May 5th, 2015
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a devastating disease without a cure.
ALS is a fatal disease with a few treatments that can improve the quality of life. Because of that, a campaign is held every May, which has been designated at National ALS Awareness Month, to spread awareness of and raise funds for research for a cure for ALS.
During ALS Awareness Month, the association asks individuals to create their own events to give hope. One of the individuals asked is local resident Duane Siple, who was diagnosed with ALS 12 years ago.
Senior members of the PAHS boys' track and field team (pictured here), the girls' track and field seniors and Punxsy boys' coach John Smith were all honored prior to Tuesday's home meet against Bradford â€”Â the final home meet of the season. Neither result went Punxsy's way, with Bradford putting together strong performances on the track in both meets.
For a full recap, see Spirit Sports in Wednesday's print edition.
This week's Photo of the Week takes us back to last Friday, when the seniors at Punxsutawney Area High School took part in the SADD Club's Mock Crash Assembly. Students were reminded of the dangers of drinking and driving on the eve of one of the most popular nights for the poor decision being made.
Ty Wasicki (pictured here) and Jared Burkett made the trip to Bradford for Monday's District IX Singles Tournament. Each fell in the first round, though, ending their singles seasons.
In other news, the Chucks baseball team fell to State College for its first loss of the season.
On a bright note, Punxsy's softball team earned a 2-1 victory over Hollidaysburg.
For full recaps, see Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.
Today's schedule is limited to a special day for the boys' and girls track teams, as the seniors will be honored.
The following meetings and events will be taking place this week in Punxsutawney and the surrounding areas:
Monday: IUP Chalk Walk/Celebration of Learning-3:30 p.m., Sykesville Borough Council-7 p.m., Athletic Committee Meeting-7 p.m.;
Tuesday: Lyme Disease Seminar at PAH-6:30 p.m.;
Wednesday: Special Olympics at PAHS-10 a.m.;
Thursday: National Honor Society Banquet at Cobblestone Hotel-6 p.m.;
Saturday: 2nd annual Kids Fair at Punxsutawney Community Center-10 a.m.
The Chucks and Lady Chucks defended their home turf on Friday, with the girls' squad defeating Clearfield 8-1 and the boys' team picking up an 8-7 walk-off victory over the Bradford Owls.
For full recaps, see Spirit Sports in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
There are no activities scheduled for this weekend at PAHS.
With the 141st annual Kentucky Derby right around the bend, we're bringing you a list of things you might not have known about the iconic horse race.
The Lady Chucks fell short in a pitchers' duel on Thursday at Altoona, with the Lady Lions edging them 1-0 in softball action. For a full recap, see Friday's print edition of The Spirit.
Today's schedule includes two home games â€” with baseball hosting Bradford at 4:15 p.m. and softball hosting Clearfield at the same time. The boys' and girls' track teams will be on the road at the West Central Coaches Meet in Altoona.
On Wednesday, the Chucks baseball team played host to the DuBois Beavers for the second game between the teams this year.
The first game went Punxsy's way in a big way, with the Chucks beating DuBois 15-0 in three innings. Wednesday's game was much closer, but in the end Punxsy prevailed 9-6.
In other action, the boys' tennis team fell to Brockway in the team playoff semi-finals, and the Lady Chucks softball team lost 5-1 to DuBois.
Today's only game is a 4:30 p.m. contest for the softball squad at Altoona.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Police have arrested a juvenile in relation to a theft of a handgun that occurred on April 25.
Police have been conducting an investigation into a recent rash of car break-ins. The identity of the suspect came to light through interviews with a number of people. On April 21, police took the juvenile offender into custody. A .45 caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun was recovered at the scene.