November 8th, 2011
Tuesday night, the Punxsutawney Football 1st & 10 Club held a banquet to honor the football players and cheerleaders that participated in grades seven through 12 this season. The banquet gave the players, coaches and parents one final opportunity to honor the senior members especially. Punxsy head coach Alan Nichol thanked the seniors for all they've given to the program and for everything they've left behind for their teammates.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ After offensive explosions ruled the first night of the elementary basketball tournament Monday, defense took center stage Tuesday, as in each of the five games, one team or the other was held to 10 points or fewer.
In the first contest of the evening, the fourth- and fifth-grade game between the Heat and the 76ers, stifling defense by the 76ers held the Heat to seven points and earn a 15-7 win.
Megan Ray scored seven points to lead the offensive attack for the 76ers, while Ally Whitman matched her total for leading scorer with seven for the Heat.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ A pair of first-half turnovers proved to be key in the Savage Seniors' victory over the Jaw-Dropping Juniors in Monday night's Powderpuff football game beneath the lights of Jack LaMarca Stadium in Punxsutawney.
Seniors Tori Martin and Cassie Cook each had first-half interceptions that led to touchdowns for the Senior squad and proved to be enough to hold off the Jaw-Droppers 24-8.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Last week at this time, the Chucks soccer team was preparing for a re-match with District-IX defending champion Bradford and the coaching staff was delivering the message every staff would deliver before a playoff game: Don't look past this game.
Well, the Chucks won that game in an overtime thriller over the Owls, and suddenly the focus switched to looking past the game and preparing for the state tournament, which kicks off tonight with a game against the defending state champion and reigning District-VII champion Hampton.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The Punxsutawney Elementary Basketball Tournament is officially under way after a slate of five games was held Monday night in Punxsutawney.
In the sixth-grade contests, it became quite obvious that to win the tournament, teams will have to put up large numbers on the scoreboard, as the winning teams scored 32 and 28 points in the two games.
In the first game, between Penn State and Pitt, Kaitlyn Doverspike led the scoring with 12 points for Penn State and led her team to a 32-19 win.
Pitt's Kylie Lingenfelter was close behind in the scoring category with 10 points.
The Savage Seniors defeated the Jaw-Dropping Juniors 24-8 in Monday night‚Äôs Powderpuff game at Jack LaMarca Stadium. At halftime, Matt Rowland (second from right) ‚ÄĒ escorted by Adrienne Hess ‚ÄĒ was crowned king of the King‚Äôs Court, and Kendall Neal (second from left) ‚ÄĒ escorted by Abigail Wright ‚ÄĒ was crowned prince.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The holiday season will not begin and end with the annual Home for the Holidays parade, the Circle of Trees illumination and the arrival of Santa Claus.
The Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce and PRIDE seek groups, businesses and organization to host current and ongoing holiday activities for Punxsy‚Äôs month-long Christmas celebration: From the start of special events Saturday, Nov. 26, through Christmas Day.
Kenneth D. Bush, 55, of Medina, N.Y., entered into rest Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at the Strong Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.
He was born Feb. 4, 1956, in Medina, a son of the late Albert and Blanche (Rice) Bush.
Mr. Bush was a 1974 graduate of Medina High School.¬†A lifelong resident of the area, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Medina, an avid Jeff Gordon NASCAR fan and a supporter of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres.
Max D. Reeser, 68, Reynoldsville, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born in Williamsport, a son of the late Russell D. and Ruth E. (Knouse) Reeser.
He married Kate E. (Drewer) Reeser, who survives, of Reynoldsville.
He was Protestant in faith.
For 31 years, Mr. Reeser was a member of the Sykesville American Legion Post No. 345.
Mr. Reeser graduated from Westchester Joint Jr.-Sr. High School in 1961. After 30 years of service, he retired from A. Duie Pile Trucking Co., where he worked as a truck driver.
CLARION ‚ÄĒ Entering the final pool play match against the No. 1 seeded Lady Owls of Bradford, the Lady Chucks volleyball team wasn't sure which tie-breaker would be used if it could sweep the Lady Owls, but the squad knew it controlled its own destiny.
The Lady Chucks also knew the difficulty of the task ahead of them.
Bradford had handed Punxsy a three-game loss in the teams' only meeting this season, but Punxsy was a different, more-mature team this time around: A team with five consecutive wins under its belt and more experience behind its younger players.