Down Sports Memory Lane (June 19, 2013)

20 Years Ago (1993)

Lackawanna Trail placed four players on the Northeast Athletic Conference baseball all-star team, selected by the League’s coaches. Bubba Heskell, who batted a league high .588 and went undefeated on the mound, was joined by pitcher Mark Kalinoski, first baseman Chris Ross and outfielder Craig Roberts.

Tunkhannock quarterback Steve Jervis got a little palying time at the 42nd Annual Unico All-Star Game behind Notre Dame bound Ron Powlus. Jervis completed one pass out of four attempts for six yards. Other Tigers on the roster were receivers  Jeff Stage, Nate Brennan an tackle Chris Poole.

Wyoming Copunty’s Bioll Wasserman was named the Outstanding Wildlife Conservation Officer in northeast Pennsylvania.

The 32nd Annual Downriver Canoe Race is set for Sunday, Aug. 1.

Sophomore Angela Forte and senior Nicole Wall were named most valuable soccer players at TA’s soccer banquet. They were also named Wyoming Valley Conference all-stars.

Ron Solt, defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts, caught a 22-inch, 3.93-pound rainbow trout recently at Oxbow Lake using bait purchased aty Leslie’s Store in East Lemon. His grandfather is from Wilkes-Barre and they often travel to the area to fish the lake.

Former Tunkhannock star Luke Marabell achieved the dream of all college baseball players when he was named to the Division III NJCAA All-America squad. He ade it as the second team designated hitter.

40 Years Ago (1973)

Two members from the Tunkhannock High School girls’ track team took first place in their events at the Junior Olympics at Nanticoke. More than 500 area students participated. Kathy Goeringer scored a first-place finish in the shotput with a throw of 30 feet, 10 ½ inches. Molly Wiernusz took first in the intermediate 440 run in 71.3 seconds.

In the battle of the contenders in the Roosevelt Trail Little League last week, Sherwood rose to the occasion and downed Gateway twice to take over the top challenging position. Meshoppen, with two victories, continued to lead the title chase with two-thirds of the season completed.

On May 29, Kevin Salsman of the Laceyville Little League team, pitched a no-hitter ball game against Camptown. Donald Chamberlain was the catcher.

The finest cars in the country will arrive this next week at Pocono International Raceway in preparation for the third running of the Schaefer 500 on July 1.

Winners of the Presidential Physical Fitness Award in Tunkhannock’s 12th grade class were John Porter, Bob Klinkel, Dave Malkemes, Calvin Otten, Bill Keller, Dave Brown, Roger Oster, Paul Noreika, Steve Solanick, Ken Geary, Bill Skrynski and Jack Field.

Official hostess at a party at the Placentia, Calif., home of John Donovan, honoring the Tunkhannock volley ball team was Heather Cole, who is Miss Placentia of 1973. She presided over the celebration that welcomed the Tigers to California.

60 Years Ago (1953)

Last year’s track champion, Bob Kessler, returned to Bowman’s Creek Speedway Sunday and came up with two victories in two races. Starting in last position, the veteran Scranton pilot rolled over on the fourth lap of the first heat, but came back after the restart to move all the way from last to first. Feature results: Kessler, Harold Vincent, Hugh Rennie, Jack Soper, Bill Myer. First qualifying heat: Kessler, Vincent, Garfield Strom, George Heydon, Stan Swiderski. Second qualifying heat: Rennie, Soper, Slim Wood, Swiderski, Bob Pennay.

A Girl Scout committee meeting took place at the home of Mrs. Dorothy Morgan June 15. Present were Mrs. William Egliskis, Mrs. Richard Johnson, Mrs. Carl Brandon, Mrs. James Wynd, Mrs. Donald Williams, Mrs. O.L. Reynolds, Mrs. Donald Dinsmore, Mrs. Samuel Harding, Mrs. Donald Casterline, Mrs. George Young, Mrs. Donald Davis. All scouts who are interested in going to camp this summer at Onawandah, may contact one of the leaders. The rate for one week is $16 and the camp is open July 6-Aug. 13. Badges may be earned for interested scouts.

Eddie Shaw, son of Mrs. Marion Shaw, suffered a double fracture of the leg while playing baseball last Tuesday evening.

Jim Turrell’s and Walt Reese’s teams in the Bi-County Teeners League will play at the Tunkhannock High School ball park next Monday at 6 p.m.

Alvah Fassett and son John spent several days fishing in Canada during the past week.

80 Years Ago (1933)

The bass and pickerel fishing season opens July 1.

Tunkhannock, led by two hits from second baseman Szloboda, slipped by Laceyville, 4-3, on Saturday. Other results: Fairdale 6, Mehoopany 1; Noxen 4, Nicholson 3; Meshoppen 5, Springville 1. The Laceyville baseball team will play the Fairdale team at Donovan Park June 24. The Mehoopany baseball team played the C.C. Camp at Kasson Brook Sunday. The score was 6-5 in favor of the camp.

Six Tunkhannock young men went to Great Bend last Thursday and are now cruising down the river. They were taken to Great Bend by Almon Baker of Lake Carey. The lads are in charge of Robert Harding and include Floyd W. Kellogg Jr., Myron Baker, Frederick Billings, Donald Setser and Paul Horlacher. They tool along two canoes, tents, bedding and cooking utensils and are camping out along the way. They expect to reach home today.

Some of the fastest dirt track drivers in the country will give motor racing fans an opportunity to watch them roar around the Athens speedway, July 4.

Countless articles have been written in regard to the danger of allowing children to have air rifles and BB guns, but despite the fact that there is a borough ordinance prohibiting their use, people allow their children to have them and roam around shooting at everything they can see to shoot at, and also encourage them in it by they themselves, using guns and shooting in the borough at anything they choose.

100 Years Ago (1913)

There was a general exodus to the lakes and streams on Monday, the opening day of the bass and pickerel fishing. Some good catches are reported.

Governor Tener signed the Senate bill repealing the section of the act of May 1, 1909, providing for the catching of fish in fish baskets and issuance of licenses. Under the act the use of fish baskets was permitted if licenses were granted by the treasurer of the county. The repealing of the act makes it illegal to use fish baskets to catch eels, suckers or any kind of fish.

A small boy holds up three fingers and off rushes a crowd of youngsters to the swimming hole.

Miss Wanda Meyers fell while riding horseback on Monday evening and hurt herself quite badly.

Following are the agricultural fairs to be held in this and adjoining counties:

*Bradford – Towanda, Sept. 9-12; Troy, Sept. 25; Wyalusing, Aug. 27-29.

*Sullivan – Forksville, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

*Susquehanna – Montrose, Sept. 3-4; Harford, Sept. 9-11; Lawton, Sept. 10-13.

*Wyoming – Tunkhannock, Sept. 16-19.