February 7th, 2011
The physical crowd may have appeared a bit smaller for Groundhog Day this year, but millions of people elsewhere logged on to the Groundhog Club's Web site â€” Groundhog.org â€” to check out Punxsy Phil and happenings around town.
Jeff Grube, the Inner Circle's "Sky Painter" who monitors the site's activity, said the site has about 900,000 individuals visitors, as well as 2.5 million page views. During only Feb. 1 and 2, the hits numbered 895,000.
"We saw a big increase," he said. "We've seen double about every year on the Web site."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' basketball team had more turnovers than points during a 41-24 loss to Elk County Catholic Monday night in the second game between the two teams in four days.
Punxsy (4-13, 1-6 District IX League) committed 30 turnovers, which led to the Lady Chucks scoring an average of six points per quarter. The Lady Crusaders (15-4, 5-2) turned all the miscues into points on Punxsy's end, as they handed the Lady Chucks their second loss in four days after beating Punxsy Friday in St. Marys by a similar score, 38-24.
DUBOISâ€” The District IX Class AA Team Championship wrestling tournament Saturday at DuBois High School didn't end how top seeded Brookville pictured it would before the season started.
The Raiders had to stand and watch, as another team celebrated being champions.
Brookville lost to second seeded Ridgway 32-29 in the championship match, a team the Raiders beat 42-24 Jan. 29.
Brookville coach Dave Klepfer was disappointed that his team hadn't accomplished one of their biggest goals.
Elmer L. Hughes, 88, Westover, passed away Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Clearfield Hospital.
Mr. Hughes was born Sept. 5, 1922. in La Jose, a son of the late Bert J. Hughes and Willimina (Young) Hughes.
He married Beverly June (Cullen) Hughes, May 12, 1951, who survives.
He was a member of the East Ridge United Methodist Church, the Harmony Grange # 1201, Coalport Lodge # 574 and F.A.M. 33rd Degree.
Martha Irene (Zimmerman) Rehar, 78, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
Mrs. Zimmerman was born May 3, 1932, in Henderson Township, a daughter of Walter and Ada (Weber) Zimmerman, who preceded her in death.
Feb. 16,1963, she married Luttie W. Rehar, who survives.
Mrs. Rehar was a graduate of Big Run High School, class of 1950. She was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish and the Rosary Society in Sykesville.
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."