Archive - May 2012 - Sports Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Hunter Hickok and Dakotah Byers combined to pitch a two-hitter, and I-Medical's bats did the rest, helping Punxsy cruise to a 17-4, five-inning victory over Walbeck in Indiana County Youth Legion action Friday in Punxsutawney.
Hickok allowed three runs, none of which were earned, and Byers allowed just one on a balk.
Hickok's line included four strikeouts, and Byers fanned three in just two innings of work.
SHIPPENSBURG â€” Five individual performers for the Brookville track and field teams participated in Friday's events at the PIAA Class AA Track and Field State Championships in Shippensburg, with one walking away a medalist and two advancing beyond the preliminary rounds to today's action.
Ryan Kerr â€”Â a thrower for the boys' track and field team â€”Â earned a third-place finish in the finals, which were held Friday, with a throw of 194-8. While Kerr's seed throw of 207-2 would have been enough to eclipse the first-place mark, finishing third at the state meet is still quite an accomplishment.
ROSSITER â€”Â In the first of four regular-season rematches scheduled to take place between the two teams that played for the Federation League championship last season â€”Â the Rossiter Miners and the DuBois Rockets â€”Â the reigning champ held its own, as the Rockets earned a 5-3 victory Thursday evening in Rossiter to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Rossiter starter Brodie Lowmaster pitched a pretty solid game, scattering 10 hits over his seven innings of work, but in the end, it was control problems that cost Lowmaster the victory.
STRATTANVILLE â€”Â After winning the District IX Class AA Championship three years in a row, the Brookville Raiders went on a five-year dry spell. That dry spell ended this season.
Thursday night, the Raiders rallied from an early deficit to take the district title, 15-9 over Karns City.
"They wanted the district title, and they've been phenomenal, working together and picking each other up," Raider head coach Kenny Lindermuth said. "It's just a great team atmosphere that we have going on, and it's been an amazing season. Hopefully, we can keep it rolling next week."
Four Punxsy athletes â€” two Chucks and two Lady Chucks â€” are bound for the PIAA Class AAA Track and Field Championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University. (From left) Kevin Hughes (400-meter dash), Juliann Boddorf (200-meter dash), Alexis Young (1600-meter run) and Brody Morgan (javelin), pictured here taking a break from their preparation during a track and field get-together Wednesday afternoon at Jack LaMarca Stadium, will make the trip today in preparation for Friday's preliminary rounds on the track. The AAA javelin event will be held Saturday morning.
BROOKVILLE â€”Â Junior Nathan St. Laurent was just shy of a perfect game, giving up only one hit and one walk, leading the Brookville Raiders (13-5) to a 9-0 victory over Moniteau (11-8) Wednesday night.
"It's the first one I've had this year, and it felt really nice to actually throw seven innings," St. Laurent said. "My arm still feels great, so it's definitely a good feeling."
With the victory, St. Laurent and the Raiders will face Karns City at 4:30 p.m. today at Clarion-Limestone to decide who will become the D-IX Class AA champions.
Out in the garage, there is an old box full of trophies that were given to my brother at one point or another in his athletic career.
When he moved to Canada, he didn't have room to take all of his loot with him in his pickup truck, so he had to prioritize and make decisions about which things were essential for the trip.
The box of trophies missed the cut, and he left us with the option of seeing if there was someone who might be able to make use of the trophies and possibly donating them to that cause.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board Athletic Committee listened to a proposal presented by the Punxsy VFW Teener League board about the lease and some changes that would help in completing a major renovation at the field.
"Four years ago, we entered into a 10-year agreement with the use of Rich Kuntz Field and the district for use by the high school baseball teams beginning in 2008-09," said Doug Mesoraco, commissioner of the Punxsutawney VFW Teener League.
Mesoraco said the total due on the lease was $53,500, with an initial lump-sum, one-year payment of $24,000.
Punxsy pitcher Cory Geer delivers a pitch during an April 4 game against St. Marys in Punxsutawney. The Chucks, who swept the season series over the Dutch with a 5-2 victory in Punxsutawney and a thrilling 7-5 victory in St. Marys, were expected to play the Dutch once more for their ninth-consecutive District IX title today. However, a postponed AA playoff game Tuesday forced Punxsy and St. Marys to postpone their AAA title game to next week.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Fezell Enterprise scored multiple runs in four of its five trips to the plate en route to its first win of the young season Monday evening in Punxsutawney â€” a 14-4, five-inning affair against Union in Indiana County Youth Legion action.
"It was great to get our first win," Punxsy coach Joe DiPietro said after the game. "These guys have been getting better with every practice and every game."
While Fezell scored early and often, it was actually Union that drew first blood, putting up a two-spot in the visitor's half of the first.