Archive - Dec 2011 - Sports Article
The PAHS basketball and wrestling seasons are officially under way, and boy, am I glad.
In an exciting fashion, the girls' and boys' basketball teams tipped off their seasons at the Marion Center Tip-Off Tournament last Friday and Saturday.
And just last night, the varsity wrestlers earned an impressive 66-9 victory over an under-manned, but talented, Marion Center squad.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After the Punxsy Chucks basketball team won its first game Saturday at the Marion Center Tip-Off Tournament, one of its goals was to carry the momentum from the win into its home opener, and Tuesday night, the Chucks did just that with a convincing 52-33 win over the Redbank Valley Bulldogs in Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After the 2010 fall sports season concluded for Punxsutawney Area High School, The Punxsutawney Spirit started a tradition that allowed its readers to select a Most Valuable Player from the four boys' sports and one from the five girls' sports.
This year, The Spirit continued the tradition, and the readers have spoken via their ballots, selecting a pair of seniors, girls' tennis player Shaina Reddinger and boys' soccer player Dan Triponey, as the 2011 recipients of the MVP awards.
MARION CENTER â€” The Punxsy boys' basketball team earned its first victory of the young season Saturday in a low-scoring battle against the West Shamokin Wolves in the consolation game of the Marion Center second-annual Cancer Awareness Tip-Off Tournament, 33-25.
Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal said in the preseason, defense was his team's strength, and after falling behind late in a shootout against Marion Center Friday night, the Chucks' defense settled in and contained the Wolves to just 16 points through the first three quarters to pull away and win.
MARION CENTER â€” The Lady Chucks basketball team concluded its play at the Marion Center second annual Cancer Awareness Tip-Off Tournament in what Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz called a "tale of two halves," falling 55-36 to the Lady Dragons of Central Martinsburg.
After being outscored 32-13 in the first half, Punxsy's offense found its rhythm, and the Lady Chucks outscored Central 14-11 in the third quarter.
Central quickly pushed its lead to 21 with a basket one minute into the third, but Punxsy scored eight unanswered points to cut into the lead.
MARION CENTER â€” The Lady Chucks and Chucks basketball teams opened their seasons against the Lady Stingers and Stingers of Marion Center in the second-annual Cancer Awareness Tip-Off Tournament Friday in Marion Center.
Unfortunately for both Punxsy squads, the Lady Stingers and Stingers â€” known for perennially strong teams â€” were able to thwart them in their season openers.
In the girls' contest, Punxsy â€” a very young team with just two seniors and no juniors â€” fell victim to the Lady Stingers' swarming defense in a 38-32 loss.
Church of God. The seniors â€” (from left) Tyler Presloid, Dane Roken, Tyler Young, Dan Triponey, Seth Gray and Quinten Weber â€” were recognized for their hard work and effort throughout the 2011 season. Seniors C.J. Langley and Justin Ray were not present at the banquet.
Shane Biesinger, 27, of Punxsutawney, bagged this nine-point buck, weighing in at 180 pounds, last Monday, which was the first day of rifle season. Biesinger was hunting in Sand Ridge at 8:45 a.m. when he took down this deer, his first.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Joseph (Joe) V. Harrick (1895-1958), Punxsutawney native and former Punxsy coach, was recently inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame.
The WVU Sports Hall of Fame honors former athletes and others connected to Mountaineer athletics.
Harrick attended WVU from 1917-1921 and is the only known 16-time letterman in WVU history.
His greatest feat was earning four varsity letters each in football, baseball, wrestling and track and field â€” an accomplishment unheard of in the modern sports era.
Sometimes, I wish I were around in the "Good Ol' Days."
Directly to this column's left, on Page 6, is an article that was submitted to me this week about a man, Joseph Harrick, who was recently inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame for being the only known individual in school history to earn 16 letters â€” a feat that is simply unheard of today.
First of all, athletes today have three sports seasons, and except for the occasional kicker-who-is-a-soccer-player, the idea of an athlete playing two sports in one season is practically extinct.