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Poor defense carries Chucks toward 62-55 loss

January 5, 2011

INDIANA — Two Chucks scored 20-plus points, but the Punxsy boys' basketball team didn't play enough defense while losing to one-win Indiana Wednesday night, 62-55.

Experience was in Punxsy's favor, as all nine of the Chucks (3-4) who played are seniors or juniors. Indiana (2-9), meanwhile, received 18 of its season-high 62 points from three freshmen.

Punxsy first-year head coach Dirk Neal, who has stressed a team that defends with intensity and enthusiasm since he took the job, wasn't the least bit pleased with the way his defense performed Wednesday.

Chucks use six falls to take out Tigers

January 5, 2011

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Upon winning four of the first five bouts Tuesday against Hollidaysburg to build a 22-3 advantage, the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team surged toward a 57-23 victory on the road.

"We had another nice win tonight. The kids wrestled pretty well, and we saw a lot of nice things out there," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "Intensity was good, and they got the job done even with a couple of starters — Matt Burke and Darin James — out of the lineup due to illness."

Winter Queen, Princess will be crowned during basketball game

January 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The PAHS senior class recently chose six senior girls to represent the 2011 Winter Queen’s Court.

This year’s court includes Tawnee Bowers, Kayla Knox, Megan Muth, Hannah Neal, Sam Osikowicz and Taylor Powell.

The senior girl with the highest number of votes will reign as queen and the senior girl with the second highest number of votes will reign as princess.

The crowning will take place during halftime of Friday’s varsity basketball game against Brookville.

New Phil — and Phyllis — plush toys available Friday

January 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Friday, less than a month shy of the 125th Groundhog Day, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, in partnership with Punxsutawney Phil’s Official Souvenirs, will release the 2011 plush Phil.

This year, in celebration of the holiday’s quasquicentennial however, the plush Punxsutawney Phil is accompanied by someone new — someone less acclaimed, less acknowledged and perhaps, less appreciated: A plush Punx-sutawney Phyllis.

Long-lost class ring back on finger of rightful owner after mysterious journey

January 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — No one would ever think that the PAHS Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test would be the catalyst to reunite a long-lost possession with its owner, but that is exactly what happened in a serendipitous string of events in late December at PAHS.

Each year, PAHS administers the ASVAB test to students who plan to enlist in the military. A representative from ASVAB works in conjunction with junior guidance counselor, Jenny White, to administer the test on the designated date.

Hazel Helene Minnick, 91

January 5, 2011

Hazel Helene Minnick, 91, of Fort Myers, Fla., and formerly of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers.

She was born April 20, 1919, in Harmony, one of 11 children of Thomas and Violet (Beatty) Young Sr.  

She was married to Edward James Minnick Sr., who preceded her in death in 1999.

Mrs. Minnick lived in Punxsutawney for 40 years prior to moving to State College for about 10 years, and then settled in southwest Florida.

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