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August 2nd, 2011

The Zak Zone

August 2, 2011

With the NFL Player's Association and the owners reaching an agreement last week and training camps and free agency already in full swing, I know that football should be the only thing on my mind. Strangely, though, the only things I can think about are baseball and softball.

August 1st

Punxsy splits Monday's games, wins state tournament

August 2, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After losing the first championship game early Monday afternoon, Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old VFW Teener League All-Stars bounced back to win the winner-take-all championship game in the late afternoon to earn the title of state champs.

Trailing 4-1, Punxsy scored nine runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 10-4 lead.

The big inning would prove to be enough as Brycen Paulinellie pitched a complete game, allowing six runs on nine hits and striking out ten, to earn the 14-6 win.

SCRAPPERS PLACE SECOND AT TOURNEY

August 2, 2011

The Punxsy Scrappers placed second in the 12 and under division of the Groundhog Little League Baseball Tournament last weekend. The team includes (front, from left) Canaan Knox, Tyler Getch, Lance Pennington, Brandon Matthews; (middle) Tyler Richardson, Jacob Tyger, Kevin Hutton, Jacob Weaver, Sammy Gigliotti, Trenton Stouffer; (back) coach Tim Tyger, Brady Snyder, Devin Kelly, coach Kevin Knox, Drew Maines and manager Brad Gigliotti. Missing from photo: Brett Buck.

Way to play ball, Champs

August 2, 2011

The Punxsy 13- and 14-year-old VFW Teener League All-Stars clinched the state title with a 14-6 win over Schuylkill County East All-Stars Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney. Pictured with the championship trophy are players: (front, from left) Matt Griffith, Ruben Taylor, Doug Pollock, Tyler Geer, Ryan Jones; (second row) T.J. Petro, Zach Bevak, Ethan Ambler, Dakotah Byers, Bryson Paulinellie, Brandon Blose, Keeston Perry and Lance Pennington.

Phantastic Phil! co-creator restores statue, remembers friendship

August 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As it happens over time, some things begin to wear down and need to be refurbished. The same can be said about some of the "Phantastic Phils!" throughout Punxsy.

Recently, "Fireman Phil," on display in front of the Central Fire Department at the Mahoning East Civic Center, was taken into the shop for restoration by one of its original co-creators, Nance Finley.

Library Days continue today with ice cream

August 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Library Days continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week, with Ice Cream Day today at Fezell's County Market in the Groundhog Plaza.
The event is a week-long fund-raiser for the Punxsutawney Memorial Library.
"With all the budget cuts of other libraries, we like to do everything we can to keep our library open," library board Vice-President Barbara Burkett said.

Rose Marie Ferraraccio, 91

August 1, 2011

Rose Marie Ferraraccio, 91, formerly of Spring Avenue in DuBois, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Christ the King Manor.

She was born March 12, 1920, in DuBois, a daughter of the late Joseph A. and Helen (Cook) Schalk.

June 14, 1946, she married John Rubino Ferraraccio, who preceded her in death March 17, 1998.

She was a homemaker and co-owner of Ferraraccio Bros. Service Station on Franklin Street in DuBois.

John Donald Filipovich Sr., 80

August 1, 2011

John Donald Filipovich Sr., 80, of Creekside, died Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

Known to everyone as "Don," he was born Feb. 2, 1931, in Adrian, the son of William J. and Pauline (Kutoloski) Filipovich Sr.

Mr. Filipovich and his family relocated to Indiana in 1941, and at the age of 10, he began delivering newspapers.

Lois L. “Sis” Shaffer, 78

August 1, 2011

Lois L. “Sis” Shaffer, 78, a guest at Jefferson Manor, Brookville, and formerly of Coolspring, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Jefferson Manor.

She was born Jan. 5, 1933, in Pine Creek Township, a daughter of the late Wilbert Byron and Twila Rebecca (Osborne) Wolfe.

Sept. 11, 1952, in Brookville, she married Lee Shaffer, who preceded her in death Jan. 28, 2009.

Mrs. Shaffer was a homemaker and worked as a seamstress at the Brookville Glove Factory for more than 15 years

July 31st

Punxsy advances to All-Star State Championship

August 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's 13- and 14-year old VFW Teener League All-Stars are one win away from the state championship after defeating Schuylkill County East All-Stars, 10-6, in the winners' bracket championship game Sunday afternoon in Punxsutawney.

With the win, Punxsy advanced to the state championship game against Schuylkill East today at 11 a.m. at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field. If Punxsy wins, it will be state champs, but if Punxsy loses, another game will be necessary to decide the champion. If needed, that game will be played immediately after the first today.

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