PUNXSUTAWNEY â The seventh- and eighth-grade boys' basketball teams kicked off their seasons this week with a pair of games each â Monday against DuBois Central Catholic and Wednesday against Brockway â and so far, there is no shortage of close games at the junior high level.
One of those close games came Monday in the eighth-graders home opener against DuBois Central Catholic, when the Chucks earned a come-from-behind 34-30 victory over the Cardinals.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â While Punxsy's varsity wrestling squad opened its season Wednesday night against the Marion Center Stingers, the junior high team has been hard at work with two matches already in the books and a tournament under its belt heading into Wednes-day's match against the Stingers, and Punxsy looked polished in its second home meet, earning a 54-39 victory Wednesday in Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For Dan Prutznal, it can be tough being a Green Bay Packers fan in Steelers Country.
âLast week, someone brought in a copy of Sports Illustrated, and in the cafeteria, where I eat lunch with the kids, I held it up,â showing a piece about the Packers, he said. âThe kids were just hollering: âBoo, Packers,â âI donât like the Packers.â Every time they see me ... itâs all in good fun.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In times of tragedy, Drinda and Brian Smith believe it is good for people to get together and interact with others to begin the healing process.
A little over a month has gone by since the tragic passings of Joel Riggleman â Drinda and Brian's son â Dylan "Shorty" Behrendt and Sean McConnaughey in a single-vehicle accident Nov. 12 in Armstrong County.
Alexander Simon Dubensky, 81, of DeLancey died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born March 7, 1930, in DeLancey, a son of the late Michael L. and Mary (Quashnock) Dubensky.
He was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Church in Punxsutawney.
April 18, 1959, he married the former Mary Ellen Zelman, who preceded him in death Aug. 10, 1993.
Mr. Dubensky was a U.S. Army veteran and served his country during the Korean conflict.
He worked as a machinist for Star Iron Works for more than 30 years.
Margaret L. Stiteler Orr, 70, of Indiana, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at UPMC Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born in 1941 in North Mahoning Township, a daughter of the late James H. and June L. (Van Horn) Coon.
She married Richard Orr, who survives, of Indiana.
Mrs. Orr was an active member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Smicksburg for her entire life.
She was a homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with her family.
Floyd Melvin Stanford, 90, passed away peacefully Nov. 16, 2011, at the Veterans' Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas.
He was born Jan. 10, 1921, in Rimersburg, a son of the late Richard M. Stanford and Gertrude (Bell) Stanford.
June 26, 1941, he married Dorothy Aldine (Mottern) Stanford.
They had three children, Carol Kay Stanford and Ricky Vay Stanford, both of Bryan, Texas, and the late Richard Ray Stanford. They also had nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In the season-opening dual meet for the Punxsy varsity wrestling team, the Chucks jumped out to an early 30-0 lead and cruised to a 66-9 victory over the Marion Center Stingers Wednesday night in Punxsutawney.
The PAHS basketball and wrestling seasons are officially under way, and boy, am I glad.
In an exciting fashion, the girls' and boys' basketball teams tipped off their seasons at the Marion Center Tip-Off Tournament last Friday and Saturday.
And just last night, the varsity wrestlers earned an impressive 66-9 victory over an under-manned, but talented, Marion Center squad.
Dannie Allen Austin, 65, Punxsutawney, passed away, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011.
He was born June 14, 1946, in Hanson, Ky., a son of the late Rufus Elbert and Girdie Lee (Ruby) Austin.
He was married to Christine J. (Stoffella) Austin, who survives, for 31 years.
Mr. Austin loved his family and friends above all else. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.