Archive - Nov 2011 - Sports Article
Joseph Pisano Jr., 18, of Rossiter, shot this 177 pound female black bear, his first, Nov. 21 in Hamilton while hunting with his grandpa Fred Pennington, also of Rossiter. Black bear season ended Wednesday, but local hunters aplenty will take to the woods Monday as white-tailed deer season kicks off.
Colder temperatures and snowflakes in the recent weeks are a reminder that the changing of the seasons is soon coming. Although the temperatures indoors are still nice and cozy, the sound of bouncing basketballs echoing through the hallways of PAHS are a reminder that the winter sports season is quickly approaching, as well. For many of the athletes, the changing of the seasons means a shift from football, soccer or golf to basketball or wrestling, but for others, they are suiting up for their first PAHS athletics activities of the school year.
Punxsutawney Area Middle Schooler Laney Monroe throws a pass to her dad from center stage at the Punxsutawney Area High School auditorium Monday night. Laney will take a different stage for the second time Dec. 4, when she travels to Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Steelers' team NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition. Monroe also competed last year and earned third-place in her age bracket.
The Lady Chucks volleyball team honored both its seniors and award winners at the annual banquet Sunday night at the Pantall Hotel in Punxsutawney. Varsity head coach Lisa Kephart and junior varsity head coach Megan Decker each delivered awards, and the seniors were honored for their time and service to the program. Each player was given a framed photograph from this season as a keepsake.
BROOKVILLE â€” Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and in celebration, the Brookville YMCA held its fourth-annual Turkey Trot Saturday. The trot consisted of three races: The Wingding (one-mile run or walk); the Turkey Trot (five-kilometer race); and the Tough Turkey (10-kilometer race).
More than 70 competitors participated in the various races, and an award was given to each of the top three finishers in each race for both males and females.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It is a common practice for sports teams, from the high school level to the professional level, to select a Most Valuable Player.
The title of team MVP is the ulitmate honor, as it carries with it the assumed characteristics of leadership, talent and heart all embodied in one award.
Last year, The Punxsutawney Spirit launched its inaugural Fall Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Player awards, and after an overwhelming response, Punxsutawney Area High School athletes were selected as winter and spring sports MVPs, as well.
Both the Punxsutawney Chucks and the Brookville Raiders alumni teams honored their most valuable players Nov. 5 after the Route 36 Rivalry alumni game. Eric Painter (left) was given the award for the Raiders as he led the defensive core and served as a captain for Brookville. Bret Rankin (right) was named the MVP for the Chucks; Rankin was called an "animal" on defense by Chucks head coach Tim Zimmerman.
The Punxsy girls' soccer team held its banquet Wednesday night at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church. At the banquet, Punxsy head coach Kevin Hughes thanked his senior players for their time on the team, wished them well and encouraged the players who weren't graduating to start thinking about what they could do to improve next year. Letter pins were presented to all players who earned them, and seniors were presented with warm-up jackets with their names on them as mementos. Pictured (from left) are seniors Alissa Vite, Sierra Milton, Kelsey Young, Cenneca Dilts and Tasha Story.
The past few days, I really haven't known what to do with myself.
With the boys' soccer team concluding their season with a trip to states and the volleyball team finishing second in a heated District IX championship game against Bradford â€” and congratulations to both teams â€” the PAHS fall sports season came to a screeching halt.
The girls' elementary basketball tournament tided me over last week, but with its conclusion last Thursday night, I found myself in a situation unfamiliar to me since I started working at The Spirit â€” a completely blank calendar for an entire week.
Punxsy boxer Adam Littlejohn scored a decision win Nov. 3 at William Penn Hotel's Annual Boxing Show in downtown Pittsburgh. Littlejohn battled Larry Blakely, of Pittsburgh's Third Avenue Gym, in a 165-pound open-division bout. Blakely, a solid left-handed fighter, wasn't able to overcome Littlejohn's hand speed and defensive skills in the three-round match. With the win, Littlejohn improved to 26-12. Littlejohn and teammate Tahree Caroll were slated for action Dec. 3 at IUP's annual show in Indiana, but the event was recently cancelled.