September 22nd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Every child has big dreams. Some want to be an astronaut, some want to be president, and others want to be professional athletes.
Likewise, every parent dreams big for their children. They may have different ideas of what they should do one day, but the dreams are there nonetheless.
For the Mesoraco family, the past month has been one where they have had their opportunity to see all their dreams come true in son Devinâs call-up to the Major Leagues.
STRATTANVILLE â Tonight, two 1-2 teams will face off as the Punxsy Chucks travel to Strattanville to take on the Clarion-Limestone Lions â a team that plays a defensive style quite familiar to the Chucks, as it mimics that of the St. Marys Dutchmen, who Punxsy faced last Friday.
"On defense, they play a similar style to St. Marys," Punxsy head coach Alan Nichol said. "So, that's a concern. We'll have to come out and execute the game plan, and it's up to us to make those adjustments.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In a rare night game at Jack LaMarca Stadium in Punxsutawney, the Punxsy boys' soccer team defeated Redbank Valley 7-0 Thursday evening, breaking Redbank's three-game winning streak over the Chucks.
ALTOONA â Punxsy's seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams were each on the losing end against Altoona-White Thursday afternoon in Altoona.
In the seventh-grade contest, Punxsy was outscored 20-9 in the second half as Altoona went on to win 40-21, but Punxsy was at a disadvantage from the jump.
"We battled extra hard against a much, much taller Altoona team," Punxsy head coach Darrin Kriebel said. "Even though the final score is no indication, the girls put up a valiant effort against a very good team."
Barbara Ann Pifer, 63, Reynoldsville, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medial Center, DuBois.
She was born May 10, 1948, in Henderson Township, a daughter of the late Harry Blair and Inez Naomi (Pifer) Kerr.
May 18, 1968, she married Charles A. Pifer, who survives, of Reynoldsville.
Mrs. Pifer graduated with honors from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1966.
She was a former employee of Standard Pennant in Big Run.
Mrs. Pifer was a member of the Paradise United Church of Christ in Reynoldsville.
Marian Lee Powers, 69, of Big Run, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, as a result of a traffic accident.
She was born Dec. 14, 1941, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Mervin Roy and Virginia (Rhodes) Sebring.
Jan. 10, 1959, she married Lonnie Lee Powers, who survives.
She was a member of the Big Run Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder and the treasurer.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Clean-up continues along Route 119 following a two-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a Big Run woman Thursday morning.
See tomorrow's edition of The Spirit for more.
DUBOIS â The Punxsy boys' golf team travelled to DuBois Wednesday for the fifth annual DuBois Area High School Invitational Tournament and scored a combined 342 to earn a respectable fourth place, given the level of competition.
"Fourth place isn't that bad considering we were playing some huge schools out of our district," Punxsy head coach Josh Conrad said after the tournament.
Among the larger schools that competed was State College, which took first place in the tournament with a combined total score of 325.
DUBOIS â The Lady Chucks golf squad travelled to DuBois for the second time this week Wednesday, but for a much different appearance this time around, participating in the 18-team DuBois Invitational Tournament at the Silver Course in Treasure Lake.
Punxsy placed right in the middle of the field, which consisted of several much-larger schools, in ninth place.
To put things in perspective, Punxsy placed first among the five AML teams it usually competes against with a team score of 484.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The A. J. Parise Youth Football junior team couldn't overcome four turnovers, andÂ the East Brady Bulldogs scored two touchdowns in both the second and the fourth quarter to defeat the Chucks 36-6 last Saturday at Jack LaMarca Stadium in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy took the opening kickoff and was able to move the ball to midfield but fumbled at the 44.
East Brady drove to the 20, and on a fourth-and-seven, Punxsy's Andrew Wehrle deflected a pass attemptÂ headed for the Bulldogs' Devin Ryan, giving the Chucks the ball.