Editor’s note: Each week the Sunday Dispatch staff sifts through the archives of the paper dating back to 1947. We pull out the most eye-popping story from this week each decade and share it with you. Here are this week’s most impressive stories from past decades.
Pittston Area ended a streak of 19 straight losses with a 31-7 win over Berwick at Charley Trippi Stadium. It was Berwick’s first loss of the year.
Pittston Area got its first points on a Rob Corey 26-yard field goal. Jack Stankoski hit Joe Consagra on a 65-yard pass — Stankoski also ran for a touchdown; Pete Smith returned the second half kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and added a 45-yard TD moments later.
Pittston area’s Joe Alba and Kim Thomas both reached personal milestones this week.
Thomas recorded her 100th kill for the Patriot volleyball team. Cindy Czeriakowski was the only other Patriot volleyball player to ever reach the milestone.
Meanwhile, Alba claimed the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 scoring title with 53 points, leading Pittston Area to a 10-3 record.
Wyoming Area football was the seventh straight victim to Hanover Area in a 14-12 loss at the hands of the unbeaten Hawkeyes. The Warriors’ Eric Speece, on a 14-yard run, gave the home team a 7-6 lead with 7:16 left in the third quarter. Following a costly turnover after the Warriors’ defense was unbreakable, Hanover Area punched in the winning score early in the fourth quarter and held on to win.
St. John the Evangelist catcher Mike Valenti was named to the Catholic Baseball league fall season All-Stars after hitting .428, second best in the league, for the 1-9 Johnnies.
Coach Paul Leonard described Valenti, who was known as “Dike,” was one of the finest players he has ever coached.
The Northeast Wildcats football team limbered up for a few tough games ahead of them with a 25-7 win over St. John’s at Exeter Stadium to move to 2-1.
The Wildcats scored three times in the first period to solidify themselves as the winners. Gerry Giles and Paul Yuhas had scoring runs of 39 and 54 yards, respectively.
The Johnnies were a passing team in this one. Pat Pisano hit Joe Flanery with a shot pass to the left flat for their only touchdown.
Former Pittston baseball player Joe Ardoline, known as “Shag”, was honored with a trophy recognizing his participation on the Japan Signal Service baseball team, winners of the Yokahama Area Sports Conference.
Ardoline hit .350 while playing right field and second base.
Ardoline was captain of the Pittston High football and basketball teams his senior year. He was recognized as the best male athlete in the class of 1949.
Ardoline entered service in 1952 and was previously employed by the Pittston Publishing Company.