Down Sports Memory Lane (Mar. 6, 2013)

20 Years Ago (1993)

Lackawanna Trail won its third straight District 12 title with 220 points outdistancing second place Montrose by 88 points. Seven Trail wrestlers claimed their weight classes: Nathan Petula (103); Mark Peckham (112); Jason Macarski (125); Kurt Dorshimer (130); Frank Pensak (140); Chris Ross (189); Ben Wademan (152). Pensak won the pinner’s trophy with three pins in 4:27.

Tunkhannock Area junior Bob Farber won his second straight District 2-AAA wrestling championship over the weekend and also earned the tourney’s Most Outstanding Wrestler Award by easily winning the 145-pound title. TA’s Dan Chmiola (130) and Mike Patton (171) both finished sixth in the competitions.

Thick ice on the surface of Lake Winola forced the Fish Commission to use a long hose to get this year’s supply of 6.900 trout into the lake.

It had been 15 years since the Tunkhannock boys’ basketball team last qualified for the state playoffs and they made the most of it with the Tigers ambushing Pittston Area 91-61.

Although they didn’t win any gold medals at the recent District 2 AAA swim competitions, the TA girls second place finish in the 400 freestyle relay (Chrissy Reilly, Missy Davis, Jess Johnson and Heather Dieffenbacher) and the boys’ second place finish in  the 200 freestyle (Matt Lewis, Ray Antoine, Jesse Lambert and Dan Stacknick) were good enough to get in the state meet.

40 Years Ago (1973)

Trail took the PIAA District 12 wrestling tourney last weekend outdistancing Delaware Valley, 96-71.5 points, and also had five district champs: Doug Kyle (98), Scott Pyle (112), Ray Antoine (126), Rick Prebish (167) and Paul Hayduk (hwt).

The Tunkhannock Area High School basketball team finished its season under the new coaching of Tony Konieski and Norm Sisle last Thursday with a lot learned but not many games won. In the final Susquehanna League game of the season, the Tigers beat Susquehanna, 68-52, led by Mark Stahl’s 23. In the next-to-last regular season game, the Tigers lost to the Class B Champs from Montrose, 97-61.

Bill Kametz took a national championship and he and his Keystone Junior College teammates finished a surprising eighth among more than 70 schools competing in the National Junior College Wrestling Tournament in Minnesota.

TAHS sent three swimmers to compete in the PIAA state swimming championships held at Penn State. Ken Payne placed 18th in the 200 individual medley, and 19th in the 100-yard backstroke. Competing for the girls in the breaststroke were Claire Akin placing 13th and Melissa Tripp placing 18th.

Twenty-five years of service to Pen-Can Chapter of basketball Officials was recognized Feb. 24 with the presentation of a plaque to Tom Notchick, now director of athletics at Lackawanna Trail High.

60 Years Ago (1953)

A brilliant last period rally gave Exeter High 60-59 decision over Tunkhannock last Thursday, in the opening half of a Crippled Children’s Fund doubleheader here.

Newton-Ransom High School is the new ruler of the Suburban Basketball League. The Avengers did it the hard way, too.

Harter High School’s winning of the Back Mountain League championship was made official last Tuesday when the West Nanticoke boys turned back Westmoreland, 562-53.

Susquehanna Hi entered the District 12 Class C Playoffs Friday night with a first round victory over Meshoppen, 54-42.

Representatives met in Noxen Monday evening, March 2, for the purpose of forming a Midget League. The Midget Baseball League is to be affiliated with the Little League Inc. of Williamsport. It was decided by the group to name the new league, ‘The Bob Horlacher Memorial League’ in memory of the late Robert Horlacher, prominent citizen and baseball enthusiast.

Brownie’s Restaurant maintained a one-point lead in the Triton Bowling League last week by downing A.B. Cole & Son, 3-1, behind Larry Lane’s 201-548 and Joe Solanick’s 544 Steve Lasco 513, and Dick Hefferan a 203 single.

Close matches were the order of the women in the Triton Women’s League last Thursday night as league-leading Cathrall’s tied Passmore’s in total pins to take a 2.5-1.5 win and Keystone Shoe edged Mogan’s in total pins,

80 Years Ago (1933)

Clinching the game in the last few minutes of play by close floor work, Tunkhannock of the Penn State League won a fast and close game from Freeland on the high school court here Monday night, 26-24.

Joe Peters, who has won the respect and plaudits of everybody, especially those who have played against him, took the honors of the game by scoring four field goals in the last half, making a total of 11 points for the game.

The preliminary game between the local reserves and Meshoppen turned into a win for the home team, due mostly to the inspiration of one of the old players who has been wintering in Florida, George Gay. The other players were Hefferan, Eggleston, Daniels, Winans and Frey. The game ended with a score of 23-19 with the locals in the lead.

The basketball game played at Beaumont Friday evening between Beaumont High School and Laketon High School, resulted in a 23-17 victory for the Beaumont boys, and a 17-12 win for the Laketon girls.A very large and enthusiastic crowd was present.

Factoryville basketball teams came over to Noxen Friday to play. The Noxen girls won but the boys lost.

Ex-County Commissioner H.R. Tague, who is a raw fur buyer, was in town Tuesday settling up matters pertaining to the fur season.

Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Metcalf and Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Tewksbury attended the basket ball games at Nicholson Friday night, between Tunkhannock and Nicholson teams.

100 Years Ago (1913)

The better thinking class of people, we are sure, approve of the action of the House at Harisburg in killing the measure to legalize Sunday baseball playing. The Law and Order Committee to whom the bill was referred, refused to recommend its passage, but in spite of this Rep. Wiltbank, who introduced the bill, moved to have it brought out of committee. This motion was defeated by a large majority, thus disposing of the question for this term at least. While Pennsylvania has lax ideas about some things, it is creditable that it stands rock-ribbed upon the question of Sabbath observance.

The Triton Bowling teams had a very pleasant time at their banquet on Friday night, about 80 people sitting down at the festive board. The supper was served by the Aide Society of the Baptist church, the menu being ample and tasty. Bauer’s Orchestra, of Scranton furnished music, and in the absence of Rev. F.B. Newmann, L.F. Camp acted as toastmaster, filling the place very acceptably. Rev. James Rainey responded to the toast “Clean Sports,’ giving a well-defined idea of wholesome manly recreation.

A movement is on foot to organize a company of Boy Scouts at Laceyville.

E.W. Campbell the taxidermist has just received another acquisition to his already fine and almost complete collection of birds and animals.

A water snake was found by several boys recently while they were walking along the creek, it evidently having left its winter quarters.