Archive - Mar 2012 - Sports Article
After several idle weeks, the PAHS athletes will resume regular season contests as the spring sports season begins today. The baseball and softball teams will host Bradford today to open their seasons, with varsity and junior varsity contests scheduled for both. Boys' tennis and track will begin their schedules tomorrow with home meets against DCC and Hollidaysburg, respectively.
The East Side Ballers, a sixth-grade boys' tournament team that competed in the Punxsy tournament, in addition to the Penns Manor sixth-grade tournament, has completed its season. The highlight of the tournament team's season was a thrilling, come-from-behind 36-35 victory over a tough Derry team in the Penns Manor tourney. Members of the team included (front, from left) Chase Lorelli, Willie Hoover, Ethan Blose; (back) coach Ryan Sloniger, Brandon Matthews, Isaac Stouffer, Zach Pape and Lucas Deet.
ST. MARYS â€” March 10, the Punxsy eighth-grade girls' volleyball team traveled to Elk County for the ECC Tournament, and the Lady Chucks finished with an impressive 9-1 record on the day.
"This was a great day of volleyball for the eighth-grade girls," Punxsy coach Megan Decker said. "They finished the day with an impressive record, and they really pulled together and worked on their individual weaknesses, as well as the teams'."
The tournament's format saw each team playing five others in two-game sets.
Several local fourth-grade girls from Punxsutawney area recently participated in the Derry Tournament Feb. 24-27. The fourth graders won the championship, defeating many solid teams, including some from the Pittsburgh area. Individual trophies and a team trophy were awarded to the girls. Pictured here with their trophies are (front, from left) Ryley Casaday, Elizabeth Stello, Allison Doverspike, Murphy White, Katelyn Griebel, Abby Gigliotti, Sarah Weaver; (back) coach Brad Gigliotti, Taegan Ludwig, Laney Monroe and coach Robb Nesbitt. Missing from the photo is Makena Nesbitt.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For a group of 14 Punxsy area wrestlers, the feat of making the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling (PJW) Area V tournament last weekend in Clarion was an accomplishment in itself. More impressively, seven of those 14 qualifiers aren't quite finished wrestling yet.
Punxsy was especially successful in a pair of age brackets, with four grapplers advancing to the PJW State Championship Tournament in the 13- and 14-year-old brackets and three in the nine- and 10-year-olds. States will be held Friday and Saturday at the Hershey Park Arena in Hershey.
If there is one thing this fantastically appropriate spring weather gets me in the mood for, it's baseball season.
Since I was a little boy, I have started to feel the itch in mid-February.
Wishing for warmer days, I'd begin to fantasize of home runs and no-hitters, looking forward to the first day of the season, when I could tuck myself under my blankets at night and listen to the Pirates games on lower-than-usual volume so as to not bother my parents while I was supposed to be sleeping.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In a competitive District, as District IX is in basketball, making an All-District team is quite an honor, and Monday, a pair of Punxsy basketball players â€”Â senior Daniel Triponey on the boys' side and sophomore Taylor Newcome on the girls' end â€”Â received the honor when the D-IX 2012 All-Stars were announced.
Triponey, who led the Chucks to just their second D-IX title game since 1994 this season, was the lone Punxsy representative from a balanced squad.
CLARION â€” A young, energetic Golden Eagles softball team â€” one that includes a pair of former Lady Chucks players in freshmen Taylor Powell and Shawnna Crago â€” took the field last Monday in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., to kick off the 2012 Clarion University softball season.
Punxsy's sixth-grade girls' tournament team participated in a weekend basketball tournament in Derry Feb. 24-27. The sixth-grade team won the championship. Individual trophies were awarded. The sixth-graders were also runners up in the Marion Center annual Donnie McGinnis Tournament. Pictured here with their trophies are team members (front, from left) Kylee Lingenfelter, Kate Horner, Mia Lingenfelter, Kally Graham; (back) coach Julie Horner, Leah Miller, Toya Jones, Kaitlin Doverspike and Elyse White. Missing from the photo are coach Steve White, Jordyn Powell and Alyse Whitman.
(Top photo) 2011 PAHS grad Kody Young (right) recently participated in the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships March 9-10 in Pueblo, Co. With a first-round pin at the championships, Young scored his 17th victory by fall, placing him in a tie with St. Cloud's Tad Merritt for the 2011-12 Division II Most Falls award. Young went 1-2 at the national tournament to complete his freshman campaign with a 33-13 overall record, setting a Mercyhurst record for single-season wins by a freshman.