Down Sports Memory Lane (Feb. 13, 2013)

20 Years Ago (1993)

After wins over Wyoming Valley West, 64-61, and Berwick, 51-47, Tunkhannock Area boys’ basketball team has finally clinched its first-ever District 2 playoff berth. In 1979, the Tigers lost a playoff with Montrose to get into the District 12 tourney, and then in 1979-80, the school joined PIAA District 2. Against WVW, Paul Lupinski led with 22, and against Berwick, Jeff Flood and Ken Kinney split 26 points.

The Lady Tigers are now 5-8 after beating Wyoming Valley West, 50-44, and Berwick, 49-27, but lost a 63-52 game to Hazleton. Lackawanna Trail’s Lady Lions knocked off Delaware valley, 32-31, while the Lady Warriors of Elk Lake beat Montrose 45-38.

The Keystone Junior College men’s basketball team is currently ranked sixth in JUCO Division III rankings with a 23-3 record.

Megan Bovine and Heather Dieffenbach both won four events to lead the Lady Tiger swim team to a 112-72 win over Wyoming Seminary.

However, Wyoming Valley West clubbed the boys’ swim team, 132-54.

Honesdale used five pins and a technical fall to defeat Tunkhannock Area, 41-21, in an exhibition wrestling match on Thursday. TA wins came from Bob Farber, Tom Walsh, Dan Chmiola, Mike Patton and Gary Farber.

Students at Mill City Elementary School were visited by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Barons’ ‘Grump’ who got to hear the children’s classic, ‘Valentine’s Day Grump.’

40 Years Ago (1973)

Another good neighborhood brawl erupted in the Tunkhannock Area gym last Friday, when the Tigers and Elk Lake went at it as they have for many years. Elk Lake started and finished fast to gain a 62-51 victory. Ray Lasher had 29 for the Warriors while Mark Stahl led TA with 13.

Mountain View was the sixth victim of the Tiger wrestling team, 34-18, at the Eagles’ gym. Claiming victories for the Tigers were Jack Field (105), Calvin Otten (119), Don Schaefer (126), Rich Ransom (132), Will Forba (138), Bob Shaver (155), Dave Malkemes (167), and Ted Sohns (hwt).

Elk Lake recorded two big victories in Suburban Wrestling League action, knocking off  Blue Ridge, 34-24, and North Pocono, 42-14.

Although Coach Art Hinklie was in the hospital as a result of an automobile accident two days earlier, the TA Tigersharks knocked of Towanda, 59-36, taking first in nine of 11 events. However, they played host to Tamaqua, only to be defeated by a score of 63-32. TA;s Ken Payne captured first in the 100-yard backstroke .

Despite Dawn Jones’ 16 points, Elk Lake dropped a 48-46 game to Damascus and lost out on its bid for the PIAA District 12 girls’ basketball title.

John Casterline and members of the student body at the Sembach School of Karate and Self Defense put on a karate exhibition at Tunkhannock Area High School that raised $1,150 for the Sandy Daubert Fund to raise money for a kidney transplant of a high school student.

60 Years Ago (1953)

Unsuccessful in two previous tries, Tunkhannock Hi finally beat league-leading Dallas, 61-57, at home last Friday to send the Back Mountain League into a tight race down the stretch. The Tigers’ Joe Glenn and the Redskins’ Miller grabbed top honors with 20 points apiece.

THS took a 39-21 lead in the first half, then coasted to a 70-45 victory over Lake-Noxen in a BML game played last Tuesday at Laketon. The Tigers’ two leading scorers for the season, Glenn and Trenny Dolbear, both were hot again with 20 points each.

Turrell Motors moved from third place into a tie for the leadership in the Triton Bowling League last week by sweeping all four points from Cathrall’s, thereby dropping the latter from first to fourth place. Doc Wiley paced the assault with 556, aided by Jerry Frey at 530 and Grant Brown at 508. Ed Rau had 539,

Bouncing back from a 2-week slump, during which they picked up only two points, Cathrall’s league leaders finally regained their winning ways in the Triton Women’s League last Thursday night by sweeping four points from second-place Passmore Style Shop. Leading the Cathrall attack was Mae Hobbs, with 153-443.

Fred Dennison started working for the Game Commission two weeks ago Monday and is staying with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Denison, through the week and returns to Dunmore with his family on weekends.

80 Years Ago (1933)

The fur gathering season for hunters and trappers will soon be over. The hair shedding time will soon come to animals. The State Department gives notice- Don’t trap mink, opossum, skunk, otter, or muskrats after Feb. 28.

The Tunkhannock Tritons of the Penn State League remain in a first place tie with Dunmore after beating Freeland, 26-17.

Without the services of two of their best players, who were out because of stringent inelgibity rules, the Tunkhannock High School boys’ team lost 28-15 to Falls-Overfield at Mill City. The girls beat Falls-Overfield, 13-10.

The boys and girls of Beaumont School went to Lehman school for a basketball game Friday evening. Lehman won both games.

The Faculty Five will try their basketball skill Friday against a strong aggregation  picked from the local Rotary Club: Dr. W.B. Tewksbury, Stanley DeWitt, Clarence Boston, Alvah Fassett, R.W. Trembath and Donald R. Hershberger. For the faculty there will be John Morgan, Shaughnessy, Pauley, George and Savige.

Basketball is now in all parts of the country. The Junior Order of American Mechanics have put up baskets in their meeting rooms and are practicing for future games.

The Faculty Al-Americans accept with pleasure the challenge of  the postaliers for a bowling match between the two aggrgations, to be played at the Trioton bowling alleys some Saturday night in the near future.

100 Years Ago (1913)

Skating has been good down on the creek and river coves, and scores of youngsters have enjoyed it for several days.

The bill to legalize Sunday base ball playing ought never to have been introduced in the Legislature but having been presented, it should be killed with the least possible delay. There is far too much desecration of the Sabbath as it is, but to legalize it would make a bad matter worse. There is just as good reason for legalizing other sports and work of all kinds as base ball.

The Laceyville Gun Club will hold a shoot on Saturday next.

Tyler Mountain, lying in Wilmot and Colley townships, in Bradford County is 2,400 feet above sea level. Its height was ascertained by Miss Isabelle Bull, a school teacher at Sciotavale, who, with her sister, Miss Frances, scaled the top and took the level with an aneroid barometer. The Mountain is a spur of the Alleghanies.

Results of the first systematic game season census ever made in Pennsylvania were made public at the office of the State Game Commission showing that with 16 counties to hear from, 27 hunters were killed and 120 injured. It is believed the complete returns will show 30 killed and 140 injured. The kill of bucks is given as 724 with the probability that the missing counties will raise it to 800. Last year about 500 bucks were killed. Sixty-seven does were reported killed.