Step Back in Time features community news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

May 12, 1984

WALTON _ They are the new kids on the Mohawk-Hudson Baseball League block, but semi-professional baseball won't be anything new to the Walton Shamrocks as they enter their sixth season May 19.

Donald "Doc" O'Connell established the Walton Shamrocks six years ago. "Last year, we only had five players show up for our first day of practice," O'Connell said. The first practice day of 1984, nearly 20 players showed up, and O'Connell said the best players to grace his squad are still on the way. Many are now completing college seasons and should arrive in time for the opener against the long-established kings of area semi-pro baseball, the Macs of the Cooperstown-Milford area.

O'Connell says having two semi-pro teams proves the area is enriched with a wealth of baseball talent.

Walton's roster is graced by some of the best, such as former Walton Central School standouts Dave Gardepe, Bruce Shelton and Tom Moss.

The Macs, managed by Deane Winsor of Milford, began its 1983 schedule Sunday with a double-header against the Colonie Braves at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. Shawn Mulligan, Jerry Shultis, Mark Veley, Joe Mootz and Tom Winter will pitch for the Macs.

50 years ago

May 12, 1959

TREADWELL (Special) _ More than 100 couples attended the first semi-formal Junior Prom at Kellogg Central School gymnasium Saturday night.

Klaus Sohns and Sharon Haney, both juniors, were crowned King and Queen during appropriate ceremonies.

Eleanor Kellogg, Miss Haney and Jane Johnson comprised the general committee; and were assisted by Gilbert Laing and Robert Hazlett, who were in charge of tickets, programs, and decorations.

Mr. Sohns is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sohns of Arabia; Miss Haney is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Haney.

Music was furnished by an orchestra from Deposit, for dancing 8 to midnight.

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