Down Sports Memory Lane

20 Years Ago (1993)

Tunkhannock Area’s Tigers threw a scare into the Berwick Bulldogs on Friday night at Crispin Field and gave Coach George Curry’s Dawgs all they could handle but when the smoke had settled, Berwick was on top, 19-12. The Tigers’ Patrick Richie hit eight of 11 passes, and his favorite target was Jeff Flood catching five for 66 yards.

Halfback Mark Kalinoski became the first Trail Lion to run for more than 1,000 yards in a season since 1984, as he scored three touchdowns in a 26-13 win over Sacred Heart.

Tunkhannock Area completed a 15-0 regular season with a win over Wyoming Area Thursday for their seventh Wyoming Valley Conference girls’ volleyball championship in eight years.

Crestwood surprised the unbeaten Lady Tiger field hockey team to claim the PIAA District 2 championship with a 2-1 win  on Tuesday. Both teams advance to the state playoffs.

Four TA senior field hockey seniors have been selected to the WVC Coaches All-Star Game Nov. 17. They are Alison Quick, Molly Brooks, Nikki Reisinger and Amy Davis.

A pair of Heather Tallman goals late in the second half gave Lackawanna Trail a 3-1 win over DelawareValley in a Dist. 12 semifinal game. They advance to the finals on Friday against Montrose.

TA senior Travis Swartwood finished sixth in the PIAA District 2 cross country race and earned the right to compete at states Nov. 6 at LehighUniversity.

40 Years Ago (1973)

Tunkhannock’s cross country runners took top honors in the PIAA District 12 meet last Thursday in Clarks Summit. Among those to make the trip to Penn State for this Saturday’s meet are Rich Nast, Mike Gozdiskowski, Frank Brown, Mike Wisnosky and Corky Bradley and Robin Robinson with alternates Don Schaefer and Bob Parr.

The strange jinx that Scranton Tech football teams  have held over Tunkhannock Area was last seen as it disappeared into the darkness over Tunkhannock Memorial Park Friday night. The Tigers picked up their third Big Eleven Conference victory against four losses, 30-0. Jim Heydon got in 23 carries for 130 yards, and sophomore Steve Schaeffner had three of six passes from Dan Saxon completed for 86 yards.

Across county, the Lackawanna Trail Lions also blanked Western Wayne, 30-0.

The TA Tigerettes basketball team pushed its record to 6-0 by defeating Susquehanna, 26-20, last Tuesday, and Mountain View, 57-39, the following Thursday. Jackie Button was the leading scorer in the first game with seven, and Mary Beth Guyette led with 24 against the Lady Eagles.

Elk Lake High School has won the championship of the Susquehanna Soccer League after a 1-1 tie with Montrose. Jim Hunsinger booted home Elk Lake’s lone goal with eight minutes remaining in the game.

Valerie Stankavage has been elected president of the Elk Lake Booster Club.

60 Years Ago (1953)

Wyco Field, over on Eaton Road, will be jam-packed Friday night when the undefeated-untied THS football team lays its record on the line against Towanda. Kickoff time is 8 o’clock. The last home game on the schedule, this could be the big one in determining whether or not the Tigers will remain unbeaten. Towanda ruined an otherwise perfect record in 1949, and was the last team to defeat the Tigers, giving them a 54-0 beating last year.

Johnnie, Benninger, Meshoppen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Benninger, had an unfortunate accident while playing football in Meshoppen park, Johnnie broke his collar bone.

Based on a thorough study and to the best interest of the fishermen, the Pennsylvania Fish Commission, upon recommendation of its chief biologist, announces a temporary liberalization of fishing for many species of fish during the 1954 season.

Sinclair held on to a 1-point lead in the Triton Bowling League last week by scoring a 3-1 win over Vincent’s who thereby dropped from second to fourth place.

Keystone Shoe Company and Cathrall Studebakers, deadlocked for first in the Triton Women’s League met head-on Thursday in a battle that saw Keystone regain undisputed possession of the league lead, winning 3-1.

Harry Carter, well known Meshoppen resident, died of a heart attack while hunting on Saturday, Oct. 31, the first day of the hunting season, near South Auburn. He was with a party of hunters when stricken.

Boy Scout Troop No. 36 and Grange No. 1250, both of Lovelton, will jointly conduct trap shoots on Nov. 8 and 22 on the Wallace Range at Lovelton.

80 Years Ago (1933)

Although the Tunkhannock High football team was defeated by Kingston Twp., they showed that they are mastering the new system well. They scored on a long pass, Bedford to Purkiss and the Shadduck crashed over for the six pointer. This week we play Factoryville on the home field. The game is called for 3:30. The rivalry is quite keen and a good-sized crowd is expected to attend. Come one- come all!

After looking over several sites for a camping ground for the Boy Scouts, the committee selected land owned by Burt Wall, located east of Tunkhannoc, just south of a place called Kern’s Glen. The spot is ideal in that there is a stream running through it and the surrounding territory is well forested. A dam will be thrown across the stream, which will afford an excellent swimming pool. A baseball diamond will also be built on the field nearby.

Quite a number from this section drove to Lewisburg Saturday to witness the football gme between TempleUniversity and Bucknell, which the ladder won by a handy score. The main attraction for local fans was Glen Frey, who is making football  history on the Temple team, where his kicking and defense work and running interference draws from his coach, ‘Pop’ Warner. WBRE broadcast the game.

Edward Pond of Mehoopany R.F.D. shot a porcupine in his cornfield that weighed 68 pounds. The animal was weighed on sealed scales in the presence of witnesses.

100 Years Ago (1913)

The ‘Skeeters,’ the bowling team that defeated the Binghamton players last week, expect to go to that city on Saturday for the return game, if the roads are in proper shape.

The river is up to rafting stage now.

The Lehigh Valley Railroad announces two new excursions to New York. A round trip, leaving Tunkhannock on Nov. 8 and with a Nov. 13 limit is $5.05. A round trip, leaving Tunkhannock on Nov. 13 and with a Nov. 22 limit is $6.25.

We, the undersigned, have posted our farms, and hereby warn all persons not to hunt or in any way trespass on us. Anyone found trespassing on our lands will be dealt with as the law provides: signed Anderson Dana, A.M. Shoemaker, N.J. Harding, G.F. Phinney, Samuel Harding, Benj. Harding, Fred C. Ney, Fred L. Herman, Lewis B. Herman, Wm. G. Wheelock, E. B. Wheelock, Jos. B. Ney, C.S. Sands, Elmer Ney, Frank G. Smith,

Take notice: All persons are warned against hunting or trespassing upon the property of the undersigned: A.D. Brown, Clarence Titus, Geo. Lewis, Theo. Brown, E.F. Higley, W.T. Higley, Claude Brown.


  • ps62penn62prin64

    I thank you for printing the “Down Sports Memory Lane,” reminding readers of the long history of athletics in Tunkhannock. Your including the team that played sixty years ago brings back many pleasant memories of playing in those games.

    John ‘Bear’ Parks