Archive - Nov 2011 - Sports Article
The Lady Chucks' senior setter Cassie Cook (left photo) and junior hitter Sydney Weaver (right photo, left) were named to the 2011 District IX All-Star team Friday. The All-Star team was selected by coaches, who nominated their own players they thought deserved the honor. Then, all the District IX coaches voted to determine the team members. "Cassie and Sydney both had outstanding seasons, and they definitely deserved the votes," Punxsy head coach Lisa Kephart said. "They work very hard and have a great passion for volleyball."
CLARION â The Brookville Raiders' season came to a close Saturday after suffering a crushing 40-25 defeat at the hands of the Karns City Gremlins in the District IX Class AA semi-finals.
Following the game, the disappointment was easily seen on the face of Brookville head coach Chris Dworek, who said there were several mistakes made.
"We needed to tackle better, and the rush defense wasn't the best effort," Dworek said. "We can't fix things and get them next week; that's the brutality of the playoffs."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Another five-game schedule packed full of exciting action Thursday night concluded the girls' elementary basketball tournament at Punxsutawney Area High School in style.
Another defensive battle kicked off the final night of the tournament with the fourth- and fifth-grade Knicks defeating the Bulls 12-4.
Cassidy Reed and Grace Aikens led the way for the Knicks' offense with four points, and Mary Schwarz added two points in the winning cause.
Abby Gigliotti and Kylee Shoemaker each had two points for the Bulls.
Big Run resident Andy Ross bagged this impressive six-point, 128-pound buck at 4:28 p.m. Nov. 9 with a bow and arrow during mentored hunting. The deer was Ross' first of his hunting career.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Wednesday night, the elementary girls' basketball players put the third night of their tournament in the books, leaving just one more night of competition tonight at Punxsutawney Area High School.
Fans and parents who came out to watch Wednesday's games were treated to a variety of styles from shootouts to low-scoring defensive affairs.
In the first game in the fourth- and fifth-grade division, Kate Horner set the pace for the Celtics with 16 points en route to a 20-4 victory over the Lakers.
In this Nov. 2 photo Dan Triponey is seen clearing a ball out of the Punxsy zone during the District IX Championship game against Bradford. Tuesday, Triponey and fellow-senior Tyler Presloid were named to the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League All-Star central division team. Brockway junior Phil Esposito was named league MVP, and eight other players were nominated to the team: Ryan Haultman and Zach Puhala of Brockway; Seth Conner, Leland Mowery and Brett Smith of Brookville; and Tyler Anzinger, Jake Herbstritt and Ben Wortman of Elk County Catholic. (Photo by Zak Lantz)
Last week, I wrote about the competitive nature of athletes coming together and celebrating the opportunity to play again against an old rival.
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the game, but from what I heard, I missed a good, competitive game.
I was also told that the game got a bit chippy at times, but when the final horn rang, the teams came together in the ultimate show of respect: The mid-field handshake.
WEXFORD â The Punxsy boys' soccer team traveled to Wexford for the opening round of the PIAA tournament Tuesday evening, and despite falling 6-0 to the defending state champions, the Hampton Talbots, the Chucks gained valuable experience and put another notch in their program's belt.
Punxsy head coach Phil Shenkle said he was proud of the way his team played, but said without seeing the level of competition at states it was hard to know what exactly to prepare for.
Tuesday night, the Punxsutawney Football 1st & 10 Club held a banquet to honor the football players and cheerleaders that participated in grades seven through 12 this season. The banquet gave the players, coaches and parents one final opportunity to honor the senior members especially. Punxsy head coach Alan Nichol thanked the seniors for all they've given to the program and for everything they've left behind for their teammates.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After offensive explosions ruled the first night of the elementary basketball tournament Monday, defense took center stage Tuesday, as in each of the five games, one team or the other was held to 10 points or fewer.
In the first contest of the evening, the fourth- and fifth-grade game between the Heat and the 76ers, stifling defense by the 76ers held the Heat to seven points and earn a 15-7 win.
Megan Ray scored seven points to lead the offensive attack for the 76ers, while Ally Whitman matched her total for leading scorer with seven for the Heat.