20 Years Ago (1999)
Tunkhannock’s Tigers will send four district gold medalists to compete in this year’s state track meet at Shippensburg. Lady Tigers on the prowl will be Keri Beckhorn who won the district long jump at 16-11; Barbara Grimaud who won the district javelin at 131-9; and Jessie Didier who took the 300 hurdles in 46.92. The lone TA boy going to states is Kevin McCann who took the District 2 high jump at 6-1.
Trail’s Laurie Baker earned a spot in the PIAA state track meet by winning a gold medal in the District 2 AA competition last week at 109-4.
The Lady Tigers won the 1999 regular season Wyoming Valley Conference title in its last week with wins over Hazleton (1-0), Pittston (10-2), but a 4-1 loss to Coughlin. They open District 2 AAA play after getting a first-round bye.
Elk Lake’s softball team clinched a berth in the District 2A playoffs with wins over Sacred Heart and Forest City. They open play at Mid Valley.
District 2 baseball playoffs open with the Tigers taking on Abington Heights AAA and Trail up against Northwest in A.
Jesse Kalmanowicz had three goals to pace the Lady Tigers to a season ending soccer win over Pittston. However, they missed the playoff cut.
Trail athlete Tim Ronchi has announced his intentions to play football and baseball for Susquehanna University.
40 Years Ago (1979)
Members of the Tunkhannock Area High School Track team will be headed to the state track meet at Shippensburg. Golds taken at the District 2 meet were Tom Richardson in mile (4:21.6) and 2-mile (9:39.8); Bob Fitch In the 880 (1:58.3).
Strong performances were also registered by Len Vermeulen who came in fourth in the 120 hurdles and Scott Kresge who was fourth in the long jump.
In the Lackawanna League individual meet the Tunkhannock girls finished fifth with the 440-yard relay team taking first.
Runners are still preparing for the Memorial Day weekend jogathon, while Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts practice marching in the annual parade.
Tunkhannock’s Roger Daniels has accepted an athletic grant-in-aid to Shippensburg where he is expected to play football and wrestle.
Elk Lake’s baseball team fell into a tie for first place after being upset by Blue Ridge, 4-2. Tim Newhart slugged a homer.
Tunkhannock blasted out 13 hits en route to a 9-6 victory over Carbondale. Jim Harding and Joe Sick each had three runs.
Noxen Rebels emerged as winner of its first slo-pitch tourney held at Noxen over the past two weekends. Jim Barbacci was voted most valuable player.
In Little League action, Bartron’s is 4-0 after winning pitcher Mick Gilroy put it to Gateway Ford, 9-7.
60 Years Ago (1959)
Tunkhannock High completed its second unbeaten season in as many years of the Suburban Baseball League’s existence, and clinched the pennant Monday with an 8-2 win over Lackawanna Trail. Walt Weiss was the winning pitcher with Dick Montross hitting 3-for-3
The win was on top of Tiger sophomore Rick Stevens’ 2-hit, 7-0, win over Newton-Ransom on Wednesday. Bill Mock led with three hits.
THS is tuning up for the PIAA District 12 playoffs next week with an exhibition baseball game Thursday against Blue Ridge at Memorial Park.
Bob Eggleston cleared the pole vault bar at 10 feet 5.5 inches to break a 2-year record as THS beat Clarks Summit, 59-41, Tuesday.
G. Carlton ‘King’ Shaffer, the national tennis doubles champion in 1913, 1914 and 1918, and founder of a summer tutoring establishment for children known as Camp Susquehannock, died May 18 at Binghamton, N.Y. He was 78.
Ken Ryce and Ken Price were crowned the doubles champions of Shadowbrook Lanes Thursday after defeating Bob Massaker and Charley Charles. Tops among the nonqualifyers were Harold and Chris May at 1063.
Visitors to the Little League Park Saturday will notice the distance from the mound to home plate has been increased two feet which complies with a new rule adopted nationally after the 1958 season.
80 Years Ago (1939)
The following members of the Tunkhannock track team will go to State College Friday, where they will compete in the state meet: Robert Kromelbein, George Frempter, William Stevens, Harland Reynolds, and Robert Massaker. Robert Harding will accompany the boys.
The baseball championship of Wyoming County will be decided this Wednesday at Factoryville when Tunkhannock High meets Beaumont High School. The winner will play Oakland, the Susquehanna County champion, on May 31.
The THS tennis team, under Coach Klinger, has its first meet Thursday on the Tunkhannock courts against Forty Fort. The coach will choose his team from the following candidates: Kromelbein, Stevens, Fitze, Morse, Miller, Holton, Kingston and Gardner.
The Wyoming County Fair Association has a Memorial Day program at the fairgrounds next Tuesday. It consists of various races with a dozen horses participating and two baseball games.
George Gay will spend the holiday weekend fishing in Canada.
Dr. Walter Tewksbury, J.M. Fitze, Charles McKown, and John Luce were among those from Tunkhannock who attended Christy Mathewson Day at Scranton-Keystone Junior College on Saturday.
Alvah Fassett has purchased a 1939 Comet racing boat which he has launched at Lake Carey.
100 Years Ago (1919)
Forkston played their first ball game of the season Friday with the Meshoppen boys. Though Forkston was beaten, they put up a very interesting game considering the fact that they had almost no practices, and have not played for two seasons. However, they will soon be in good physical form. They played several innings Friday, and the result was 5-2 in favor of Meshoppen. The Meshoppen team played a good game.
The sporting event of the week will be the Wyoming County track meet at the fairgrounds, Saturday next to which all the young athletes are looking forward.
All gold medals for first place finishes for boys in next week’s events at the track meet and other prizes are in the show window of Mary E. Rubright’s store.
2nd place Boys prizes include for 100 yard dash- pair of athletic shoes; 220- steel fishing rod; half mile- safety razor; running high jump- electric flash lantern; shot put- Boy Scout knife; running broad jump- Parker fountain pen; 110 hurdle- gold cuff buttons.
Girls prizes: 50 yard dash- 1st- ivory black hair brush, 2nd-American flag 3x5; 60 hurdle- 1st-ruby and pearl ring, 2nd-skating cap; running high jump- 1st-lavalliere, 2nd-box candy;
100 yard dash- 1st-cameo brooch; 2nd- box fancy groceries; running broad jump- picture (chariot race), 2nd-box chocolates.