Archive - Apr 2012 - Sports Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On a day aimed at recognizing the contributions of the senior members of the team, Punxsy's girls' track and field squad did pulled out a 98.33-51.67 victory over Redbank Valley Monday in Punxsutawney.
En route to picking up the victory, the Lady Chucks nabbed first place in 14 of the 18 scheduled events.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On a day chosen to honor its senior members, the Punxsy boys' track team dominated on both sides â€”Â 50-13 in the field and 56-31 on the track â€” to earn a 106-44 victory over the Redbank Valley Bulldogs Monday in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy head coach John Smith was especially pleased with the results in the field.
"We had some really strong showings and some personal bests in the field," Smith said. "We had some sweeps and some very nice improvements in the shot and discus. Brody Morgan had a good javelin throw. We were very pleased with scoring over 50 points there."
CURWENSVILLE â€” After a long layoff, the Lady Chucks JV softball squad showed no signs of rust Friday when it traveled to Curwensville, putting up an impressive 18 runs in an 18-2, four-inning victory over the Golden Tide.
"This was a quality team effort by everyone," Punxsy head coach Phil Mennitti said. "Every player did their job at the plate by either collecting walks or putting the bats on the ball for RBIs. Coach (Brad) Constantino and I were pleased with their performance tonight on offense and defense."
JOHNSONBURG â€” Punxsy's junior high track team traveled to the annual Johnsonburg Junior High Track and Field Invitational Saturday, and out of 12 teams, the Chucks took fifth place overall.
A number of Chucks helped the cause, which was led by Nathan Lingenfelter, who placed second overall in the triple jump, measuring in at 35-1.
The Chucks also had two third-place finishes. In the field events, Alex Young earned third in the shot put, throwing 38-0.
DUBOIS â€” Coming off a 9-0 shutout loss to DuBois can be a difficult feat to overcome, but the Punxsy Chucks boys' tennis team was not thwarted.
Saturday, the Chucks traveled to DuBois Central Catholic and easily defeated the Cardinals, 7-2, and improved their overall season record to 4-4.
Despite cold temperatures Saturday, the rain held off for the Groundhog Little League's Opening Day, during which every team across six divisions opened its season. One common way to stay warm is to keep moving, and that's exactly what Claira Stephens (pictured here) did in the opening game of the Little League softball schedule between her Blue Jays and the Indians. Stephens, wearing a necessary hooded sweatshirt â€” an uncommon sight in softball season â€” stole second base and never stopped running until she made it home, advancing on a pair of overthrows to give her team a 3-0 lead.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The only forewarning the Chucks baseball team needed that it'd have its work cut out for it against Altoona Friday afternoon in Punxsutawney came April 16 when Punxsy eked out a 1-0 win over the Lions in Altoona. Altoona's record was a pretty good indicator, as well, as the Lions entered Friday's contest with just that one loss.
A strong effort in all facets of the game by the Chucks, though, meant Altoona headed back home with a pair of losses to the Chucks this year, as Punxsy earned a 6-1 victory.
CURWENSVILLE â€” After five innings Friday night in Curwensville, the Lady Chucks softball team trailed the Golden Tide 3-1, but a bit of offensive spark from some unfamiliar faces at the varsity level led Punxsy to a come-from-behind, 5-3 victory in the end.
Facing the two-run deficit, Punxsy's Johnna Depp led off the top of the sixth inning with a single, and Sydney Phillips followed with a walk.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After more than a full week off â€” thanks in part to a snowed-out match against Johnsonburg Monday â€”Â the Punxsy boys' tennis team returned to action Friday against a difficult squad in the DuBois Beavers, and DuBois earned a 9-0 victory.
Despite the zero on the score sheet, the Chucks did have a number of close matches, and Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said it was difficult to keep the rhythm that his team had been building over the course of the season with such a long layoff.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” While every move Punxsy's high school athletes make on the court is accessible for all to see, a number of PAHS student athletes are also excelling in other areas off the court â€” areas such as academics.
This past week, Punxsy senior Alex Fedigan, son of Tom and Melissa Fedigan, was informed by head football coach Alan Nichol of an honor he received for displaying leadership not only on the football field last fall but in the classroom, as well: Being named to the Pennsylvania Football News All-Academic Team - Gold Level.