Down Sports Memory Lane (Dec. 5, 2012)

20 Years Ago (1992)

It was an exciting Thanksgiving weekend for the Jervis boys (Steve and Steve) with junior’s big Turkey day Tiegr win. On ‘Buck Monday,’ the younger Jervis bagged an 11-pointer, and dad came home with a 6-pointer. TA teacher Vince Musto and son Vinny each got 6-pointers near Meshoppen, Doug Ell got an 8-pointer, and Jeff Borgeson shot a 9-pointer.

Winners of a recent bowling competition of 35 teams sponsored by Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Bureau for the Aging is a local Senior Citizens Center team of Bill Ball, Ken Britton, Cecil Titman and Adam Panek.

Tunkhannock Area’s wrestling team will kick off its winter season in Williamsport this weekend at the Top Hat Tourney.

TA boys’ swim coach Ernie Shartle will have a rebuilding job on his hands as  only nine letterwinners return for a season that opens Dec. 15: juniors Jesse Lambert, Ray Antoine, Matt Lewis, Dan Stacknick, Francis Packer and John Costello and sophomores Bob Morris, Kevin Quin and Eric Kukuchka.

Returning for Charlie Shaw’s TA girls swim team are seniors Jaime Conrad, and Emily Gehres; juniors Jennifer Johnson, Missy Davis and Jenn Kolodgie; and Sophomores Megan Bovine, Heather Dieffenbach, Jessica Johnson, Chrissy Reilly, Heather McNear, Katie Reese, Megan McDonough, Jennifer Nademus, Ann Sands, Gina Esgro and Stacey Jayne.

40 Years Ago (1972)

Jim Heydon was honored as Athlete of the Week by Scranton radio station WEJL His host on the show, Jack Griswold, covered the Thanksgiving Day 13-0 victory over Abington Heights that won the award for Heydon.

A promising Tiger team from Tunkhannock Area lost its first basketball game of the season to Wyoming Area, 72-51. Coached by Si Bernosky, maker of champions at Montrose, the Warriors got out ahead early. But fans seemed to take note of the four players starting for the first time (Mark Stahl, Dave Pomeren, Rich Markunas, Mike Robinson joining lone starting lineup returnee Bill Keller), and new coach Tony Konieski also never having worn an orange Tiger shirt before Fans seemed to like the deliberate, systematic offense, and man-to-man defense.  They also noted that Paul Robinson, who would normally be in his third year as a starter was kept on the bench through the first period because football had limited his pre-season practice.

Next week Tunkhannock and Trail may get a chance to square off as both are in the Lions’ Fifth Annual Trail Classic that also features West Side Central Catholic and Susquehanna.

Over 45 boys came out for wrestling, the largest turnout in history for Tunkhannock, and they’re just about ready for a Dec. 7 opener against Kingston Central Catholic.

Adult tickets are now $1.25 to comply with prices imposed by Susquehanna Basketball League and Suburban Wrestling League.

60 Years Ago (1952)

Playing a strictly ‘travel team’ until after the Christmas holidays, Tunkhannock Hi will open its basketball season next Tuesday with an exhibition game. Coaches ‘Dutch’ Keller and Bruce Rathbun have three returnees from last year’s Suburban League champs: Trenny Dolbear, Joe Glenn and Clayt Ervine. However, there is a mad scramble for the two remaining posts. Among those fighting for a first string berth are John Carey. Don White, Fred Psolka, Buddy Ellis, Bob Hoover, Dick Harvey and Jay Keller.

Falls-Overfield opened its basketball season Nov. 24 against Wyalusing at home. Junior Charles Beyrent is captain.

In these days of football coaches being fired as soon as they put out a losing team, regardless of any lack of talented players, it is especially gratifying to note that next season will be George ‘Duke’ Bunnell’s 20th at the helm of the THS team, although three seasons were spent with the U.S. Marines during World War II. His most successful years were 1949, when the Tigers went 9-1, and 1950, when they were undefeated and untied through nine games.

Shook Hardware finally put an end to Gibbon’s complete mastery in the Triton Bowling League last week as they handed the league leaders a 3-1 pasting behind Polly Tomek’s 644, Bob Massaker’s 555, and Carl Rau’s 550.

Cathrall’s and Keystone Shoe made clean sweeps in the Triton Women’s League last Thursday  to increase the Studebaker’s lead.

80 Years Ago (1932)

National news of the week in the sporting world announces the signing of Glenn Warner, famous football coach, by Temple University. This will be of interest in this vicinity due to the fact that Glen Frey, who is a freshman at Temple, will receive his beneficial coaching. Warner had previously been coach at Pittsburgh and Stanford.

The first basketball game of the season will be here Friday evening, boys and girls playing against Dimock. Coach Pauley states that he has a fairly good group to pick his first team from, but that the majority of them are lacking in experience and consequently being put through a grillingn of dribbling, passing, pivoting and elemental plays.

Boys and girls basketball teams from Springville High enjoyed a trip to Mansfield where they competed in a game.

A brief history of Keystone Academy notes that its campus started with 21 acres purchased from the estate of George Capwell, grandfather of Chrsity Mathewson, and the athletic field on the eastern side was subsequently bought by a trustee and deeded to the academy.

Levi Gregory and Edward Pickett, Laceyville, succeeded in each getting a deer the first day of the hunting season.

Howard Clark, Lemon shot a fine nine point buck on South Mountain. Lewis Harding of Rosengrant also succeeded in adding a 9-pointer to his credit.

Edward Sherman and brother Glen were hunting in the Poconos and got a 175-pound bear.

100 Years Ago (1912)

Christy Mathewson, the famous ball pitcher, has gone into the insurance business in New York City.

Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Billings and son Paul, and Edson A. Stark Jr. were among the Tunkhannock people who witnessed the Army and Navy football game at Philadelphia Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Thayer visited in New York City last week, going over to Philadelphia by auto with Mr. and Mrs. Gus Reynolds to take in the football game on Saturday.

N.A. Doty was down to Tunkhannock Monday night to play on the bowling team of which he is a member.

A party of Mehoopany hunters with a number from South Branch, succeeded in getting a fine deer Thursday.

Tunkhannock Grange No. 209 Worthy Master F.L. Herman has been enjoying a few days hunt up Bowmans Creek. He reports no game.

Clark Giles and John Layton went on a fishing trip over to Auburn on Monday. E.W. Lott then preceeded by a day on the same errand, and they brought home some fish.

Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Collins attended the horse show in New York City last week. Mr. Collins brought home a colt that may prove to be a racer though it is so small, he might have been shipped in a bandbox.

The law concerning the dog tax states that in case the owner of a dog refuses either to pay tax on it or shoot the animal, it shall be the duty of the constable to kill and bury the animal for which he shall receive a stated fee.