July 14th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's 10-& 11-year old baseball All-Stars are on a roll, and if manager Brad Gigliotti has things his way, the hits will just keep coming at Sectionals.
Punxsy defeated St. Marys 12-2 in four innings Thursday night in Punxsutawney to clinch the District 10 Championship and advance to the Section One tournament which will be held in Cranberry.
Punxsy's first game will be Thursday at 2 p.m. against McLane. The winner of the Section 1 tournament will move on to the state tournament in Latrobe.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The votes have been counted and recounted, and your voices have been heard. The 2011 Spirit Spring Sports MVPs are Ashley Barenchik and Jordan Mesoraco.
The Spirit received a record-breaking number of votes in comparison to the number received for the fall and winter competitions.
Eight-hundred and forty-two votes were recorded for the female MVP voting, and 922 were recorded for the male voting.
Barenchik won the female portion in a landslide, receiving 458 votes, 54 percent of the overall total, from Spirit readers.
William E. "Bill" Smochek, 59, Mahaffey, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2011, at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born April 11, 1952, in Punxsutawney, a son of William P. Smochek of DuBois, who survives, and the late Jane (McGregor) Smochek.
Nov. 20, 1971, he married Darlene (Painter) Smochek, who survives, of Mahaffey.
Mr. SmochekÂ was the co-owner of BD&D Specialty Fabrication & Machine and was a member of the Mt. Carmel Church.
He loved playing and listening to bluegrass music, golfing and his work.
David G. Rebuck, 52, of Kissimmee, Fla., went to be with the Lord Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
He was born in 1959 in Neptune, N.J., a son of the late Rev. Ira and Geraldine Rebuck.
Mr. Rebuck had been the owner Dave's Sunoco in Punxsutawney in the 1980s and worked for Car Tec in Reading. He loved NASCAR races, his family, and his love for God.
He will be greatly missed by those of whom he touched. His battle with multiple sclerosis was a long struggle, and he lost his battle.
Betty Jane Craft, 71, Punxsutawney, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Aug. 17, 1939, a daughter of the late Ida Mae Miller and Arnold Fetterman.
June 8, 1957, she married Terry T. â€śTedâ€ť Craft, who survives.
Mrs. Craft had previously worked as an inspector at Sportswear and Ideal Products.
She loved spending time with her family and her dog, Timmy.Â She liked to fish, going to flea markets, Cook Forest and collecting porcelain dolls.Â She was also a Steelers fan.
C. Richard (Skipper) Reed, 91, Ringgold, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born April 3, 1920, in Ringgold, a son of the late Daniel and Elizabeth Landola (Perry) Reed.
Sept. 19, 1941, he married Mary M. Anderson, who preceded him in death Nov. 8, 2010.
Mr. Reed was a member of the Ringgold United Methodist Church and the Ringgold Sportsmenâ€™s Association. He was also an original member of the Ringgold Area Volunteer Fire Company.
He was retired from Hanley Brick of Summerville.
PHOENIX â€” Punxsutawney native Devin Mesoraco was granted the opportunity to showcase his talent in two different All-Star showcases over the past four days, and he did everything he could to impress on the national stage.
Mesoraco played in the nationally-televised MLB XM Futures All-Star game Sunday night in Phoenix, a game that highlights the top prospects in all divisions of Minor League Baseball. Mesoraco was granted the start at catcher for the U.S. team, which won 6-4.
Mesoraco shined brightly in the game, going 1-for-1, scoring a run and being hit by a pitch his second at-bat.
DUBOIS â€” DuBois pitcher Rachel Henry threw a complete game shutout, allowing only three hits and striking out eight, to defeat Punxsy 5-0 in the District 10 championship in the Junior League Softball division Wednesday night in DuBois.
Henry allowed two of the three hits in the first two innings and seemed to throw better as the game went on, allowing only one more hit on a come-backer that she just could not handle in the seventh.
BROOKVILLE â€” Punxsutawney 11-and-12 year olds were beaten, 10-8, at the hands of Brookville Team Skittlez Wednesday night despite a late sixth-inning rally.
Down 10-5 and with two outs, Punxsy's Brandon Matthews hit a three-run homer to right field, cutting Brookville's lead to just two. But Brookville's relief pitcher Ben Reitz remained calm and struck out the next batter, ending the game for Punxsy.
Punxsy will drop to the losers' bracket of the Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament taking place this week in Brookville.
Punxsutawney had three home runs, while Brookville hit two.
Construction workers from Power Contracting and Jefferson Paving work on the $1.1 million PennDOT downtown traffic signal project Wednesday at the Jefferson Street/Mahoning Street intersection. Construction was halted for the last two weeks to accommodate Old Home Week and the Groundhog Festival. Motorists are advised to avoid this area as flagman are directing traffic during periods of construction. (Photo by Larry McGuire)