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Class of 2004

Patti Strong Fallara

A 1979 graduate of PAHS, Patti was a three-year letter-winner in track and field and was the first female athlete in school history to place in the PIAA meet, taking a fifth place medal in the 400 meter dash. She held the D-9 record in the 400 and the retired school records in the 440 and 220 yard dashes, the mile relay and the long jump. She was also MVP in cross-country. She is currently the secretary to the principal at PAHS.

 

Ben Levy

A 1980 grad of PAHS, Ben earned nine letters in four sports while in high school. He lettered three times each in baseball and basketball, twice in football and once in golf. On the hardwood, he starred on three D-9 championship teams and wound up with 1,396 points, second all-time school scoring list behind brother Sam, an earlier Hall of Fame inductee. He pulled down 731 career rebounds.

 

Dave Matthews

This Dave Matthews doesn’t have a band, but he rocked for a whole bunch of athletic records and awards at PAHS. Dave lettered three times each in football and track and field. He set records in the pole vault, long and triple jumps and as a part of the 880-relay team. He racked up 2,080 yards rushing in his football career and was outstanding as a kickoff and punt returner.

 

Delbert Reitz

Delbert was a basketball star for the Chucks and an honorable mention All-State selection, and played in the JC Basketball League for ten years after high school. A prime mover in the development of Punxsutawney Little League, where he was an official for over 20 years and a former Booster of the Year (1968) - selected by the Punxsutawney Area Booster Club - where he was a former officer.

 

Tommy Thompson

A letter-winner in three sports - football, wrestling and baseball at PAHS, Thompson was named baseball MVP in 1977. He played that sport for two seasons at Hutchinson Junior College in Kansas and for two seasons at Texas-El Paso (UTEP) where he was named All-WAC second team in his junior year. He also starred in Little League, Teener League and American Legion ball in Punxsutawney.