Down Sports Memory Lane (June 26, 2013)

20 Years Ago (1993)

Todd Crock, Nicholson, scored a hole-in-one on Monday, June 28, at Stone Hedge Country Club, Tunkhannock.

Tunkhannock Area baseball players Steve Jervis, Adam Hodge, Nate Brennan and Keith Nademus took part in the recent Wyoming Valley All-Star Classic at Lackawanna County Stadium. Their AAA Division team lost 6-5 to their AA rivals.

Mike MacNeely of Plymouth hurled a no-hitter at the Tunkhannock Legion baseball team on Monday. The locals were able to scratch out a run in the third when Chad Altemus walked and was chased home on a ground out by designated hitter Ryan Oakley.

The Endless Mountain Archers held a 3-D animal shoot at the Mill City club grounds. Winners: Overdraw: Phil Lonergan, John Delescavage, Bob and Michacskas. Release: Gary Flood, Charlie Kitchnefsky, Ken Manchak, and Steve Mexen. Fingers: Joe Franko, Kevin Murnin, Ron Morrison. Barebow: Rick Morrison, Justin Mingus. Recurve: Ernie VanFleet, Steve Hoprich, Darry Mingus. Longbow: Paul LaQuintano, Rich Vrabel, Stan Kozeloski. Seniors: Willard Kresge. Womem: Kate Roeger. Junior Darrick Goodrich. Youth traditional: Chris Hoprich. Sub-Junior: Nate Wilding. Cub: John Kocher.

Tug’s Tavern knocked Ivey’s from the ranks of the unbeaten, 23-7, to highlight action in the Cliff Kingston Memorial Softball League Tuesday.

40 Years Ago (1973)

The second annual Kiwanis Open Golf Tournament Thursday at Shadow Brook drew a large crowd of entrants. Winner was Tony Fulton of the Dallas Club. Former Naval Academy football star Ron Klemick of Tunkhannock was guest speaker at the banquet.

All but three teams have been mathematically eliminated from the title chase as the Roosevelt Trail Little League season enters the last four weeks. Meshoppen maintains the driver’s seat, but faces a crucial two game set with Gateway this week, while Sherwood waits in the wings for the leader to follow. For Sherwood, Kevin Burgason hurled a no-hitter in taming Laceyville, 6-1.

After two weeks of play, Fitzes of Tunkhannock holds the lead in the Southern Division of the Teener Baseball League with a 4-0 record.

Camp Archbald opened on Sunday for its 53rd season with 17 girls from Wyoming County in attendance: Falls, Kathy Geary; Factoryville, Diane Taylor; Center Moreland, Melanie Remetz and Pam Richardson; Harveys Lake, April Kytle; Laceyville, Marlene Wandall; Meshoppen, Lisa Sarnosky; Mill City, Diana Hons and Tammy Shaw; Nicholson, Donna Brecht, Nancy Hawk, Jean Murphy, Susan Pompey, Kateri Rosar, Linda Sellers, Carolyn Tator and Cathy Trovato.

Donkey Ball, the world’s craziest sport, comes to Dunlap’s Grove in Mehoopany on July 5. All local riders will be used for the exhibition. Plan to attend this hilarious event.

60 Years Ago (1953)

Off to a slow start in its first three shows of the season, Bowmans Creek Speedway will make an all-out effort next Sunday. Sunday’s feature: Ed Spencer, Corky Thorek, George Heydon, Gerry Sands.

Rained out of the 25-lap feature last week, the AARA drivers are setting their sights on Friday night’s annual July 4 50-lab championship at Pittston’s Bone Stadium.

Joe Morgan, Franklin Mayberry and Jim Shaughnessy of Tunkhannock; Stephen Jennings of Black Walnut; Huston Craige III and Harold Craige of Meshoppen, will leave Wilkes-Barre on Friday by Lehigh Valley Pullman train for California to attend the third National Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America at Irvine, Calif., July 18-24.

John Sherzin, 32, of West Ashley, was instantly killed last Thursday while woodchuck hunting on the Frank Machialek farm in North Eaton. He was struck by a bullet from a German rifle fired by his friend, Joseph Krapa, also of Ashley.

Lt. Cmdr. Samuel W. Farr, U.S. Navy, participated in the Atlantic Fleet Service Force tennis. Farr, a graduate of Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., was a member of its tennis team, football team and also wrestled while attending college.

Tunkhannock Little Leaguers won only once in four games last week, Turrell giving Laceyville a 20-3 beating at home Friday. Gay Murray was beaten by Meshoppen in the Tuesday home game, 12-5, and was edged out Friday at Wyalusing , 7-6. Turrel was beaten Tuesday 17-4, at Wysox.

80 Years Ago (1933)

Led by centerfielder R. Smith and leftfielder Lee with two hits each, Springville beat Tunkhannock, 5-3, in Wyoming-Susquehanna League action Saturday. Other games: Meshoppen 3, Nicholson 2; Mehoopany 10, Noxen 0; Laceyville 7, Fairdale 6.

The Jenks baseball team which is one of the leading teams of Eaton Twp., will hold an ice cream social in Giberson’s Grove Friday.

The Sugar Hollow baseball team is planning for a real Fourth-of-July celebration, which will be held in Jones Grove. They will serve dinners and lunches, ice cream, etc. A double-header game of ball is on the program.

The bass and pickerel season opens on Saturday of this week. The limit of either to be taken in one day is 10. Bass to be legal must be nine inches in length, and pike perch must be 12 inches.

Fifteen hundred bass fry and 997,213 pike perch were stocked in Tunkhannock Creek and the Susquehanna River in Wyoming County by the fish commission last year.

Last year, ‘Pop’ Wickizer at LaGrange won our $5 prize offered for the largest black bass caught on our tackle, a Gay-Murray advertisement states. We suggest that ‘Ye Angler’ see the prize offered for this season an plan on giving ‘Pop’ some big Bass competition.

About 45 boys went into the YMCA camp at Vosburg on Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ted Story spent Sunday afternoon at the reforestation camp at Forkston, where Mr. Story played ball, the team playing two games.

100 Years Ago (1913)

The bass season being open makes Tony Bauer smile. Now that the baseball club has gone on another trip, Tony will be seen on the river every day near Tunkhannock. He can fairly charm the black bass, but the yellow ones generally give him a fright before he lands them.

The state will not print the hunters’ licenses before September and possibly not before November, and up to the time they are ready for distribution, hunters may kill any game the law allows without fear of arrest.

Members of the Senators Club, of Scranton, are camping at East Lemon on Dixon Flats just across the creek bridge for the summer.

Montrose is planning a big Fourth of July celebration. A balloon ascension with a double parachute drop, athletic contests, and baseball game between Montrose and Dunn-McCarthy team of Binghamton are among the attractions being advertised. It has been 20 years since Montrose had a celebration, and they plan to make this a “rouser.”