Down Sports Memory Lane (Feb. 6, 2013)

20 Years Ago (1993)

The eighth edition of the February Freeze attracted 120 runners and was won by Bill King, 30, of Scranton, in a time of 16:03. Tunkhannock’s Sandy Howard won the overall female title in a time of  21:36.

Megan Bovine, Missy Davis, Heather Dieffenbach and Chrissy Reilly broke a team record in the 200 medley relay at Hazleton with a time of 2:03.89, knocking three seconds off the old record. Dieffenback won four events as the girls also beat Scranton, 101-67, and  had a repeat performance in a Lady Tiger win over West Scranton, 134-51, in which she set a new 100 backstroke mark at 1:06.49. Reilly also won four events against West Scranton. TA is now 5-5.

Despite a double win by Matt Lewis, Bishop Hoban’s boys’ swim team knocked off the Tigers 118-68. But with Jesse Lambert winning two individual events and  swimming on two winning relay teams, the boys did beat Meyers, 106-79. TA is now 7-4 and next faces league-leading Wyoming Valley West.

Paul Lupinski led the way with 22 as the Tigers downed Coughlin, 77-67. The team, however, had a miserable 14 of 28 showing in free throws.

The Lady Tigers lost to Coughlin, 52-50, in basketball action. Sophomore Melissa Grohs led the way for the Tunkhannock with 19.

Berwick took a 39-18 wrestling win over the Tigers Saturday. GAR also outwrestled the Tigers, 39-33. Getting wins in both meets for the Tigers were Bob Farber (160), and Mike Patton (189).

40 Years Ago (1973)

Elk Lake’s Warriors took a giant step toward the post-season basketball playoffs last Tuesday, clinching the Class C championship for the first half of the Susquehanna League season with a 68-47 victory at Lackawanna Trail. Ray Lasher led the Warriors with 35, while Marty McAndrew and Mike Patrick had 13 apiece for the Lions.

Tunkhannock lost to Montrose, 80-73, in boys’ basketball action but bounced back with a 69-63 win over Susquehanna and eeked out a tie for fourth as first half of the season ends.

A pair of forfeits cost Elk Lake a wrestling meet with Western Wayne, 34-25.

The spirit was high and the stands nearly full last Wednesday when over 1,000 fans watched the TA varsity wrestling team and the Abington  Heights Comets battle it out at Tunkhannock. The Tigers faced their first setback in six Suburban League meets as the Comets downed them, 34-12. Brightest spots for the Tigers were Ted Sohns (hwt) with a pin and Calvin Otten (120) and Rich Ransom (132) with decisions over their Comet opponents.

The undefeated swim team from Abington Heights made the Tigersharks its eleventh victim of the season, 71-24.

Doug Holgate, of Clarks Summit, driver of the Joe Faux and Harry Mislevy-prepared Chevrolet Car No. 23 won many honors at the 5-Mile-Point Speedway Banquet held Saturday in Binghamton. Also receiving a trophy was Tony McKennas, chief mechanic for Car 23.

60 Years Ago (1953)

Despite Joe Glenn’s 23 points, a hard-fought uphill battle went for naught last Tuesday night as Harter Hi reversed an earlier loss to the THS Tigers, 67-64, in a basketball thriller played at West Nanticoke. Harter thus regained second place in the Back Mountain League from the Tigers, while Dallas Twp. stretched its lead to a game and a half by running over Lake-Noxen, 84-52.

Playing at home Friday night, Tunkhannock Hi won its battle to hold third place in the Back Mountain League, winning a 67-45 decision from Westmoreland. Another overflow crowd saw an exceptionally good game for some 20 minutes, before the Tigers ran hog wild in a sensational third period rally.

Beaumont was victorious again last Friday evening when they took over host Falls-Overfield, 72-70,

Gibbons’ Brewers and Cathrall Motors moved into a tie for first place in the Triton Bowling League last week with Turrell Motors dropping to third and three teams, Antiquarian Restaurant, Bowman & Daniels, and Brownie’s Restaurant winding up in a tie for fourth place.

Mogan’s Diner brought to a temporary halt Cathrall’s runaway pace in the Triton Women’s Bowling League last Thursday night by sweeping all four points from the league leaders. Christine May led the assault, aided by Eileen Mahanna and Freida Dietrich.

The open season for trapping beavers will run from Feb. 16 to March 7.

80 Years Ago (1933)

Tunkhannock took it on the nose for the third time this season when the Tritons lost to the fast Dunmore five Monday, 23-17, before the largest crowd to assemble at a game here this season, and are now in a tie for first place

The Tritons did beat Archbald, 30-23, led by Chizmadia’s seven points.

With two of the regular players out of the game, the Tunkhannock high school boys’ basketball team won a hotly contested game from Laceyville, 19-15. VanDyke took scoring honors with 12.

The high school girls also took an 18-11 win over Laceyville, with Tewksbury scoring 14.

Saturday night the THS basketball squads went to Dimock, where both of our teams met defeat to the fast Dimock players. Due to the small court, the Tunkhannock teams were very much handicapped.

‘Boots’ Christman was referee at the preliminary basketball game between Wyalusing and Tunkhannock and states that he never spent such an hour of agony in his life.

Reports from Shanghai, China, say that Christy Mathewson Jr., son of the baseball great, who was badly injured when his plane crashed into the bank of a river, is improving. His wife, a bride of only a month, was killed in the accident.

Montrose sportsmen and their friends will be treated to an illustrated lecture by John Kilcoyne of Lake Carey on Feb. 14, at a 50 cent dinner under the auspices of the community club. He has secured some exciting and interesting pictures of wild life in Canada.

100 Years Ago (1913)

We saw a woodchuck basking in the sunshine in G.P. Jennings’ orchard Jan. 30. He could have seen his shadow all day Feb. 2.

Coming events cast their  shadow on ground hog day.

Guess the bear saw his shadow all right, on the Feb. 2 from the sort of weather we have since.

The Athletic Association of the Tunkhannock High School will hold a box social at the Grange Hall next Wednesday evening, Feb. 12, at 7:30 o’clock. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Triton bowling teams will banquet on the night of Feb. 28.

Laceyville has taken up the roller skating fad.

It is unlawful to shoot eagles, a man in Sullivan County having been fined $10 and costs for shooting one of these birds. Had he fought the case and been convicted the fine would have been $50.