Class of 1998
Coach Harrick was the head coach of the Punxsutawney Chucks from 1936-1942 and once again from 1946-1950. His 1941 team finished undefeated. Prior to his coaching days at Punxsutawney, Joe attended West Virginia University, where he became the first four-sport letterman. While lettering in football, baseball, wrestling, and track, Joe became a second team Walter Camp All-American in football and a runner-up light heavyweight NCAA Wrestling Champion. After college, Joe signed a contract with the Detroit Tigers Baseball Organization. He played minor league ball until a knee injury forced his retirement from baseball.
As a 1960 graduate, Mr. Hester is the school’s only first team All-State basketball player. He lettered three years in basketball, track and volleyball at PAHS and held the record for the mile run in track. Don went on to captain the basketball team at Bucknell University in 1964.
Before he graduated in 1945, Mr. Huey earned seven varsity letters. Five of those letters he earned during his senior year. His athletic career continued at Michigan State University as the starting right end for coach Charles Bachman in 1945 and 1946 and starting right end for coach Biggie Munn in 1947 and 1948. Warren played offense, defense and special teams. He earned MVP honors and Governor’s award in 1947. Knee injuries cut short his senior season, forcing him to decline invitations to play in the east-west shine game of the Collegiate All-Star game. He was unable to accept a draft bid by Philadelphia to play in the NFL.
A four-year letter winner in basketball and track and field, Ms. Maruca was also a three time PIAA state medallist in track and field. Her medals include a second place in the javelin and sixth place in the shot put as a junior and third place in the javelin as a senior. Her athletic career continued at Shippensburg University where she participated in track and field. In conjunction with her high school athletic career, she also managed to graduate from PAHS with third highest honors.
Lawrence A. Rowe
Larry was a three-year letterman at PAHS in both football and track. He was All Skyline Conference in football as a junior and a senior, and All-District as a senior and a three-time nominee for the state’s Big 33 team. His teammates selected him as honorary captain of the 1963 undefeated, untied team. Larry was known as a tough runner and blocker as fullback for the Chucks. He led the team in rushing in both his junior and senior seasons. As a track athlete, Larry set a school record in the 180-yard low hurdles as a senior. In baseball, this inductee earned All-Star Honors as a catcher in American Legion Ball. Rowe attended Mansfield University and was three-year letterman as a running back and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in social studies.
Glenn Sutton Tait
A 1954 graduate of PAHS, Sutton was an All District player for three seasons. He was all Northwestern Pennsylvania during his senior season as well as being named to the All State Basketball team that year. He also earned varsity letters in basketball while playing for the University of Pittsburgh. He entered the United States Marine Corp and was a member of the marine security detachment for President Eisenhower from 1957-1960. He would stay in the Marines until 1975 when he retired with the rank of major. During his years in the military, Sutton not only played on several Marine teams, but coached some very good Marine basketball teams as well. Following his career in the Marines, Sutton attended graduate school at San Diego State University from 1976-1978. The Professional Golf Association employed him from 1978 until he retired from the PGA in 1999.
Mr. Williams served as the head basketball coach at PAHS from 1963-1971. His 1963-1964 team advanced to the western finals of the state basketball playoffs. During the 1966-1967 season, his players managed a trip to the western semi-final games after retiring from coaching. Mr. Williams moved from the classroom to assume the duties of assistant principal. Then in 1978 he became school psychologist, a position he held until he died.