Down Sports Memory Lane (Sept. 19, 2012)

20 Years Ago (1992)

Lackawanna Trail football coach Harry Powell was wondering when his team might get it together. Following Saturday’s 33-7 shellacking of Old Forge, he is wondering no more. The Lions turned to a healthy Harold Heskell to lead a 218-yard assault on the Blue Devils.

Dallas tailback rushed for 177 yards and spoiled a home game for the Tigers, 28-14. For the Tigers, Steve Jervis completed 12 of 24 for 95 yards, and Reuben Sherman led the TA rushers with 54 yards in 12 carries.

Senior Nikki Wall’s 12 service points and five kills helped lead the TA volleyball squad to a win over Nanticoke on the loser’s floor on Thursday.

Mike Boretti scored three goals against Seton Catholic to lead the Tigers to a 4-0 defeat of the Eagles and their first WVC win of the season.

Behind 1-2 punch Jack Daniels and Travis Swartwood, the Tiger boys’ cross country team beay Bishop O’Reilly. However, the Lady Tigers took their first loss of the season with Beth Ehrenzeller in fourth place as the first TA girl crossing the finish line.

In a battle of pre-season field hockey favorites, the Lady Comets of Crestwood knocked off Tunkhannock, 2-0.

Pittston Area took a 175-177 win over the Tigers at Emanon.

TA’s girls’ tennis team beat Hazleton, 4-3, but lost to Wyoming Valley West, 6-1.

40 Years Ago (1972)

Opportunity knocked five times for the Riverside High School Vikings last Friday night as they knocked off the Tigers, 35-0. Tunkhannock fumbled three times and was intercepted twice.

A second place performance in Saturday’s Agnes Invitational Cross Country Meet in Nanticoke has given Tunkhannock a sparkling early season shot in the arm. State College’s domination of the first four places was broken only by a second-place finish by Tiger Mark Monsey. The Tigers have a dual meet with Mountain View Tuesday and are at home Thursday against Lackawanna Trail.

James Tiffany, math teacher at Tunkhannock Area High School, has been appointed girls’ basketball oach. Girls’ basketball has been added to the expanding extracurricular program at TAHS, and the team will be competing in the Susquehanna Girls Basketball League.

Although the total entry of 58 boats wasn’t as large as in some years, the 1972 Susquehanna River canoe race will go down as a real classic.

Area paddlers, headed by Gary Tewksbury of Tunkhannock, had their best day ever in the race. Tewksbury won the kayak class as he edged out former Olympian Francine Fox by nearly five minutes. Fox won the silver meadal in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. In  the Standard Canoe Class, Randy and Marvin Young, of Oneonta, N.Y., finished first with Doug Gay and Charlie Kalinowski of Tunkhannock taking second.

60 Years Ago (1952)

Something new is in store for local football fans Friday night when they will see their Tunkhannock Tigers use a two-platoon system in the season’s opener against Troy. Coaches Duke Bunnell, Dutch Keller and Ernie Holdredge have been experimenting with a 22-man first team in recent practice sessions and plan to give it a test in actual competition. On the whole it is an inexperienced team, but there are a few veterans on both platoons.

Sam Lilly, superintendent of grounds at Keystone for 60 years, observed his 86th birthday Tuesday. He recalled that no athletic field was available on campus when Christy Methewson arrived at the academy. So, it was Sam who organized the construction of such a field.

Coach Harry Zavacky’s Factoryville High School football players will engage in an 8-game schedule with the Red Rams opening the gridiron calendar with South Catholic of Scranton in Factoryville at 2:15 Saturday.

Play-by-play broadcasts of Penn State football games will be sponsored this season by Horlacher and Sherwood of Tunkhannock and Montrose, and other Chevrolet dealers. The schedule starts this Saturday against Purdue and follows with William & Mary, West Virginia, Nebraska, Michigan St., Penn, Syracuse, Rutgers and Pitt. The Chevrolet dealers’ network includes these stations: WHLM-Bloomsburg, WSCR-Scranton, and WBRE-Wilke-Barre.

Janoye Sickler, Osterhout, and Larry Hulslander drove to Watkin’s Glen, N.Y., to see the sport car races.

80 Years Ago (1932)

Baseball ends, football begins.

More than 60 horses were entered for the races at the Wyoming County Fair. The local track record was broken on Thursday in the 2:12 trot and pace, by Donna Spier, owned by F.D. Gilbert of Ithaca, N.Y., who covered the course in 2:10.75.

Forty-five wild turkeys were sent in by the State Game Commission to be distributed in the mountains by Game Protector C.P. Moss. They will be fed for a few weeks to get them wonted to their new surroundings, lest the homing instinct impels them to go back to where they were hatched.

On Friday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. all amateur clay bird shooters are invited to be on hand at the new shooting grounds at Stevens Lodge, two miles from Tunkhannock on the road to Nicholson. Shooting will continue until dark and everyone will have plenty of opportunity and time to carry away some of the chickens or other articles up as prizes.

It is probable the streams in Wyoming County were never lower than at present, except the Susquehanna River, which is sometimes freshened by rains in New York which we do not get. Never in the history of the fish commission have waters been reduced to such levels and underground springs have not been replenished in recent months. Those interested in the cultivation and preservation of fish are resorting to building dams along these streams in order to protect the fish from destruction. The state reports the situation is little less than alarming.

100 Years Ago (1912)

It is estimated that more than 6,000 people were on the fairgrounds yesterday afternoon.

Yes, everybody was at the fair. In spite of the tremendous weather yesterday morning many vehicles of all descriptions began to arrive in town early, the trains brought crowds of people, and all roads led to the fairgrounds all day. It not only depends on the managers, but also on the people to make a success of the fair, and the polite response yesterday was very liberal considering the inclemency of the weather.

A couple of fellows from Lacakwanna County, Lewis Thomas and Thomas Thomas paid heavily for shooting squirrels out of season. They were stopping with a family in Washington Township when the shooting was doen. Constable B.L. Jenkins learned of the matter and got after them. They sent in the amount o9f their fine and costs over $30 rather than appear before the judtice.

Geo. Jayne, one of our residents, was out to the Susquehanna Rover on Friday night and Saturday with General Warren