Archive - Mar 2011 - Sports Article
GOODYEAR, Ariz. â€” When Punxsy native Devin Mesoraco hit an eighth-inning home run during the first week of spring training with the Cincinnati Reds March 2, manager Dusty Baker said that the slugger hit the ball a mile, a mile-and-a-half.
The home run broke a 6-6 tie and gave the Reds a 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox.
The lengthy blast was the first of many impressive spring training cuts from Mesoraco, who is primed to make the jump to the majors for the first time this season.
WILKES-BARRE â€” Kaleb Young's search for a Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling state championship will have to wait another year.
Young, a 102-pounder competing in the 13- and 14-year-old age division, finished fourth this year at the PJW State Championship Tournament this past weekend at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.
The wrestler finished as a state runner-up the past two years.
Young, a seventh-grader, was one of three Punxsutawney grapplers to compete in the state tournament.
Also wrestling were Josh Schuckers (107 pounds) and Troy Peace (212 pounds).
CLARION â€” When the infielders for Brookville and Clarion's softball teams raced toward ground balls Wednesday afternoon at Clarion, they were forced to contend with Mother Nature, as well as their opponents.
The snow started about an hour before the game and continued throughout, leaving both teams scrambling to stay warm and trying to find solid footing in the field.
The Lady Bobcats (3-0) overcame the conditions and used a strong outing from starting pitcher from Krysta Fuller to beat the Lady Raiders, 12-0.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After witnessing the Punxsy varsity baseball team's 12-run first inning during its 16-1 win in four innings over Kittanning Tuesday, it was easy to reminisce about a similarly successful first inning that came from the 2008 Punxsutawney Junior Legion team, which featured a number of this year's varsity Chucks.
ST. MARYS â€” Nineteen Punxsy girls scored at least a point during the Lady Chucks' track and field team's 76 1/2-73 1/2 victory over Elk County Catholic Tuesday in St. Marys.
The Lady Crusaders are one of the premier Class AA programs in District IX, and first-year head coach Barry Young was proud of his team's season-opening win.
"It was a quality win over a quality opponent," Young said. "Spreading those third-place finishes around really helped."
Punxsy (1-0) won two of three relays and earned seven first-place finishes in individual events.
ST. MARYS â€” The Punxsy boys' track and field team won five of the seven field events during a 83-67 victory over Elk County Catholic Tuesday in St. Marys.
"We did what we had to do early in the season," Punxsy head coach John Smith said. "It was a close meet, as we expected, and we did well despite the cold weather."
Punxsy was dominant in the field, led by junior Brody Morgan, who won all three throwing events.
Morgan took first in the discus (117-2), javelin (141-9) and shot put (46-3 1/2).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Senior Shawnna Crago needed just one game to step out as one of the Punxsy softball team's leaders Monday.
Crago, Punxsy's starting pitcher and one of the squad's four captains, hit a three-run home run and struck out seven over three perfect innings to lead the Lady Chucks to a 12-0 victory in five innings over Bradford.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It wasn't pretty, but first-year manager Mike Dickey will take the Punxsy baseball team's 5-3 victory over Bradford in the season-opener Monday at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.
"We don't give back wins," Dickey said. "There are no style points."
The Chucks led 4-0 through three innings before Punxsy's miscues on the base paths and errors in the field allowed the Owls to make things interesting.
Bradford had the tying run on first base during the final inning, but Punxsy relief pitcher Dane Baker induced a fly out to left field that ended the Owls' threat.
DUBOIS â€” Punxsy boys' tennis coach Todd Heigley feels that his team was only a few unforced errors away from beating DuBois Central Catholic in their opener Monday afternoon.
The Chucks lost late leads and a match in a tiebreaker, which may have given them a chance at victory.
But Punxsy (0-1) couldn't pick up enough wins and fell 6-3 at DuBois Central Catholic (1-0).
WILKES-BARRE â€” Two of Punxsutawney's three wrestlers are still competing after Day One of the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.
Kaleb Young, a state runner-up the past two years, has once again advanced to the championship semifinals after a 2-0 day Friday.
Troy Peace won his first two bouts before a loss dropped him to the consolation bracket, while Josh Schuckers lost both of his matches Friday and has been eliminated.
All three of Punxsy's wrestlers are competing in the 13- and 14-year-old age division.