Archive - May 2011 - Sports Article
BRADFORD â€” The Punxsy baseball team completed a six-game, regular season-ending winning streak Saturday when it won 16-5 at Bradford. The Chucks wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the District IX Class AAA playoffs due to their successful finish to the regular season.
All four District IX Class AAA teams will enter the postseason, which begins Wednesday. Punxsy (12-7) will host Bradford (5-12) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field, and No. 2 St. Marys (10-9) will host No. 3 Clearfield (9-10) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
BROOKVILLE â€” Punxsy senior A.J. Meterko is living his dream.
Ever since he was a freshman, the Chucks' long-distance runner had the goal of running in the 1,600-meter run at states.
After his performance Thursday in Brookville during the District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championships, he'll have more to look forward to than just the 1,600.
DUBOIS â€” No matter who they played, Punxsy junior Tim Pearce and sophomore Mike Blose weren't going to be stopped in district play this season.
The duo completed an 11-0 season with a 3-0 day Friday in DuBois to claim the 2011 District IX Class AAA Boys' Tennis Doubles Championship.
As underclassmen with six seniors on the roster, it was unclear how Pearce and Blose would fit into the 2011 Chucks' plans. But a chance doubles practice early in the season started a bond on the court between the two players.
BROOKVILLE â€” Punxsy seniors Nickita Martz and Milea Schall felt pressure to perform for different reasons at the District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championships Thursday in Brookville.
Martz, a three-time champion in the javelin, was in search of a four-peat. Schall, who was seeded first in the 3,200-meter run, was trying to reach the state track meet for the first time ever.
Both girls accomplished their goals, and they did it by blowing away the competition.
BROOKVILLE â€” Six Punxsy athletes are headed to next Friday and Saturday's state championships in Shippensburg after they won at the District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championships Thursday in Brookville.
A.J. Meterko followed through on his multiple No.1 seedings by winning both the 800- and 1,600-meter dashes.
Meterko, a senior, edged DuBois junior J.J. Clinchoc â€” 2:02.04 to 2:02.84 â€” in the 800 run and held off St. Marys junior Gideon Woelfel â€” 4:30.04 to 4:33.64 â€” in the 1,600 run.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney's Tyler Skerkavich is moving from one successful baseball program to another, as the senior will attend Frederick Community College in Maryland to play for the Cougars, who were recently ranked the No. 1 National Junior College Athletic Association Division II school in the nation.
The Cougars, who finished the season with a 43-7 record and a No. 10 ranking in the national poll, were ranked in the top 20 in the nation over the past 13 years. That includes five trips to the NJCAA Division II World Series and one trip to the national title game in 2002.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Senior A.J. Meterko, junior Kevin Byars and the Punxsy boys' track and field team's 4x800 relay squad enter Thursday's District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championship meet in Brookville as the Chucks' No. 1 seeds.
Meterko has the best shot of heading to states, as individually, he is seeded No. 1 in two events and No. 2 in another.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' track and field team's strength in numbers in the distance events will be a key at Thursday's District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championship meet in Brookville.
Punxsy senior Milea Schall, a two-time cross country district champion, is the top seed in the 3,200-meter run. She is Punxsy's best shot at sending a competitor to next weekend's state championships.
Schall's seeded time of 11:39.48 is more than a half-minute better than Bradford senior Myriah Wiseman (12:13.90). Not too far behind is another Punxsy senior â€” Shannon Byerly (12:22.74).
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€“ Punxsy baseball coach Mike Dickey said anyone who comes to watch the Chucks play this season needs to keep one thing in mind about his team.
Punxsy isn't a team where any opponent can feel safe with its lead.
After failing behind 8-0 in the second inning, the Chucks (8-7) scored 21 runs over the next five innings to earn a five-inning, 21-11 mercy rule decision over Hollidaysburg Monday.