Down Sports Memory Lane

20 Years Ago (1993)

TA grad Michael Loch will join his University of Wyoming Cowboys in this year’s Copper Bowl in Tucson, Ariz.

Megan Bovine, Heather Dieffenbach and Chrissy Reilly all had four first place finishes to lead the TA girls swim team past Towanda, 118-65. TA’s Paul Lupinski and Matt Lewis were triple winners as Wyoming Valley Conference contenders Berwick and the Tigers battled to an opening 93-93 tie.

Montrose rallied in overtime to beat GAR, taking the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Girls Basketball Tourney. Wyalusing beat the Tigers, 45-44, in the consolation game.

The Lady Tigers bounced back with a 44-37 win over Meyers, led by Wendy Sisle with 14.

Montrose also beat the Tigers, 34-31, in a wrestling exhibition match. Tighe Holiday (119), Tom Walsh (125), Joe Farber and Mike Patton recorded pins while Dan Chmiola (140) and Bob Farber (152) took decisions.

TAHS grad Mike Bluhm is on the roster of the Mansfield University wrestling team.

Wyalusing took the 17th Annual Kiwanis Boys Basketball Tourney, 84-52, over the host Tigers,

TA seniors Jeff Flood and Shane Stevens were named to the annual Times-Tribune regional all-star football team.

Four Lady Tigers were named to the Wyoming Valley Conference’s all-star team: Molly Brooks, Molly O’Malley, Alison Quick and Aimee Mills.

Laura Fitzpatrick netted 16 points in a 50-14 Trail girls’ basketball win over Sacred Heart.

40 Years Ago (1973)

The Lady Tigers beat Trail, 45-33, in the First Tunkhannock Area Coaches Assn. Girls Basketball Tourney last week. In the consolation game, Elk Lake beat Abington Heights, 50-42.

A few of the rough edges began to wear away, as the Tiger boys claimed their first basketball win of the season, 67-61, over Honesdale, following a 69-56 loss to North Pocono earlier in the week.

Elk Lake lost its first two boys games of the season, against Lakeland, 86-83, Tuesday, and to Riverside, 75-59, last Friday. Elmer Stevenson was the big gun for Elk Lake, with 33 and 23 points, respectively.

Tunkhannock’s grapplers dropped a pair of meets this week, to Bishop O’Reilly, 42-21, and to Meyers, 35-15. Winning for the Tigers in both meets were Baron Daniels (126), Don Schaefer (132), and Bob Shaver (155).

Abington Heights knocked the stuffing out of Tunkhannock’s swim teams Thursday, with the girls losing 113-59, and the boys, 107-62. Kathy Wickemeyer came up with two first place finishes and Melissa Tripp one.

Three daughters of Mrs. Mary Tripp- Jennifer (7th grade), Lori (9th) and Melissa (10th)- accounted for 12 of the awards handed out at the recent New Age Invitational Swim Meet.

A 24-sided horse barn with a 100-foot diameter has been built at Saddle Lake Hill by J. Mark Robinson. The barn can house up to 30 horses and provides a 15-foot-wide indoor ring around the edge. More than 150 acres of outdoor riding area are adjacent to the barn.

60 Years Ago (1953)

Montrose poured it on in the second to spoil the Tigers’ home basketball opener, 55-42. Jay Keller led the Tunks with 13. In earlier road games, Tunkhannock beat Falls-Overfield, 78-38, and Factoryville, 57-45.

Eight regional town teams have banded together to form a Susque-Wyo League. Arden Tewksbury of Meshoppen is league president.

Roger Furman, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Reg Furman of Mehoopany, got his first deer.

North Mehoopany Postmaster Harold Williams, who was injured earlier in the season by the accidental discharge of another  man’s weapon, had a change of luck Thursday as he landed a 10-point buck in Farr Hollow.

Sinclair last week scored a 3-1 win over third place Turrell Motors in the Triton Bowling League. The league leaders were paced by Glen Shoemaker, Grant Brown, and Jerry Frey.

Mogan’s made a gallant bid to upset league-leading Keystone Shoe Company in the women’s bowling league last Thursday night. Freida Dietrich helped Mogan’s gain the split.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvah Fassett spent Friday with their daughter Barbara, a student at Swarthmore College, and witnessed the college’s annual water show. Miss Fassett is a member of the school’s swimming team.

Carl Shibe, of the Philadelphia Athletics pitching staff, and Robin Roberts, Phillies moundsman, were among those in Sullivan County for deer hunting. Shibe and Roberts stayed in the Lopez area.

80 Years Ago (1933)

In Penn State League action, Tunkhannock beat Hazleton, 42-32. Allie Schnuckman, former CCNY star from Brooklyn, made his first appearance with the Tritons and his floor work was marvelous.

The home team also beat Plymouth, 27-14, despite the appearance of two members of the famous New York Celtics basketball team, Joe Lopcheck, center, and ‘Dutch’ Dehnert. Their reputation and size failed to daunt the local players, who fought their way into first place in the league.

Tunkhannock high school’s boys and girls basketball teams go to Meshoppen for their league game this week. Next Tuesday, Laceyville will play here.

Enough snow fell the first of the week so the youngsters could give sleds and skis a tryout.

The deer hunting season closes Dec. 15. Among those in this vicinity who were fortunate in killing a buck were the following: Howard W. Sands, Ralph C. Wells, Dick Ayre, Walter Jarvis, Foster Sherwood, Harry Dailey, Cecil K. Krewson, J.W. Henninger, ‘Dud’ Harvey, Marlot Sick, Leo Evans and Otto Smith. From Forkston: Henry Otten, Walter Fassett, Ralph Robinson, Ed Burgess, Wes Page and Paul Burgess. Many more deer were shot, but we did not obtain the names of the hunters.

Fred Northrup’s name is added to the lucky deer hunters from Maynard Hill this week.

A Camptown hunter had a special experience the first day of hunting season. He killed two bucks with one bullet.

Ed Keenan of North Eaton shot a bobcat.

100 Years Ago (1913)

Prof. W. H. Jamieson, of Scranton, killed a large gray fox while hunting near Nicholson on Saturday.

A New Albany farmer had four Wilkes-Barre hunters arrested for trespassing. Their fines amounted to $48.50.

The Delaware Water Gap Gun Club, which it is said, owns some of the finest hunting and fishing territory in eastern America, has decided to erect a fine club house next spring.

H.H. Howard, of Uniondale, has in his possession a gun that has been in the Howard family for more than 100 years. It was of the old-fashioned flint lock pattern, but this has been modernized. The length of the barrel is 41 inches. The stock is hand made and well preserved. When the county was new a maternal ancestor shot a black fox that was preying upon her chickens. Mr. Howard says the gun is accurate and better than he had today.

In 1868 or 1869, the river here was frozen over to the bottom and was any amount of snow. In order to have some sport on the river some of the horsemen laid out a half mile ice and snow track and it was a great success. In those days, the late Captain Urquhart, Wm. J. Harvey, Leandor Smith, Patrick McPike, Wm. S. Wells, Frank Wagner, Sidney Wilson, Major Hicks and others owned fast horses and they had daily sleighing carnivals and racing for money and for pleasure. A horse that could trot or pace then in 2:50 was considered to be some pumpkin.