May 18th, 2012
Thursday at Class Night, the PAHS Varsity Club presented Punxsy seniors Luke Janocha (left) and Alex Magill with the Jack F. LaMarca Outstanding Senior Athlete award for the 2011-12 school year. Friday, Janocha and Magill, seen here with their respective sports MVP awards (Janocha â€” Football, Magill â€” Girlsâ€™ Basketball) were presented with trophies to commemorate their achievements. The PAHS Booster Club also named MVPs in each sport.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy juniors Garrett Zimmerman and Ty Zimmerman each had home runs, and the Chucks' offense scored early and often en route to an 11-3 victory over Hollidaysburg Friday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
Making the win even more special was the fact that it came on a day when Punxsy honored its seniors â€”Â players Dane Baker, Luke Janocha and Hayden Muth, as well as statisticians Gabby Kaufman and Sierra Milton.
Friday, the PAHS Booster Club's 2011-12 Sports MVPs were presented with their plaques by Punxsy athletic director Bill Vassallo. Pictured here with their plaques are the fall and spring MVPs. Fall Sports MVPs (Top photo, front, from left): Sydney Weaver, volleyball; Sierra Milton, girls' soccer; Marisa Stockdale, girls' golf; Alexis Young, girls' cross country; (back) Tyler Presloid, boys' soccer; Luke Janocha, football; and Dane Baker, boys' cross country. Missing from the photo are girls' tennis MVP Anna Monyak and boys' golf MVP Ian Miller.
BIG RUN â€” The 14-year-old driver and nine passengers in an Amish buggy escaped serious injury when the buggy was struck by a vehicle attempting to pass it at 10:54 a.m. Friday in Big Run.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a horse drawn buggy driven by a 14-year-old female juvenile was traveling north on Route 119 when Barbara A. Keller, Big Run, operating a 1993 Jeep Cherokee, tried to pass the buggy when the right front of her vehicle struck the left rear wheel of the buggy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thereâ€™s a lot going on within the Groundhog Clubâ€™s Inner Circle: A new member, a promotion, a retirement and a new take on a long-time, late-summer event.
Tom Dunkel is the Inner Circleâ€™s newest member, succeeding now-former Vice-President Mike Johnston, who has accepted emeritus status after 20 years with the club. Taking on the role of vice-president is â€śFair Weathermanâ€ť Jeff Lundy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to table a vote overriding Mayor Jim Wehrleâ€™s veto of the change in Ordinance 1120.
The change would permit apartments in first-floor commercial establishments in the town center commercial district.
Council member Eric Story said a change to Ordinance 1120 has been
brought up three times, and there were some comments made at the last meeting that people who would live in first-floor apartments would sit on the sidewalk in lawn chairs, which wouldnâ€™t be attractive downtown.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It had all the ingredients of yet another Lady Chucks' come-from-behind, thrilling victory. But unfortunately, not every story has a happy ending, and the Lady Lions of Altoona eked out an 11-10, eight-inning victory over Punxsy Thursday afternoon in its home finale.
"That was a tough loss today," Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer said. "We had a lot of chances and left too many girls on base. We battled back, and that was encouraging. But it is definitely disappointing that we had our chances and just couldn't seem to score when we really needed to."
BROOKVILLE â€” Both the boys' and girls' track and field squads took home second place at the District IX Class AA Championships in 2011, but today, they are hoping to overcome that hurdle and win it all.
The Raiders have qualifiers in every event except shot put and discus, while the Lady Raiders will be represented in all 18 events except the shot put and javelin.
The month of May is an interesting, busy month for the soon-to-be-graduated seniors of the Class of 2012. And for those involved in athletics, the month is an even busier one.
The tennis team was the first to complete its playoffs, and while most of the seniors ended their track and field careers yesterday, senior thrower Brody Morgan will continue to prepare for next weekend's PIAA State Championships.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” One of the smallest classes in the history of Punxsutawney Area High School â€” 164 students â€” celebrated big accomplishments during the annual Class Night event Thursday.
More than half of the members of the PAHS Class of 2012 received awards and scholarships Thursday, and they also celebrated that despite its small numbers, it hosted the highest-grossing, most-profitable Variety Show in the history of the event, raising $19,425.84 â€” of which half will benefit the Margaret C. Boles Scholarship Foundation, and the other half will go toward the seniorâ€™s post-graduation party.