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LADY CHUCKS' VOLLEYBALL TEAM HONORED AT BANQUET

November 21, 2011

The Lady Chucks volleyball team honored both its seniors and award winners at the annual banquet Sunday night at the Pantall Hotel in Punxsutawney. Varsity head coach Lisa Kephart and junior varsity head coach Megan Decker each delivered awards, and the seniors were honored for their time and service to the program. Each player was given a framed photograph from this season as a keepsake.

Brookville YMCA hosts fourth-annual Turkey Trot

November 21, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and in celebration, the Brookville YMCA held its fourth-annual Turkey Trot Saturday. The trot consisted of three races: The Wingding (one-mile run or walk); the Turkey Trot (five-kilometer race); and the Tough Turkey (10-kilometer race).

More than 70 competitors participated in the various races, and an award was given to each of the top three finishers in each race for both males and females.

Spirit readers to elect second-annual fall MVPs

November 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It is a common practice for sports teams, from the high school level to the professional level, to select a Most Valuable Player.

The title of team MVP is the ulitmate honor, as it carries with it the assumed characteristics of leadership, talent and heart all embodied in one award.

Last year, The Punxsutawney Spirit launched its inaugural Fall Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Player awards, and after an overwhelming response, Punxsutawney Area High School athletes were selected as winter and spring sports MVPs, as well.

MOST VALUABLE ALUMNI

November 18, 2011

Both the Punxsutawney Chucks and the Brookville Raiders alumni teams honored their most valuable players Nov. 5 after the Route 36 Rivalry alumni game. Eric Painter (left) was given the award for the Raiders as he led the defensive core and served as a captain for Brookville. Bret Rankin (right) was named the MVP for the Chucks; Rankin was called an "animal" on defense by Chucks head coach Tim Zimmerman.

GIRLS' SOCCER TEAM SAYS, 'SO LONG, SENIORS'

November 17, 2011

The Punxsy girls' soccer team held its banquet Wednesday night at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church. At the banquet, Punxsy head coach Kevin Hughes thanked his senior players for their time on the team, wished them well and encouraged the players who weren't graduating to start thinking about what they could do to improve next year. Letter pins were presented to all players who earned them, and seniors were presented with warm-up jackets with their names on them as mementos. Pictured (from left) are seniors Alissa Vite, Sierra Milton, Kelsey Young, Cenneca Dilts and Tasha Story.

The Zak Zone

November 17, 2011

The past few days, I really haven't known what to do with myself.

With the boys' soccer team concluding their season with a trip to states and the volleyball team finishing second in a heated District IX championship game against Bradford — and congratulations to both teams — the PAHS fall sports season came to a screeching halt.

The girls' elementary basketball tournament tided me over last week, but with its conclusion last Thursday night, I found myself in a situation unfamiliar to me since I started working at The Spirit — a completely blank calendar for an entire week.

LOCAL BOXER EARNS WIN IN PITTSBURGH

November 16, 2011

Punxsy boxer Adam Littlejohn scored a decision win Nov. 3 at William Penn Hotel's Annual Boxing Show in downtown Pittsburgh. Littlejohn battled Larry Blakely, of Pittsburgh's Third Avenue Gym, in a 165-pound open-division bout. Blakely, a solid left-handed fighter, wasn't able to overcome Littlejohn's hand speed and defensive skills in the three-round match. With the win, Littlejohn improved to 26-12. Littlejohn and teammate Tahree Caroll were slated for action Dec. 3 at IUP's annual show in Indiana, but the event was recently cancelled.

Lady Chucks Setter-Hitter Duo honored

November 15, 2011

The Lady Chucks' senior setter Cassie Cook (left photo) and junior hitter Sydney Weaver (right photo, left) were named to the 2011 District IX All-Star team Friday. The All-Star team was selected by coaches, who nominated their own players they thought deserved the honor. Then, all the District IX coaches voted to determine the team members. "Cassie and Sydney both had outstanding seasons, and they definitely deserved the votes," Punxsy head coach Lisa Kephart said. "They work very hard and have a great passion for volleyball."

Season-ending heartbreak for Brookville Raiders

November 14, 2011

CLARION — The Brookville Raiders' season came to a close Saturday after suffering a crushing 40-25 defeat at the hands of the Karns City Gremlins in the District IX Class AA semi-finals.

Following the game, the disappointment was easily seen on the face of Brookville head coach Chris Dworek, who said there were several mistakes made.

"We needed to tackle better, and the rush defense wasn't the best effort," Dworek said. "We can't fix things and get them next week; that's the brutality of the playoffs."

From start to finish: Tourney was a success

November 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Another five-game schedule packed full of exciting action Thursday night concluded the girls' elementary basketball tournament at Punxsutawney Area High School in style.

Another defensive battle kicked off the final night of the tournament with the fourth- and fifth-grade Knicks defeating the Bulls 12-4.

Cassidy Reed and Grace Aikens led the way for the Knicks' offense with four points, and Mary Schwarz added two points in the winning cause.

Abby Gigliotti and Kylee Shoemaker each had two points for the Bulls.

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