Archive - Oct 2011 - Sports Article
BROCKWAY â€” The scoreboard may not reflect it, but the Lady Chucks turned in an impressive performance Thursday night at Brockway, according to Punxsy head coach Kevin Hughes.
The Lady Chucks fell to the Lady Rovers 4-0, but Hughes said he was impressed with the way his team responded, especially given the fact that they were playing on Brockway's home turfâ€”literally.
Brockway plays on field turf, which often allows for a faster game, and Hughes said he was glad to see his team pick up the pace and contend with the older Lady Rovers.
The seniors were honored prior to the Chucks' and Lady Chucks' final home cross country meet of the season Tuesday afternoon. Pictured (from left) are Heidi Rodgers with Alvin Rodgers; Kirsten Dean with Brad and Danielle Travis; Dane Baker with Sam and MaryAnn Baker; Dereck Kelly with Tammy Cary; and Shane Johns with Melissa and William Johns. Although Tuesday was the last home meet of the season, both teams will travel to DuBois next Tuesday for a meet. The squads are also both preparing for the District IX Championship meets Oct. 29 in Ridgway. (Photo submitted)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Kaleb Young rushed for 252 yards, and Punxsy's defense held Redbank Valley scoreless until the last minute of the game to lead the Chucks to a 12-8 win and a 5-0 record for the season.
Because it was raining throughout the evening, Punxsy's hand was forced when it came to running the ball, but it became obvious early that a heavy dose of Young would be difficult for Redbank's defense to handle.
Although it may not be getting much attention due to the amount of local sports we've had the chance to cover here at The Spirit lately, the Major League Baseball postseason is well underway, and we are less than one week from Game No. 1 of the World Series.
DUBOIS â€” The Punxsy girls' tennis squad took two teams to the District IX doubles championship tournament Tuesday in DuBois, and each team saw success, including a District IX championship for Punxsy's No. 1 doubles pair of Anna Monyak and Shaina Reddinger.
"Everything clicked for Anna and Shaina," Punxsy head coach Rose Graffius said Tuesday night after the victory. "They basically dominated the entire match."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy boys' cross country team hosted the DuBois Beavers Tuesday afternoon at Punxsutawney Area High School, and the Chucks edged out the Beavers 26-29 to earn a win on senior recognition day.
The seniors were recognized before the meet along with the girls' cross country team's seniors. For a photo from the senior recognition, see Thursday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' cross country team dropped a close one in their final home meet of the season, falling 27-28 to the DuBois Beavers on Senior Night.
DuBois was able to take three of the top four places in the meet to drop the Lady Checks to 4-4 on the year.
"We figured it was going to be close, and it truly could have gone either way today," Punxsy coach George Wehrle said. "DuBois was stronger up front in getting three runners in before our second runner, but we rallied nicely to take the next four places and almost pull out the win.Â It was an exciting meet."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” By defeating the Lady Owls of Bradford 5-0 Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney, the Lady Chucks' tennis team advanced to the District IX team competition finals next Monday against DuBois.
The format for the first-round playoff between Punxsy and Bradford was different than the regular season format, with each team fielding three singles players and two doubles pairs with no repeats allowed.
In the No. 1 singles, Punxsy's Anna Monyak used good drop shots and consistent volleying to earn Punxsy's first point in a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Emily Hardy.
PUNXSUTAWNEYÂ â€” Despite suffering a 3-0 loss at the hands of the DuBois Lady Beavers Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney, the Lady Chucks' soccer team was upbeat and positive about its performance after the game, and Punxsy head coach Kevin Hughes said he was "ecstatic" at the way his team played.
"I'm really excited about the way the girls played tonight," he said. "Even though we lost, I'm pretty excited with what I saw. It's been a rough season, but I'm definitely not ready to give up any games after the way we played.
RIDGWAY â€” Despite taking only fourth place out of nine complete teams, the Punxsutawney girls' cross country team took a big step forward Saturday at the Ridgway Invitational as it was just five points behind District IX opponent DuBois and only two in back of perennial favorite Bradford.
Elk County Catholic won the meet with 81 points with DuBois, Bradford and Punxsy all close on their heels.