September 9th, 2011
Last Saturday, the Lady Chucks junior varsity volleyball team traveled to Slippery Rock for the junior varsity tournament, and returned with the first-place trophy in hand. Pictured with their trophy are (front, from left) Nicole DiPietro, Emily Reitz, Ashley Reitz, Alyssa Reitz, Jensen Constantino; (back) Hailey Brady, Maddie Neal, Ivy Phillips, Sydney Phillips, Shaina Painter, Bella Gallina and coach Megan Decker. Punxsy is off to a 2-0 start this season behind great serving and solid defense.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â That Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, some of them were in school, some of them were at home. Mostly, they didnât understand why their parents were fixated on their televisions, which were showing images of crashing airplanes, smoke, fire and crumbling towers.
When they asked about what was happening, some of their parents delicately tried to explain how some bad people were trying to hurt their country. Other parents encouraged them to keep doing what they were doing, playing outdoors or elsewhere. Some parents didnât say anything.
BROOKVILLE â It could have been a day like any other.
The sky was a beautiful clear blue, dotted with wisps of clouds.
The kind of sky that didnât expect what was handed to it that morning.
The kind of sky that didnât want anything or anybody to blot out its beauty.
But someone tried. Someone tried very hard.
Above everything that happened that day, and over the past 10 years, itâs what John Laursen remembers most.
âThe sky ... it was a beautiful, beautiful, blue sky, and Iâll never forget it,â he said.
UNIONTOWN â That sunny day in September 2011, retired Pennsylvania Police State Trooper Chuck Depp knew what had happened in New York City. He knew what had happened in Washington, D.C.
And at a certain point the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, he knew what had happened in Shanksville, about 60 miles away in Somerset County.
âI knew what was going on, because I had a experience with some other plane crashes in my career,â said Depp, who retired as the head of detectives at Troop Bâs Uniontown barracks, Fayette County.
That was around 10 a.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A Reynoldsville woman faces two counts of attempted criminal homicide and other charges after she allegedly fired about six shots from a .22 caliber revolver at her husband behind a district judgeâs office Thursday.
One of the shots struck her husbandâs car, while another struck a private residence along Pleasant Alley, police said.
REYNOLDSVILLE â Having recently viewed the Oscar-winning film âThe Kingâs Speech,â Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati told guests gathered at the Jefferson County Department of Developmentâs annual luncheon Thursday that what America needs now is âa Kingâs Speech.â
He described how the film, based on a true story, portrays King George IV who, despite a debilitating speech impediment, learns through unique and unorthodox techniques to find his voice, which he uses to inspire the pre-World War II United Kingdom.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Dylan Hackbarth is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, but heâs deferring a graduate program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for a year in order to take on a âonce-in-a-lifetimeâ experience.
The experience? Driving the legendary Oscar Mayer Wienermobile to locations between the East Coast and the Midwest for the next year.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Behind strong serving â with a total of 19 aces over three games â the Lady Chucks volleyball team swept Brockway, 3-0, to earn its first regular season win.
Punxsy's Janie Depp-Hutchinson led the team with seven aces, including five in the first game, and Sydney Weaver added six aces for Punxsy.
"I think one of our strengths as a team is serving," head coach Lisa Kephart said. "We have a lot of great servers throughout the rotation. They do well, and when they serve it hard and get it in, they're usually hard to defend."
CURWENSVILLE â The Punxsy boys' soccer team poured on early and often in Curwensville, scoring seven goals in the first half alone, and went on to win by a final score of 9-0 Thursday afternoon.
Tyler Pressloid put Punxsy on the board at 8:52 of the first half on a goal assisted by Tanner Evans â a goal that would prove to be the game-winner.
Just five minutes later, Evans scored a goal of his own, this time an unassisted.
Evans struck again for Punxsy at the 25-minute mark, assisted by Brycen Lunger.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsy girls' soccer team fell to 0-2 with a 1-0 loss to the St. Marys girls Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
St. Marys' Caley Keister was the only goal-scorer in the contest.
According the head coach Kevin Hughes, his girls just needed a bit more intensity for the duration.
The Lady Chucks looked strong for the last 20 minutes of the game, but he knows he'll need all 80 minutes out of them as the season goes on.