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January 5, 2012

Although it seems a bit late to be saying this, "Happy New Year, everyone!"

Five days into 2012, I hope all your New Year's resolutions are still going strong. Only 361 days left after today, thanks to the extra one thrown in for the leap year.

Personally, I'm not much for making resolutions, because for the most part, I stink at following through with them.

For myself, the turning of the page on the calendar and in my life is more about reflecting on the things that have happened over the past year and looking forward to what lies ahead in the next chapter.

Chucks ring in the new year with win

January 3, 2012

DUBOIS — Entering Tuesday night's contest with Punxsy, DuBois Central Catholic's record was 1-7, but Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal and his squad knew that meant the Cardinals would be gunning for a win to kick off the 2012 calendar year's schedule. The Chucks fought hard to earn a 25-22 halftime lead and outscored DCC 14-6 in the third quarter to open the game up and went on to grab a 50-38 win.

LOCAL SHINES AT PENN STATE

January 3, 2012

Nittany Lion safety Drew Astorino (left) poses with teammate Devon Still after they both won awards at the Penn State University Football Senior Awards Banquet Dec. 11 at the Penn Stater. Astorino, whose father is a Punxsy local, was presented the Ridge Riley Award for "sportsmanship, scholarship, leadership and friendship." Astorino ended his collegiate career Monday at the TicketCity Bowl, during which Penn State fell 30-14. Monday's game was Astorino's 40th career start, making him the leader on the Penn State team in starts.

2011 Spirit Sports Year In Review

December 30, 2011

Story of the year: Mesoraco receives his dream call

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 2011 was a whirlwind year for former PAHS — and current Cincinnati Reds' — catcher Devin Mesoraco and his loyal, local fans and one during which his dream of playing in the Majors became a reality.

When Mesoraco hit an eighth-inning home run during the first week of spring training with the Cincinnati Reds March 2, manager Dusty Baker said that the slugger hit the ball a mile, maybe even a mile-and-a-half.

Another close one: Chucks win tourney

December 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Carl A. Truance, for whom the Punxsutawney Holiday Classic has been named since 1995, was an avid fan of Punxsutawney sports.

He would have been pleased with the performance the Chucks gave Thursday night to be crowned tournament champions.

Punxsy's Cory Geer, playing off the bench, hit a shot with 38 seconds on the clock to give the Chucks a 53-52 lead, and the Chucks held on to win by that same score.

Under pressure: Lady Chucks fall to Hazleton

December 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Lady Chucks fell behind early for the second day in a row and were unable to overcome the deficit to lose 39-33 in the consolation game against the Lady Cougars of Hazleton at the 17th-annual Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney.

The Lady Cougars' intense full-court pressure defense was a key factor in shutting down the Lady Chucks in the first quarter, and Hazleton converted early to jump out to a 13-5 lead in the first quarter.

Chucks to play for Truance Championship

December 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the winter weather finally hitting Punxsutawney just after Christmas, the weather seemed fitting for the opening day of the 17th-annual Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic.

Truance was an original member of the Booster Club and was known for his support of Punxsutawney athletics.

The Punxsutawney Jaycees originally ran the Holiday Tournament for 26 years be- fore the Booster Club took over in 1995. In 1996, the tournament expanded to include the girls' bracket, as well.

2011 Spirit Sports Year In Review, Part II: Eight local teams went state-bound

December 27, 2011

In a state the size of Pennsylvania, reaching a state championship tournament is a rare occasion.

In Part II of The Spirit Sports Year in Review, readers will have the opportunity to look back on eight different 2011 Punxsutawney teams that reached that level — one team even won its state title.

There was no lack of newsworthy sports in Punxsutawney this year, and The Spirit will feature one final installment of Year in Review in Saturday's edition.

13- & 14-year- old VFW All- Stars win states

2011 Spirit Sports Year in Review

December 26, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 2011 has been a year which saw many great accomplishments — from teams to individual — in the Punxsutawney area, and as the year winds to an end, it is the perfect time to look back on some of the achievements which stood out in 2011.

There are too many to list, and surely, some notable stories will be left off the list, but the year was one of transition, as The Spirit saw its first new sports writer since late in 2006.

Amid the transition, Punxsutawney area sports continued to thrive, leaving plenty to review as the area looks forward to 2012.

All I want for Christmas is a new clubhouse: Mesoraco's contribution aids in continued Kuntz Field improvements

December 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Current Cincinnati Reds' and former Punxsutawney Area High School catcher Devin Mesoraco, known for his generosity to the Make-A-Wish campaign in Punxsutawney over the years, is displaying his Christmas spirit in another manner related to his lifelong-dream-turned-career this year by contributing to the renovation of the Rich Kuntz Memorial Field complex this week.

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