November 7th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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 â 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 nightâs Powderpuff game at Jack LaMarca Stadium. At halftime, Matt Rowland (second from right) â escorted by Adrienne Hess â was crowned king of the Kingâs Court, and Kendall Neal (second from left) â escorted by Abigail Wright â was crowned prince.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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 Punxsyâs 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.Â 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 â 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Hosting an alumni game can only mean one thing: Rekindling a rivalry that has lasted for many years.
Punxsy hosted an alumni game between a foe from its past, the Brookville Raiders, and the Chucks settled the battle in a convincing 14-6 victory.
"This feels really great to come out on the winning side," Punxsy coach Tim Zimmerman said. "Because our high school team this year had a rough season, we really wanted to pull one together for them, and the alumni team did a fabulous job."
HERSHEY â The conditions were nearly perfect Saturday when the Punxsy cross country teams traveled to Hershey for the PIAA Class AAA championship.
"I was happy the course was in good shape, and the weather was optimal since the district race was the complete opposite," Lady Chucks head coach George Wehrle said. "At least the girls were able to run their final race of the season with the chance of posting a decent time."
During the girls' race, Alexis Young was the first to cross the finish line for Punxsy. She completed the 3.1-mile course in 21:22 for 184th overall out of 285 runners.
BROOKVILLE â Tuesday is Election Day, when voters go to the polls to decide several important local races, including Jefferson County Commissioner, Punxsutawney Borough Council and Punxsutawney Area School Board of Directors.
The candidates for Jefferson County Commissioner include Republican incumbents Paul Corbin and James P. McIntyre; Jeffrey Pisarcik, Democratic incumbent; and Democratic challenger Patrick J. McFall. Voters will not be able to vote for more than three.