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August 17th

Teamwork is the key to Punxsy's success

August 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tennis is a sport that is most often considered an individual one, except in the case of doubles, but Punxsy girls' tennis coach Rose Graffius is using the so-called individual sport to instill lessons about teamwork in her girls this year.

Entering her fourth year as Punxsy's girls' tennis coach, Graffius is optimistic about the way her girls are playing, despite limited practice so far.

August 16th

Boys' golf team hopes to live up to long-standing tradition

August 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When the boys' golf team tees off Friday morning at the Punxsutawney Country Club, the Punxsutawney Area High School's fall sports regular season will officially be underway.

Under the leadership of fourth-year coach Josh Conrad, the Chucks hope to improve from last year when no Punxsy player made it through the first day of districts.

Conrad said his players understand that Punxsy's program has a history of success, and he feels confident they will give their all to make this year a successful one.

The Zak Zone

August 17, 2011

For as long as I can remember, there has been a debate in the sports community, among athletes and fans alike, centered around one important question: What exactly is a sport?

In high school, I knew the question existed, but I also didn't really have to consider the answer too closely. Most of my friends liked and followed the same sports I did, and so there was no room for debate.

Football? Basketball? Hockey? Baseball? There was no debate with those sports. Whether we liked to watch them or not was one question, but we each acknowledged they were all sports.

August 15th

Parise Football set to kick off another season

August 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Right around 6 o'clock Mon- day night, the storm clouds came rolling into Punxsutawney, and as a lightning bolt flashed in the distance, approximately 75 kids ran for cover at the practice field for the A.J. Parise Youth Football program.

Fortunately, the thunder and lightning blew over, and the teams were able to begin practice just a few minutes late.

The teams, led by Dave Bosak and his volunteer coaching staffs, went through a variety of drills in preparation for their season-opening regular season games Saturday at Prospect.

August 14th

Fall sports practices begin in Punxsy

August 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the temperatures cooling a bit over the past several days, and the NFL preseason kicking off this past weekend, thoughts of fall are beginning to feel a bit more realistic.

With autumn comes the busiest of sports seasons for the Punxsutawney Area High School's athletic department.

Seven different sports are represented on the fall sports calendar, keeping everyone in the athletic department on their toes.

The activity is welcomed after a full summer of preparations went into planning the schedules for Punxsutawney Athletic Director Bill Vassallo and his staff.

August 12th

MESORACO WATCH

August 13, 2011

Baseball is a game of slumps and streaks, and unfortunately for hometown catcher and Cincinnati Reds prospect Devin Mesoraco, the past week has been of the slump variety.

Mesoraco played in six games this week and managed just two hits in 19 at-bats.

Both the hits were home runs, though, including one against the Pittsburgh Pirates AAA-affiliate Indianapolis Indians Friday. The other came in Wednesday's game against the Toledo Mudhens.

But even with his instant offense, Mesoraco's Bats fell short in both games.

August 11th

NICK GILLUNG WATCH

August 11, 2011

With former Punxsu-tawney Area High School catcher Devin Mesoraco possibly days away from a trip to the Majors, another former Punxsy player's journey to the pros is just beginning.

While Mesoraco bypassed college and started playing Minor League Baseball immediately, Gillung went on to pitch four seasons at Mercyhurst College, where he put up some impressive numbers.

MAKE IT TWO FOR THE PURRANHAS

August 11, 2011

The 10-and-under Punxsy Purranhas, who won last weekend's Groundhog Little League softball tournament, were also crowned champs of the 10U division at the Homer City tournament July 29-31. Pictured with their championship trophies are: (front from left) Ella White, Kaitlin Doverspike, Kate Horner, Mia Lingenfelter, Elyse White, Laney Monroe; (middle) Chelsea Snyder, Toya Jones, Lakyn Smith, Cassidy Reed; (back) Jazzmine Hadden, Kylee Shoemaker and Grace Aikens.

August 10th

Fitness center continues to make improvements

August 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area Community Center's fitness center was on the verge of closing three years ago before it underwent a serious renovation.

"Three years ago, the place was in horrible financial condition, and a new board took over," fitness center manager Leo Johnston said. "Since then, it's doing really well."

Johnston, who is on the community center's board of directors, runs the fitness center by making sure the center is staffed, replacing and maintaining equipment, doing improvements, keeping it clean and taking suggestions from the community.

August 9th

Hemlock View holds club championships

August 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Hemlock View Golf Course held its annual Club Championships last weekend, crowning champions in three different divisions: Men's, women's and seniors'.

Forty-eight club members competed over the weekend despite the warm temperatures and incredibly high humidity.

In the men's division, there were four separate "flights." Which flight a competitor plays in is determined by that particular player's handicap.

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