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Archive - Feb 24, 2012

The Last of a Vanishing breed? 100-win grapplers Cappella, Spack lead Chucks into Districts

February 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Because of limitations on the number of matches high school wrestlers are able to participate in each season, it was only within the last six years that Punxsy saw its first 100-win wrestler in Matt Means, who graduated in 2006. Means finished his career with 110 wins.

Last year, 2011 graduate Kody Young joined Means in the 100-win club and surpassed Means' win total to become the winningest wrestler in PAHS history with 144 individual victories.

This season, two Punxsy grapplers joined the 100-win club, in seniors Neko Cappella and Seth Spack.

Punxsy tourney gives players chance to show off skills

February 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Last Saturday, fifth-grade basketball teams from Indiana, Homer City, Brookville, Purchase Line and Butler traveled to Punxsutawney for the fifth-grade elementary basketball tournament hosted by SS.C.D. and the Punxsutawney Community Center.

A pair of Punxsy teams competed, one in the boys' division and one in the girls'.

The girls' team finished with a 3-1 record, with its only loss coming to Ligonier Valley.

Punxsy started the tournament with an 8-6 victory over Indiana Saturday morning.

In a dark year, Punxsy grads help PSU break THON records

February 24, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK — Last weekend, after months of scandal and media scrutiny surrounding their school, Penn State students took to the floor at the Bryce Jordan Center for the annual IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon — better known as THON — and showed just what the phrase “We are Penn State” means.

And two PAHS graduates — Brittany Baker and Keri Dinsmore — helped Penn State shatter last year’s record, raising $10.7 million for pediatric cancer research and to help emotionally and financially support families affected by pediatric cancer.

Thompson’s ‘bus stops here’ for re-election announcement

February 24, 2012

BROOKVILLE — “The bus stops here” was the slogan of the day when U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson’s (R-5) bus tour paid a visit to the Jefferson County Courthouse Friday during his 2012 election announcement tour.

“We’re in the middle of a four-day, 16-county, 23-stop 700-mile campaign bus kickoff,” he said, adding that he does three things when running for reelection: He works hard, he does the right things, and he communicates with his constituents.

Thompson said he likes the message it sends when he’s running for re-election every two years.

Brockway residents question Flatirons’ proposal

February 24, 2012

BROCKWAY — Wednesday night, more than 150 people attended a public hearing to voice their concerns about a gas company’s proposal to drill in Brockway borough.

Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25), state Rep. Sam Smith (R-66) and state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-78), called the meeting to give Brockway residents the opportunity to get answers from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Flatirons Resources, the company whose proposal has caused dissatisfaction for local residents.

Mary Jane Bodenhorn, 91

February 24, 2012

Mary Jane Bodenhorn, 91, County Acres Personal Care Home, Titusville, formerly of Punxsutawney, went to be with the Lord Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.

She was born May 1, 1920, in Colombus, Ohio, the youngest daughter of the late James and Nannie Mae Sims.

She was the beloved wife of Paul N. Bodenhorn Sr., whom she married Jan. 26, 1943, and who preceded her in death Dec. 27, 1974.

Mrs. Bodenhorn had been a secretary for Canoe Township for 20 years and held many positions while living at Mahoning Towers.

Betty Stear Long, 97

February 24, 2012

Betty Stear Long, 97, a longtime resident of Punxsutawney, passed away Feb. 1, 2012, at Brighton Gardens in Raleigh, N.C., after a brief illness.

She was born Sept. 25, 1914, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Jean and Frank Stear.

After graduating from Punxsutawney High School in 1931, she attended Indiana State Teachers’ College and was a third-grade teacher in the Punxsutawney schools until 1939, when she married Jesse P. Long, the love of her life.

Shirley L. McMillen, 69

February 24, 2012

Shirley L. McMillen, 69, Brookville, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at McKinley Heath Center in Brookville.

A complete obituary will appear in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

Arrangements are under the care of the Furlong Funeral Home, Summerville.

Chucks will lean on experience in upper classes

February 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After Thursday's examination of the lightweight seedings and anticipated matchups for the District IX Individual Championships, which will be held at Clarion University Saturday, today's edition of Spirit Sports examines the other end of the spectrum: The heavyweights.

Three of the four Chucks wrestlers in the top six weight classes enter the tournament as seniors, knowing this will be their last run to states, and overall, Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy anticipates and hopes for big things from his big men.

One last chance at the 'Big Dance'

February 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — While many children dream of one day playing in the NCAA's March Madness, known as the "Big Dance," most will never reach that level.

What took place this week at PAHS, the boys' elementary tournament, gives the children a taste of what it's like to take center stage just as the college players do every March.

This year's tournament, coached by the varsity and JV players and put on by the boys' basketball coaches from all levels, was a glaring success and concluded with five games Thursday night.

Sixth-grade: Penn State 34, Ohio State 14

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