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May 30th, 2012

Punxsy downs Lady Dutch to earn fifth-straight D-IX crown

May 30, 2012

BROCKWAY — For the fifth year in a row, the Lady Chucks' softball team is the District IX Champion, having defeated the Lady Dutchmen 7-1 in Brockway Wednesday.

On winning the title, head coach Alan Pifer said, "It's fantastic. We beat a quality team there; they're a top notch program."

The Lady Chucks were firing on all cylinders with a combination of good pitching, fielding and hitting that showcased the talent the girls possess.

The Zak Zone

May 30, 2012

Go or go home; do or die; put up or shut up; this one's for all the marbles.

No matter how you say it, there is nothing more exciting for a sports fan than an elimination game — and nothing more gut-wrenching if it's your team that's putting it all on the line in the go or go home fashion.
Wednesday, two PAHS teams competed in do or die fashion against the St. Marys squads at their respective District IX Championship games in Brockway: The softball team and the baseball team.

Gladys Louella McQuown, 94

May 30, 2012

Gladys Louella McQuown, 94, Frederick, Md., formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at Homewood at Crumland Farms in Frederick after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.

She was born Jan. 5, 1918, in Bell Township (Albion), a daughter of the late William H. and Emma (Sankey) Bargerstock Buck.

She was a 1936 graduate of Punxsutawney High School, and in 1939, she married Samuel McQuown, who preceded her in death in 1988.

May 29th

Heavy storm brings heavy call volume at 911 Center

May 29, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency said Sunday’s severe thunderstorm affected everyone in the county and left several hundred people without power, downed trees and power lines throughout the county and region.

Meanwhile, another storm struck the area again Tuesday, but this time, the damage from high winds appeared to have affected the northern portions of Jefferson County according to 911 scanner reports.

Advertising on or in school buses? More funding sources sought

May 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the state continues to cut funding to public schools, many districts are wondering what to do about funding for transportation.

The Punxsutawney Area School Board recently held a transportation committee meeting where school bus advertising was discussed as the new wave for funding transportation.

DELAYED YET ANOTHER DAY

May 29, 2012

In this Spirit file photo, Punxsy's Ryan Sloniger (left) trots into third base, as Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey gives him the hold sign in an April 18 game against DuBois. Dickey and his squad hoped to be off and running toward their ninth-straight District IX title Tuesday in Brockway, but another nasty storm wiped out the field and delayed the game — which was originally scheduled to take place last week — to this afternoon. The Lady Chucks were also supposed to play St. Marys Tuesday in Brockway, and both games have been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. today.

May 28th

Chucks try to keep title streak alive

May 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Entering the season, the Punxsy Chucks baseball team put the number out there from the start: Nine.

In 2011, the Chucks earned their eighth-consecutive District IX title, and this year, the expectation was to put themselves in a position to pick up number nine.

Lady Chucks hope to make it 3-for-3

May 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A torrential downpour knocked down branches across town Sunday evening and chased the Lady Chucks softball team inside for practice.

But despite the rain, Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer said the squad had one very good reason to squeeze in the practice while it still could: A very worthy opponent.

The Lady Chucks will face St. Marys today in the D-IX Class AAA Softball Championship.

MORGAN THROWS AT STATES

May 28, 2012

Punxsutawney senior Brody Morgan was the only competitor for the Chucks during the second day of the PIAA Class AAA Track and Field Championships. Going into the event, Morgan was seeded 16th, as his best throw of the season 179-7.Saturday, Morgan threw the javelin 160-9 for 21st overall. The winner of Morgan's event was Billy Stanley, of South Park, who threw 246-9, setting a new state record in the event. His throw was farther even than the NFHS record of 244-2, set by Sam Crouser, of Central Dauphin.

Punxsy salutes those who gave all

May 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A violent storm the evening before spared Punxsutawney its wrath during Memorial Day, as veterans and citizens gathered in Barclay Square to honor those in the armed forces who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Also, during the annual Memorial Day parade, a handful of local veterans — in tribute to their service to their country — took part in the parade aboard two authentic World War II vehicles.

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