Editor’s note: It’s no secret that the Sunday Dispatch carries a lot of history dating back to 1947. Now, we’re providing our readers with some of that history. Every week, we’ll hop in our Delorean and go back in time to each decade since the Dispatch has been in print to give you a look into the past.
Wyoming Area’s football season opened with a 7-3 loss at the hands of Berwick.
Marlon Bayard rushed for 110 yards and the Warriors outgained the Dawgs, 269 to 196.
The game was scoreless at the half. Wyoming Area kicked a field goal to take a 3-0 lead on a Lou DeMark 20-yard kick with 44 ticks remaining on the third-quarter clock.
Wyoming Area fumbled deep in its own territory and gave Berwick the ball at the WA 1. Berwick’s Christian Force scored on second down.
Wyoming Area football earned its fifth straight season-opening shutout with a 28-0 win over Abington Heights. Jim Pizano rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns, while Dave Elko and Tom Loftus led a tenacious defense that limited the Comets to just 62 total yards.
The defending District 2 Class AAA champions actually had two scores called back — a 42-yard run by first-year starting quarterback Tim Herron and a dazzling 69-yard punt return by Pizano.
Pittston Area football opened the 1983 season in style with a 41-6 bashing of Meyers.
Quarterback Nick Biscontini accounted for 29 of the Patriots 41 points — he had four touchdowns and five PATs.
Tailback Dave Burns ran 13 times for a blistering 133 yards. PA’s first drive was all Biscontini. On a third and six from the Meyers 40, Biscontini rushed for the first down. On the next play, he scampered 32 yards to the end zone for the games initial score.
Hall’s Nursery Little League team was crowned champions of the West Pittston League.
The lads beat West Side Bank for the championship and led the league with home runs, hammering 12 of them on the season.
Members of the team were Ed Pollard, Dave Alberigi, Billy Peck, Ricky Orth, Scott Rose, Mike Mazur, Carmen Colarusso, Jake Vaxmonsky, Joe Devers, Bob Lauck, Dave Stankoski, Frank Horan, Ed Kovaleski and Sam Turoni.
The manager was Joe Argenio Sr. He was assisted by Carmen Colarusso and George Mazur.
In the Knight’s Bowling League, Tom Hennigan connected for a 193-535 and Dave Carpenter rolled a 204-507 to give Carpenter’s team the undisputed possession of of first place in the league.
Dan Julio tossed a 191-515 for Pittston Tobacco CO.