Down Sports Memory Lane (Apr. 17, 2013)

20 Years Ago (1993)

The second longest winning streak in Tunkhannock sports history came to an end Wednesday when the girls’ track team saw its 73-meet streak ended by Wyoming Valley West, 89-52, and Hazleton, 83-58.

The longest win streak in history belongs to former boys’ volleyball coach Ernie Holdredge and his troops as they surpassed the 200 mark for consecutive wins.

The TA boys’ track team upped its record to 6-0 besting Crestwood, 91-59, and Lake-Lehman, 112-38 with Reuben Sherman a triple winner in each.

The TA baseball team took three wins: 14-10 over Coughlin, senior Nate Brennan hurling scoreless ball in a 3-0 win over Wyoming Area, and bats erupting for a convincing 20-2 win over previously unbeaten Crestwood.

The TA softball season opened with freshman Robin Davies hurling a complete game in a 7-2 win over Coughlin.

Beth Ehrenzeller and Molly Brooks each scored a goal as the Lady Tigers shut out of Berwick, 2-0, in soccer.

Leann Howell tossed a 3-hitter with 10 strikeouts as Elk Lake downed Lackawanna Trail, 4-1, on Monday.

Tunkhannock recovered from a slow start in Game 1, and then went on to defeat Abington Heights in volleyball action Thursday. Gary Hicks, Chad Forte and Matt Lawrence led the offense.

Keith Benner was the lone Tiger to register a win in a 6-1 tennis loss to Berwick.

40 Years Ago (1973)

Tunkhannock’s varsity baseball squad opened the season with two disappointing losses, 3-0 against Valley View with Scott Custer pitching, and 2-1 to Mid-Valley with Lenny Kircher starting pitcher. Co-captains of this year’s squad are Tim June, catcher, and Paul Rbinson, shortstop.

The Reading YMCA, led by former Tunkhannock Hi star Bruce Steele, survived 11 hours of grueling volleyball Saturday to become champions of the first Gay-Murray AAU Tournament. The host team finished third in the 9-team competition.

The girls’ volleyball squad took the Suburban League championship April 11 beating Blue Ridge in the best of five matches held at Elk Lake. Outstanding in action for the Tigerettes were Terri Ferguson, Mary Wiernusz, Holly Kintner, Jackie Button and Mary Beth Guyette. The girls are coached by Mrs, Dawn Jubinski. However, the girls took second in the District 12 playoffs, losing to North Pocono.

Tunkhannock stomped Wyalusing, 99-55, in track with Jim Pate, Mark Monsey and Charlie Hamilton as triple winners.

The Tigers also beat Wallenpaupack, 128-22 with Craig Swetland a triple winner. Mark Stahl beat the school record in the long jump at 20-feet nine inches, four inches better than Bob Dunn in 1947.

The Tunkhannock girls’ swim team beat Hazleton, 58-37, and Wilkes-Barre Meyers, 52-43 with tri-captains Claire Akin, Melissa Tripp and Ann Creeden doing half the scoring.

60 Years Ago (1953)

Tunkhannock Hi begins gunning for its fourth consecutive Back Mountain Baseball League pennant. Forty-three boys have been trying out. The only jobs open at the start of practice sessions were behind the plate, at third base, and in the outfield. So far, Jay Keller has been leading in the race of prospective catchers, with Tom Bennis holding down third and Gene Lawrence filling the third outfield spot. Bob Hoover, who last year had an opening day no-hitter, is expected to be the ace of the mound corps with Orval Calvert, a rookie, looming as the No. 2. Three-fourths of last year’s infield is back, with Trenny Dolbear at first base, Joe Glenn at second, and Clayton Ervine at short. Jerry Ball and Don Sherwood are outfield returnees.

Interest in the track team continues on the upswing with 37 boys trying out under Coach Dave Sechrist. Returning from last year are seniors Norm Ball, Wes Boyes, Russ Carney, Ken Mayberry, Don Sherwood, George Shiner, and John Wright; juniors Dave Jaquish, Ronnie Jervis, Keith Krause, Don Miller and Don Schaefer; and sophomores Don Dinsmore, Bill Sweet and Andy Yesul. First timers include Don White, Lou Stang, Art Faux, Fred Psolka, Ed Rudy, Bob Borgeson, Charley Schoonover, Ed Strohl, Roger Benson, Marvin Brown, Bob Fleeger, Bob Hazzard, Walt Herman, Les Howell, Roger Jackson, Jim Joyner, Tom Klimas, Bob Lincoln, Frank Mayberry, Harlan Shupp, Jack Siperko and Charley Wall.

80 Years Ago (1933)

One of the 54 camps to be established on state game and forestry reservations in Pennsylvania in accordance with the unemployment relief program of President Roosevelt will be located near Noxen. It is expected   200 men will be employed.

State Sen. Fred T. Gelder, of this district, voted against legalizing Sunday baseball games and other sports.

A deed was given at Tunkhannock Saturday by William Calvert to Pittston YMCA Camp Committee for a small plot of land on the top of the mountain, back of the ‘Y’ Camp at Vosburg. The small acreage purchase gives the camp committee control of the road, an additional mile-and-a-half for hiking and an old house, which with slight repairs will become a craft building, so badly needed at camp, especially during stormy weather. Preparations are under way to make the 1933 camp the best ever in personnel of leaders and in program.

The basketball season has closed, but the sixth grade at Tunkhannock hopes to carry off baseball honors.

Trout fishermen have been trying the streams since the opening of the season on Saturday, but only a few have met with success. The water is high yet, and no real good fishing conditions are likely to prevail before May 1.

Last Saturday, young nimrods caught 27 suckers and one 11-pound carp while fishing in the river opposite the railroad station. On Tuesday, the water in the streams reached the high water mark for the year, caused by a 3-day rain.

100 Years Ago (1913)

The Scranton Tribune reported that ‘Pitcher Theodore Custer of Tunkhannock makes his bow to the fans this morning.’

Twirler Custer is 23, 5 feet 9 inches high and weighs 155 pounds. This is the third year for the Tunkhannock man as a professional. In 1910 and in 1911 he played with Danville in the Susquehanna League. In 1912, he was with the Johnsonburg semi-professional club.

Custer was on the mound part of the first practice game of the Scranton team Wednesday and showed up well. He hits the sphere hard, runs the bases in a clean style, and is a cool-headed proposition in the box.

A load of fisherman from Meshoppen, went up the South Branch Monday with camping outfit to be ready for trout fishing Tuesday. The streams are pretty high and the water too cold, however, for much success.

Dogs have become such a nuisance at Laceyville that the citizens have gone gunning after them and within a few days several have been sent to the bone yard.