20 Years Ago (1998)
Some 111 runners turned out for the February Freeze with Jeff Crahalla top male at 16:56 and Charlene Lyford top female at 18:39.
Junior Lynn MacMillan’s second place finish was the top showing by Tunkhannock Area in this past weekend’s District 2-AAA wrestling tourney in Hazleton. Five more wrestlers advance to regionals as Marc Johnson took third and John Belcher, Bob Daniels, Mark Nonnemacher and Eddie Rought were fourth.
Going undefeated at the District 2 Junior High wrestling tourney were TA’s Steve Franko and Lou MacMillan, Elk Lake’s Warren Montagna, and Trail’s Mike Shupp.
Elk Lake ended Lackawanna Trail’s boys’ basketball season with a 55-45 win over the Lions, and will advance in the AA playoffs Thursday against Bishop Hannan or Meyers.
Elk Lake’s girls beat Delaware Valley, 48-43, to win the second half championship of the Northeast Lackawanna Girls League. Becky Caines led with 21 points. With a follow-up win over Mountain View, they become the #1 seed in AA.
TA’s boys’ swim team completed a 13-1 season with a convincing 124-61 win over Hanover. Triple winners included Steve Fisher, Levi Bonnice, Nick Boehmer and Justin Elick.
The Lady Tigers dropped their final two meets of the season, 111-74, to Abington Heights, and, 122-60, to Berwick.
40 Years Ago (1978)
A coaching move by Tony Konieski made a world of difference in the Tunkhannock team over the last two games, with Sid Lyons moved from under the basket to the wing and Keith King from wing to underneath. The Tigers beat Blue Ridge, 89-43.
Tunkhannock wrestling team took sole possession of first place last week, downing two league opponents, Lackawanna Trail, 39-12, and Western Wayne, 45-15.
Freshman Paul Ruhf, of Lawton, scoring his 12th pin Wednesday against Mountain View, now holds Elk Lake’s record for most falls in one varsity season. Seniors Rick Fuhrey and Erick Noldy are co-captains of the Elk Lake wrestling squad.
The Warriorettes of Elk Lake will play in their second consecutive PIAA District 12-A Basketball Championship against Forest City at Mountain View High School. Last week they nudged Tunkhannock, 60-57. The Tigresses will play Western Wayne for the AA title.
Chuck Howell, president of the Elk Lake Booster Club, announced that on Friday, Feb. 17, a basketball game between the Elk Lake faculty and the Pennsylvania State Police, from the Gibson barracks, will be held in the high school gym.
Plans are under way to organize a Tunkhannock Basketball Association, or Basketball Backers, to promote basketball in the Tunkhannock school area.
60 Years Ago (1958)
Although scoreless in the last quarter, Jimmy Hudock got 28 points in a revenge win, 61-55, over Elk Lake. He had a great assist by Ray Peters with 18 and Corky Shupp with eight. Chuck McLaughlin led Elk Lake with 18.
The Tigers make their final home appearance Friday night at 8 against Lackawanna Trail. That game will be preceded by a contest between the schools’ junior varsity squads, and that game will be preceded by a contest when Tunkhannock’s sixth graders take on the seventh graders. The varsity Tigers have a couple of makeup contests on tap before they meet Honesdale High on March 5 at Clarks Summit in the first round of PIAA District 12 Class B playoffs.
In other Susquehanna League action Friday, Montrose roughed up Falls-Overfield, 82-42; and Elk Lake beat Newton-Ransom, 55-40. On Tuesday, Lackawanna Trail beat F-O, 53-28.
Hudock was honored by the Scranton Times/WEJL as Athlete of the Week.
Sinclair Refining held a slim half point lead in the Triton Women’s Bowling League despite a loss to Keystone State Shoe. The shoemakers gained the victory by the skin of their teeth, nosing out their rivals by two pins.
Joe Glenn Jr. of Stonecrest leads the Mid-Valley Basketball League with a 28.4 average. The former THS star is on the Spitz Clothiers quintet of Olyphant.
80 Years Ago (1938)
Tunkhannock solidified its hold on fourth place in the New York-Penn League defeating Larksville, 37-26. The Tunks used a new player, Neil O’Donnell, who promises to be a sensation.
The Tunkhannock High School boys’ varsity journeyed to Fleetville last Friday and brought home a 51-23 victory. The girls’ varsity lost to Fleetville, 27-17. The THS junior varsity went to Meshoppen and won, 39-29.
Factoryville (Dino, Albeck, R. Gardner, Tourjee, and Reynolds) won a rifle match over Tunkhannock (Green, Frioni, Passmore, Glenwright and Lazarus), 738-650.
‘Pennsylvania Angler’ this month tells of a wall-eyed pike 29 and a half inches and eight pounds caught at Lake Carey by Stephen Wasley of Wilkes-Barre on a spinner.
Frank Dolbear, Harry Brown and Rev. Harry Sommers took members of the Tunkhannock Boy Scouts and members of Mr. Brown’s Sunday School class to Weston Field, Scranton, swimming on Saturday.
The young people seem to enjoy the skating on Robert Coolbaugh’s pond.
The merry makers held a roller skating party at the Falls skating rink Friday evening.
Plans for construction of a stadium in Scranton with a seating capacity of 20,000-25,000 at an estimated cost of $240,000-$300,000 was submitted to the Scranton Chamber of Commerce.
100 Years Ago (1918)
The basketball game played at Mill City between Falls Vocational School and Factoryville High, was won by Falls, 23-11.
The Boy Scouts, 25 in number, attended services at the Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning and listened to a sermon by Rev. F.B. Newman. They were in charge of Scout Master J.F. Ogden and his assistants Louis Ross and Almon Crandall. The Scouts were able to repeat the oath and the laws, and conducted themselves in a way to bring many compliments.
The ground hog must have done some shoveling to get out on Saturday.
Coasting down a street in Scranton, Joseph Rubowitz, 12, collided with a motor truck at a corner, and was killed.
Wanted raw furs. Highest market price at John Loftus’ barn, Tunkhannock, every Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. H.R. Tague. Bell Phone 87-0, Tunk, Exch. P.O. Tunkhannock, Pa. RD2.