Down Sports Memory Lane

 20 Years Ago (1994)

Stephanie Mocium tossed in 14 points as the Tunkhannock Area girls’ basketball team won its first Wyoming Valley Conference game, 50-47, over Crestwood. That was followed by back-to-back losses to Pittston Area, 34-32, and Hazleton Area, 69-32.

Hazleton Area used a 23-7 run in the third period to cruise to a 64-40 win over Tunkhannock’s boys Saturday. At Pittston, the boys were hobbled with a 74-52 loss.

Elk Lake remained unbeaten (9-0) after wins at home over Delaware Valley, 55-47, and Forest City, 62-51, and at Western Wayne, 59-40.

Trail’s girls dumped Sacred Heart, 73-31 Monday, but its boys lost to Delaware Valley, 57-39.

Chaz Ross won the pinner’s trophy and helped Mountain View pin down its fourth straight title in the 8th Annual Zurn-Bush Tourney at Elk Lake. The Warriors’ Joe Corter claimed the 125-pound title and Outstanding Wrestler Award, and was joined as champions by Chad Silverstrim, and brothers Frank (130) and Charlie Davis (136).

The TA Tigers dropped a 40-27 wrestling decision at Nanticoke on Wednesday.

Paul Lupinski was a triple winner as the TA Tigers outsplashed Abington Heights, 106-80. The Lady Tigers swam past Pittston, 125-63, led by 4-time winners Megan Bovine, Heather Dieffenbach and Chrissy Reilly.

TA grad Chris Ball was recently selected to the all-state Pennsylvania Community College baseball team for his fall performance at Penn State-Wilkes Barre.

40 Years Ago (1974)

A strong second half carried ElkLake to a 68-60 basketball win over Lackawanna Trail, led by the Warriors’ Elmer Stevenson and Bill Hunsinger with 21 each, while Parker Bagley led the Lions with 17. Against Mid-Valley, the Warriors got swamped 87-47.

Time ran out on the Tigers boys’ basketball team last Friday as it lost a 61-60 squeaker to Susquehanna. A surprise was that the Tigers only sank four of 20 foul shot attempts.

On Jan. 28, Tunkhannock, coached by James Tiffany, will host the District 12 girls basketball playoffs. The Tigresses included Mary Beth Guyette, Holly Kintner, Kathy Goeringer, Jackie Button, Mary Ann Yonchiuk, Linda Wilson, Leslie Goeringer and Molly Wiernusz.

The Tunkhannock varsity wrestling team holds first place in the Suburban League following a thundering 42-12 win at home over Montrose. The Tigers taking 10 of 12 bouts from the Meteors were: Steve Field (105), Eric Swierczynski (112), Terry Williams (119), Baron Daniels (126), Don Schaefer (132), Will Forba (138), Jerry Ross (145), Bob Shaver (155), Don Shelton (167), and Ted Sohns (hwt).

ElkLake’s wrestlers took a 32-23 victory Wednesday over Blue Ridge. Winning Warriors included Jack Kaufman (98), Tom Phillips (112), Jim Allen (119), Keith Dixon (127), Dave Franks (132), Rex Conklin (138) and Jim Phillips (185).

The East Lemon Sportsmen’s Club will have a venison supper Saturday night, Jan. 26, at Karp’s.

60 Years Ago (1954)

In a battle to break a third place tie in the Back Mountain League, Tunkhannock Hi defeated Lehman, 73-59, last Tuesday night in the THS gym. Joe Glenn led the scoring with 23. Then, the local boys lost a home game to Dallas Twp., 64-60, with Glenn leading the way with 19 and Dick Harvey with 18.

Factoryville took a home win over the Meshoppen boys, 56-53, but the Meshoppen girls won, 36-33.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission in January acted to remove the weasel from the bounty list, effective June 1, 1954. The Game Commission has paid $1 for the hide of this little animal for years.

Other bounty rewards will remain the same as at present until June 1, 1955. They are: $4 for each gray or red fox, and $5 for each great horned owl, adult or fledgling, killed during all months except November and December.

Last Thursday, the  Tunkhannock Beagle Club elected the following officers: Markey Sands, pres.; Claude Campbell, v-p; Albert Austin, secy-treas.

Sinclair stretched its lead to two points in the Triton Bowling League last week as they hung a four-point pasting on the Antiquarian. Jerry Frey’s big 234-613 set the pace for the victors, with Don Casterline adding a 505 and Glen Shoemaker, 201-504. For the losers, Ed Rau wasted a 205-552.

Dot Jacques, breaking in a brand new bowling ball, threw by far the best series in the Triton Women’s League last Thursday night, as she fired 201, 180, 182-563, to lead her Passmore Style Shop crew to a 3-1 win over Mogan’s.

80 Years Ago (1934)

Tunkhannock is back atop the Penn State League standings after wins Friday, 31-24, over Plymouth, and Monday, 43-27, over Hazleton.

In a battle of unbeatens, Tunkhannock High girls beat Nicholson on Friday, 12-10. The Nicholson boys won, however, 24-14.

Skating at LakeCarey is popular these days.

Fishing for suckers through the ice is now seasonal. It is legal now to take them only with hook and line. Old methods of chopping holes in the ice and lifting fish out with a potato hook or by other means is barred.

Feminine anglers scored heavily in taking game fish  during 1913. Fish warden Russell Womelsdorf at Kingston told recently of Mrs. Charles McKown landing two big wall-eyed pike in LakeCarey- one 6 lbs. 10 oz., and the other 6 lbs. 8 oz. She is regarded as one of the most expert pike anglers in the area and is very adept at trolling.

Trout streams will be stocked by the fish commission this year with fingerlings, in addition to the usual allotments of legal size fish.

Harry Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Brown of Tunkhannock, plays a good game of basketball. The former PennState star scored 13 points Wednesday playing for the Holy Name Society of Susquehanna against Montrose.

The Wyoming County Conservation Club will hold a wildlife exhibit at the Tunkhannock Grange hall Thursday, Feb. 15. Live animals and mounted specimens, moving pictures, old guns, new guns and a 50 cent supper by the Grange ladies.

100 Years Ago (1914)

The youngsters are having great sport skating and playing shinny on the ice these days.

Still we live with good sleighing and everybody happy.

The jury which tried Fennie Atherton of Forkston for unlawfully shooting a male deer with horns less that two inches in length hung out all night, and came in yesterday morning saying that they disagreed. Ten were for conviction and two for acquittal, we understand. Whether the case will ever be taken up again is doubtful.

The Meshoppen Boy Scouts have procured new headquarters, and will have a reading room in connection.

The Riftclimbing Motor Boat Company of Athens is making arrangements to send two boats to the annual motor boat show, which will open in MadisonSquareGarden in New York the last of the month.

The spiritual tent is on at the Crabill Tabernacle, and it surges to the front, where the confessional is located. Tomorrow night, Mr. Crabill will tell how he was convicted while playing baseball and led into preaching the gospel. This is a very interesting story and crowds will want to hear it.