Down Sports Memory Lane (Mar. 20, 2013)

20 Years Ago (1993)

Tunkhannock Area’s Bob Farber lost a hard-fought 5-4 deceision to senior Mike Kail of Peters Twp. but still managed to wrestle back to finish in the Top 8 at the PIAA state wrestling championship at Hersheypark Arena.

Three wrestlers from District 12 failed to place in the PIAA state wrestling championships this past weekend in Hershey. Lackawanna Trail’s Ben Wademan won his opening bout, but lost the second. Teammate Chris Ross, lost his first bout before pinning Pottstown’s Greg Griesemer. Elk Lake’s Stacey McMicken was eliminated after two bouts.

Tunkhannock challenged the Norristown Eagles for more than a half, but an 11-0 spurt in the third period propelleed the District 1 powerhouse to a 74-54 win. Jeff Flood led the Tigers in scoring with 15 points.

Mehoopany’s Jami Layaou rcently received a Most Valuable Player Award from Wyoming Seminary’s girls’ basketball team.

Former Tunkhannock star Luke Marabell drove in theree runs with three hits to lift Keystone Junior College to its third straight baseball victiory with an 8-4 decision over Dutchess County Community College.

Former President George Bush posed with Molly Johnson at Charlotte County Stadium in Florida during the Texas Rangers’ spring training. Molly is the daughter of former local residents, Mark and Lisa Johnson.

40 Years Ago (1973)

For the first time in Tunkhannock’s history, the varsity girls’ swim team has won a meet, beating Coughlin, 54-40, on March 15. Finishing first were  Claire Akin (200IM), Melissa Tripp (50free), Roberta Klinkel (diving), Sue Schicktanz (100fly), Jan Whipple (100back), Claire Akin (100breast). Later in the day, the Lady Tigers also beat GAR, 82-11. The previous day, they lost to Wyoming Valley West, 78-16.

Fine ball-handling and good defensive play got the Tunkhannock Area volleyball team off to a winning start with a 15-1, 15-1, 15-4 victory over Elk Lake.

His 66 points in two basketball games last week earned Elk Lake’s Ray Lasher honors as the Scranton area’s ‘Athlete of the Week,’ co-sponsored by the Scranton Times, Globe Store and WEJL.

Elk Lake beat Southern Columbia, 74-66, but lost to Freeland MMI, 68-58 in the second round of the PIAA Class C playoffs. The same fate awaited Mountain View which dropped a 60-54 game to Yeadon Friday at Philadelphia’s Palestra.

Thirteen members of the Roadrunners Club at Tunkhannock were recognized for completing an all ‘round conditioning program Jan. 1-March 1. Having run 125 miles were Mike Gozdiskowski, Bob Parr, Brian Reeves, Steve Ward and Holly Kintner. Running 75 miles or more were Shirley Cook, Eileen Shebby and Lisa Colaviti. Tackling 50 miles were Kathy Goeringer, Pam Greenley, Mary Beth Guyette and Molly Wiernusz.

60 Years Ago (1953)

Gilbert’s Landing Boat Club, Falls, has selected Sunday, March 29, for its third annual Susquehanna River cruise. It is expected that four or five squadrons of five boats each will make the trek to Towanda. Among the racers will be Bobby Sproul of Scranton and Dr. Jim Tower of Clarks Green, high point Pa. amateur in American Power Boating Assn. races.

Frank Marhefka, principal of the Meshoppen schools, and wife, entertained the girls and boys basketball teams at their home Saturday. They are the champs of the Susque-Wyo League and Mr. Marhefka is the coach.

The volleyball team plays Nicholson away on March 24, and home on March 25.

As action got under way last week in the final quarter of the Triton Bowling League season, only six points separated the first seven clubs. Gibbons’ Brewers were in a first-place tie with Brownie’s Restaurant.

Passmore Style Shop moved a notch closer to Cathrall Studebakers in the Triton Women’s League last Thursday by sweeping all four points from Keystone Shoe, Muriel Sherman with 162, 168-462, and Dot Jacques, with 155, 157-445, paced the victors. Iris Adams’ 397 was the best Keystone effort.

Robert W. Stevens of Lakewood and Holly Stanton of Nicholson attended a meeting of the State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs in Harrisburg.

The Lymanville Rod and Gun Club served its annual pancake supper at the Lymanville Community House last Wednesday evening.

80 Years Ago (1933)

Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Stemples returned Friday from St. Petersburg, Fla., where they spent the past six weeks. They had a wonderful vacation and made many new friends, among whom was the famous ‘king of swat,’ George Herman Ruth, and they had some snapshots taken while in company with ‘Babe.’

Tunkhannock Tritons of the Penn State League have secured 500 additional seats for Monday night’s playoff game against Pittston.

Losing but one game in the league season, the girls of the Tunkhannock High School basketball team gained undisputed championship in the race of the Wyoming County league. The last game played at the high school resulted in a sound trouncing to the Factoryville team, 24-7. Miss Helen Tewksbury, showing her high scoring ability again and again, accounted for 18 points.

Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Metcalf, Dr. and Mrs. W.B. Tewksbury and son Roland attended the girls’ basketball game at Hallstead between Tunkhannock and Harford Saturday night.

The girls lost a close game to Harford, and the dazzling lights back of the basket were a distinct handicap to the local team as was Frear’s turned ankle.

For the boys’ championship of District 12, Montrose beat Nicholson, 20-15, at Hallstead. Nicholson led up to the last quarter.

The basketball game last Friday between the school directors and bus drivers of Falls-Overfield created quite an interest. Most participants had never played before. What they lacked in skill they made up in dress.

100 Years Ago (1913)

After July next the spring shooting of snipe, wild duck and wild geese will be unlawful in Pennsylvania.

The discussion over the proposition to build a new school house – with gymnasium and other amusements attached – for Tunkhannock Borough provoked the assertion that the town has not grown in population for the past 20 or more years.

But counting noses is only one factor in the growth of a town. A matter is not actually considered when only one side is looked at. In this particular case there is first, the condition of the school and its needs, and secondly the financial resources of the district – the ability of the inhabitants to pay without being unreasonably burdened.