20 Years Ago (1993)
Tunkhannock Area senior Bob Farber wrestled his way to his second Most Outstanding Wrestler Award Wednesday night as he put on a clinic in the 16th Annual Kiwanis Wrestling Tournament. In the finals at 160 pounds, he pinned Wyalusing’s ‘Snapper’ Carr in 1:13. Four area wrestlers (TA’s Joe Farber, 189; Elk Lake’s Chad Silverstrim, 119; and Trail’s Nathan Petula, 125, and Jason Macarski, 130) earned runner-up awards in the tourney won by Pocono Mountain. Trail finished sixth, Tunkhannock eighth and Elk Lake 14th. Taking third places were Trail’s Frank Pensak (140) and Mike Petherick (152), and the Tigers’ Patrick Richie (171).
Tunkhannock fell behind in the first quarter and could not recover as Milton dumped the Tigers, 75-56 in the opening round of the Bloomsburg Hospital Classic. Jeff Flood and Mike Boretti each had 19.
Trail took its first basketball win of the season with a 84-53 pasting of East Stroudsburg Notre Dame on Wednesday.
Paul Lupinski won four events as the Tiger swim team beat Scranton 124-60. Lupinski’s 50 free time of 23.4 seconds leads the Wyoming Valley Conference.
At its cross country banquet, TA’s Rosalyn Kintner was named most outstanding on the 9-6 girls’ team and Travis Swartwood did the same for the 14-4 boys’ team.
Eddie Sebastianelli, a teacher coach at Elk Lake who co-coached an RTL Little League team to the state playoffs in the 1950s, has died.
40 Years Ago (1973)
The letdown that always follows the big win almost cost the Tunkhannock Ringers their undefeated status in the Scranton Basketball Association last week. Led by former Old Forge star Ron Ulias’ 44, they beat the White Knights, 115-98, and then Lavelle Realtors 105-97. Ulias had 28 in the latter game.
Steve Hunsinger of Elk Lake High School has been named by the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Assn. all-state high school soccer team. He is Elk Lake’s first representative on the all-state team. Last year, Montrose had its first all-stater in Bill Bush.
Small game hunters will take to the fields and forests for the final time in 1973 when the late small game and bow and arrow seasons open on Wednesday, Dec. 26.
A 31-18 victory over State University of New York at Cortland last Saturday enabled Keystone Junior College to carry a 4-2 record for the season into its own invitational tournament. The tourney will be an all-day affair on Saturday and the site has been changed to Lackawanna Trail High School, which will also host the Dalton Lions’ Scholastic Tournament the two previous days. Grabbing wins for Keystone against Cortland were Chuck Worthington, Henry Sergay, Bill Batzel, Gary Koerner, Sandy Schretzenmaier and Dave Kovaleskie.
Don’t forget: Warrior Booster Night is Saturday, Dec. 29, in the Elk Lake gym, with seventh and eighth grade basketball at 6:30, wrestling matches at 7:30 and varsity basketball vs. alumni at 8:30.
60 Years Ago (1953)
Rolling to a 19-3 lead in the first period, Tunkhannock Hi defeated its old Suburban League rival, Factoryville, for the second time Monday night, 58-37, in a home game. It was the last of five exhibitions for the Tigers, whose Back Mountain League campaign begins Jan. 5 at Dallas. Besides the two Factoryville victories, the Tunks beat Falls-Overfield and lost to Montrose and Forty Fort. Coach ‘Dutch’ Keller used 11 players against Factoryville, nine of whom scored. Mac Davenport took a turn as high man with 11. For Factoryville, Aten was tops with 14.
Mr. and Mrs. Olin Miner and the former’s sister, Mrs. Amy Remley of Eaton Twp., spent an uncomfortable Sunday night on Dutch Mountain. The trio drove to the vicinity of the abandoned coal mine to train their dog in hunting white rabbits. They lost their bearings and were unable to find their car. Darkness came on and there was nothing to do but build a fire. In the meantime, relatives and neighbors became alarmed and started a search. Early Monday morning Alvah Fassett and Charlie Gay took off from Skyhaven Airport in their planes to aid in the search, but before long “Ike” and the two ladies emerged from the wilderness.
Vincent’s blasted into first place in the Triton Bowling League last week as they knocked off Gay-Murray, 3-1, while Cathrall’s upset Sinclair in a 4-point sweep. Albie Slocum led Vincent’s to the top with 213-589.
80 Years Ago (1933)
Bob Henrie’s ‘big orange machine,’ the Tunkhannock Tritons, made it seven in a row by defeating a strong Dunmore team, 25-16, here on Monday night.
However, on Tuesday at Freeland, they suffered their first defeat with a floor battle between former Lehigh University captain ‘Buck’ Schaub pouring in 10 for Freeland vs. the Tritons’ Peters with five.
The locals are eager for a rematch in Tunkhannock which is scheduled for Jan. 1.
The high school boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will play the alumni teams at the Tunkhannock High School building on Friday night, Dec. 29. The girls’ game will begin at 7:30. Admission is 15 and 25 cents. Proceeds will go towards furnishing uniforms for the girls. The girls have a good team this year and have high hopes of winning the county championship again as they did last year. Come out and help the girls get their uniforms.
Christy Mathewson Jr., son of the late ‘Christy,’ famous ball pitcher, and his mother are spending the holiday season with relatives in Scranton. They will undoubtedly visit in Factortyville, where Christy Sr. was born and raised. Christy Jr. was critically injured and life was despaired of on Jan. 8, this year when an amphibian plane he was piloting crashed in China. Amputation of his left leg was necessary to save his life
Fred Adams and son Thomas of Forkston each got a deer during the season.
100 Years Ago (1913)
The Christmas Day edition of the Scranton Republican notes, “Fifteen years from now Christy Mathewson may be the sensation of the baseball world.” But, the Christy Mathewson of say 1929 will have Junior tied to his name. Big Six is teaching Little Six the rudiments of our national pasttime. Christy Jr. now is about 7 years old, but it is said he seems to take naturally to the game of baseball. As the son of the greatest baseball pitcher of all time, little Christy would be under a big handicap if he entered professional ball. The people would expect too much of him and most likely if his distinguished dad had any say, the youngster will not be a baseball player, although Matty does not hesitate in advising baseball as a career for other lads. In the case of his own son, he appreciates the disadvantages that might surround the lad.
Mr. Stone, living west of Springville, while hunting one day last week had the bad luck to discharge his gun while crossing a little ravine, and shot away the greater part of his big toe upon one foot. Another reminder that “the way of the hunter” is quite likely to result in accidents unless constant precaution is taken.
John Layton and two Spencer boys went fishing at Schooley Pond on Tuesday of this week.
The new addition to the state fish hatchery at Pleasant Mount has been completed at a cost of $8,000 by the Hagen Construction Company of Scranton. It comprises a combination bulkhead and fish run. The latter is 80 feet long, 25 feet high and 7 feet wide.