April 12th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With cold, windy and rainy conditions constantly bearing down on the Punxsy and St. Marys girls' track and field teams Tuesday afternoon at Jack LaMarca Memorial Stadium, sometimes, regardless of ability, the group with a greater will to win in harsh situations comes out on top.
Tuesday, the team that overcame the weather was the Lady Chucks, who handled the Lady Dutch, 95-55, to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Punxsy first-year head coach Barry Young said that staying upbeat helped his girls win big Tuesday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The standout performances of senior runner A.J. Meterko and junior thrower Brody Morgan have been vital to the Punxsy boys' track and field team's success this season. Tuesday, quality times, distances and heights from other members of the Chucks were also an important part of the squad's 91-59 victory over St. Marys.
St. Marys kept things close in most of the events, but Punxsy (3-0) earned a 53-34 victory on the track and a 38-25 win in the field thanks to depth throughout.
BROOKVILLE â€” Brookville boys' track and field head coach Dan Murdock knows that senior Dylan Buffington works hard.
Tuesday afternoon, Buffington pushed himself and won the 100-meter dash, was a member of the 4x100 relay team that won and finished second in the 800-meter run.
While Murdock said he was proud of his performance on the track, he also noted what he left on the field.
"Buff always works so hard. He ran until he threw up on the field today," Murdock said with a laugh. "He ran a few good races today, and he has qualified for districts in the 800."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Is Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s proposed 2011-12 budget a done deal?
House Speaker Sam Smith says no, and that the proposal Corbett made March 8 will not be the proposal placed on his desk as the final budget.
â€śDo I support the governorâ€™s budget proposal? I support the overall spending plan because itâ€™s all the money we have,â€ť Smith said. â€śHow that money is distributed in that plan is something that the legislature will be changing.â€ť
Smith said he is working to put a budget on Corbettâ€™s desk that heâ€™s comfortable with.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Some districts have been vocal about cuts they could be looking at in the face of Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s proposed 2011-12 budget, but the Punxsutawney Area School Board â€” and the public â€” will get its first full look at the districtâ€™s preliminary budget during its committee meeting April 27.
Monday, Business Administrator Susan Robertson told board members that she had provided them with reports of where the districtâ€™s budget progress stood as of that afternoon. She said she and Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe would continue to make changes and â€ścuts that we think we can.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday Punxsutawney Borough Council approved hiring attorney Jay Lundy as the boroughâ€™s new solicitor to succeed Timothy Morris, who has resigned and is moving to California.
Council President Susan Glessner said Morris has served as the boroughâ€™s solicitor since 1999 and has been very active in the community.
â€śNot only are we going to miss him at borough council, but the community will also miss him,â€ť she said.
Morris said he believed there is no higher calling than that of a solicitor.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Two of the latest inductees into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame are William Vassallo and George Work.
Vassallo played high school basketball at Cameron County High School and college basketball at Lock Haven University from 1973 to 1977, where he was a second team PSAC All-Star during his senior year.
During his career at PAHS, Vassallo was the JV basketball coach from 1977 to 1982 and was the head boysâ€™ basketball coach from 1982 to 2006.
During his 24 seasons as head coach, he had 324 career wins.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy baseball team has been a notoriously slow starter the past few years.
When the Chucks won the state title in 2007, they followed a 6-5 start by winning 10 of their final 12 games. Last year, Punxsy's seventh-straight District IX Class AAA Championship team started 3-7.
Monday, in a change from years past, Punxsy continued its quick start behind home runs by Tyler Skerkavich and Ty Zimmerman when it improved to 4-0 after a 16-9 victory over Class AAAA DuBois.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy senior Dave Roberts had to fight hard to pick up his first win of the season Monday afternoon at Punxsutawney Area High School.
Roberts, the Chucks' No. 1 singles player, lost the first set 7-5. After forcing a tiebreaker by winning the second set, 6-3, he fell behind by three points in the tiebreaker.
He rebounded and came back to earn his first win of the season with a 10-7 win in the tiebreak, which helped Punxsy (1-2) beat Clearfield, 9-0.
Alexander â€śJakeâ€ť Testut III, 66, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
He was born on Long Island, N.Y., a son of the late Alexander Testut II and Dorothy Wottawa.
Mr. Testut was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years before his medical discharge.
He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.