Down Sports Memory Lane (May 15, 2013)

20 Years Ago (1993)

Tunkhannock Area’s

boys finished second at track Districts with Jermaine Mills a double gold medalist in the 110 hurdles and carrying the last leg of the 400-meter-relay team. Bucky Camburn also took gold in the discus at 135 feet.

The TA boys finished second to North Pocono in the Class AAAA in the 38th Annual Jordan Relays at Scranton Memorial Stadium. The TA boys team of Steve Decker, Jeff Stage, Reuben Sherman and Alan Srebro ran off with the 1200 medley, and another TA team of Decker, Srebro, Sherman and Clint Rozelle took the 1600.

The TA junior high boys took second behind GAR in the District 2 track and field meet. Jeff Walker was the lone gold medalist taking the 400 in 56.2 seconds.

The Tiger baseball team scored two runs in the seventh to come from behind and beat Nanticoke, 7-6, with Nate Brennan 3-for-3 and also taking the win on the mound striking out nine.

‘Downtown’ Jody Brown got two homeruns as the Lady Tiger softball team grabbed a 13-3 win over Wyoming Area.

In girls soccer action, TA outkicked Hazleton and came away with a 3-0 win with Beth Ehrenzeller, Angie Forte and Molly Brooks all scoring goals.

Lake-Lehman held off defending champion Tigers to win its first District 2 volleyball title in three years.

Senior David Reel made it to the third round in District 2 tennis  before bowing to David Rickno’s of Wyoming Valley West.

40 Years Ago (1973)

All five schools from the Suburban Track League got together for a wingding of a league meet at Lackawanna Trail Monday afternoon. By the time the blistering competition had ended, Tunkhannock Area had outdistanced the host team, 59-55, to win the team championship. Records established in last year’s STL meet were broken in 10 events.

For Tunkhannock, Charlie Hamilton set a meet record in the 120-yard high hurdles (15.9). Others were set by sophomore Gerry Ross in the triple jump (40-7); Jim Pate in the 880 (2:06.2); Mark Monsey in the mile run (4:34.9) and the two-mile relay team (8:41.4 also with Bradley, Wisnosky and Pate). Hal Jerauld set two new meet records for Trail, sailing the javelin 157-1 and throwing the discus 141-2. Jim Thomas ran the 440 in a record time of 55 seconds and joined with Tom Hill, Bill Bray and Ray Novitch to set a new mile relay mark at 3:37.5.

After losing seven of their first eight games in the Lackawanna Baseball League, the TA Tigers are suddenly riding a 2-game winning streak, beating Lakeland, 3-2, and Lackawanna Trail, 3-2. In the latter, Scott Custer took over the mound for Bill Sakosky in the seventh.

It took a 73 by senior golfer Mike Patrick from Lackawannqa Trail to claim the PIAA District 12 individual title and the Montrose Meteors claimed the team title.

Roosevelt Trail Little League kicked off its 1973 season with opening action seeing Gay-Murray whip Bartron’s, 10-2, and Camptown beating Sherwood’s, 13-8.

60 Years Ago (1953)

Christy Mathewson’s uniform has been added to the trophies in the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y. The personal belongings were contributed to the baseball museum by a life-long friend, Ralph Walton, of Factoryville.

Roger Folsom, Grant Brown, Fred Kintner, and Clarence Fitze spent the weekend fishing in the Adirondacks.

Stock car owners, racers and sponsors are urged to attend a meeting Monday at Cross Country Restaurant. A club will be formed and officers elected for racing at Bowmans Creek Speedway for the season.

A run in the fourth inning cost Bob Hoover a shutout last Wednesday when Tunkhannock Hi traveled to Lake-Noxen to register a 5-1 win. Orv Calvert withstood a spine-tingling finish by Westmoreland to pitch Tunkhannock Hi to its fifth straight baseball victory last Friday, 7-6.

Tunkhannock Hi easily defeated Wyalusing Valley in a track meet held here last Thursday. Wyalusing had good prospects but no seasoned performers, this being the first year the school has fielded a track team.

Roger Jackson, the freshman distance star, was the only member of the THS track team to finish first in the District 12 PIAA track meet run last Saturday at New Milford., covering the 880 in two mins. 14.7 seconds.

Passmore’s last-ditch drive to catch Cathrall Studebakers in the Triton Women’s bowling League ran into a stone wall last Thursday as the contenders were handed a 4-point thumping by last place Mogan’s Diner.

80 Years Ago (1933)

One of the finest specimens of native trout ever seen in this section was brought into the sporting goods store of Sherwood & Engle one day last week by a Carbondale fisherman. The trout weighed over five pounds and measured a fraction over 20 inches. It was caught in the East Branch of the Tunkhannock Creek, near Kingsley.

Tunkhannock beat Laceyville, 17-2, with Horlacher, Mosier and Crompton each getting for three runs.

Nicholson nosed out Mehoopany, 3-2, with Major getting three hits for the victors.

Meshoppen beat Noxen, 12-5, with Hobbs leading with five hits for the winners.

Christy Mathewson Jr., son of the famous baseball player of Factoryville, is still in the Shanghai County Hospital at Shanghai, China. It will be recalled that he was gravely injured and his newly made wife killed in an airplane accident in Shanghai.

Exceptionally large litters of silver foxes are reported on the Ellsworth fox farm in the west end of town, which may help to overcome the low prices prevailing in furs the past few seasons.

Wallace Rubright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rubright, who has been a student at the state teachers’ college at East Stroudsburg, has been engaged as athletic coach at the schools of Waverly.

Billy Space, a town boy, will be director for the boys of St. Stephen’s Camp at Vosburg this summer.

The girls camp opens its tenth season July 5 at Camp Onawandah of the Wyoming Valley Council of Girl Scouts.

100 Years Ago (1913)

The athletic club at the Mehoopany School will give an entertainment at the opera house on Friday evening.

The town council gives timely notice to all dog owners that canines must be muzzled from June 1 to September 1.

The beautiful Onoko Falls at Glen Onoko are caving in. A few days ago a mass of rock- many tons of it- fell and piled in a great mass at the bottom, sadly marring the beauty of the falls. More, it is thought is likely to fall at any time. High water is supposed to have caused the cave-in.

John W. Courtright, Henry Ferrera and Walter Williams, upon information of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, were arrested this morning by Constable Joseph Squiers, of Factoryville, and arraigned before Justice Jerry Stephens to answer a charge of having slot machines in operation in their places of business. The machines and contents were confiscated, a fine of $15 imposed upon each defendant with the WCTU settling the costs.