February 4th, 2011
Punxsy junior wrestler Neko Cappella's takedown of Brookville freshman Brodie Zacherl is this week's Play of the Week. Cappella (left) took Zacherl down twice in the final 25 seconds of his 4-2 victory. With the score tied at two, his takedown with two seconds left clinched the win. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsy boys' basketball team's 24-point fourth quarter and spirited comeback weren't enough to hand one of the best Class A teams in the state its fourth loss this season Friday night.
The Chucks (7-10, 1-6 District IX League) trimmed Elk County Catholic's 41-28 lead through three quarters to 51-49 with 33 seconds left, but clutch free throws and offensive rebounds carried the Crusaders to a 54-52 victory.
ST. MARYS â The Punxsy girls' basketball team scored just two points during the first quarter of a game that lacked offense Friday night during a 38-24 loss to Elk County Catholic.
Punxsy (4-12, 1-5 District IX League), which trailed 35-18 entering the final quarter, has now lost eight of its last 10 games.
Punxsy quickly fell behind 13-2 after the first quarter and were constantly playing from behind.
"We didn't shoot the ball real well and didn't rebound," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "We need to do a better job of playing a complete game."
Janice (Erdesky) Lissy, 65, Lewes, Del., died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, of multiple myeloma cancer.
She grew up in a military family, living in Punxsutawney, as well as California, Puerto Rico and Maryland.
She was married to Paul Lissy, who survives.
Mrs. Lissy earned her B.A., M.A., and MLS degrees from the University of Maryland at College Park. She met and married her husband while both were students at the university.
Her career as an English teacher and media specialist with the Montgomery County, Md., public school system spanned more than three decades.
Sharon Schierl, from Menasha, Wis., steps into the shoes â or jersey â of a Steelers player Friday at the NFL Experience at the Dallas Convention Center. She said her son has been a Steelers fan since childhood, and hooked the family on the team. Twenty years ago, Schierl told him that if the Steelers ever played the Packers in the Super Bowl, sheâd take the family to the game â and there they are, in Dallas for Super Bowl XLV. (Photo by Alan Freed)
REYNOLDSVILLE â Pete Humphrey, owner of Humphrey TV in Reynoldsville, has been following the Pittsburgh Steelers before the games were on television.
Actually, heâs been following the team before television was invented, and like the rest of Steeler Nation, heâs looking forward to Sunday, when his beloved Steelers take on the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV.
âI probably saw my first Steelers game in 1949 or 1950, when the Steelers played in the old Pittsburgh Pirates baseball park, Forbes Field, and I also saw them play at Pitt Stadium,â Humphrey said.
FORT WORTH, Texas â The Dallas-Fort Worth area is probably one of the few places on Earth one might find die-hard Steelers fans, but the truth is, the Super Bowl is in town, and fans overtaking Woodyâs Tavern in Fort Worth are treating this like a home game.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â As the dawn of the Gov. Tom Corbett administration begins to emerge, state Sen. Joe Scarnati said the atmosphere in Harrisburg is positive.
âWe view it as an opportunity to put in conservative policies to give long-term Pennsy-lvania benefits,â he said Thursday.
But, he added, âThere will be some pain in this budget.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Last season's injured-riddled and forfeit-destined Brookville wrestling team looked nothing like its 2010-2011 version.
Equipped with a full lineup, better health and a number of state-ranked grapplers, the Raiders handled the Chucks Thursday, 53-15.
BROOKVILLE â Brookville head coach Bud Baughman sat on the bleachers where the student section normally sits, with his tie down and a distraught look on his face. Anyone who took a quick glance at Baughman Thursday night would have thought that the Raiders lost their home game against Harmony.
Brookville (17-1) beat Harmony 52-45, but Baughman wasn't happy with how the Raiders played.