Archive - Feb 21, 2013
ST. MARYS â€” The real Punxsy Lady Chucks basketball team showed for the final five minutes of action on Thursday night.
The arrival of the Punxsy squad, which helped claim 13 wins heading into the District IX semifinal turned out to be just in the nick of time.
Trailing the entire first 27 minutes, the Lady Chucks went on an 11-3 run to take the lead and held on for an eventual 50-47 victory over the host Lady Dutch of St. Marys.
Punxsy's Josh Shuckers grapples with DuBois' Dylan Zimmerman last Thursday night in DuBois. Shuckers claimed a 4-0 shutout, and the two will have a rematch tonight in the 132-pound weight class as part of the preliminary round of bouts at the District IX/IV AAA championship. The Chucks' Joel Bowers (120) is the lone top-seed for the squad, while both Kaleb Young (126) and Perry Arrington (138) are rated second in their weight classes, respectively. For the first time, District IX will combine with District IV for AAA into one district individual championship.
CLARION â€” The seventh-seeded Lady Raiders kept the dream of the D-IX AA title alive with a hard-fought 50-49 win over the third-seeded Lady Berries in the district playoff semifinals Thursday night at the Tippin Gym at Clarion University.
"It was 32 minutes of the hardest basketball those kids can play. When things started going south late in the game they didn't get rattled they kept their composure and we hit some big free throws late. We did enough to win," said Mark Powell, Lady Raiders varsity coach.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A joint meeting of the Punxsutawney Area School Board's Building and Maintenance and Athletic committees was held Tuesday, and expansion of the weight room at Punxsutawney Area High School into what has been a maintenance garage was discussed.
Jim Baun, chair of Building and Maintenance, said that the Punxsutawney Booster Club was willing to pay to expand and upgrade the present weight room facility. Bill Vasallo, PAHS athletic director, said his understanding was that the Booster Club was willing to donate the funds to pay for the weight room upgrade.
BROOKVILLE â€” If youâ€™re interested in benefiting two good causes and maybe having a pleasant day out while youâ€™re at it, you might have your chance on March 2 at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, which will be hosting Brookville author L.A. Adamson for a book signing that will raise money to help the library and sheltered animals.
Adamson, whose first name is Lisa, is the author of â€śSoggypaw Siberian Huskies,â€ť a chapter book that tells the tale of a husky named Czarah as she tries to assemble a sled dog team to fulfill her ownerâ€™s dream of conquering the Great Pennsylvania Sled Dog Race.
Mrs. Abigail â€śGayleâ€ť Anderson, 90, of Lake Wales, Florida, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at her home.
She was born June 1, 1922, in Marion Center, Pa., and married her husband, Emory A. Anderson, Sr., on Dec. 19, 1941.
They lived in Lake Wales from 1957 until 1964 and returned to Lake Wales from Punxsutawney in 1986.
She was a loving wife and mother and a beautiful example of love and caring for her family.
She was a bookkeeper and a secretary alongside her late husband in their
Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Lake Wales Womanâ€™s Club.
Francis J. "Cheech" Esposito, 82, Brockway, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born June 8, 1930, in Brockway, a son of Frank and Maria Carmella Provenzano Esposito.
He was previously married to Martha Hoskavich, who survives, of Brockway.
He was the owner of Esposito Beverage in Brockway from 1951 until 2006.
He was a member of St. Tobias in Brockway.
Cheech was a lifetime member of the S.O.I. Club in Brockway and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Clark A. Rhodes, 85, of Punxsutawney, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Rhodes was born Nov. 20, 1927, in Adamsburg, a son of the late John P. and Alta E. (Norris) Rhodes.
Clark is survived by his wife, Marilyn A. (McQuown) Rhodes, of Punxsutawney.
They were married July 1, 1950.
Mr. Rhodes served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and the Air Force during the Korean War.
He was retired from the Linde Company, a subsidiary of Union Carbide after 39-and-a-half years of service as a District Business Manager.
ST. MARYS â€” The saying goes it is tough to beat a team three times in one year.
Tonight, the Punxsy Lady Chucks will test the saying and look to prove it wrong in their case.
After sweeping the season series in games that were not in doubt for most of the contests, Punxsy will try to best St. Marys in the District IX AAA girls' basketball semifinal.
The tip-off will be at 7 p.m. in St. Marys Area High School gymnasium.
The winner of tonight's contest will move on to face Bradford on Saturday, Mar. 2, at Clarion University at a time to be determined.