Archive - Aug 2011 - Sports Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Coming off a record-setting year, Punxsutawney's boys' soccer team has high hopes for another season to match, or even top, last year's, but there's a disadvantage to having a program with a reputation: People know you're coming.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's girls' soccer team has one week of practice and one scrimmage under its belt, but first-year head coach Kevin Hughes still has a lot to look forward to.
Just because Hughes has the first-year label tacked onto the front of his title this year, though, doesn't mean he isn't familiar with the game and Punxsy's soccer system.
DUBOIS â€” The Punxsutawney girls' tennis team fell in its first match of the season to what Punxsy head coach Rose Graffius said was "one of the tougher teams that we will play" in DuBois, 9-0, Wednesday afternoon.
Despite the fact that her team was unable to win any matches, Graffius still saw some promising signs from her team, which lost several of its experienced players from last season.
"Overall, I was pleased with the team's performance, considering the lack of varsity court experience that many of the girls have," she said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Last Thursday, 108 golfers took to the course at the Country Club in Punxsutawney, but the outing was not just a friendly competition.
Though the 27 foursomes were all competing for prizes, including pro shop credit, they were also playing for a much greater cause.
For the past 32 years, Punxsutawney Area Hospital has been hosting the Dr. F.J. Trunzo Memorial Golf Outing, and this year was no exception.
Last week, I wrote about the importance of camaraderie when considering what is a sport. This week, I saw camaraderie in action as I took photos of each fall sports team preparing for its season at the Punxsutawney Area High School's media day.
Hundreds of Punxsutawney area athletes gathered sometime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to have their photos taken, but what goes unseen in the still shots that the camera captured is the fellowship that sports is providing.
A.J. Parise football - Sr. division
PROSPECT â€” The A. J. Parise Youth Football Senior team opened its season with a 32-8 loss to the Prospect Chiefs Saturday afternoon in Prospect.
The defending league champs used two big plays early in the third quarter to turn an 8-8 contest into a 24-8 game and tacked on a fourth-quarter score to beat the Chucks in the season opener.
Punxsy opened the game with the ball, but the Chiefs defense was able to force Punxsy to punt.
STATE COLLEGE â€” Punxsy's boys' golf team, led by Ian Miller, placed fourth overall with a score of 245 in the Bolton Tournament Monday in State College.
Miller shot a 76 on the 18-hole course at Penn State's Blue Course, the same course Penn State's golf team plays, except the collegiate players tee off from the black tees.
His 76 was good enough for fourth best overall behind Abington Height's Eric Montella, who took first with a 72, and Bradford's Josh Stauffer, who shot a 74.
BROOKVILLE â€” The U.S. Amateur Golf Championship begins at 7 a.m. today, and Brookvilleâ€™s own C.G. Mercatoris will be playing it a second time.
â€śIt feels great,â€ť Mercatoris said. â€śAnytime you can get into the U.S. Amateur, itâ€™s probably the best amateur tournament in the country. Iâ€™m very excited.â€ť
Mercatoris, who competed in the U.S. Amateur in 2009, is looking to build upon his successes at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.
As a member of the Class of 2011, Mercatoris received the Northeast Conference Menâ€™s Golfer of the Year award.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Even the approaching storm couldn't stop the Punxsy boys' golf team and its opponent, Redbank, from completing the first match of the season. With each team scoring its three top players, Punxsy defeated Redbank 130-187 to earn the win at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
Redbank's squad consisted of just three players, but Punxsy was still allowed to send five onto the course and take the top three players' scores. The players each played the front nine holes at the Country Club.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The 2011 Punxsutawney girls' golf team is hard at work preparing for its first tournament of the season, the Bolton Tournament in State College Aug. 22, and head coach Katie Irwin likes what she sees so far.
She also knows why she likes what she sees: Hard work by her players to prepare throughout the summer.
"I've seen a lot of work from these girls during the off-season, and it's showing now that we've turned in some scores," she said.
Punxsy lost three seniors from last year's squad, which went 14-3, but eight players will still be returning.