February 26th, 2012
CLARION â Saturday, the Punxsy wrestling team took 11 grapplers to the District IX Individual Wrestling Championships at Clarion University, and with 10 of the 11 advancing to the regional tournament this coming weekend in Altoona, the Chucks set a school record for individuals advancing beyond Districts.
Of the 10 advancing, the highlights of the tournament for the Chucks came in a pair of District IX champions being crowned in senior Seth Spack, at 152 pounds, and freshman Perry Arrington, at 138 pounds.
BRADFORD â A young Punxsy squad did everything it could this season, making improvements and changes on its way to the District IX Class AAA semi-finals.
But Friday, the Lady Chucks (9-14) met a match they could not handle in the undefeated Bradford (23-0), and the Lady Owls advanced to the championship 54-26.
"Their overall strength (was the difference)," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "Bradford is very athletic and very strong."
From the opening quarter, during which Punxsy was outscored 13-8, the young team struggled to keep the game competitive.
CLARION â A successful tournament would be an understatement for the Brookville Raiders' domination at the District IX Class AA Championships Friday and Saturday at Clarion University.
The list of accolades goes on and on: Four Raiders earning District titles; two coming in second place; sophomore Brock Zacherl receiving the Outstanding Wrestler award; Raider head coach Dave Klepfer being named Class AA Coach of the Year; the team placing first overall with 219.5 points; and 13 of 14 grapplers advancing to Regionals.
James R. Dinger, 71, Harrisville, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at the VNA Inpatient Hospice in Butler.
He was born July 20, 1940, in Knox Dale, a son of the late Charles I. and Anna May C. (Miller) Dinger.
April 29, 1961, he married Helen E. (Shaffer) Dinger, of Harrisville, who survives.
Mr. Dinger was employed as a machinist at Pulva Corp. of Saxonburg, retiring in June 2011 after 16 years of service. He was formerly employed at the former Cooper-Bessemer Co. in Grove City.
He was a member of the West Unity Community Church in Harrisville.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Shirley L. McMillen, 69, Brookville, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
She was born Jan. 2, 1943, in Falls Creek, a daughter of the late William David and Mary C. Barnett Stauffer.
Ms. McMillen attended Reynoldsville High School.
She was formerly married to William Dale McMillen, who preceded her in death March 10, 1991.
Ms. McMillen was a waitress for 22 years at Truck Stops of America.
She was an active member of her church, the First Assembly of God in Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Because of limitations on the number of matches high school wrestlers are able to participate in each season, it was only within the last six years that Punxsy saw its first 100-win wrestler in Matt Means, who graduated in 2006. Means finished his career with 110 wins.
Last year, 2011 graduate Kody Young joined Means in the 100-win club and surpassed Means' win total to become the winningest wrestler in PAHS history with 144 individual victories.
This season, two Punxsy grapplers joined the 100-win club, in seniors Neko Cappella and Seth Spack.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Last Saturday, fifth-grade basketball teams from Indiana, Homer City, Brookville, Purchase Line and Butler traveled to Punxsutawney for the fifth-grade elementary basketball tournament hosted by SS.C.D. and the Punxsutawney Community Center.
A pair of Punxsy teams competed, one in the boys' division and one in the girls'.
The girls' team finished with a 3-1 record, with its only loss coming to Ligonier Valley.
Punxsy started the tournament with an 8-6 victory over Indiana Saturday morning.
UNIVERSITY PARK â Last weekend, after months of scandal and media scrutiny surrounding their school, Penn State students took to the floor at the Bryce Jordan Center for the annual IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon â better known as THON â and showed just what the phrase âWe are Penn Stateâ means.
And two PAHS graduates â Brittany Baker and Keri Dinsmore â helped Penn State shatter last yearâs record, raising $10.7 million for pediatric cancer research and to help emotionally and financially support families affected by pediatric cancer.
BROOKVILLE â âThe bus stops hereâ was the slogan of the day when U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompsonâs (R-5) bus tour paid a visit to the Jefferson County Courthouse Friday during his 2012 election announcement tour.
âWeâre in the middle of a four-day, 16-county, 23-stop 700-mile campaign bus kickoff,â he said, adding that he does three things when running for reelection: He works hard, he does the right things, and he communicates with his constituents.
Thompson said he likes the message it sends when heâs running for re-election every two years.
BROCKWAY â Wednesday night, more than 150 people attended a public hearing to voice their concerns about a gas companyâs proposal to drill in Brockway borough.
Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25), state Rep. Sam Smith (R-66) and state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-78), called the meeting to give Brockway residents the opportunity to get answers from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Flatirons Resources, the company whose proposal has caused dissatisfaction for local residents.