Archive - Nov 2010 - Sports Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â When it comes to volleyball, the hitters get all the glory.
Their devastating kills leave the crowd in awe and the opposition in pain.
That's what makes Hannah Neal's recognition as the 2010 District IX Class AA/AAA Volleyball Player of the Year all the more amazing, considering she started out of the libero position in every match but one this season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For the first time ever, the Punxsy volleyball team will have four District IX Class AA/AAA All-Stars, as joining Player of the Year Hannah Neal are fellow upperclassmen Corri Snyder, Shawnna Crago and Tawnee Bowers.
Neal, a senior libero, received the most votes from district coaches and was named the Player of the Year. Snyder made her way on the All-Star list for the third time, as she was recognized as an honorable mention in 2008 and 2009.
This is the second-straight season that Crago has become an All-Star, while Bowers made the list for the first time.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsy senior Timi Shiock â a goalkeeper for the Lady Chucks for more than three years â has ended her career by being recognized as an Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League Girls' Central Division All-Star for the second-straight year.
Shiock was the only member of the Lady Chucks to be named an All-Star this season, as both she and Sierra Milton were 2009 All-Stars. She helped Punxsy accomplish a 6-12 season in 2010.
During those six 2010 victories, Shiock allowed just five goals. In addition, Punxsy gave up a school-record low of 47 goals this season.
The Punxsy girls' soccer team held its annual banquet Sunday night at the Rooftop of the Pantall Hotel. Pictured are the award-winners (front, from left):Â Lauren McGarvey, most goals and most outstanding player; Jocelyn Hughes, most outstanding defender; Timi Shiock, most valuable player; Emily Horner, most outstanding freshman; (back) Kelsey Young, most improved defender; Sierra Milton, top striker; Ashley Bacha, most versatile; Alyssa Vite, most improved; and Anna Monyak, most assists and top midfielder. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
The Punxsy girls' tennis team held its annual banquet Oct. 21 at Mary's Place. Pictured are (front, from left): Jenna Miller, Maddison Kernich, Calena Spearing, Sydney Jekielek; (middle) Tori Brooks, Kylie Krise, Shauna Wood, Searra Wasicki, Karlee Wingard; (back) Erin Long, Lauren Wolfe, Lindsey Paulina and Caroline Weaver. The team selected Paulina as the most valuable player. (Photo submitted)
PITTSBURGH â Saturday at North Hills High School, the Punxsy volleyball team didn't look anything like the group that won every match but two and easily swept its way to a district championship this season.
Unfortunately for the Lady Chucks, their worst performance came at the start of the PIAA Class AA playoffs, and after compiling a 1-8 record through nine sets of action Saturday, their season came to a close.
CLARION â A dominating defense made the difference Saturday night, as the Brookville Raiders suffocated Moniteau in the second half during a 14-7 win over the Warriors at Clarion University's Memorial Stadium in the District IX Class AA Semifinal.
The win erased a three-game playoff losing streak to the Warriors for Brookville, but most importantly, put the Raiders in the district championship game Friday against the 10-0 Brockway Rovers at Clarion University.
DUBOIS â During the Punxsy football team's perfect regular season, the Chucks very rarely turned the ball over.
Four Punxsy turnovers tipped what was a close game through three-plus quarters in Clearfield's favor, as the Bisons exited E.J. Mansell Stadium in DuBois with the 2010 District IX Class AAA Championship after a 26-14 victory over the Chucks.
CLARION â The last time the Raiders played in postseason football action, they were run off the field following a 55-7 blowout at the hands of Moniteau.
Brookville is sure hoping that two years can make a world of difference.
The Raiders and the Warriors will square off in the semifinal round of the District IX Class AA playoffs at Clarion University's Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. tonight with a spot in the championship game against Brockway on the line.
DUBOIS â A year after surprising District IX with a Class AAA Championship Game win over Clearfield last season, the Chucks have an opportunity at defending their title for the first time ever at 7 p.m. at E.J. Mansell Stadium in DuBois.
The Chucks are in search of their third district title, as after winning their first crown in 1991 â a Quad-A championship over DuBois â Punxsy didn't return to the title game in 1992. Instead, DuBois beat Clearfield.