Archive - Sep 2011 - Sports Article
KNOX â€” The Brookville Raiders varsity football squad evened its record at 1-1 with a dominating 36-6 victory over the Panthers of Keystone.
Raiders head coach Chris Dworek said he was pleased with the whole team effort, as both the offense and defense shined in Friday night's victory.
"It is a big relief (to win)," Dworek said. "The guys work hard most of the time, so it's something that you earn. It makes it feel even better, knowing that they worked hard and earned it. It's like cashing a paycheck, so they feel pretty good about themselves."
FOXBURG â€” After a tough loss to its rival DuBois in the season opener, Punxsy recovered with a 42-6 win over A-C Valley Friday night in Foxburg.
Each team's greatest opponent Friday was the weather, though, as the start of the game was delayed until 7:50 p.m. due to lightning.
Lightning delayed the start of the second half as well, and eventually, the game had to be called during the third delay due to players' safety from stopping and starting.
BROCKWAY â€” The Punxsy girls' golf team kicked off its Allegheny Mountain League schedule with a win over Brockway Thursday afternoon in Brockway.
Five teams competed at the meet, and Punxsy entered the lowest score, but the only match that counted for record was the head-to-head matchup with Brockway.
Punxsy's overall record is now 3-0, with a 1-0 record in the AML.
Punxsy will host all four teams â€” Brookville, Brockway, DuBois and Ridgway â€” in its next meet Monday.
Last Saturday, the Lady Chucks junior varsity volleyball team traveled to Slippery Rock for the junior varsity tournament, and returned with the first-place trophy in hand. Pictured with their trophy are (front, from left) Nicole DiPietro, Emily Reitz, Ashley Reitz, Alyssa Reitz, Jensen Constantino; (back) Hailey Brady, Maddie Neal, Ivy Phillips, Sydney Phillips, Shaina Painter, Bella Gallina and coach Megan Decker. Punxsy is off to a 2-0 start this season behind great serving and solid defense.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Behind strong serving â€” with a total of 19 aces over three games â€” the Lady Chucks volleyball team swept Brockway, 3-0, to earn its first regular season win.
Punxsy's Janie Depp-Hutchinson led the team with seven aces, including five in the first game, and Sydney Weaver added six aces for Punxsy.
"I think one of our strengths as a team is serving," head coach Lisa Kephart said. "We have a lot of great servers throughout the rotation. They do well, and when they serve it hard and get it in, they're usually hard to defend."
CURWENSVILLE â€” The Punxsy boys' soccer team poured on early and often in Curwensville, scoring seven goals in the first half alone, and went on to win by a final score of 9-0 Thursday afternoon.
Tyler Pressloid put Punxsy on the board at 8:52 of the first half on a goal assisted by Tanner Evans â€” a goal that would prove to be the game-winner.
Just five minutes later, Evans scored a goal of his own, this time an unassisted.
Evans struck again for Punxsy at the 25-minute mark, assisted by Brycen Lunger.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' soccer team fell to 0-2 with a 1-0 loss to the St. Marys girls Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
St. Marys' Caley Keister was the only goal-scorer in the contest.
According the head coach Kevin Hughes, his girls just needed a bit more intensity for the duration.
The Lady Chucks looked strong for the last 20 minutes of the game, but he knows he'll need all 80 minutes out of them as the season goes on.
Punxsy native and Cincinnati Reds' catcher Devin Mesoraco is in the big leagues, now.
After being called up at the roster expansion Sept. 1, Mesoraco spent several days catching bullpen sessions and growing accustomed to the Reds' Major League system.
But over the past few days, Mesoraco has had his shot at taking live pitches and digging his feet into the batter's box for at-bats that count in the statistics column.
Mesoraco's official Major League debut came Saturday afternoon. He wasn't in the starting lineup, but he was called upon in the seventh inning to pinch hit.
CURWENSVILLE â€” The Punxsy Lady Chucks seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams each picked up wins over Curwensville in their season openers Tuesday in Curwensville.
Punxsy's 8th-grade team jumped out to a 16-6 lead in the first quarter and outscored Curwensville in each quarter, including a 10-3 run to finish the game to pick up a 45-17 win.
After his girls held Curwensville to 17 points, head coach Mike Carlson pointed to the team defense as a strength for Punxsy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' elementary basketball program kicked off its 2011 schedule with a pair of home games against Elk County Catholic Tuesday night in Punxsutawney.
In the first game, the fourth- and fifth-grade contest, Punxsy took an early lead and never looked back, picking up a 28-13 win over Elk County Catholic.