This Week In Local History: Golf, tennis winners were celebrated

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com | September 12th, 2017 2:13 pm

1967 — The Scranton Canoe Club hosted the annual junior golf championship matches.

“Gary Martola was the winner of the first flight with Dave Lansidle runnerup,” read a piece in the Journal.

“Jeff Balsom won the second flight with Jack Williams runnerup.

“In the championship flight, Jim Harvey had carded a birdie on the 18th hole to tie Frank Tilley 2d for the championship.

“A special 18 hole playoff was held on Sunday morning with Tilley emerging the victor in a closely contested battle.

“Reggie Richardson and Norm Whitbeck, both of whom have held the Canoe Club Championship on numerous occasions, were co-chairmen of the junior championship matches. These matches are conducted to encourage and foster golf among the children of the Canoe Club members.”

1987 — The Lady Comets tennis team was “off to a winning start,” as stated in a top sports headline that week.

The team defeated its first two opponents, one in exhibition and the other in regular league action.

“Last season the team won the Northeastern Pennsylvania Tennis League championship with a 17-1 overall record and also picked up the Southern Division title,” reads the Journal article.

“Although quite a few seniors were lost from that squad, there are 18 girls on this year’s team, including last season’s District 2 PIAA doubles champions Katherine Nalevanko and Tanya Stavisky.”

Allison Lisk was one of the team’s tri-captains, along with Nalevanko and Stavisky.

From left, first row, 1967 junior golf champions Jim Harvey Jack, Williams, Jeff Balsom and Garry Martola. Second row, Norm Whitbeck, Dave Lansidle and Reg Richardson.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_ABJ-LH-0913-1967.jpgFrom left, first row, 1967 junior golf champions Jim Harvey Jack, Williams, Jeff Balsom and Garry Martola. Second row, Norm Whitbeck, Dave Lansidle and Reg Richardson. Abington Journal file photos
Abington Heights 1987 girls tennis team tri-captains, from left, Allison Lisk, Katherine Nalevanko and Tanya Stavisky.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_ABJ-LH-0913-1987.jpgAbington Heights 1987 girls tennis team tri-captains, from left, Allison Lisk, Katherine Nalevanko and Tanya Stavisky. Abington Journal file photos

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister

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