Sports items from the Sunday Dispatch archives.
Exeter’s Brian Bestider won a qualifying round of the Hershey’s Reese’s Open putting tournament sponsored by Golf Green, Inc. Bestider shot a score of 13 in the qualifying round to reach the finals which carried a $10,000 prize. Bestider came in second overall in the four0day event and missed the championship by two strokes.
Tom Durkin and Joe Coleman won the inaugural three-day mixedz event golf tournament at Emanon Country Club. The champions were the last team to qualify for the championship flight with a better ball score of 73. The duo finished with a 63 in captain and mate and a 72 in alternate shot.
Wyoming Area golfers edged Pittston Area to win their third Dispatch Cup with a 431 to 434 decision. WA senior Billy Ostrowski came in with an 89 that allowed the Warriors to claim the title at Fox Hill Country Club. Seton Catholic came in third with a score of 472. Pittston Area’s Mark Podrasky was medalist with a 78. John Donato was low for Wyoming Area with a 79.
Wagner’s Coal and Fuel Oil were crowned the champions of the Exeter Little League. Wagner’s, managed by Joe Coyne and Joe Pellegrini finished the second half by posting a 17-1 mark. Members of the team were: Joe DeGraba George Struscavage, Robert Chabak, Joe Lukash, Jim DeGraba, Carl Pellegrini, Ed Wruble, George Hetro, Greg Daileda, Rick Stockla and Paul Porferio.
Mothers and sons of Hughestown Little League met this week in a baseball game in Hughestown. The contest was held to raise fund for the operating cost of the league. Mothers were managed by Barbara Hensley. The boys were coached by John Hensley and George DeLuca.
A picture was shown in this week’s Dispatch of the Pittston High football players receiving physicals at the Garfield School prior to the 1953 season. It would be the first session for the players under newly appointed head coach Joe Sobieski, who was a former Pittston and Scranton University player. A few of the season’s hopefuls were pictured as Toby Anzalone, top back from 1952, stepped on the scales for Dr. Frank Tonrey.