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With Thanksgiving soon upon us, The Spirit thought it would be a good chance to ask some of our local athletes, who are gearing up for their winter seasons, what makes them feel thankful this year.

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JACKSONVILLE — Following an opening drive field goal from the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Pittsburgh Steelers went on to score 27 unanswered to improve to 10-0 on the season.  

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On Friday, immediately following school, the winter sports athletes at Punxsutawney Area High school, including those in girls basketball, indoor track and field, cheerleading and wrestling, began their seasons with their first official practices.

The Punxsy 7th-grade girls basketball team put a cap on its 7-2 season on Wednesday with a 35-15 win at Brockway. Pictured here is Camryn Hall, who led Punxsy with 18 points. For a full recap, see Thursday's edition of The Spirit.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers took care of business on Sunday, dropping the visiting Cincinnati Bengals 36-10 to remain unbeaten. 

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The Punxsutawney 8th-grade and 7th-grade girls basketball teams posted victories Friday at home over DuBois Central Catholic.See Saturday's edition of The Spirit for details.

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The Punxsutawney Area High School held its annual powder-puff flag football game Thursday evening. The proceeds benefited Make-A-Wish, Leslie's Closet and Lisa's Ladybugs.

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DUBOIS — Rarely is the phrase “total team effort” as applicable as it was for the Punxsy 7th-grade girls basketball team on Monday, as the entire team scored to give Punxsy a 29-12 win over hosting DuBois.

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HERSHEY — Laura Rittenhouse and Elizabeth Long wrapped up their cross country season as they both competed in their first PIAA Cross Country Championships at the Parkview Course in Hershey on Saturday.  

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This Saturday, four runners from the Punxsutawney cross country program will take part in the PIAA Championships in Hershey. Pictured here are the two Punxsy boys, Andrew Barnoff and Aiden McLaughlin, and the two Punxsy girls, Laura Rittenhouse and Elizabeth Long. 

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The Punxsy boys soccer team took on the Karns City Gremlins in the District 9 AA championship on Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Brockway. Karns City won the game 1-0 to earn a spot at States. For more, see Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

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The Lady Chucks volleyball team won the first game of its District 9 AA semifinal at Keystone on Monday, but the Lady Panthers fought back and won the next three to earn a spot in the D-9 championship game this Thursday. Pictured here is Punxsy's Danielle Griebel bumping one up to an attacke…

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Punxsy's cross country program is sending four runners to the PIAA State Championships next weekend in Hershey as a result of Saturday's District 9 AAA meet. Aiden McLaughlin (pictured here) won the boys' race to earn the individual title, and Andrew Barnoff, Elizabeth Long and Laura Rittenh…

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The Punxsy varsity football team showed resilience and toughness on Friday night in Punxsutawney, concluding their season with a 7-0 victory over DuBois, the team's first win of the 2020 season, to snap a 23-game winless streak. Pictured here are the Chucks celebrating on the field just afte…

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The Punxsy varsity volleyball team opened play in the District 9 AA playoffs on Thursday with a home match against Karns City, with Punxsy advancing in straight sets, 3-0, to earn a spot in next Monday's semifinals. Pictured here is Katelyn Griebel splitting two Karns City defenders for a ki…

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On Wednesday, Punxsy's 8th-grade girls basketball team overcame an early deficit and battled back for a convincing, 31-15 win over Sheffield at Punxsutawney Area High School. Pictured here is Emily Wisnesky grabbing a rebound for Punxsy. For a full recap and more photos, see Thursday's Spirit. 

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The Punxsy boys soccer team traveled to St. Marys on Tuesday afternoon for a District 9 AA semifinal showdown with the Dutchmen in boys' soccer action, and Punxsy saw Garrett Eddy score a first-half goal and Ben Gigliotti add one in the second half to send Punxsy to the finals with a 2-0 win…

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After scoring two of the game's first three touchdowns on Monday, Punxsy's JV football team saw its guests, Oil City, battle back to score four unanswered. Punxsy put together a late comeback, but fell just short, 24-20. Pictured above is Noah Weaver hauling in a leaping catch on Punxsy's fi…

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Punxsy quarterback Kam Falgout (7) is pictured here winning the race to the end zone with Moniteau’s A.J. McElravy (9), David Dessicino (12) and David Stamm (3) on his way to Punxsy’s first score, a 58-yard touchdown run, on Friday night in West Sunbury. In the end, the Chucks fell 27-14, an…

The Punxsy volleyball squad picked up a three-set victory at Brookville on Thursday to close out their regular season. Pictured here are Lizzie Neal and Elliott Ferrent, who both helped lead a strong showing at the net for the Lady Chucks. For a full recap and more photos, see Friday's Spirit.

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The Punxsy 8th-grade girls' basketball team played its first home game of the season on Wednesday, and put on quite a show by besting Curwensville 30-3. Pictured above is Brooke Young, who led Punxsy with eight points. For a full recap, see Thursday's Spirit. 

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The Punxsy girls cross country team eked out a 27-28 victory over DuBois and recorded a 48-15 win over DuBois Central Catholic on Tuesday afternoon in Punxsutawney to conclude a perfect 10-0 season. For a full recap from the boys, girls and junior high meets, see Tuesday's Spirit.

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On Monday, the Punxsy girls' soccer program wrapped up its season in a short-handed game -- playing 7-on-8 -- and put up a good fight but lost 6-0 to Redbank Valley. Pictured here is the Punxsy squad clearing a Redbank corner kick out of harm's way.

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Punxsy's A.J. Parise Youth Football Program's varsity team completed an undefeated season on Saturday by besting St. Marys in the league championship game at Punxsy's Jack LaMarca Stadium. Pictured above are the varsity team members hoisting the trophy after the game. For a full recap, see M…

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Ahead of Friday night’s game against Central Clarion, the Punxsy varsity football program held a Senior Night ceremony at Jack LaMarca Stadium. Pictured above are the seniors (front row, from left) with their parents behind them: Joshua Miller, the son of Shawn and Carrie Miller; Logan Jacob…

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The District 9 Girls' Tennis Doubles Championships got underway at Clearfield early Thursday morning, and the Lady Chucks' two teams — the first consisting of Chloe Presloid and Jadyn McMahan and the second of Allie Meko and Kendal Johnston — had themselves a solid day, with each making it t…

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The Punxsy boys' soccer team hosted DuBois on Wednesday afternoon, and after the Beavers drew first blood with an early strike, the Chucks scored four goals in a seven-minute stretch and added another before half to take a 5-1 lead to the break. After 20 scoreless minutes in the second half,…

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The Punxsy cross country program hosted Brookville on a sunny Tuesday afternoon, and on a great day for running, the Chucks and Lady Chucks saw their runners finish 1-2 in both varsity races and both teams picking up a win. The girls' race saw Punxsy outpace Brookville 22-36, and in the boys…

CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Morgan, the Hall of Fame second baseman who became the sparkplug of the Big Red Machine and the prototype for baseball's artificial turf era, has died. He was 77. He died at his home Sunday in Danville, California, family spokesman James Davis said in statement Monday. …

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The top-seeded Punxsy Chucks of the A.J. Parise Youth Football program finished the regular season undefeated to earn a bye last weekend. This weekend, they took on the fourth-seeded Reynoldsville Falcons on the Falcons' home field in the league semi-finals on Saturday, and Punxsy kept its r…

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The Brookville Raiders, who entered Friday night's game against the Punxsy Chucks with a 4-0 record having beaten every other team on the shared schedule thus far, improved to 5-0 with a 49-14 victory over the Chucks in Brookville. Brookville's pass-heavy attack, led by senior QB Jack Krug, …

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The Lady Chucks volleyball team picked up a three-set home win over North Clarion on Thursday evening, with little variance in the score, as Punxsy won the first set 25-17 and the next two 25-18. The Punxsy JV team also won a pair of games for a sweep prior to the varsity match.

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Pictured here in this Flashback Photo submitted by John Mack and titled “Rossiter Miners baseball — 1973 World Champs” are (front row, from left) Terry Neal, Gar Neal, R. Ferrara, Jim Hickock, John Benson, Gale Shields, Ray Haverilla, (back row) A.F. Catalano, John Pisarcik, George Senott, A…

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The Punxsy girls' golf team held serve at its own course — the Punxsutawney Country Club — on Monday at Districts, with a team score of 327 giving the Lady Chucks the District 9 title. Punxsy's Maeve Hanley, who finished with a score of 103, was also a medalist, as she finished third overall…

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On a sunny but brisk Saturday morning, the Punxsy cross country program's two varsity teams played host to North Clarion, with both Punxsy teams coming out on top -- 18-43 in the girls' meet and 18-40 in the boys'.

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The nearly full moon — just one day past its fullest — had a front-row seat to Friday night's football game between the Punxsy Chucks and the Karns City Gremlins. On the field, the Gremlins jumped out to a big lead, 42-0, and added one second-half score for a 49-0 victory. The Chucks showed …