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March 15th

Taking center stage: Former PAHS grappler prepared for D-I finals

March 15, 2012

CLARION — Shortly after the good news for former Punxsy graduate Kody Young came — that he'd be wrestling at the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships — another Punxsy grad earned another spectacular accolade: Former Chuck Steven Cressley, who wrestles for Division I Clarion University, qualified at 184 pounds for the D-I Wrestling National Championships.

March 14th

Winter MVP candidates announced

March 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In keeping with the tradition that has now become a second-annual occurrence with each respective PAHS sports season, and after overwhelmingly successful responses in the past The Spirit would like to announce the candidates for this year's Winter Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Player Awards.

Many athletic teams choose MVP candidates as a group, but in this election, readers of The Spirit have the opportunity to cast their ballots.

The Zak Zone

March 14, 2012

Over the past week, I've been sitting at the office searching for the perfect idea for the spring sports preview, which will appear in The Spirit exactly one week from today.

But with the thoughts surrounding the upcoming seasons — including track and field, baseball, softball and boys' tennis — I also found myself reflecting back on the sports season just recently concluded.

As glad as I am to see 70-degree days and bright sunshine, I've also come to realize just how much I enjoyed and will miss the winter sports season.

March 13th

Taking center stage: Former PAHS grappler prepared for D-I finals

March 13, 2012

CLARION — Shortly after the good news for former Punxsy graduate Kody Young came — that he'd be wrestling at the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships — another Punxsy grad earned another spectacular accolade: Former Chuck Steven Cressley, who wrestles for Division I Clarion University, qualified at 184 pounds for the D-I Wrestling National Championships.

March 12th

LOCAL YOUNGSTERS STILL GOING STRONG

March 13, 2012

March 3, Punxsy hosted the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling (PJW) Area V, Section III qualifier tournament, and 14 of 19 Punxsy participants advanced to the Area V finals, which will be held Saturday at Clarion University. Area V consists of 21 schools, which are mostly the same as District IX at the high school level, with the exception of Marion Center. Section III includes Punxsy, Clarion, Keystone, Marion Center and Redbank Valley. The top two grapplers at each weight class Saturday will advance to the state finals, which will be held at Hershey Park Arena March 23-24.

March 11th

Hackett scores 1,000th, Raiders fall to Sto-Rox

March 11, 2012

MONROEVILLE — As the first-quarter buzzer sounded, Brookville's Zane Hackett sunk a career achievement: His 1,000th career point.

"It means a lot to me," Hackett said following the game. "I think a lot of it you can attribute to the coaching staff, putting in the extra hours. I owe coach (Dan) Cable and coach (Bud) Baughman a lot. ... A big thanks goes out to all my teammates. Without them, it would've never happened."

Hackett entered Saturday afternoon's PIAA opening round playoff game against Sto-Rox with 993 points.

March 9th

Mesoraco continues to do his part in giving back

March 10, 2012

ST. MARYS —Major League Baseball Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, a Punxsutawney native, recent- ly visited with area youth during a stop in St. Marys as the guest instructor at a catching clinic held at Beimel Baseball.

During the clinic, Mesoraco spent time instructing players on catching fundamentals emphasizing throwing, blocking and receiving.

Players also had the opportunity to ask Mesoraco questions. They were each given an autograph and had their individual photos taken with the MLB catcher.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

March 10, 2012

Jack Gaston, 81, a lifelong resident of Punxsutawney, aced hole No. 9 at the East Polo Park Golf Course in Davenport, Fla., near Orlando Jan. 9. Gaston used his four-iron on the 101-yard par three. Dennis States, Gaston’s brother-in-law, formerly of Punxsutawney, witnessed the shot. An avid golfer, Gaston spends several weeks each winter in Florida to keep up with his game. This is Gaston’s first career hole-in-one.

Brookville motivated for today's opening round of PIAA playoffs

March 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — After falling in the District IX Class AA Championship game last Friday, the Raiders have been hard at work in practice this week preparing for the PIAA playoffs, which begin today.

Brookville (18-6) will face Sto-Rox (22-3), the No. 3 seed out of District VII, today in the opening round.

March 8th

Still rolling: Punxsy sweeps past Lady Dutch

March 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Both of Punxsy's middle school girls' volleyball teams continued what have proven to be successful seasons thus far, with sweeps over the Lady Dutch of St. Marys Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney.

The afternoon began with a pair of seventh-grade wins, 25-18 and 25-10.

Punxsy head coach Jacque Curtis said after the match that she was very pleased with the way her girls performed.

"They're really coming together well," she said. "We played very well today, and we're showing signs of improvement."

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