Down Sports Memory Lane (Nov. 14, 2012)

20 Years Ago (1992)

Tunkhannock Area tailback Reuben Sherman rushed for 166 yards, and a key defensive play by teammate Mike Slivinski helped the Tigers to a 22-8 win over host Abington Heights on Saturday. It was the 60th meeting of the long-time grid rivals with the Comets still clinging to a 28-26-6 advantage. Steve Jervis hit seven of 15 aerials for 76 yards. They now prepare for a District 2 semifinal game against West Scranton.

Ben Wademan recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass Saturday as Lackawanna Trail used turnovers to knock off visiting Wallenpaupack, 6-0, in the Suburban Football Conference Finale for each team.

Trail’s dream of a state field hockey championship remains alive after sophomore Heather Tallman one-timed a pass from teammate Heather Hess past Dallas goalie Abby Russin :44 into the first 7-on-7 sudden death overtime period to give the Lady Lions a 1-0 victory over the Lady Mountaineers in their PIAA Class AA quarterfinal. But the Lady Lions succumbed 1-0 against Eastern Lebanon County.

The TA girls’ volleyball team lost two out of three in the PIAA State Tournament on Friday at Robert Morris University. They defeated Huntington in AAA competition, before losing to Grove City and North Allegheny. On Thursday, seniors Dawn Durling, Nikki Wall, and Randi Purdy will play in the annual all-star game at the TAHS gym.

40 Years Ago (1972)

The Tunkhannock Area football Tigers became tough, rugged, nasty men last Friday night as they defeated Dunmore’s Bucks, 24-0. The two previous Fridays, the TA team, loaded with underclassmen, had played like mere cubs as upset losses to Scranton Tech and Scranton Central ran their Big Eleven losing streak to four straight games.

Quarterback Scott Custer completed four of 11 passes for 74 yards, and junior Jim Heydon had 29 rushes for 132 yards making it to 817 yards for the 10 games played to date, and only Abington Heights remaining on the schedule for Thanksgiving.

It was announced that Scott Custer was the third Tiger to receive a nomination to play in the 1973 Big 33 game in Hershey. Also being considered are teammates Dave Malkemes and Paul Robinson.

On the eastern side of the county, Lackawanna Trail knocked over Honesdale, 43-8.

The Lady Tiger basketball team ended its season at 3-5, after a 53-32 loss to Elk Lake, and  a43-38 loss to Mountain View. Sophomores Mary Beth Guyette and Jackie Button sparked the offense during the short season with 90 and 66 points, respectively.

The first Tunkhannock New Age Invitational Swim Meet saw Ken Payne capturing the first place trophy in the 200-yard individual medley.

Ruby Szabados also took first in th 12 and under category in the 50-yard backstroke.

60 Years Ago (1952)

Factoryville Hi made what may have been its farewell football appearance here last Friday night and gave the THS Tigers a rugged battle before taking a 12-0 beating. Woefully lacking in reserves, the visiting Red Rams held their own through the first half but were finally worn down by Coach ‘Duke’ Bunnell’s two platoons of Tigers. Jay Keller finally cracked the scoring ice with a 25-yard run early in the second period, and Don Dinsmore added the second touchdown. Coach Harry Zavacky patched up his Red Rams for this game, and they did themselves proud, even in defeat.

Conforming with its switch from the Suburban League to the Back Mountain League, Tunkhannock High School has announced its revised basketball schedule. Home-and-home exhibition series exist with Montrose, Nicholson and Forty Fort, and each of the five Back Mountain League teams will be played three times: Dallas Twp., Westmoreland, Lehman-Jackson, Lake-Noxen and Harter.

Gibbons extended its lead one more point in the Triton Bowling League last week, but only a 5-pin win in the middle game kept them from being held to a split by last place Turrell Motors, whom they defeated 3-1.

Mogan’s Diner climbed to within two points of league-leading Cathrall Studebakers last Thursday in the Triton Women’s Bowling League by taking three points from Passmore’s while Keystone Shoe held the pacemakers to an even split.

80 Years Ago (1932)

James Fleitz, 21, of Wellsboro, was fatally wounded while hunting at Vosburg on Saturday. The young man was a student at State College, but had been spending some time at the home of his brother, Benjamin Fleitz, manager of the Fleitz and Strohl farm at Vosburg.

Constable Walter Brown was up to West Nicholson on a hunting trip the latter part of the week. He bagged six gray squirrels and one red fox.

Alvah Fassett drove to Kingston Saturday to attend the football game between Wyoming Seminary and Temple freshmen. Local interset centered on Glen Frey, who played on the Temple team and he gave an early account of his ability by catching the opening kickoff on his own three yard line, and advancing vit to the 50-yard line.

Mr. and Mrs. Chase Herrick and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Titman drove to Ithaca last Saturday to witness the football game between Cornell and Dartmouth.

Acording to statistics, more game is shot in Pennsylvania in a year than in any other state in the union. Considering the fact that a few years ago the wildlife of the state was nearly extinct in many sections, this fact speaks well for the sctivitioes of the state game commission and its work.

Mrs. Phoebe Dickinson and son Herbert have been entertaininghunters from Plymouth and Tunkhannock.

The Beaumont High Schooll teams have begun practice for the coming season. They will be entered in the Bi-County League.

100 Years Ago (1912)

Scranton Canoe Club proposes to spend $3,000 improving its grounds at Lake Winola before another season opens.

In describing hunting accidents, the part that is usually most clear is that they would not have happened at all if due precaution had been taken.

William Fitcher and Verne Smith of Dalton went hunting at Nicholson and while shooting at a rabbit the former put part of a load of shot into Smith’s stomach and side. The wound did not prove very serious.

Will Bowman came down from Sayre on a hunting tour recently, stopping with Mrs. Bowman;s parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.C. Risley.

A part of our Eatonville hunters leave today for the wilds of Pike County in search of deer.

Ed Dietrich and brother-in-law of Sayre were at Charles Dietrich’s last week hunting.

Otis Decker and Tracey Jennings are hunting in the mountains for bear and other game.

The Boy Scouts in Meshoppen meet Monday evenings. Rev. Wilcox is their leader.

Among the courses of the Teachers Institute attractions planned by the County Superintendent for the week of Dec. 9 is one by Henry M. Neely on ‘Aeroplanes and Aerial Navigation.’ It will be illustrated by lantern slides, motion pictures and his working models of aeroplanes. Neely was closely identified with some of the very first public exhibition flights made in this country, and has ever since had unusual facilities which make his views so authoritative.