Archive - May 2011 - Sports Article
SHIPPENSBURG â€” Punxsy senior Milea Schall couldn't avoid keeping an eye on the clock during the final lap of the 3,200-meter run at the PIAA Track and Field Championships Saturday morning in Shippensburg.
Since she was near the back of the pack in the 25-girl race, Schall didn't have thoughts of a medal in her mind.
She was in search of the school record.
"The plan was not to look at the clock, but I couldn't help it," Schall said. "I knew the first mile was pretty fast, so I thought I was going to make it. I was just pushing hard."
1. Scottie Pippen, longtime teammate of Michael Jordan, was quick to backtrack from his original comment that LeBron James "may be the greatest player to ever play the game." All of the arguments are out there: James is a better passer and rebounder, which makes him a more complete player than Jordan. Simply put, Jordan has six more rings, and until James wins four or five, he should never be in the conversation with Jordan. It doesn't matter how many rings James wins with the Heat â€” Dwyane Wade will always be one ring ahead.
SHIPPENSBURG â€” Punxsy senior Nickita Martz was two spots away from reaching the finals in the javelin at the PIAA Track and Field Championships Friday in Shippensburg.
Martz, who entered states as the No. 20 seed out of 27 Class AAA girls, vaulted to the top eight with her second throw of 123-10. But as the second flight came through, three girls surpassed the Punxsy senior and dropped her to 11th place, or two positions away from the finals and an opportunity at a state medal.
HERSHEY â€” Punxsy underclassmen Tim Pearce and Mike Blose lost for the first time as a tandem this year during the PIAA Class AAA Boys' Tennis Doubles Championships Friday in Hershey.
Pearce and Blose, who improved to 11-0 on the season when they won the District IX title last week, lost to Manheim Township juniors David Musser and Andrew Moshos, 6-0, 6-2.
Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said the experience will be great for the kids in the future. Pearce, a junior, has one season left, and Blose, a sophomore, has two.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy starting pitcher Joe Pisano is flourishing at the right time.
The senior, who had a 10.70 ERA through his first 20 innings before he allowed three runs over his last 14 1/3-innings this season, was dominant Wednesday in the District IX Class AAA Semifinals against Bradford at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.
Pisano delivered a one-hit gem during the Chucks' 10-1 victory over the Owls (5-13) to put Punxsy in position to win its eighth consecutive district title.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Focused was a word Punxsy first-year manager Mike Dickey constantly used Tuesday to describe the Chucks as they enter the District IX Class AAA Playoffs against Bradford.
The top-seeded Chucks have an ultimate goal of winning their eighth title in a row, but before they do that, they'll have to get past No. 4 Bradford at 4:30 p.m. today at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.
The Punxsy softball team held its annual banquet Sunday at the Eagles Club. Pictured, along with any award they may have won, are the seniors (front, from left): Kristen Fedder, co-Defensive Player of the Year; Allie Shields; Jenna Reitz; Ashley Barenchik, co-Offensive Player of the Year; Hannah Giavedoni; (back) Taylor Powell; Megan Muth, Most Improved Player; Tia Davis; Hannah Neal, co-Defensive Player of the Year; Ashley Couser; and Shawnna Crago, co-Offensive Player of the Year and co-Pitcher of the Year.
1. I'm sure Nick Gillung, Mercyhurst College and Punxsy baseball fans are disappointed that the Lakers fell two victories shy of reaching the NCAA Division II Championship. At least he finished his collegiate career with one of his finest games last Friday â€” seven innings, three hits, no earned runs and 14 strikeouts.
BRADFORD â€” A strong finish helped the Punxsy softball team defeat Bradford, 10-3, Saturday and attain the top seed in the District IX Class AAA playoffs.
The Lady Chucks (12-4) won their final three games of the season to edge St. Marys for the No. 1 seed. Also helping Punxsy's achievement of the king seeding was its season sweep of the Lady Dutch.