March 4th, 2011
INDIANA â€” If the new Kovalchick Convention & Athletic Complex has a goal of bringing people from around the region to Indiana for athletic, entertainment and business purposes, its dedication ceremony bore a resemblance to what guests could see in the future.
The official grand opening of the $79 million, 150,000-square foot KCAC Friday included references to a classic film and even an impromptu, a cappella version of a Frank Sinatra standard by a state senator.
INDIANA â€” Itâ€™s a good thing that officials from IUP and the Kovalchick Convention & Athletics Complex (KCAC) officially dedicated the $79 million, 150,000-square foot building Friday, because the first ticketed event, the Harlem Globetrotters, will hit the floor of the Ed Fry Arena next Friday.
Amy White, the KCACâ€™s director of marketing, said the goal of the complex is to bring different kinds of events â€” big-name, family-oriented shows and concerts â€” to the Indiana area, and help people avoid longer trips to Pittsburgh, Altoona or State College, for example.
LTOONA â€” The Punxsy wrestling team's Big Three has a new addition.
The Chucks' best three wrestlers â€” senior Kody Young and juniors Seth Spack and Neko Cappella â€” were each expected to have a successful first day at the Northwest Region Class AAA Individual Wrestling Tournament Friday night in Altoona. Now, there's a fourth member to add to that trio.
CLARION â€” When Brookville's Zane Hackett attacked the rim during the District IX Class AA title game at Clarion University, he was cheered on by students chanting "Bonesaw!" and holding fake cardboard saws.
Hackett used his six-foot, six-inch frame to challenge Moniteau physically inside, scoring 20 points to help Brookville (22-2) win its second consecutive district championship, 58-49.
"It felt great. Everything was going in. We came out and started with a lot of intensity," Hackett said. "They played hard the whole game, and we were able to match what they were doing."
Douglas M. "Gunny" Craft, 53, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the VA Medical Center in Oakland.
He was born Dec. 9, 1957, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late James Craft and Sarah (Cameron) Craft-Bartlebaugh.
He was married to Susan L. (Snyder) Craft, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Craft served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a gunnery sergeant from 1975 until 1995, before retiring as a career Marine.
Margaret (Peg) Laura Waggett, 90, widow of Earl H. Waggett, died March 2, 2011, at Hospice Care Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, Ky.
Born in Hamilton, Pa., June 1, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Hamilton and Lilian Blose Stear.
She lived in Sharon, Pa.; Akron, Ohio; Hamilton, Pa.; and Seminole, Fla., prior to moving to Lexington, Ky., to be near her daughter, Sandra W. Miller.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Chucks will send eight to the Northwest Region Class AAA Individual Wrestling Tournament today and Saturday in Altoona, but all eyes will once again be on the trio of senior Kody Young and juniors Seth Spack and Neko Cappella.
Young, a four-time district champion and the school record holder in career victories, is in search of his second and final state berth. He placed fourth at regionals in 2008 and 2010, with his only state qualification taking place in 2009 when he finished in third place.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy elementary boys' basketball tournament came to a close with three narrow finishes and a pair of decisive victories Thursday night at PAHS Gym A.
Pittsburgh 20, Michigan State 18
Brandon Matthews provided 13 points, and Pittsburgh started the last day of the tournament with a 20-18 victory over Michigan State.
Also scoring for Pitt was Walter Mock (three points), Jacob Ward (two), Adam Haught (one) and Garrett Smith (one).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For Bruce Breth, life was always on the move while he was employed at Harvey Company in Punxsutawney, as a nitrogen truck driver during his younger years.
Today, however, life has slowed down a bit for Breth, 88, and the walls of his room at Wellington Heights are adorned with 70 finished puzzles. His current work in progress is uncompleted on his table.