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December 10th

Ninth-graders begin season with win over North Catholic

December 11, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy ninth-grade boys' basketball team started the 2010-2011 season on the right foot, downing North Catholic Friday night at home, 43-32.

The Chucks — which went 10-7 last year as eighth-graders — are led by Brandon Krug this season. Krug, a 2002 PAHS graduate, is coaching junior-high ball for the first time in Punxsy.

"The whole team played together," Krug said. "Our defense and intensity were the difference in the game."

Brandon Mancuso led the Chucks with 18 points. Following Mancuso was Tanner Evans, who managed seven points.

December 9th

Take-charge guy Strano finds leadership dream

December 10, 2010

The following is from The Punxsutawney Spirit's “Where Are They Now?” series. The focus is to catch up with former Punxsy athletes to find out what made them a success growing up, and what they are doing today.

BAYTOWN, Texas — Bob Strano always wanted to be the guy in charge.

Even at a young age, back in junior-high, being a leader was his ultimate goal.

Strano, a 1966 Punxsutawney Area High School graduate, recently found a scrapbook from when he was an eighth-grader, and inside was what he wanted to be when he grew up.

December 8th

Seniors Crago, Meterko voted first-ever Spirit Fall MVPs

December 9, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After a two-week voting period and more than 2,000 votes cast between the two genders, two seniors stood out among the rest according to the public's selection of The Punxsutawney Spirit's first-ever Fall Sports Most Valuable Players.

Shawnna Crago, a volleyball player who helped the Lady Chucks win their sixth district title in a row, and A.J. Meterko, a cross country runner who finished second at districts and earned his third consecutive trip to states, were selected as the two 2010 winners.

Punxsy native named Shippensburg football coach

December 9, 2010

SHIPPENSBURG — A 1988 Punxsutawney Area High School graduate continues to have an eventful few months at Shippensburg University, as after being inducted into the school's Athlete Hall of Fame in October, he was named the head football coach Wednesday.

Mark 'Mac' Maciejewski, the son of Stan Maciejewski and Nancy Weisinstein, graduated from Shippensburg in 1992. For the past 12 seasons, he has been an assistant coach with the Red Raiders, and Wednesday, he replaced Rocky Rees — who announced his retirement in September — as head coach.

December 7th

Chucks primed to jump back above .500 in 10-11

December 8, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As losses due to way too many forfeits continue to be something of the past, the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team is focused on improving and finishing above .500 after an 8-9 season last year.

The Chucks were known for having a small roster, but benefited from hard-working wrestlers while managing a combined record of 22-16 from 2006 to 2009. Now, with 28 wrestlers on the roster after having 26 at the outset of last season, the Chucks are ready to return to their winning ways.

SCORING A FEW POINTS

December 8, 2010

December 6th

PLAYING SOME BASKETBALL FOR CHARITY

December 7, 2010

Punxsy seniors Jenna Reitz (center) and Jenna Miller (right) donated a check worth $4,279.92 to Karen Burkett (left) of the American Cancer Society after holding a four-on-four basketball tournament during November. The tournament included five different age groups: Grades four and five; six and seven; eight and nine; 10 through 12; and out-of-school. (Photo submitted)

A SPIRITED SHOT

December 7, 2010

Katie Neale, of Ringgold, bagged this 175-pound, 10-point buck at 7:10 a.m. Saturday in Jefferson County. (Photo submitted)

December 5th

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

December 6, 2010

Logan Geist, of Punxsy, bagged this 140-pound, four-point buck Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. in Jefferson City. (Photo submitted)

FIRST BUCK

December 6, 2010

Brock Wymer, 12, of Punxsy, shot this 130-pound, six-point buck, his first, Nov. 29 at 7:20 a.m. in Locust. (Photo submitted)

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