September 12th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The battle of the band continues.
Monday, Cheryl Hollis and her daughter, Karah, addressed the Punxsutawney Area School Board during the 10-minute public comment portion of its agenda on the issue of why Karah cannot participate in the PAHS Marching Band.
At issue: Is marching band a curricular or an extra-curricular activity? The Hollises claim it is extra-curricular, citing after-school-hours, preparation and rehearsals, while Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe says it is a graded, curricular activity that is part of concert band.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' golf team played host to the four teams in its division Monday at the Punxsutawney Country Club and walked away with a still-undefeated record, scoring the lowest team total (228) and defeating DuBois, Brookville, Ridgway and Brockway.
Because Punxsy was the host, each team scored against Punxsy, so Punxsy's record, 1-0 entering the day, improved to 5-0 after the sweep.
Punxsy was led by Sarah London, who shot a 52 on the nine-hole course.
DUBOIS â€” When it rains, it pours. And when it pours, it makes it difficult to maintain the rough at a golf course. But the deep rough wasn't enough to slow the Punxsy boys' golf team, as it defeated DuBois at the DuBois Country Club Monday afternoon, 178-194.
By winning, Punxsy avenged a 162-165 loss at the Punxsutawney Country Club Aug. 29 and put its destiny in its own hands headed into a match at Brookville next Tuesday.
"If we beat Brookville a week from (today), Bradford will come here for the AML championship," Punxsy head coach Josh Conrad said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Lady Chucks' kept Clearfield off the board in each of five singles' matches and won the overall contest 9-0 Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
"We were really happy to be able to host the Clearfield team today," Punxsy head coach Rose Graffius said after the match. "All the members of the PHS girls' team were able to play during the match."
Punxsy's No. 1 singles player, Anna Monyak, was the first to pick up her victory, sweeping Clearfield's Yesh Potel 6-0, 6-0.
Colton Elbel Baughman, 22, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at home.
He was born April 6, 1989, in Punxsutawney, a son of Bruce Baughman and Sandra Elbel, who survive.
He attended Clarion University and was a 2007 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School, where he ran cross country and track.
Colton was a member of the Oliver Township Fire Co.
An avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting, motorcycles and hanging out with family and friends.
He was employed by Weatherford Well Head of Punxsutawney.
David H. Burkett, 62, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born March 16, 1949, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Kermit F. and Earlajane (Jones) Burkett.
Mr. Burkett was a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Karen Kent, whom he married July 14, 1973, as well as a loving and devoted father to the other true love of his life, his daughter, Kelly Rieth, both of whom survive.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Ss.C.D. girls' basketball squad split Saturday's match up against Johnsonburg.
The fifth-grade girls' began the day but struggled against an opponent with more height and ultimately lost 21-17.
The Ss.C.D. girls were out-rebounded by 25 and could not make up the disadvantage.
Emily Griebel led the scoring with seven, and Kylee Shoemaker was a close second, putting four points on the board.
Megan Ray, Bailey Jones and Kyrie Nestel each added two points to round out the scoring for the fifth-graders.
Brookville's Rikki Stephens readies to make a bump during a match against Union Saturday at the Brookville tournament.
KNOX â€” The Brookville Raiders varsity football squad evened its record at 1-1 with a dominating 36-6 victory over the Panthers of Keystone.
Raiders head coach Chris Dworek said he was pleased with the whole team effort, as both the offense and defense shined in Friday night's victory.
"It is a big relief (to win)," Dworek said. "The guys work hard most of the time, so it's something that you earn. It makes it feel even better, knowing that they worked hard and earned it. It's like cashing a paycheck, so they feel pretty good about themselves."
John Brocheys, 76, DuBois, passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, surrounded by family at his daughter's home.
He was born Aug. 27, 1935, in Big Soldier, a son of the late Arthur Brocheys and Mildred (Fye) Brocheys-Gaul.
He worked at Brockway Glass as a machine operator for 30 years and retired in 1990. Mr. Brocheys was a member of the VFW and the Glass Blowers' Association. He was an avid hunter, and many of his prize trophies are displayed in Dario's Bar.