July 12th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â After splitting a pair of games with the S.W. Jack Black Sox in the championship series of the Indiana County Junior Legion League, Punxsy's I-Medical won a thrilling slugfest over the Sox Thursday night in Punxsutawney to close out the series and be crowned champions.
After the game, I-Medical head coach Doug Pennington spoke about how happy he was for his squad, which has seen most of its players play together over the past three years in Legion ball.
STATE COLLEGE â€” Every thrilling, come-from-behind victory story has another tale on the other side â€”Â a tale of heart-breaking loss. And unfortunately for the Punxsy 11- and 12-year-old All-Star softball team, its run at a state title came to an end Thursday afternoon in State College in disappointing fashion.
Punxsy led fellow western foe Minersville 1-0 and was just one out away from a berth into the final four teams and the semi-finals, but a late rally by Minersville allowed it to tie the game, send it to extra innings and go on to win by a 4-2 final score.
Melvin James Neal, 77, Erie, formerly of Rossiter, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2012, at the PA Soldiers & Sailors Home.
He was born June 27, 1935, in Rossiter, a son of the late Carl and Helen Neal.
He was married to his wife of 42 years, Henrietta â€śHedyâ€ť Neal, who survives.
Mr. Neal was a member of the New Apostolic Church and was employed with Benjamin Coal Co., and then self-employed in excavating prior to retirement.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War, and was past president and life member of the American Legion in Rossiter.
John T. Williams, 93, formerly of Corry, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at the Compassionate Home Care.
He was born Feb. 25, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Orrin and May (Glass) Williams.
July 3, 1939, in Winchester, Va., he married Marian A. Crawford Williams, who survives.
Mr. Williams was raised and educated in Punxsutawney and graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1936.
He moved to Corry in 1941. He worked for Aero Supply and later worked in the finishing department at Associated Springs-Barnes Group for 34-and-a-half years until his retirement in 1981.
STATE COLLEGE â€” Punxsy starter Alli Ishman and reliever Kylee Lingenfelter combined to throw a one-hitter, and Punxsy downed Mifflin County 2-0 under the lights Wednesday evening to stay in the hunt to advance to the semi-finals of the Little League Softball State Championship Tournament.
Ishman pitched the first two innings before being lifted with the pitching rules stating that once she threw a pitch in the third inning, she would require a full day's rest.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Some nights, the breaks just don't go a team's way, and Wednesday night seemed to be one of those nights for Punxsy's Senior Legion team, which fell at the hands of Marion Center, 7-1, in the opening game of the first round of its best-of-three playoff series.
Despite several solid, deep line drives, the Punxsy squad struggled to get a hit to fall in, managing just three hits off Marion Center starter Jared Selkirk, who pitched a complete game to earn the win.
Back in the summer of 1997, my brother and the rest of his 11- and 12-year-old All-Star team made the trip to Carbondale for the Little League State Championship Tournament. Tuesday, I made the trip to State College â€”Â and the metaphorical trip down memory road â€” as I was off to cover the 11- and 12-year-old Little League Softball State Championship Tournament.
It was my first trip back to a state tournament of the Little League variety, and as I arrived, memories of those trips out east to watch Marc and his teammates play came flooding back.
Velma L. Hollenbaugh, 86, DuBois, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born June 6, 1926, in McCalmont Township, a daughter of the late John W. and Edith L. (Uplinger) Hollenbaugh.
Miss Hollenbaugh was a homemaker and member of the Bollinger Bible Church in Reynoldsville, where she was the former organist and pianist. She also enjoyed gardening.
Surviving relatives include three nieces and a nephew.
Terry David Hollenbaugh, 48, of Dayton, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
After a valiant fight with cancer, Terry was called home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He was born Dec. 14, 1963, in Punxsutawney, a son of Toby and Anna (Travis)Hollenbaugh.
He was a carpenter for Hollenbaugh Construction.
He was a member of the National Rifle Association.
He attended the Dora Evangelical Church in Dora.
He was married to Paulina (Cruz-Carter) Hollenbaugh, who survives.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The American Cancer Societyâ€™s Relay for Life in Punxsy will not only celebrate life through this yearâ€™s event, but also through art.
For the first time ever, Lilly Oncologyâ€™s art display, â€śOncology on Canvas,â€ť will be on display during Punxsyâ€™s annual Relay For Life, set for this Saturday in Barclay Square.
According to Jennifer Pavlak, who is co-chairing this yearâ€™s event with Robyn Shaffer, Lilly will set up 25 canvases and will have the top three pictures on display Saturday.