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January 1985: Elk Lake takes first half Elk Lake’s Kevin Nowalk goes up for a layup as Western Wayne’s Tom Lengner attempts the block. Elk Lake won, 65-60, in the playoff game to capture the first-half championship in the Northeast Athletic Conference.

20 Years Ago (1997)

The Tunkhannock Area boys’ swim team remained unbeaten with a 114-69 win over Scranton Tuesday. Steve Fisher garnered four wins, and Christian Bovine and Nick Boehmer had three wins each.

Elk Lake’s Lady Warriors improved their Northeast Athletic Conference record to 8-1 with a 53-37 win over arch rival Montrose, and a 66-33 flogging of Sacred Heart where Becky Caines had 18.

The Lady Tigers are having a slow start on the New Year with a 59-49 loss to Nanticoke Saturday, and a 72-40 thumping by Wyoming Valley West at Plymouth.

The Lady Lions kept Sacred Heart winless with a 37-25 win Saturday, but got caged by

Led by John Paul Cannella’s 21, Tunkhannock’s boys clipped Nanticoke, 73-54. They then turned around and knocked off Wyoming Valley West, 66-50.

The Lions lost to Sacred Heart, 56-54, thanks to a tip-in with two seconds on the clock. Then on Tuesday, Montrose held off a late charge, 57-50.

The Elk Lake boys also took a 61-47 loss to Montrose, but Ben LaRue showed a different side as his 28 points led the Warriors to victory over Western Wayne, 52-48.

The TA varsity wrestlers slammed Bishop Hoban, 75-0, and clamped West Side Tech, 70-0; both matches at home. They then eked out a 32-30 win over Hanover as Marc Johnson got a pin at 171, and Joe Farber had the clincher pin at heavyweight.

Princeton’s Molly O’Malley is a finalist for the Killer Bee Award in field hockey.

40 Years Ago (1977)

A jam-packed Tunkhannock High School gym saw Elk Lake thwart the Tigers, 62-52, Friday, paced by All-Stater Bob Stevenson with 21. The Tigers were paced by Eric Colangelo with 19. Last Tuesday, the Tigers smothered Susquehanna 85-48, with Colangelo and Terry Button dumping in 22 each.

On Tuesday, the Warriors also beat North Pocono, 57-47.

Tunkhannock’s wrestling team remained unbeaten with a 35-21 victory over North Pocono on Wednesday, and 41-18 over Western Wayne on Friday. Scoring pins in the former meet were Greg Shupp (132) and Len Munoz (185). Against Western Wayne, Shupp got another pin as did Jeff Schaefer (119), Mike Baldwin (138), Roger Daniels (145) and Lyle Wildrick (hwt).

Elk Lake’s wrestlers also had two wins on the week with the Warriors beating Montrose, 47-23, and North Pocono, 33-24.

Getting pins in the former meet were Randy Bell (155), Rich Gary (105), Dan Hoover (145), Rick Cook (167) and Mark Singler (hwt). Bell, Gary and Rich Fuhrey (185) had pins against North Pocono.

Jennifer Tripp was Tunkhannock’s only winner last Thursday as the girls’ swim team went down to defeat, 114-58, at the hands of powerful Abington Heights. Her victory came in the 200 individual medley.

Disco Ducks teammates Joe Popiwchak and Walt Buscavage shared individual honors last Thursday night in the Wagon Wheel Dart League.

60 Years Ago (1957)

With three of the season’s 15 games played, the Back Mountain Basketball League standings began to take shape last week with Tunkhannock’s Tigers in as good as shape as anybody. The Tunks are undefeated after three games in the BML and tied for first place with Dallas.

Tunkhannock beat Westmoreland, 75-50, and Harter, 81-65, with Roger Shupp leading scorer at 26 for the former game and Jim Hudock leading with 21 in the latter. Red Wallace’s Elk Lake Warriors knocked off previously unbeaten Montrose, 47-46, at Montrose in the Susquehanna Basketball League, led by Dick Lathrop’s 15. Lackawanna Trail knocked off Falls-Overfield, 63-38.

Winners of the mid-winter field trial held by the Tunkhannock Beagle Club at the Frear Hill Running Grounds on Sunday were, in the 13-inch combined class: first, to Peter Brozusky, of Kingston, and second, to Lloyd Kingston, of Factopryville. In the 15-inch combined class were, first to Paul Dailey, of Shavertown, and second, to Olin Miner, of Tunkhannock.

Ace’s Feed and Gibbons jumped out in front of the pack last week as action commenced in the Triton Bowling League for another season. Ted Sohns and Holmes Cathrall led the way for Gibbons; Bill Eggleston and Milton Phillips paced Ace’s.

A movie at the Dietrich last week for the Little Leaguers served as a grim reminder that lots of work remains to be done on the new ball park up on Sunnyside Road.

80 Years Ago (1937)

Work is started this week on an ideal skating pond sufficiently large to accommodate all young people of Tunkhannock, and where the worst misfortune which could occur to any person would be wet feet. The National Youth Administration, of which Mrs. Emerald Harper is county supervisor, is considering a dam or retaining wall along the lower side of Swale Brook Swamp.

Severely handicapped by the absence of regular players, Tunkhannock’s Tritons lost to Freeland, 34-29. But, the Tritons turned it around for a 27-21 win over Nanticoke. Cy Kasselman played his first games as Tunkhannock’s import, getting nine against Freeland and 12 against Nanticoke.

Attendance at the Tunkhannock games of the Penn State League this season has started out far ahead of any previous season since this community began enjoying first class professional basketball.

At Tunkhannock High School, the senior girls won over the sophomore girls, 21-8, with Jean Horlacher the high scorer. The game between the men of the faculty and the boys’ varsity was won by the faculty, 23-19. Mr. Bunnell was high scorer.

Basketball games played between Springville and Rush resulted in a victory for the Springville boys and the Rush girls.

Meshoppen: Noxen high school boys’ basketball teams will play our teams here Friday night. There will also be a game between the lean and the fat men.

100 Years Ago (1917)

Pennsylvania is quite a bear state. Estimates that probably 250 were killed in Pennsylvania in the season were made at the office of the State Game Commission. This number is more than are ordinarily killed in a year in some of the Western states. It is not believed that the kill of deer will run as high this year as last, because of the lack of snow, which prevented tracking of animals.

There will be two bills presented at the next session of the legislature changing the present fish laws. The first will be to provide for resident and nonresident fishermen’s licenses; the second contains a number of important changes in the present fish laws of the state.

The more important of the changes are the ones changing the limit of size of black bass from eight to nine inches, and the dropping of the limit for trout caught in one day from 40 to 25. The limit on trout size is left at six inches.

The Boy Scout movement is being revived in Hop Bottom with much interest in the work.