Down Sports Memory Lane

20 Years Ago (1993)

Lemon Twp. resident Brett Miller shot an 8-point buck on his property Monday.

Wildlife Conservation Officer Bill Wasserman reports that the number of bucks killed in Wyoming County during the first few days of antlered-deer season is down slightly this year.

The winter sports season kicks off at TAHS Thursday with former Tiger cager Gene Skrynski’s GAR team the the pre-favorite for the Kiwanis Girls Basketball Tournament, which includes the Lady Tigers, Wyalusing and Lakeland.

Former Tunkhannock Area field hockey all-star Elise Mason was named to the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference’s All-Conference Team for her play on the field at Marywood College.

TA junior Missy Grohs was named the Wyoming Valley Conference’s volleyball MVP and teammate Lisa Garey was also on the first all-star team. Missy Davis and Angie Forte were named second team.

Two years ago, Elk Lake High School didn’t even have a cross country team. This year, two of its runners, freshmen Marcus Weisgold and Frankie Davis, finished 70th and 81st, respectively in the AAU national championships in Albany, N.Y.

John Wheeler, chief instructor of Robinson’s Martial Arts Institute of Laceyville, was one of seven martial artists chosen to be a member of the World Tang Soo Do delegation to China.

Keystone Junior College is currently ranked 10th among the nation’s Division III junior colleges.

40 Years Ago (1973)

It’s Tunkhannock vs. Trail in the title game of the first Tunkhannock Area Coaches Assn. girls basketball tourney. The Lady Tigers got there by beating Abington Heights, 53-33, and the Lady Lions knocked off Elk Lake, 43-40. Shooting one-and-one with 31 seconds to play, Ronna Colvin pretty much wrapped things up for Trail by popping in both shots. Tunkhannock was led by Jackie Button’s 16, Kathy Goeringer’s 14 and Mary Beth Guyette’s 13.

The TA boys’ team took it on the chin 99-64 to Coach Si Bernosky’s Wyoming Area squad. Dave Pomeren led the Tigers with 22.

The TA boys’ swim team beat Towanda, 93-78, with Ken Payne winning three events and establishing two records (200 IM, and 500 free) for the Towanda pool.

The wrestling season opens tonight for the Tigers who travel to Kingston and face Bishop O’Reilly. Returning lettermen include Dennis Purdy, Terry Williams, Baron Daniels, Don Shaefer, Will Forba, Bob Shaver, and Ted Sohns.

There was plenty of excitement at the Anthony Kitchnefsky home on Whites Ferry Road last week when 12-year-old Dale Kitchnefsky bagged his first buck on the opening day of deer season. Not to be out done, who should come home later the same day but “June” Kitchnefsky with a buck of his own. Lucky guys, those two.

Winter trout season began last Saturday with three Wyoming County lakes being stocked: Winola, Carey and Oxbow. Daily creel limit for the winter season which closes Feb. 20 is three trout.

60 Years Ago (1953)

The undefeated, untied Tunkhannock football team were guests of Ernest Sfornas for a steak supper on Dec. 2. Those present were 19 lettermen, coaches and senior managers. Sfornas closed the Carousel Restaurant for the exclusive use of the team.

With the death of the Susquehanna-Wyoming League and the consequent dropping of the THS ‘B’ Squad, only one basketball team will represent the local high school this season for the first time since the early days of World War II. This year, only one varsity veteran, Joe Glenn, is included on the squad competing in the Suburban Basketball League. Four starting positions are wide open.

Mrs. Catherine Kukuchka and son John Jr., bagged a buck on the first day at Lake Winola on the former’s brother’s farm. John Jr. got his first, a spike buck, 160 pounds. Mrs. Kukuchka shot a 6-point buck, 145 pounds. George Mikulski and Jim France were in the hunting party.

Mrs. Z.E. Stover, of Osterhout, the former Katherine Engelmier, was lucky enough to shoot a 6-point buck the first day of hunting season.

A Mehoopany hunter narrowly escaped death last Wednesday when the rifle of Robert Jennings accidentally went off and a bullet ricocheted off a rock, ripping a gash in the right cheek of Harold Williams

A single-pin victory in the final game gave Sinclair a clean sweep over the Antiquarian last week to enable them to hold their 2-point lead in the Triton Bowling League. Grant Brown was the top pin-getter with 534, and Glen Shoemaker added 502.

80 Years Ago (1933)

The first game in the Penn State League was played in Tunkhannock Monday when the local team beat Carbondale, 34-24. Matty Begowich, a regular player with the Brooklyn Jewels of the American League, took center, along with forwards Dunn of Wilkes-Barre, Hudock of Exeter, Gazo Chizmadia, one of the country’s outstanding ball players, and guards Peters of Duryea, Williams of Pittston, and Doug Brown of Wyalusing.

The first Wyoming County League high school action Thursday has Tunkhannock hosting Falls-Overfield. On the boys’ team are Roesky, Horlacher, Titus, Baker, Bedford and Wilsey. On our girls’ team will appear Eyet, Kellogg, Frear, Eustice, Kasson and Yerasavage, all members of last year’s county champion team; Lybolt and Massaker, of Miss Evitts’ squad; and promising new material such as Vaughn, Tewksbury, Wynd and Horlacher.

About 65 deer were shot in Wyoming County the first two days of the hunting season. Sixteen bears also were shot in the county.

Francis, son of Mark J. Adams, Mehoopany, shot a 10-point buck the first day of the season.

James Harding, Marlot Sick, Horace Sick, and Frank Smith spent a couple of days hunting in the vicinity of Kasson Brook. They brought back three deer.

B.B. Carpenter pulled the prize fish of the season, a 10-pounder, out of Lake Wallenpaupack. Last Saturday, C.E. Henning caught an 8-pound wall eyed pike, and yesterday he landed a big-mouth bass that weighed 5 and ¾ pounds.

100 Years Ago (1913)

Two bears were shot in Sorber Hollow, near Stull, last week.

Mr. Goode, of Wyoming, was in the Forkston vicinity hunting Friday and Saturday.

About 100 deer were killed in Pike County this season.

Governor Tener, who was recently elected president of the National Baseball League, was in Detroit a few days ago, and being interviewed concerning baseball matters, spoke thus concerning the victory of the Athletics in winning the world’s championship, and of Connie Mack, the manager:

“His success is largely due to the fact that he can put a team in the field who never tasted liquor. Not one of that wonderful infield of his ever tasted liquor and only one ever uses tobacco. Connie Mack’s success is substantial, every game he plays is with a definite purpose. He is in baseball to win games, and his every effort is devoted to that end.” Abstemiousness is an important factor in success, not only in the playing of baseball, but in every avocation. The young cannot learn that lesson too early in life.

That phrase so much used in football season, “chasing the pigskin,” involves a popular error. The football is not made of pigskin, but of the hide of the calf or cow, and for the cheaper variety, the skin of the sheep. Footballs of the ordinary grade are made in this country, but some of the finest, sold to those who are not particular about price, are imported from England, where the industry was an old one before it started in America.