Down Sports Memory Lane (June 5, 2013)

20 Years Ago (1993)

Steve Jervis, Jason Marabell and Keith Nademus all had hits in the seventh inning Monday afternoon as Tunkhannock rallied to score three runs and turn back Easton, 7-6. In the opening round of PIAA Class AAA baseball tourney. The Tigers are two games away from a state championship. Next up is Elizabethtown.

Lackawanna Trauil’s run toward a Class AA state softball title came to a heartbreaking end Tuesday, losing to Villa Joseph Marie, 5-3.The Lady Lions finished the season at 15-3.

Elk Lake lost 27-5 in a 5-inning, District 12 Championship Game aainst Mountain View at Lackawanna County Stadium. The Eagles in turn also lost to St. Pius X.

Tunkhannock Area’s all-star boys’ volleyball player, Matt Lawrence, was named the Best All Around Player at the annual banquet Sunday.

Receiving the 1993 Norman Ball Memorial Scholarship was senior E.J. O’Malley.

The team of Kathy Goeringer of Shadowbrook and Ruth Dettore of Elmhurst won the Pocono Women’s Golf Aasociation Spruing better Ball Tourney.

Luke Marabell of Keysrtone Junior College was named to the Division III National Junior College Athlertic Assn. 1993 All-American squad.

Following are T-town Archery winners: Overdraw, Andrew Cector; Compound Release- Brian Deming; Compound Finger, Rich Pease; Traditional, Stan Koloski; Junior, Isaac Nichols.

40 Years Ago (1973)

The Tunkhannock Area volleyball team will motor to Pittsburgh International Airport Thursday and then fly to California for the Western division of the AAU Preps to be held June 9-10.

After yielding 10 runs in the first three innings of play, Tunkhannock Area’s baseball team just missed winning its last Lackawanna Leagur game of the season last Wednesday. The Tigers closed their first campaign on the new field with a 10-9 loss to Valley View. The Tigers with Charlie Shaw as coach finished the season at 5-10.

Elk Lake remains undefeated after a 6-2 win over Montrose. Reid Carter struck out six and walked four while scattering four hits. Tom Hitchcock homered to provide one of the Warriors’ two fourth inning runs.

Through a dismal and rain-threatened evening, an exciting race was viewed by those in attendance as the late models went into action at the Harvey Speedway at Lemon Sunday. In the second heat of the evening, Bill Wilson of Noxen took second.

Sherwood dropped Meshoppen from the ranks of the unbeaten in Roosevelt Trail Little  League action  Kevin Burgason hurled another fine game and Jim Harding powered a 2-run homer to pin the first defeat of the season on Meshoppem, 7-0.

District Waterways Patrolman Stephen A. Shabbick has announced that he will present the Pennsylvania Fish Commission’s basic boating course, ‘Boating Pleasure’ at the Lake Winola Cottager’s Assn. pavilion June 15.

60 Years Ago (1953)

Jim Weaver, eastern seaboard scout for the St. Louis Browns, expressed complete satisfaction with the Tryout camp held here last Thursday and Friday by the American League club. About 50 boys, representing a region stretching from Binghamton, N.Y. and Athens down to the anthracite region went through the paces for Weaver and George ‘Duke’ Bunnell.

A 9-2 triumph over Lake-Noxen in a home game last Wednesday enabled Tunkhannock Hi to clinch its fourth successive Back Mountain Baseball League pennant. The team finished undefeated in eight games.

Bob Hoover pitched the first six innings to pick up his fifth straight win. Freshman Les Howell came on to work the last frame. Between them, Hoover and Howell allowed only five hits, including two hits by Shalata and a triple by Hopfer. Tunkhannock came up with 10 hits off the pitching of Shalata and Hopfer, and also took advantage of a half dozen walks. Jay Keller had three of the hits and Joe Glenn slammed two. Keller, Clayton Ervine, and Don Sherwood all connected for doubles and Trenny Dolbear came up with a triple.

The ladies of the Triton Women’s Bowling League will hold their annual banquet tonight at 7 at Mogan’s Diner, Eaton Road.

The 1953 summer conference for young people of the Diocese of Bethlehem will be at Camp Great Neck, near Vosburg, June 21-27 and June 28-July 4. Summer camp will run July 5-19 and July 19-Aug. 1.

80 Years Ago (1933)

Tunkhannock High School won the Wyoming County League championship defeating Falls-Overfield in a playoff game, 13-8, at the fairgrounds Wednesday. Bedford led with three hits for the Tunks and Stem had three for F-O.

A silver trophy suitably inscribed was presented to the girls’ basketball team of Tunkhannock as champions of the girls’ basketball league of Wyoming County. It was given by Tom Taylor, a dealer in sporting goods, Scranton.

On Monday, about 200 young men from down the lower part of the state arrived by train, destined for work in the forestry camp up in Forkston Twp. The first day was spent in clearing away brush, and someone killed a rattlesnake. That night a severe thunderstorm disturbed their slumber. The next morning another rattlesnake was killed. The fact was not reassuring to most of them who were not familiar with snakes and imagined themselves likely to be bitten by one of the poisonous reptiles. Somebody organized a revolt and about 50 tramped their way to Mehoopany, some catching the next train or hitchhiking.

Seven large, husky wild turkeys were distributed on South Mountain under direction of Game Protector Moss last Friday.

Camp Onawandah, Girl Scouts of Wyoming Valley Council, is preparing to open its tenth annual season July 5. The camp will be under the general direction of Emerald Harper. She will have 22 counselors, and two cooks.

100 Years Ago (1913)

Midshipman Bruce Leighton has graduated from the Naval Academy. Ensign Leighton is stroke-oar on the Naval varsity crew that won the feature race in the American regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia last Saturday afternoon. The Navy’s strongest competitor was Columbia University which finished only half a boat’s length behind. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James G. Leighton.

Trout fishermen are having poor success of late.

Eighteen thousand lake trout were placed in Harvey’s Lake a few days ago. They were taken from the Pleasant Mount Fish hatchery.

The river is getting very low and people who are familiar with the river bottom on this side of the island near Laceyville are surprised to note the marked change in it from that of former years. Below the bridge there has been a channel that afforded splendid fishing when the bass were to be caught in quick water, but this year finds the channel filled and the water very shallow. It is thought the high water caused the marked change.

A.P. Burgess, of Forkston, who is about 86 years old, went trout fishing one day recently.

The re-opening of the racetracks in New York is declared to be under the condition of having no gambling on the tracks. Nevertheless provident visitors to that institution for the improvement of horses will observe the precaution of providing themselves with return tickets before seriously considering the first event.