July 13th, 2011
PHOENIX â€” Punxsutawney native Devin Mesoraco was granted the opportunity to showcase his talent in two different All-Star showcases over the past four days, and he did everything he could to impress on the national stage.
Mesoraco played in the nationally-televised MLB XM Futures All-Star game Sunday night in Phoenix, a game that highlights the top prospects in all divisions of Minor League Baseball. Mesoraco was granted the start at catcher for the U.S. team, which won 6-4.
Mesoraco shined brightly in the game, going 1-for-1, scoring a run and being hit by a pitch his second at-bat.
DUBOIS â€” DuBois pitcher Rachel Henry threw a complete game shutout, allowing only three hits and striking out eight, to defeat Punxsy 5-0 in the District 10 championship in the Junior League Softball division Wednesday night in DuBois.
Henry allowed two of the three hits in the first two innings and seemed to throw better as the game went on, allowing only one more hit on a come-backer that she just could not handle in the seventh.
BROOKVILLE â€” Punxsutawney 11-and-12 year olds were beaten, 10-8, at the hands of Brookville Team Skittlez Wednesday night despite a late sixth-inning rally.
Down 10-5 and with two outs, Punxsy's Brandon Matthews hit a three-run homer to right field, cutting Brookville's lead to just two. But Brookville's relief pitcher Ben Reitz remained calm and struck out the next batter, ending the game for Punxsy.
Punxsy will drop to the losers' bracket of the Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament taking place this week in Brookville.
Punxsutawney had three home runs, while Brookville hit two.
Construction workers from Power Contracting and Jefferson Paving work on the $1.1 million PennDOT downtown traffic signal project Wednesday at the Jefferson Street/Mahoning Street intersection. Construction was halted for the last two weeks to accommodate Old Home Week and the Groundhog Festival. Motorists are advised to avoid this area as flagman are directing traffic during periods of construction. (Photo by Larry McGuire)
BROOKVILLE â€” Although this is the first time in nine years that Pennsylvania lawmakers have passed a state budget on time, there are still a lot of questions left to be answered.
During Wednesdayâ€™s Jefferson County Commission meeting, the commissioners could not relay information about final budget figures because they themselves have little to no information.
Chairman Paul Corbin called it a game in progress.
ST. MARYS â€” With St. Marys one out from a victory, Punxsy's Alyssa Reitz belted a two-out RBI double to drive in Ivy Phillips and tie the score at three in a game that Punxsy would go on to win 7-3 in eight innings in Junior League softball All-Star action Monday night in St. Marys.
Punxsy advanced to a rematch with DuBois in the bracket final for the District 10 championship with the win. Punxsy will need to win two games, as it is coming out of the losers' bracket.
DUBOIS â€” Punxsy's Post 62 Senior Legion baseball team's season came to a disappointing end with a 6-4 loss against DuBois in the winner-take-all championship game Tuesday night at Showers Field in DuBois.
Punxsy manager Doug Mesoraco was proud of his players and the way they battled, though, not only Tuesday, but throughout the six years that he has been working with them.
BROOKVILLE â€” Punxsy 9-and-10 year olds took down Luigi's DuBois in round one of the Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament Tuesday in Brookville.
Punxsy's Willie Hoover went 3-for-3 from the plate with two doubles and three RBIs, leading his team's offense to victory.
Logan Johnston also had two doubles with three RBIs, going 2-for-3 at bat, and the team totaled eleven hits.
"I was impressed with everyone's play," Punxsy manager Mark Ewing said. "Everyone contributed really well."
Punxsy will take on the winner of the Franklin/ElCo II (St. Marys) game at 6 p.m. today in Brookville.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Now that the festival season has concluded in Punxsutawney for another year, itâ€™s time for borough residents and motorists to prepare for the return of construction season.
Police Chief Tom Fedigan said at Mondayâ€™s Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting that motorists should prepare themselves for significant delays beginning today.
Contractor Power Contracting will shut down the intersection of Jefferson Street and Mahoning Street today, Fedigan said, and there will be delays in the downtown area, along with parking restrictions and tagged meters.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There are festivals for mountain laurel, Punxsutawney Phil and even fall leaves, but this weekend, there will be a festival in Barclay Square that celebrates life: The American Cancer Societyâ€™s Relay For Life.
Not only does the relay celebrate many cancer survivors, it also promotes research to find a cure.
As of last week, teams have raised $45,000. The ultimate goal is $78,000.
This yearâ€™s theme is â€śDisco â€” Stayinâ€™ Alive.â€ť