This Week in Local History: Baskets, bases and a bee

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com
Members of the 1968 Abington Heights High School Gymnastic Team were, first row, Linda Little. From left. second row, Tim Aikman, Suzanne Newman, Sue Gleason, Heather McGregor, Anne Sheroda and Jim Creamer. Third row, Kim Baxter, George Margula, Bob Aikman, Pete Stak, Ken Baggs, Jim Priscaro, Dale Muchler, John Gibbs and Bill Vandemark. Fourth row, Debbie Jones, Debbie Blasco, Jury LaCoe, Dianne Dicker and Linda Baxter. - Abington Journal file photos
‘Can spring be far behind?’ asked the original caption for this photo in 1978. ‘Believe it or not, sunny days and blue skies are in the offing and soon these eager youngsters will shed those heavy coats for baseball caps and shirts. It was an enthusiastic group that registered for the 1978 Little League season on Feb. 25 at the Clarks Green Methodist Church.’ - Abington Journal file photos
Abington Heights Middle School’s 1988 fourth-grade spelling bee winners were, from left, Scott Leonhardt, first place; Ryan Cannon, second place; and Ricky Baboff, third place; with Principal William P. Carlin. - Abington Journal file photos

1968 — The Abington Heights High School faculty accepted a challenge from the Tunkhannock High School faculty to a basketball game in Tunkhannock, which was to be preceded by a game between the two schools’ cheerleaders. The Abington Heights gymnastics team, coached by David Faux, was to give a performance between the two games.

Proceeds from the event were to benefit the Peace Corps School, which the two schools were building, along with the Montrose and Lackawanna Trail high schools.

1978 — Abington area youngsters were gearing up for spring and dreaming of warmer days, as they completed their sign-ups for the Abington Little League.

1988 — Scott Leonhardt was the first-place winner of Abington Heights Middle School’s fourth -grade spelling bee. Ryan Cannon won second place and Ricky Baboff came in third.

Members of the 1968 Abington Heights High School Gymnastic Team were, first row, Linda Little. From left. second row, Tim Aikman, Suzanne Newman, Sue Gleason, Heather McGregor, Anne Sheroda and Jim Creamer. Third row, Kim Baxter, George Margula, Bob Aikman, Pete Stak, Ken Baggs, Jim Priscaro, Dale Muchler, John Gibbs and Bill Vandemark. Fourth row, Debbie Jones, Debbie Blasco, Jury LaCoe, Dianne Dicker and Linda Baxter.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_ABJ-LH-0228-1968.jpgMembers of the 1968 Abington Heights High School Gymnastic Team were, first row, Linda Little. From left. second row, Tim Aikman, Suzanne Newman, Sue Gleason, Heather McGregor, Anne Sheroda and Jim Creamer. Third row, Kim Baxter, George Margula, Bob Aikman, Pete Stak, Ken Baggs, Jim Priscaro, Dale Muchler, John Gibbs and Bill Vandemark. Fourth row, Debbie Jones, Debbie Blasco, Jury LaCoe, Dianne Dicker and Linda Baxter. Abington Journal file photos

‘Can spring be far behind?’ asked the original caption for this photo in 1978. ‘Believe it or not, sunny days and blue skies are in the offing and soon these eager youngsters will shed those heavy coats for baseball caps and shirts. It was an enthusiastic group that registered for the 1978 Little League season on Feb. 25 at the Clarks Green Methodist Church.’
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_ABJ-LH-0228-1978.jpg‘Can spring be far behind?’ asked the original caption for this photo in 1978. ‘Believe it or not, sunny days and blue skies are in the offing and soon these eager youngsters will shed those heavy coats for baseball caps and shirts. It was an enthusiastic group that registered for the 1978 Little League season on Feb. 25 at the Clarks Green Methodist Church.’ Abington Journal file photos

Abington Heights Middle School’s 1988 fourth-grade spelling bee winners were, from left, Scott Leonhardt, first place; Ryan Cannon, second place; and Ricky Baboff, third place; with Principal William P. Carlin.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_ABJ-LH-0228-1988.jpgAbington Heights Middle School’s 1988 fourth-grade spelling bee winners were, from left, Scott Leonhardt, first place; Ryan Cannon, second place; and Ricky Baboff, third place; with Principal William P. Carlin. Abington Journal file photos

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.