for the third consecutive week. Joining him in victory was Larry Crispell, of Noxen, who captured his fourth win of the season in the hobby division.

Ronnie Crispell of Pomona, N.Y., a late model driver, stepped out front for the first six laps, holding off the advances of Davenport. In circle seven, ‘Doc’ took over the lead, withstanding the oncoming pressures of Rich Bishop, of Meshoppen, and Chuck Brady, of Whitney Point, N.Y. Bishop is a newcomer to racing, this being his first season of competing. He has made his way up into the top contending circle after ironing out the mechanical problems of his new car.  He and Brady were running a race of their own for that second spot, with Bishop just not making that slip that Brady was waiting for. Checking in fourth was Dave Wolf of Binghamton, N.Y. Taking over fifth was Bertie Shupp of Tunkhannock.

President Alice Taylor notes the Endless Mountains Women’s Bowling Association will hold its frirst open meeting of the season on Aug. 20 at the Penelec Building in Tunkhannock.

This year’s Endless Mountains Downriver Canoe Race will be held Sept. 17, starting at Henning’s Landing, Mehoopany. Entry forms can be picked up from Glen Ayre at Endless Mountains Archery Supply, race chairman Larry Hobbes said.

60 Years Ago (1952)

Tunkhannock’s large and growing group of stock car enthusiasts will soon have only three and a half miles to travel to see their favorites in action, thanks to a new track under construction in Sugar Hollow. Located on the Jadick farm, less than a mile from the Tunkhannock-Dallas Highway. The quarter-mile banked dirt oval is being built by a local promoter, who hopes to present the first race card on Labor Day.

Raymond Bedell of the Falls-Overfield Fair Association said this year’s fair will once again be on the school grounds at Mill City, Sept. 18, 19 and 20. The main event on Friday will be a tractor driving contest for young and old. Cash prizes will be awarded the winners. Saturday will have a nail driving contest, and a midget baseball game between Factoryville and Tunkhannock in the afternoon.

Joe Glenn, former New York Yankees catcher and now a resident of Stone Crest, led an Upper Valley Old-Timers baseball team to a 6-5 victory over the Lower Valley Old-Timers in a 5-inning game played Monday night at Scranton.

At Kirby Park in Kingston, Holmes Cathrall won the Wilkes-Barre Playground Association’s annual tennis tourney, defeating Earl May of Scranton in the Friday night finals, 6-2, 6-2, and 6-4. Two weeks earlier Cathrall defeated the same opponent in the the Scranton YMCA tourney finals. The local Studebaker dealer received the Chet Basher Trophy, for his Wilkes-Barre win.

80 Years Ago (1932)

 Nicholson is booming the amateur baseball world series, to be held at that place the first three days in September.

Tunkhannock High School’s football schedule has been released with its season opener Sept. 23 at Montrose. Also, Sept. 30- Clarks Summit, home; Oct. 7- Susquehanna, home; Oct. 13-at Scranton Tech; Oct. 21-at Dallas Boro; Oct. 28- Dallas Twp., home; Nov. 4- at Factoryville; Nov. 12- Wyoming Seminary juniors, pending; Nov. 24- Nicholson, home.

Game Protector C.P. Moss killed a 40-inch rattlesnake along Mehoopany Creek a few days ago. It had nine rattles.

A thieving black snake about to snatch baby birds from a nest on top of a steel tower supporting a high tension wire met quick death by electrocution when its body touched one of the wires.

Frank Foster, big game hunter and game farmer, Phoenixville, recently donated to the Board of Game Commissioners 200 Mallard ducks which will be released in sections of the Commonwealth where conditions are ideal. The natural wild propagation of Mallard ducks has been Foster’s hobby for some time and it is hoped that the birds released will survive the winter, and rear young next spring.

Much excitement down at the river emerged Friday when Alvah Fassett lauched his new rowboat. It is the product of Wesley Sickler, marine construction engineer, and was built to conform with the specifications of the designer, Mr. Fassett himself.

100 Years Ago (1912)

If you wish to listen to some good fish stories you should get John W. Young and George McKown together. Young has followed the sport among the lakes in York state and McKown in the Colorado mountains, and the things they relate make the ordinary fishing experience in this section look like 28 cents, reduced from 30. That’s not saying that the yarns are not true- oh, no.