April 14th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When Punxsy senior Ashley Barenchik rounded first base Thursday during the fifth inning of a tie game with Altoona, she wasn't sure if she would make it to second.
Barenchik compensated for what ended up being an extremely close play at second base by sliding head first, and that extra effort led to her being safe for the double.
Barenchik's determination to get into scoring position led to her scoring the go-ahead run later that inning to help the Lady Chucks improve to 3-0 with a 5-4 victory Thursday over Altoona.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With one of its biggest opponents on the schedule, State College, in town, the Punxsy boys' and girls' track and field teams were more focused on personal best times, distances and heights than individual victories Thursday at Jack LaMarca Memorial Stadium.
State College controlled both of Punxsy's squads â€” the girls won 115-35, and the boys were 105-45 victors â€” but the Chucks and Lady Chucks were still pleased with their performance.
ST. MARYS â€” The Punxsy boys' tennis team won four of five singles matches en route to its second consecutive victory Thursday afternoon, 5-4, over Elk County Catholic in St. Marys.
Upon taking a 4-1 lead, the Chucks' No. 1 doubles tandem won to clinch the victory.
"It was a good test and a good win. You can see the team's confidence when we're playing," Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said. "We really dominated the singles, which was kind of nice."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Brian Sekula, borough engineer from The EADS Group in Clarion, reported Monday that the Torrence Street widening project is going well, as the alley that runs between North Findley Street and North Jefferson Street is being widened with grant funding from PennDOT.
Public Works Committee Chairman Roger Steele asked about the drainage system for the Torrence project.
Sekula said Palo Construction is upgrading the existing drainage system that ran through the center of the alley.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Now that he's completed a career as Punxsutawney Area High School's winningest wrestler, senior Kody Young is prepared to take the next step.
Young, who finished with 143 victories and the second-most falls in District IX history, signed with Division II Mercyhurst College Wednesday.
Young was interested in Division I schools Edinboro University and Clarion University, but ultimately chose Mercyhurst with a physical therapy major.
Punxsy coach and Young's father, Buddy Young, said that his son is a good fit at Mercyhurst, which is led by head coach Mike Wehler.
The Punxsy cheerleaders held a luau-themed "Cheer Night in Paradise" awards banquet last Saturday at the B.P.O. Elks. Pictured are the varsity cheerleaders (front, from left): Marcy Farmery, Samantha Caylor, Kissy Wright, coach Julie Baun; (back) Erin Butler, Brooke Grove, Morgain Holeva, Mariah Hicks, Holly Waltman and Kristen Mack. (Photo by Tracy Smith/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Not so fast in declaring the Punxsutawney Area Transportation Authority (ATA) terminal project on North Findley Street a dead issue.
During Mondayâ€™s Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting, Borough Manager Ben White said the bids that were due March 22 to construct a terminal on North Findley Street came in higher than ATA had planned to spend on the project.
Demolition began Wednesday on the former Parenteâ€™s Recreation along North Gilpin Street and a two-story, wood-framed house located next door. Both structures were razed to make way for Grace Place, a 24-unit housing complex for moderate-income seniors. The $6.5 million project is being constructed by the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry and Trek Development at the corner of Pine and Gilpin streets. The two-story portion of the former Grube Hospital that houses the Pine Street Senior Center will also be demolished later this summer. (Photo by Larry McGuire)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Bruce Chambers is a posthumous inductee into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame.
Chambers, a 1969 graduate of PAHS, was an All-State football player, playing linebacker and fullback. He lettered his sophomore, junior and senior years. He also lettered in track, throwing the discus and shot put. He also played basketball and other sports.
He was a Zeedick Cup award winner and obtained a scholarship to Virginia Military Institute. He earned a degree in civil engineering.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With cold, windy and rainy conditions constantly bearing down on the Punxsy and St. Marys girls' track and field teams Tuesday afternoon at Jack LaMarca Memorial Stadium, sometimes, regardless of ability, the group with a greater will to win in harsh situations comes out on top.
Tuesday, the team that overcame the weather was the Lady Chucks, who handled the Lady Dutch, 95-55, to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Punxsy first-year head coach Barry Young said that staying upbeat helped his girls win big Tuesday.