September 14th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For many, Saturday is a day to sleep in and catch up on rest after a long work week, but 77 runners from six states â€” including one from Missis-sippi â€” awoke early last Saturday to take advantage of what many would consider less-than-ideal running conditions at the 13th annual Groundhog Fall 50K Trail Race.
This year's race was hosted by Big Run VFW Post 9044. Previously, the race had been hosted by the Punxsy Road Runners Club.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite a late rally by St. Francis, bringing them within three points of Punxsy at 16-13, the Lady Chucks rallied to score the last 10 points of the game and won 26-13 Wednesday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
A catalyst in the late rally was Punxsy's smothering defense, which forced several turnovers late in the game and led to easy fast break lay ups.
On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on America, I found myself doing the same thing I have done so many days since then to take my mind off the tragedies of the world: Watching sports.
It didn't hurt that the anniversary also happened to fall on the first Sunday of the NFL season, but most weekends this time of year, one could find me planted in front of my television watching some type of sport â€” if, that is, I'm not at the field watching.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It took years of planning, but the former T.M. Kurtz home at 312 West Mahoning St. â€” now the office of Dr. Michael A. Vancheri â€” has another part of its original design intact.
Saturday, the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society honored Vancheri with one of its four Awards of Commendation, for his work in restoring the exterior second-floor balustrades to their original design, thus â€śbringing to modern residents the original look of this part of Millionairesâ€™ Row.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The director of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library returned to Punxsutawney Borough Council Monday, seeking a clarification on which sign council approved at the August meeting.
Coral Ellshoff, director of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, spoke at the Aug. 8 council meeting, noting that there have been numerous complaints from the public about difficulty in locating the libraryâ€™s entrance from the rear parking area and Union Street.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's Dane Baker set the pace for a 18-41 win over Kane, completing the cross country course in 18:41 Tuesday afternoon at Punxsy's first home meet of the season.
Punxsy's Nathan Ward took second at the meet, finishing just nine seconds behind Baker's time.
"Dane Baker went at a torrid pace and set the pace for everybody," Punxsy head coach John Smith said. "Actually, at the two-mile mark, Nathan Ward was coming on strong, so those two finished very well."
Seth Burkett ran a 19:41 to complete a top-three sweep for Punxsy.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Lady Chucks golf team improved to 6-0 this season with a convincing 214-243 win over the Lady Raiders Tuesday in Brookville.
Punxsy earned four wins Monday at a host tournament and defeated Brookville in consecutive games with its victory Tuesday.
Punxsy's four scorers were within four strokes of each other, and five-of-six scored in the 50s, while Brookville, the tournament host, only had two players in the 50s.
"The scores were great today," Punxsy head coach Katie Irwin said. "We had a beautiful day for the match, and the course was in great shape."
NEW BETHLEHEM â€” The A. J. Parise Youth Football junior team lost its third game of the season to Redbank Valley, 12-0 Saturday in New Bethlehem.
Both teams were hampered by a soggy field, but the Bulldogs were able to score on their first two possessions of the game and hold on for the victory.
The Chucks opened the contest with the ball, but fumbled on a second-and-long, giving Redbank the rock at the 38.
The Punxsy defense forced Redbank into a fourth-and-10, whenÂ the Bulldogs' Hunter Buzzard was able to break loose for a 24-yard score.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A preliminary hearing for a Reynoldsville woman charged with two counts of attempted criminal homicide and other charges was waived Tuesday, less than a week after she allegedly fired six shots from a .22 caliber revolver at her husband behind a district judgeâ€™s office last Thursday.
Judy L. Sprankle, 60, Summit Road, Reynoldsville, and her attorney, Toni Cherry, waived the preliminary hearing, which was scheduled to be heard Tuesday before District Judge Douglas Chambers, behind whose office the incident occurred last Thursday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A preliminary hearing for the former Big Run firefighter who was arrested and charged with setting numerous arson fires that occurred in the Big Run area within the past year was waived Tuesday at District Judge Douglas Chambersâ€™ office in Punxsutawney.
Anthony Overbeck, 18, Big Run, and his attorney, Jefferson County Public Defender John Ingros, were in attendance Tuesday for his scheduled preliminary hearing.