February 26th, 2012
Seth Spack (top) attempts to pin Clearfleld's Mike Beck in the District-IX Class AAA semi-finals Saturday in Clarion. Spack then moved on to the finals to face Mike Kennelly, of DuBois, and with a 12-3 major decision, Spack earned the 152-pound title.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(April 29, 1896)
Coming to Punxsutawney
Mention has been made in these columns of the effort being made to induce Prof. W. Irving Colby, the noted teacher and author, to give a five weeks' course in German here. The number of names required to insure his coming have been secured, and the following letter from Prof. Colby explains itself:
CLARION â€“ Saturday, the Punxsy wrestling team took 11 grapplers to the District IX Individual Wrestling Championships at Clarion University, and with 10 of the 11 advancing to the regional tournament this coming weekend in Altoona, the Chucks set a school record for individuals advancing beyond Districts.
Of the 10 advancing, the highlights of the tournament for the Chucks came in a pair of District IX champions being crowned in senior Seth Spack, at 152 pounds, and freshman Perry Arrington, at 138 pounds.
BRADFORD â€” A young Punxsy squad did everything it could this season, making improvements and changes on its way to the District IX Class AAA semi-finals.
But Friday, the Lady Chucks (9-14) met a match they could not handle in the undefeated Bradford (23-0), and the Lady Owls advanced to the championship 54-26.
"Their overall strength (was the difference)," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "Bradford is very athletic and very strong."
From the opening quarter, during which Punxsy was outscored 13-8, the young team struggled to keep the game competitive.
CLARION â€” A successful tournament would be an understatement for the Brookville Raiders' domination at the District IX Class AA Championships Friday and Saturday at Clarion University.
The list of accolades goes on and on: Four Raiders earning District titles; two coming in second place; sophomore Brock Zacherl receiving the Outstanding Wrestler award; Raider head coach Dave Klepfer being named Class AA Coach of the Year; the team placing first overall with 219.5 points; and 13 of 14 grapplers advancing to Regionals.
James R. Dinger, 71, Harrisville, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at the VNA Inpatient Hospice in Butler.
He was born July 20, 1940, in Knox Dale, a son of the late Charles I. and Anna May C. (Miller) Dinger.
April 29, 1961, he married Helen E. (Shaffer) Dinger, of Harrisville, who survives.
Mr. Dinger was employed as a machinist at Pulva Corp. of Saxonburg, retiring in June 2011 after 16 years of service. He was formerly employed at the former Cooper-Bessemer Co. in Grove City.
He was a member of the West Unity Community Church in Harrisville.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Shirley L. McMillen, 69, Brookville, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
She was born Jan. 2, 1943, in Falls Creek, a daughter of the late William David and Mary C. Barnett Stauffer.
Ms. McMillen attended Reynoldsville High School.
She was formerly married to William Dale McMillen, who preceded her in death March 10, 1991.
Ms. McMillen was a waitress for 22 years at Truck Stops of America.
She was an active member of her church, the First Assembly of God in Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Because of limitations on the number of matches high school wrestlers are able to participate in each season, it was only within the last six years that Punxsy saw its first 100-win wrestler in Matt Means, who graduated in 2006. Means finished his career with 110 wins.
Last year, 2011 graduate Kody Young joined Means in the 100-win club and surpassed Means' win total to become the winningest wrestler in PAHS history with 144 individual victories.
This season, two Punxsy grapplers joined the 100-win club, in seniors Neko Cappella and Seth Spack.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Last Saturday, fifth-grade basketball teams from Indiana, Homer City, Brookville, Purchase Line and Butler traveled to Punxsutawney for the fifth-grade elementary basketball tournament hosted by SS.C.D. and the Punxsutawney Community Center.
A pair of Punxsy teams competed, one in the boys' division and one in the girls'.
The girls' team finished with a 3-1 record, with its only loss coming to Ligonier Valley.
Punxsy started the tournament with an 8-6 victory over Indiana Saturday morning.
UNIVERSITY PARK â€” Last weekend, after months of scandal and media scrutiny surrounding their school, Penn State students took to the floor at the Bryce Jordan Center for the annual IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon â€” better known as THON â€” and showed just what the phrase â€śWe are Penn Stateâ€ť means.
And two PAHS graduates â€” Brittany Baker and Keri Dinsmore â€” helped Penn State shatter last yearâ€™s record, raising $10.7 million for pediatric cancer research and to help emotionally and financially support families affected by pediatric cancer.