Archive - 2011 - Sports Article
In this photo, Punxsy nine-year old Allie Meko proudly displays her first buck, which she shot with a crossbow Oct. 5 while hunting with her father on the Shenosky farm in Gaskill Township Allie's deer, the first submitted to The Spirit for this year's season, along with the increased deer traffic at night, is a reminder to local residents that deer season is in full swing. Archery season kicked off Oct. 1 across the state; muzzleloader season started Oct. 15; and traditional rifle season is slated to begin Nov. 28, the Monday after Thanksgiving. (Photo submitted)
RIDGWAY â€” Labeled as the underdog heading into Tuesday's playoff game may have been an advantage for the Lady Raiders. Keeping focused and playing hard for the full 80 minutes proved to be the key, and Brookville advanced to the District IX Class A semi-finals after a 1-0 shutout victory over the Lady Elkers of Ridgway.
"Like I told my girls after the game, I'm not sure that maybe the best team won, but I know that the team that had the most heart did today," Lady Raiders head coach Chip Mason said. "I was very happy with the effort they put forth."
HOLLIDAYSBURG â€” The Punxsutawney Lady Chucks' seventh-grade team played a competitive game against Hollidaysburg Monday and came out the victors, 28-24.
The eighth-grade team, on the other hand, was not so lucky and suffered a 33-11 defeat.
For the seventh-grade team, the scoring was led by Morgan VanLeer, who notched an impressive 14 points, accounting for half of her team's offensive power.
The game was a shootout for both teams, and Hollidaysburg was up by just two points after the first quarter, but the Lady Chucks came out strong and were leading 12-11 at halftime.
BROOKVILLE â€” All the Brookville Raiders really needed Monday was striker Wyatt Long's hat trick, but Long added another on top of that and helped lead his team to a dominating 7-2 victory over DuBois Central Catholic in the first round of the District IX Class A boys' soccer playoffs.
"Wyatt has just been more than what we could've asked for the whole way through the second half (of the season)," Brookville head coach Dan Smith said. "We've just continued to build his offensive skill set from a guy that has run wing the last three years."
SLIPPERY ROCK â€” The Punxsy girls' cross country team traveled to Slippery Rock last Thursday to take part in the Tri-State Track Coaches Association (TSTCA) championship meet held at the Cooperâ€™s Lake Cross Country Course, and despite miserable conditions, the girls performed well, taking 23rd place out of 57 teams.
BRADFORD â€” The Lady Chucks relied on solid defense again, with both the seventh- and eighth-grade teams holding the Bradford Lady Owls to 20 and 18 points, respectively, in a pair of wins Friday in Bradford.
Just because they played well defensively doesn't mean they weren't playing well from the other side of the ball, though.
In the eighth-grade game, Hope Bridge led the way in the scoring category with 16 points, nearly out-scoring the Lady Owls herself en route to a 30-18 victory.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Redbank Valley scored six first-half touchdowns and held the Chucks scoreless in the first half en route to a 42-12 victory on Punxsy's Senior Night Friday in Punxsy.
"The thing is, we knew Redbank Valley had a lot of speed, but knowing it and containing it are two different things," Punxsy head coach Alan Nichol said. "The past two weeks have been a bit disjointed for us with injuries and moving guys around. You have to be improving this time of year, and we haven't been able to do that."
The Punxsy varsity cheerleading squad honored its seniors in a ceremony prior to the Chucks' football game against Redbank Valley Friday night in Punxsutawney. Pictured are seniors (from left): Erin Butler with parents Cindy and Dick and boyfriend Pvt. James Neal; Mariah Hicks with parents Marquittee and Brian; Lindsay Huey with father Gale; and Kristen Mack with parents Greg and Deanna.
BROOKVILLE â€” Two touchdowns were all the Brookville Raiders needed Friday night to pose a 13-12 win over the Clarion Bobcats.
Despite trailing by 12 at halftime, the Raiders maintained their composure and came out strong in the third quarter.
"No one was panicking; no one was yelling at each other; no one was swearing at halftime," Raiders head coach Chris Dworek said. "The big thing was just being patient and keeping our mental focus. That was a big step."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Lady Chucks' volleyball team honored its seniors prior to Thursday night's game against the Lady Raiders of Brook-ville, and all four seniors â€” Cassie Cook, Janie Depp-Hutchinson, Brooke Doney and Tori Martin â€” were put in positions they weren't used to as they played the entire way around.
But the seniors stepped up and played incredibly well against the Lady Raiders, sweeping them in three games, 25-15, 25-14, 25-14.