Archive - Sep 2011 - Sports Article
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After leading 3-1 at halftime, the Punxsy boys' soccer team scored five goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half and went on to win 8-2 over DuBois Central Catholic.
"DuBois Central has a new coach and a few new players, and I really think they're on the verge of being a much better team this year," Punxsy head coach Phil Shenkle said. "Fortunately, we came in with several returning starters and a decent bit of offensive firepower. It was nice to see my guys get some goals today."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' volleyball team lost its home opener to Ridgway in three games Tuesday night in Punxsutawney.
Ridgway jumped out to an early 16-7 lead in the first game, forcing Punxsy to take a timeout.
Punxsy bounced back after the timeout, and Chelsea Engeholm went on a serving run. By the time it was over, Punxsy trailed by just four points, 18-14.
Ridgway answered back with a run of its own, though, and went on to take the first game, 25-18.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Punxsutawney Lady Chucks soccer squad traveled through the rain Tuesday to take on Brookville in the Lady Raiders' first game of the season. Despite a strong second half start, Punxsy gave up three goals in the second half and ultimately lost 4-1.
Punxsy head coach Kevin Hughes said there were many positives he saw throughout the game.
"I thought we possessed the ball well at times; we passed well," Hughes said. "I'm happy with the intensity most of the game, but ... we need to be moving for the full 80 minutes."