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Editor’s note: The Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022 will be inducted during a ceremony tonight. Until then, The Spirit will be featuring articles highlighting each of the inductees. Today’s article focuses on Carl Truance, who will be awarded the Chuck Daly Lifetime Contributor…

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Editor’s note: The Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022 will be inducted during a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 19. Until then, The Spirit will be featuring articles highlighting each of the inductees. Today’s article focuses on Daniel Reitz.

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Editor’s note: The Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022 will be inducted during a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 19. Until then, The Spirit will be featuring articles highlighting each of the inductees. Today’s article focuses on James Barilar

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Editor’s note: The Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022 will be inducted during a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 19. Until then, The Spirit will be featuring articles highlighting each of the inductees. Today’s article focuses on Joe Martin

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Editor’s note: The Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022 will be inducted during a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 19. Until then, The Spirit will be featuring articles highlighting each of the inductees. Today’s article focuses on Frank German.

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — In the mid-to-late 1970s, William “Bill” Clemento was a regular face and a leader on the Punxsutawney Area High School football, basketball and baseball teams. He went on to the next level after high school to take part in collegiate athletics. And for all that, Clemento will …

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The Punxsutawney Chucks’ football season came to a close Friday evening after a loss to the St. Marys Flying Dutchman in the District semifinals. The Chucks put up a fight, keeping the score within a single possession, but fell 12-7 in the end. The Chucks finished with a 6-5 record on the se…

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The Punxsutawney Chucks and Lady Chucks cross country teams took part in the District 9 AA Championships on Saturday in Ridgway, with both squads placing third and advancing some athletes to States. The boys took third with a team score of 48, while the girls had a score of 70. For the for C…

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Chucks football team honored its senior members during Friday night’s ultimately victorious contest against Union/AC Valley. 

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The Punxsutawney Lady Chucks volleyball team held their annual Pink Night last Wednesday, and on Monday, the team presented a check of $4,471 to (far right) Lori Ebel of Lisa’s Ladybugs, an organization that helps both cancer patients and their families. The funds came through a combination …

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DUBOIS — When she straps on her boxing gloves and hits the heavy bag with steely focus, Aviana Gillaugh has one goal in mind: getting another belt to put on her wall. After her victory this weekend at the Battle at the Castle at Castle Boxing in Johnstown, she will get her shot as she is hea…

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The Punxsutawney Lady Chucks volleyball team honored their seniors members on Thursday evening before the match against Bradford. Pictured are the 2022 Lady Chucks seniors, including (from left) Maisie Eberhart (Cammi Kunselman and Adam Eberhart), Trinity Edney (Patricia and Christopher Edne…

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Everyone was all decked out in pink Wednesday evening as the Punxsutawney Area High School Lady Chucks’ volleyball teams held their annual Pink Night, raising breast cancer awareness and bringing in funds for Lisa’s Ladybugs Patient Care Fund, a local non-profit that provides financial assis…

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The Punxsutawney Lady Chucks soccer team recognized its outgoing athletes on senior night Wednesday. There are three seniors on this year’s Lady Chucks squad: from left) Ashlyn Catarouche (Lisa and George Catarouche), Jolena Wintermyer (Devin and Joanne Wintermyer) and Olivia Bish (David Bis…

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The Punxsutawney Chucks’ Peyton Hetrick recently signed a declaration of intent to play college baseball for Penn State DuBois, which is a member of the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference. Pictured are (front row, from left) Monica, Peyton and Paul Hetrick, who is also PAHS co…

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The Punxsutawney Area High School cross country program honored its senior boys and girls on Tuesday afternoon during the season’s last home meet of the year against Brockway and DuBois Central Catholic. Pictured are the 2022 PAHS cross country seniors, including Jordann Hicks (Danny and Kas…

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After finishing runner-up last year, the Punxsutawney Lady Chucks’ Chloe Presloid took the District 9 Tennis Singles Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at DuBois with a 2-0 win over Clearfield’s Peyton Reese at the DuBois Area High School in the championship round. It was also the first time …

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The Punxsutawney Lady Chucks tennis team took part in the semi-finals of the District 9 Tennis Team tournament on Wednesday afternoon, winning 4-1 over Elk County Catholic to advance to the championships. Pictured is Emily McMahan, who won her singles match 2-0.

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The 2022 Punxsutawney Lady Chucks tennis team honored its senior members on Tuesday. They are: (from left) Bailee Stello (Traci and Scott Stello), Kaylin Smith (Tina Catanzarito and Tony Smith), Brooke Skarbek (Kelly and Greg Skarbek) and Chloe Presloid (John and Patty Presloid). They were r…

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With the 9/11 weekend coming up, the Punxsy Chucks teamed up with the high school Future First Responders Club to honor veterans and first responders at Friday’s game against the Redbank Valley Bulldogs, offering them free admission. The Chucks came charging out of the tunnel carrying the te…

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Chucks are back home this Friday, which is going to be a very special evening as the Punxsutawney Area High School Future First Responders Club is sponsoring Military/First Responder Appreciation Night at Jack LaMarca Stadium. 

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The Punxsutawney Chucks kicked off football season in style Friday evening, starting out with a 1-0 record after a big 56-0 win over the Bradford Owls. Runningback Zeke Bennett (pictured) ran in four touchdowns, one for 54 yards. See Page 6 of today’s Spirit for more photos and a full recap …

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Local wrestler Jael Miller recently competed in the U.S. Marine Corps junior women’s and 16-and-under national tournament for the Pennsylvania team. She wrestled in the 164-pound weight class in the 16-and under-bracket with 29 girls and placed sixth in the nation. She also wrestled in the j…

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NEW YORK, NY — As a freshman, the Punxsutawney Lady Chucks track and field’s Mary Grusky took seventh in the javelin at PIAA AA State Championship with a throw of 128-1. Fort LeBoeuf’s Audrey Friedman had a throw of 142-9 to win the state title in the event over a month ago.

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The Punxsutawney Major Softball All-Stars were crowned the District 10 Little League Champions on Tuesday evening after a 8-3 win over visiting St. Marys. With the win, the team will prepare for the next round of the tournament after the fourth of July weekend.

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DUBOIS — Anyone familiar with the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease knows that anyone with the disorder is in for a struggle. But what if there was a way to help manage those symptoms? What if there was a way to fight back? That is the question the folks over at WPAL DuBois and Turnabout Boxin…

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you drove by Barclay Square this morning and noticed a large group of people wearing spandex congregating there, what you witnessed was a group of adventure racers preparing for a five-day race through PA Wilds that began in Punxsutawney on Monday

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The local Challenger League teams played their last games of the year Wednesday evening at Noerr Field in Punxsutawney. The junior game between the Punxsy Flash and the Punxsy Sluggers took place first, with the senior game between the Punxsy Senior Flash and the DuBois Senior Pride followed. 

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Local wrestler Jael Miller recently participated in the PAUSA Freestyle State Championship at Alvernia University. She wrestled in the 164 pound weight class in the 16 year and under bracket and in the Junior Women’s bracket. She placed first in both, winning with all pins and technical fall…

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A ribbon was cut Saturday, May 21, at the Marion Center Area High School, officially opening the newly christened Donald D. Seanor Gymnasium. The gym was dedicated for Seanor (front row, fourth from left) on April 4 of this year, his 78th birthday. Seanor has been involved in Marion Center a…

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It had been a while for the upperclassmen of the Punxsutawney Chucks baseball team due to COVID-19, but a trip to the state tournament is on the way, as they beat the Bedford Bison in the District 5/8/9 AAA Sub-Regional tournament to advance. Pictured are the Chucks and coaching staff with t…

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During the recent District 9 Track & Field Championship meet at the Brookville Area High School, Lady Raiders track and field head coach Doug Roseman was honored for his almost 30 years with the program. During his recognition, it was said, “Since he took over as head coach for the Lady …

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Punxsutawney Lady Chucks soccer and softball senior Rachel Houser recently signed declarations of intent to play college soccer and softball for Penn State Beaver (Division: USCAA, Conference: PSUAC) upon graduation. Pictured (from left) are Lady Chucks soccer coach Lisa McMeekin, PAHS co-pr…

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — Kierstin Riley, a current senior at Punxsutawney Area High School, has signed with Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a track and field athlete to start during the 2022-2023 school year. 

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On Monday, Punxsutawney Chucks baseball head coach Mike Dickey became the winningest coach in Chucks baseball history with a 8-2 win on the road in Bradford, making his record 146-78. And on Wednesday at home, the Chucks beat the DuBois Beavers 9-3 to move the tally to 147 wins. The previous…

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CLEARFIELD — In the second day of the District 9 Singles Tennis tournament on Tuesday at the Clearfield Area High School, Punxsutawney Chucks tennis senior Ben Gigliotti started in the quarterfinals, and by the end, he was the District 9 AA Singles Champion.

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The Punxsutawney Lady Chucks softball team hosted a double header against Bradford on Monday’s Senior Night, when the home team went on to win 12-0 and 19-2. The 2022 Lady Chucks seniors included (from left) Rachel Houser (Stacey Houser), AudreyAnna Mauk (Laurie and Justin Mauk) and Laura Ri…

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The Punxsutawney Chucks baseball team honored its four seniors on Monday evening in a game against the visiting Brookville Raiders. In fifth innings of strong hitting, the Chucks went on to win 11-1. The 2022 Chucks baseball seniors are (from left) Alex Phillips (Tom Phillips and Jenifer Moo…

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On Tuesday afternoon, the Punxsutawney Chucks tennis team honored their five seniors, Aramy Ferrent (Kelly Ferrent), Ben Gigliotti (David and Carla Gigliotti), Jaugar McDivitt (Nicole and Ben McDivitt), Josh Shoemaker (Fran and Wayne Shoemaker) and Zayin Spearing (Sonni and Randy Spearing).

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Punxsutawney Area High School baseball held its cancer awareness game Saturday at Rich Kuntz Memorial field. Former Legion players Zeke Bennett, Dakota Long, Alex Phillips, Ashton Stonbraker, Justin Miller and Isaac London presented Coach Mike Dickey with a $200 check from the Punxsutawney J…

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Punxsutawney Chucks soccer senior Ben Gigliotti recently signed a declaration of intent to play college soccer for Penn State New Kensington, a USCAA Division II school. Pictured (from left) are PAHS Athletic Director Randy Reitz, Gigliotti, Penn State New Kensington men’s soccer coach Mark …