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December 8, 2011

Sometimes, I wish I were around in the "Good Ol' Days."

Directly to this column's left, on Page 6, is an article that was submitted to me this week about a man, Joseph Harrick, who was recently inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame for being the only known individual in school history to earn 16 letters — a feat that is simply unheard of today.

First of all, athletes today have three sports seasons, and except for the occasional kicker-who-is-a-soccer-player, the idea of an athlete playing two sports in one season is practically extinct.

THE WAIT IS NEARLY OVER: WINTER SPORTS KICK OFF FRIDAY

December 7, 2011

Shortly after the junior high wrestlers kick off their season, the ninth-grade basketball team opens its season Friday afternoon. The ninth-grade basketball team, coached by Brandon Krug (not pictured), is (front, from left) Dakota Byers, Dakota Thomas, Ruben Taylor; (middle) Ethan Ambler, Ryan Sloniger, Brandon Blose; (back) Andy Fedigan, Adam Ferko, Jared Burkett and Logan Reed. The boys' and girls' varsity teams will also open their seasons Friday night at the Marion Center Tip-Off Tournament.

Another first: Bodenhorn bags a buck

December 7, 2011

Local youngster Caleb Bodenhorn, of Punxsutawney, nabbed this high-and-wide spike, his first buck, Saturday while hunting in Bell Township. The buck weighed in at 160 pounds.

Peffer nabs his first buck

December 6, 2011

Ryan Peffer, of Big Run, brought down this 150-pound four-point, his first buck, at 4:20 p.m. Saturday while hunting in Indiana County.

Emhoff lands six-point

December 6, 2011

Chandler Emhoff, 13, of Worthville, harvested this 150-pound, six-point buck at 4:30 p.m. last Monday while hunting near Lantz's Bottom.

Lingenfelter bags her first buck

December 6, 2011

Kylee Lingenfelter, 11, of Punxsutawney, shot her first buck — a 140-pound seven-point — Saturday at 8 a.m. while hunting in the Ringgold area.

LOCAL BAGS FIRST BUCK

December 5, 2011

Punxsutawney local Sammy Gigliotti, 12, took down this six-point buck, weighing in at 115 pounds, last Monday while hunting in Bell Township. This was Gigliotti's first buck.

Local hunter wins out in Pa. elk drawing

December 3, 2011

ROSSITER — Back in late October, Vernon Winebark, of Rossiter, received a call he's been waiting for the past nine years: One confirming that he was one-of-56 lucky hunters chosen to receive an elk license in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's annual license drawing.

Even better news came in that phone call when he was informed that he was one of just 18 hunters to receive a tag to bring down a bull this year.

Another first-day success story

December 2, 2011

Local youngster Garrett Swartz shot this eight-point buck with an impressive 18-inch spread Monday, the opening day of season, while hunting in the Grange area.

Wazelle nabs first buck of hunting career

December 2, 2011

Megan Wazelle, of Punxsutawney, brought down this 185-pound seven-point Monday while hunting in the Adrian area. The buck was Megan's first.

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