Down Sports Memory Lane (Dec. 12, 2012)

20 Years Ago (1992)

A snowstorm that passed through the region Thursday through Saturday forced the cancellation of the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Girls Tournament. In the Kiwanis boys’ tourney a few days later, Dallas took the title with a 63-61 win over the Tigers, who routed Trail, 53-18, in the opener.

The Lady Tigers did finally open the season with a 51-35 win over Meyers.

In swim action, the Tiger girls beat Towanda, and Berwick knocked off the TA boys, 121-64, despite the return of Coach Ernie Shartle after a 2-year hiatus.

Senior tight end Gary Hicks and offensive guard Billy Koepke of Tunkhannock Area were named to the Scranton Times-Tribune All-Regional Football All-Star team.

TA senior volleyball player Jody Brown, who helped the Lady Tigers to a PIAA District 2 title, was named Most Valuable Player in the WVC. Seniors Nicole Wall and Randy Purdy were also on the WVC All-Star team.

Trail field hockey player Heather Hess was Most Valuable Player in the Northeast Athletic Conference and joined teammates Robin Adams, Rachel Culotta, Amber Davis and Robyn Nichols on its All-Star team.

Despite a 1-12-2 soccer season for the the Tigers, senior goalie Matt Lawrence and sophomore Mike Boretti earned a spot on the All-Star roster.

Keith Youtz made a successful debut as Trail’s wrestling coach with a 36-29 win over Troy.

40 Years Ago (1972)

The Tunkhannock Area Tigers split on the wrestling mats, taking Kingston Catholic, 33-21, but losing to Wilkes-Barre Myers, 47-5. New coach Frank Wadas appeared satisfied even after the lopsided loss. Grabbing a pair of wins each were Ed Nauroth at 119, and Rich Ransome at 138.

Win one and lose one was also the story for Elk Lake basketball which beat Lakeland, 73-62, but lost to Riverside, 69-49. Ray Lasher was the leading scorer in both games with 25 and 27.

The Tunkhannock boys under new basketball coach Tony Konieski took a 66-46 loss to North Pocono last week as Mark Stahl led the Tigers with 18. This week they have a busy exhibition season with a game last night against Dallas, tonight against West Catholic in the first of two games in the Trail Classic, and Wyalusing next Tuesday.

On Monday, Alpine Lounge snapped a 3-game winning streak of the Ringers, who were led by Rick Kintner with 22. He was also the high man in the previous 96-93 win over Bruno’s.

Norm Sisle has been chosen as the head track coach with James Tiffany as his assistant. Sisle was assistant coach two years, and acting head coach last year. Tiffany was head coach at Elk Lake one year.

The age-group youth swimming got underway last week with the Tunkhannock girls nearly pulling off an upset against Scranton’s Jewish Community Center team. Nichola Hudock set two pool records while Rudy Szabados set two team records.

60 Years Ago (1952)

Forty Fort High School managed to defeat Tunkhannock on its home court, 62-56. Joe Glenn was high man of the night with 18. The A squad plays Nicholson Thursday.

Polly Tomek blazed a big 697 last week in the Triton Bowling League to lead Shook Hardware teammates to a 4-point sweep over A.B. Cole & Son, thereby enabling them to move within one-half point of second place Brownie’s Restaurant. For the Cole forces, Lee Evans had 526 and Steve Lasko 524. League-leading Gibbons also dumped cellar-dwelling Antiquarian.

Robert Himmler Eggleston, 12-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Eggleston of Vernon, brought down a 130 lb. doe early Monday morning with a single shot in the eye, while he was hunting with his father.

Preliminary reports by the Game Commission show that small game was generally about as abundant as in the 1951 season, but hunting pressure in November was somewhat lighter this year. Over the state, both the population and the kill of wild turkeys, ringneck pheasants, squirrels and waterfowl was generally described as ‘satisfactory.’ The cottontail rabbit population was spotty and not high in most areas. Due to weather conditions and unusual mildness, the grouse kill will probably be lower than last year’s, though the birds were as numerous or better than 1951.

Human hunting casualties were about normal. The behavior of hunters was ‘fair to good.’

80 Years Ago (1932)

Tunkhannock Tritons will open the basketball season next Monday playing against the Dunmore team at the high school gym. This will be the first of the season for Tunkhannock, whose roster will include such stars as Chizmadia, Peters, Buren, Roberts, Hildebrand, Hudock and Hartman, most of whom are well known in the local circuit. Other players may be added to the list. Eight teams will be represented in the circuit: Carbondale, Dunmore, Tunkhannock, Pittston, Wilkes-Barre, Freeland, Plymouth and Archbald. General admission to each game will be 50 cents.

Noxen’s girls’ basketball team will host Laketon on Thursday.

Last Wednesday, Charles Hobbs, of RD3 Tunkhannock, was fortunate to get an 11-pointer.

Tom Houck shot a very fine 8-point buck while hunting in Clearfield County last week.

Among Forkston’s list of successful deer hunters are Roger Burgess and Pearl Lewis.

Harry Getz of Wilkes-Barre gets credit for having killed the largest buck in the Bloomsburg region this year. The deer, weighing more than 200  pounds, is said to have 34 points, 12 large ones and 22 smaller ones. It was killed in the North Mountain country.

The Philadelphia Inquirer notes the big business that hunting is in Pennsylvania estimated at $16.5 million. That includes $10.575 million for value of game slaughtered, $2.5 million for fur, and $3 million as to what hunters paid for the privilege of killing the game.

100 Years Ago (1912)

The Sayre boys came down on Thursday evening to play basketball, but the Laceyville team won the game.

More does have been found dead in the woods during the present hunting season than ever before. At a distance, hunters cannot distinguish between a buck and a doe and shoot it down regardless of which it is. The law permitting only the shooting of bucks with starting horns, in the light of the wholesale slaughter of does, appears to be of little value by way of protecting the female deer. The dead carcasses of hundreds of them are found rotting in the woods, according to reports we are receiving.

Burgess I.A. Samuels of Sayre presented his young son Adrian with a 22-calibre rifle. Young Samuels took his boy companion, Vrooman Francisco, son of C.L. Francisco, proprietor of the Sayre Times-Record, to a point near the Susquehanna River to test the rifle. When the gun failed to respond to the trigger, young Samuels started to examine the weapon. The gun exploded and the bullet entered the Francisco boys’ hip penetrating the muscles to a depth of five inches. The bullet has not been discovered, but the wound is not considered dangerous.

While sweeping, Miss Bessie Lake of South Montrose knocked over a gun standing in a corner, which was discharged and the load of shot entered her foot near the instep, making a bad wound. It is thought the foot may be saved.