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May 3rd, 2012

After slow start, JV Chucks' bats come to life

May 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite not yet recording a base hit and trailing 3-2 after two innings Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney, the Punxsy JV baseball team scored 13 runs on 12 hits over the course of the final three innings to win a 15-3, five-inning contest over Marion Center via the 10-run rule.

"Our bats started out a little bit sluggish, and it seemed like we needed a wake up call," Punxsy head coach Rodney Thompson said after the game. "When you have some pitching that's a little bit slower, you have to stay back on it. But hitting is still hitting."

Memorabilia to preserve Harrick's accomplishments for years to come

May 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It would be a "virtually impossible" feat today, according to his daughter, Mary Ann Barilar.

But from 1917-1921, Joseph (Joe) V. Harrick (1895-1958), earned 16 letters during his college career at West Virginia University, and is the one and only recognized 16-time letterwinner in WVU history.

A Punxsutawney native and former Punxsy coach, Harrick's greatest feat was earning four varsity letters each in football, baseball, wrestling and track and field.

Bernard R. “Bud” Dobson, 87

May 3, 2012

Bernard R. “Bud” Dobson, 87, Coolspring, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at Mahoning Riverside Manor, Punxsutawney.

He was born Sept. 17, 1924, in Worthville, a son of the late Jacob A. and Ida Mae (Maurer) Dobson.

April 21, 1948, in Worthville, he married his wife of 64 years, Lois G. Fike, who survives.

Mr. Dobson was a veteran of World War II, having served on the USS McCracken and USS Talladega in the Pacific Theater.

Janet T. “Toddy” Mahan, 83

May 3, 2012

Janet T. “Toddy” Mahan, 83, Warren, entered the presence of the Lord Wednesday, May 2, 2012, after a short illness.

She was born Oct. 14, 1928, in Oliver Township, a daughter of the late John and Edna (Lingenfelter) Todd.

March 31, 1951, in Winchester, Va., she married Gordon David Mahan, who preceded her in death May 5, 2008.

May 2nd

Tennis squad battles back for win over Bison

May 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After looking as if it was starting to come into its own Saturday and Monday with a pair of 9-0 sweeps over DuBois Central Catholic and Johnsonburg Saturday and Tuesday, respectively, the Punxsy boys' tennis team found itself in a bit of a hole after dropping the top three singles matches against Clearfield Wednesday in Punxsutawney.

But down 0-3, the Chucks never showed any signs of quitting, and they rallied to win the last six contested matches to earn a 6-3 victory.

Punxsy JHers take three of four from ECC, DuBois

May 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The future of PAHS athletics lies in the junior high ranks, and if Monday's junior high boys' track meet is any indication, Punxsy's track program has a bright future. The Chucks played host to Elk County Catholic and DuBois Wednesday afternoon in the season's final home meet and picked up a pair of convincing victories, 110-39 over ECC and 84-65 over DuBois.

In the Elk County dual, Punxsy was especially dominant on the track, outscoring the Crusaders 72-14.

Elk County managed just one first-place finish in the 11 track events.

The Zak Zone

May 2, 2012

Sitting around the dinner table at a family dinner hosted by my grandparents Sunday afternoon, the topic of cheating came up.

Despite the different sports news surrounding cheating lately, though, it wasn't any of the NFL scandals that brought the topic to the forefront. In fact, I was the culprit.

I was telling a story about my brother chasing me through the front yard when we were children after a game of baseball went wrong, playing the victim card quite well. My family knows me too well, though, and my aunt asked, "Well, how badly were you cheating to cause him to do that?"

Phyllis J. Grube, 88

May 2, 2012

Phyllis J. Grube, 88, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Sept. 28, 1923, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Charles and Blanche (Dennison) Hurd.

May 26, 1943, she married Richard M. Grube, who preceded her in death July 19, 2001.

She was a member of the First Church of God.

Mrs. Grube enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and loved spending time with family and friends.

Shawna M. Marshall, 52

May 2, 2012

Shawna M. Marshall, 52, Mahaffey, formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at her home.

She was born Sept. 4, 1959, in Dodge City, Kansas, a daughter of Betty (Tolson) Marshall, who survives, and the late Harold Marshall.

She was a graduate of Calvary Christian Bible School.

Patricia J. McCracken, 70

May 2, 2012

Patricia J. McCracken, 70, Brookville, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was born Dec. 3, 1941, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Charles T. and Mary V. “Jean” (Pew) Gottschalk.

Sept. 10, 1960, in Pittsburgh, she married John T. “Tom” McCracken, who survives.

Mrs. McCracken was a homemaker and an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, cooking, baking, and made every holiday and birthday special for her family.

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