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Take-charge guy Strano finds leadership dream

December 10, 2010

The following is from The Punxsutawney Spirit's “Where Are They Now?” series. The focus is to catch up with former Punxsy athletes to find out what made them a success growing up, and what they are doing today.

BAYTOWN, Texas — Bob Strano always wanted to be the guy in charge.

Even at a young age, back in junior-high, being a leader was his ultimate goal.

Strano, a 1966 Punxsutawney Area High School graduate, recently found a scrapbook from when he was an eighth-grader, and inside was what he wanted to be when he grew up.

Seniors Crago, Meterko voted first-ever Spirit Fall MVPs

December 9, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After a two-week voting period and more than 2,000 votes cast between the two genders, two seniors stood out among the rest according to the public's selection of The Punxsutawney Spirit's first-ever Fall Sports Most Valuable Players.

Shawnna Crago, a volleyball player who helped the Lady Chucks win their sixth district title in a row, and A.J. Meterko, a cross country runner who finished second at districts and earned his third consecutive trip to states, were selected as the two 2010 winners.

Punxsy native named Shippensburg football coach

December 9, 2010

SHIPPENSBURG — A 1988 Punxsutawney Area High School graduate continues to have an eventful few months at Shippensburg University, as after being inducted into the school's Athlete Hall of Fame in October, he was named the head football coach Wednesday.

Mark 'Mac' Maciejewski, the son of Stan Maciejewski and Nancy Weisinstein, graduated from Shippensburg in 1992. For the past 12 seasons, he has been an assistant coach with the Red Raiders, and Wednesday, he replaced Rocky Rees — who announced his retirement in September — as head coach.

Chucks primed to jump back above .500 in 10-11

December 8, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As losses due to way too many forfeits continue to be something of the past, the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team is focused on improving and finishing above .500 after an 8-9 season last year.

The Chucks were known for having a small roster, but benefited from hard-working wrestlers while managing a combined record of 22-16 from 2006 to 2009. Now, with 28 wrestlers on the roster after having 26 at the outset of last season, the Chucks are ready to return to their winning ways.

SCORING A FEW POINTS

December 8, 2010

PLAYING SOME BASKETBALL FOR CHARITY

December 7, 2010

Punxsy seniors Jenna Reitz (center) and Jenna Miller (right) donated a check worth $4,279.92 to Karen Burkett (left) of the American Cancer Society after holding a four-on-four basketball tournament during November. The tournament included five different age groups: Grades four and five; six and seven; eight and nine; 10 through 12; and out-of-school. (Photo submitted)

A SPIRITED SHOT

December 7, 2010

Katie Neale, of Ringgold, bagged this 175-pound, 10-point buck at 7:10 a.m. Saturday in Jefferson County. (Photo submitted)

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

December 6, 2010

Logan Geist, of Punxsy, bagged this 140-pound, four-point buck Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. in Jefferson City. (Photo submitted)

FIRST BUCK

December 6, 2010

Brock Wymer, 12, of Punxsy, shot this 130-pound, six-point buck, his first, Nov. 29 at 7:20 a.m. in Locust. (Photo submitted)

Mesoraco named Reds' Minor League Player of the Year

December 3, 2010

CINCINNATI — The 2010 success of Punxsy native Devin Mesoraco has earned the baseball player some Cincinnati Reds hardware.

Mesoraco, who swiftly advanced from Class A to Class AAA this past summer, won the Chief Bender Award as the franchise's Minor League Player of the Year for 2010 at Redsfest Friday night in Cincinnati.

Mesoraco, a 2007 first-round draft pick of the Reds, started the year at the Class A Advanced Lynchburg Hillcats. After hitting .335 with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs through 43 games, he was promoted to the Class AA Carolina Mudcats.

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