Archive - Aug 2011 - Sports Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After losing 11 seniors from last year's district-champion squad, Punxsy's much-younger girls' volleyball team isn't changing its expectations heading into the 2011 season.
"Everyone's goal is to win the district championship," head coach Lisa Kephart said after Punxsy's preseason scrimmage Wednesday. "With us working hard toward that goal, the girls are definitely motivated for this season."
Punxsy's starting squad will return just one player, setter Cassie Cook, on a new-look team that hopes to turn some heads with some new plays.
INDIANA â€” Indiana's boys' golf team had five different players score in the 30s on the front nine at the Indiana Country Club to defeat Punxsy, 188-211, Wednesday afternoon.
"It's tough to beat a team when they have five guys play in the 30s," head coach Josh Conrad said. "That's unheard of in District IX. Indiana always has a tough team."
Indiana was led by Matt Holuta, who shot an even-par 36 and Colton Wiggins and Steve Sanderson, who each shot one-over 37s.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Brockway Bears scored three second half touchdowns after trailing at halftime to spoil the A. J. Parise Youth Football Junior Chucks' home opener and win, 24-16, Saturday evening in Punxsutawney.
"We played well enough to win this one," Punxsy head coach Brian Ishman said. "We gave upÂ too manyÂ big plays, and we couldn't overcome them."
Brockway found the end zone first in the contest when it received the opening kickoff and put together an 11-play, 62-yard scoring drive, capped off when Anthony Glasl connected with Jonathan Wood for a 34-yard touchdown pass.
ST. MARYS â€” St. Marys' girls' tennis team defeated Punxsy, 7-2, in Tuesday's match in St. Marys, one that Punxsy head coach Rose Graffius said was closer than the score indicated.
Punxsy earned wins in two of the nine matches, No. 1 singles and No. 4 doubles.
In the No. 1 singles, Punxsy's Anna Monyak defeated Mary Rosman 6-4, 6-2.
"Anna did a very good job placing the ball in No. 1 singles," Graffius said of her player's performance.
Monday morning, I awoke shivering and cocooned inside three blankets on my bed, which usually happens only as fall approaches, and fall means one thing: Football season has arrived.
In fact, Monday's cocoon incident was just a reminder for me after I spent the majority of my day Saturday at one football field or another.
The first game was an afternoon one featuring my cousin's home team, the Reynoldsville Falcons, and in the evening, I was on the sidelines taking pictures at the Junior and Senior games for the A.J. Parise Youth Football teams in Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The A. J. Parise Youth Football Senior team, behind a strong defensive effort, won its home opener overÂ Brockway 30-8 Saturday at Jack LaMarca Stadium in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy's defense intercepted three passes, including one returned for a touchdown by Devin Kelly, to lead the Chucks to their first victory of the season.
"The kids came out pumped and ready to play," Punxsy head coach Joel Martin said. "We completely dominated the first half."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's boys' cross country team will kick off its 2011 season Saturday at the Big Valley Boys Invitational.
Last year, head coach John Smith had a strong team highlighted by a dual meet victory over Bradford, which Smith called "the team to beat."
This season, though, will be a change for the Chucks.
"It's going to be a totally different type of team," Smith said. "We have some experience, but we're going to be highly trying to utilize some underclassmen, so we're counting on everybody this year."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After opening its season 2-0 and finishing fourth in the Bolton Tournament in State College, Punxsy's boys' golf team lost its first match by just three strokes, 162-165, against DuBois Monday afternoon at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
Punxsy's head coach Josh Conrad said his team's effort wasn't a poor one, they just went up against a tough opponent.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Lady Chucks girls' cross country team is prepared for another important season after missing its third consecutive District 9 championship.
The Bradford Lady Owls had just the slightest edge over Punxsy to secure the district title.
But the Lady Chucks head coach George Wehrle has high hopes for the future.
"My overall impression of this year's team so far is that it is easily one of the most talent teams we've had," Wehrle said. "If the work ethic and desire are there, they should do quite well."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's boys' golf team won its second home match of the season with a convincing 165-197 win over Brookville Friday morning at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
The match was played on the front nine holes at the course and was a varsity-only match.
Punxsy's Ian Miller was the low scorer for the tournament, shooting an even-par 37.
Miller had seven pars, bogeyed the par-three seventh and bounced back with a birdie on the par-five eighth.