Take a look back at Franklin County’s history through news and photos that appeared in local newspapers 25, 50, and 100 years ago on Feb. 25th.
25 Years Ago
February 25, 1995 – Saturday
“Scotland Rolls In First Round”
Scotland came out slowly and found itself in a battle with VisionQuest early in the game.
But the Cadets took over the game in a the second half, scoring 37 points in the bet-fourth quarter to bury the Mustangs 87- 53 in a District 3 Class A quarterfinal basketball playoff game Friday night at Waynesboro High School.
Scotland will play Reading Holy Name, a 54-42 winner over Millersburg, in the semifinals Monday 7:30 p.m. at a site to be determined.
“We were very flat early in the game,” Scotland coach Gerry Wilson said. “I attribute that, maybe, to just not playing since last Thursday, which is over a week. We’ve had good practices and I expected more, but I think that’s probably what it was.”
Scotland (21-3) held a small advantage early in the first quarter and stretched real-its lead to six at the end of the period only a jumper, by Robert Stevenson.
The Cadets boosted their lead to as many as 12 points in the second quarter, but the Mustangs (3-15) kept thundering back.
“It was a rather frustrating game for me and also for my kids,” Wilson said, “We turned the ball over more than we usually do and we didn’t shoot as well. It all just comes from the number of foul shots we shot also. We don’t usually get into that kind of a game. It’s nice to get by the first round and now won’t have is to worry about too much right now because we play Monday again.
T. Richardson brought VisionQuest back to within four, 27-23, scoring on a driving layup late in the first half, but that was as close as the Mustangs would get.
“I think the key in the first half was that we just stood in there and slugged with them,” VisionQuest coach Tony M Edwards said. “We didn’t back down from them.”
Scotland’s pressure caused the Mustangs to turn the ball over 32 times.
The Cadet’s scored the last five points of the first half and the first six points of the second, including a steal by Greg Caul that ended with him driving down the court for an in-your-face slam dunk.
Charles Hill, who scored a scored a team high of 25 points for Scotland said, “I just felt that I had to step it up a bit in the first half. Then in the second half I felt I just felt comfortable shooting the ball. It was a sloppy game. We could have been playing our better, we should have played better. We won but it wasn’t a real good win. In districts, teams play better. We should have been playing our best.”
“My kids played hard all the way through and that is really all that I can ask of them,” Edwards said.
Scotland forward Robert Hilliard said, “We played kind of slow in the first half, but in the second half we picked it up. We knew we had to pick it up and get them out of there.”
Scotland went to the foul line more than the Mustangs, but made only 22 of 44 attempts.
Edwards said, “I don’t want to take anything away from Scotland, because I think they’re a good team and I’m really not trying to turn this into a negative situation, but I tend to wonder how come the VisionQuest team always ends up on the short end of fouls. Even counting this we had 23 to their 12.”
“Although Scotland plays good defensive ball, I just don’t see why there should be such a discrepancy. It tends to happen, not only with this game, but in a few of the last games we’ve played, the fouls have been one-sided. I mean when the foul count is going in double digits going the other way, I think there is a problem there.
50 Years Ago
February 25, 1970 – Wednesday
“Cub Pack 130 Holds Banquet”
Chambersburg– Henry G. Stoehr spoke and showed slides of actual scenes from the Civil War at the recent Blue and Gold Cub Scout banquet of Pack 130 at Central Presbyterian Church.
Preceding the covered dish dinner, Webelo Scouts participated in a flag ceremony, and the Rev. Donald E. May offered the invocation.
Den mother Mrs. Linda Smith was presented a corsage and certificate of appreciation by Cubmaster William Rudisill.
Former den mother, Mrs. Carl Umble, who was unable to attend, was honored in absentia.
Webelo awards were received by Blair Cornelius, Steve Layman, and Robert English. Bear awards were earned by Carl Umble, James Dell and Robert Smith, with Wolf badges received by Allen Kline and Randy Scott. Keith Rudisill was the recipient of a service star.
Jim Gillan, district Scout executive, was introduced. Master of ceremonies was the Rev. William P. Neal.
100 Years Ago
February 25, 1920 –Wednesday
“To Make Drive For $7,000 For Baseball Here”
Aim for New Field; Waynesboro Would Raise $6,000
Chambersburg – Final plans for the canvass for subscriptions for the proposed baseball team were completed last night at a meeting in the courthouse. The aim of the temporary organization is $7,000 of which amount $3,000 will be raised by a general committee and $4,000 by an industrial committee, it is hoped.
It was announced that the canvass so far, which has been hindered by inclement weather, has netted $2,600; this to form a nucleus for the subscription drive. It was the sense of the meeting that a new ball park was not only advisable from a financial standpoint, but was necessary if the best results are to be obtained during the coming year. It is estimated that a new park would be less expensive ln the end than successive years of paying rent.
At a meeting in Waynesboro Monday night, attended by 100 fans, it .was decided that $6,000 should be raised in a whirlwind campaign to end Thursday night. It was decided to use the old E.B. field.