Down Sports Memory Lane (Oct. 31, 2012)

20 Years Ago (1992)

For the ningth time in 11 years, the TA girls volleyball team finsihed atop the Wyoming Valley Conference standings. They are 15-0 after a win over Wyoming Area.

Tunkhannock Area cross country runners Jack Daniels and Travis Swartwood earned a trip to State College this weekend by finishing sixth and seventh in the annual District 2 cross country race at Kirby Park on Thursday. As a team, the Tigers of Dick Daniels finished eighth in AAA. The Lady Tigers finished 13th.

Senior goalie Amy McCann’s defense and sophomore Molly O’Malley’s offense were just enough to upset the ‘big red machine’ from Crestwood and give Tunkhannock an 1-0 overtime win in field hockey as well as the District 2 AAA title.

Lackawanna Trail opened District 12 field hockey action with a 4-0 win over Mountain View. They are 16-3.

The Trail football team beat Carbondale Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon, 27-7, and now carries a 5-4 record into next week’s District 12 Class A title game against Susquehanna.

Berwick, the nation’s No. 1 football team, marched into T-town on Friday, and turned the natives into believers after a 48-7 win. The Tigers’ lone score came in the third quarter as Reuben Sherman marched 22 yards.

TA’s unseeded doubles tennis team of Erin Baldwin and Wendy Sisle fell to No. 1 seed Abington Heights on Thursday.

40 Years Ago (1972)

The Tunkhannock cross country team, coached by Norm Sisle, won the Class B District 12 championship on Oct. 26. The team was led by Mark Monsey, and the Tigers had five of the top six positions. Second was Jim Pate; third was Frank Brown; fourth was Robin Robisnon and sixth was Gary Myers.

His first place finish in last week’s District 12 cross country meet has earned Mark Monsey honors as the Times-Globe Store ‘Athlete of the Week.’

After nearly upsetting powerful Valley View the previous week, the Tigers droped a 14-12 decision to their old nemesis, Scranton Tech last Friday night. Tunkhannock’s two scores came off a Kurt Babcock 36-yard pass reception from Paul Robinson, and Jim Heydon had an 86-yard kickoff return. The Tigers face Scranton Central this week.

Coming early this year were jackets presented to the senior members of the football team: Dave Malkemes, Mike Paddleford, Jeff Frank, Keith DeLong, Jeff Guyette, Tom Lipinski, Don Daubert, Scott Custer, Kurt Babcock and Paul Robinson, Ray Corby, Al Layaou, Nick Barna and Tom George.

The Tunkhannock High girls’ basketball team overcame Mountain View, 40-37, paced by Jackie Button’s 13 points and 17 rebounds.

Jack Welch, former Tunkhannock Hi athlete, expects to undergo knee surgery this Friday in Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia. The Temple junior injured the knee in his only appearance with Temple’s football varsity team.

60 Years Ago (1952)

Rated as ‘big and powerful,’ Towanda’s Black Knights will be a determined football team Saturday, when they play host to Tunkhannock Hi’s Tigers. After the Knights spoiled an undefeated season for the Tigers in 1949, Duke Bunnell’s boys swept to a 35-0 win in 1950 and 14-7 upset last year. These were the Tigers’ first wins over Towanda since 1938. The Tigers still must face Factoryville, Dallas Twp. and end with a Thanksgiving morning renewal against Clarks Summit.

A somewhat unexpected chain of events saw Tunkhannock last week make a complete change in its interscholastic basketball program. It withdrew from the Suburban League and was informally admitted to the Back Mountain League. Although there could be no bitterness, there is a slight undertow of disappointment at bringing to an end some of the age-old rivalries. The Suburban continues as a 7-team circuit with Benton, Nicholson, Factoryville, Falls-Overfield, Dalton, Newton-Ransom and Scott.

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hudock, Mr. and Mrs. Don Casterline, Mrs. Edward McCoy and Miss Barbara Dietrich attended the football game at Annapolis, Md., on Saturday between the University of Pittsburgh freshmen and the Naval Academy plebes. Pitt, with Ozzie Hudock, won 17-6.

The mink trapping season opened yesterday and will close at noon, Dec. 15. However, no trapping is allowed until sufficient rain has fallen to remove the serious fire hazard.

80 Years Ago (1932)

Tunkhannock got revenge for last year’s 40-0 football shutout, by beating Dallas Township, 7-6. In the third quarter the Tunks had their second blocked punt of the day, but they recovered the ball and with the aid of a penalty began a march up field ending on their own 20-yard line. The ball was finally advanced to the 5-yard line where the locals scored on a left end sweep. The extra point try, a line buck, was successful. The remainder of the game saw Dallas feebly trying to score by the way of passes, but no success. Don’t fail to see the Factoryville game, the most interesting of the year. The locals say they’re going to beat them.

Charley and George Gay, and Walter Sherwood arrived home Saturday evening from a very successful hunting trip near Sioux Falls, S.D. They shot the legal limit of ringneck pheasants and ducks, besides boring about 1,600 holes in the air. The boys admit having spent some time in the federal penitentiary at Sioux Falls, but refused to discuss it.

It may seem to some that 1470 miles is too far from home for a hunting trip, but that would be refuted upon sight of the clothesline full of birds in the Gays’ backyard Saturday night.

Between 200 and 300 people attended the clay pigeon shoot held at Nat Stevens’ lodge last Friday. Some of the best shots in the country were present, and it was a beautiful sight to see the little clay diskd popped to pieces as they were thrown upout of the pit, especially at night when the flood lights were turned on.

100 Years Ago (1912)

Hunting season opens tomorrow.

Wild geese are howling southward.

The Boy Scouts will celebrate Hallowe’en tonight with a social at the M.E. Church. The public is invited.

Mrs. Russell Sage has recently purchased a 75,000-acre tract of land in southern Louisiana to be used as a bird preserve for migratory birds. The landowners of Point Township, near Northumberland borough, have issued notice that they will allow no wild birds to be killed for five years and have employed the aid of the State Game Commission to assist in vigorously enforcing all laws protecting the wild birds.

Our legislature did well in shortening the open season for game, yet there is still too much indiscriminate slaughter of the wild birds. Our forests and our fields would be more free from destructive insect pests if the partridge and quail were protected for several years and bounties paid for the birds and animals are their natural enemies.