Archive - May 2012 - Sports Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” While the Punxsy varsity baseball squad advanced to Wednesday's District IX championship game at Brookville, the JV squad ended its season last Friday on a disappointing note with an 11-1 loss to Hollidaysburg in six innings in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy head coach Rodney Thompson said it was a "rough last game for us," as the Chucks produced just one hit on the day.
That hit came off the bat of Dylan Orcutt, driving in Punxsy's only run.
On the mound, Matt Burkett started the game, pitching five innings. Burkett allowed eight hits, three walks and fanned three.
ROSSITER â€”Â Baseball has long been known as America's favorite pastime, and for a long time, the Rossiter Miners have been entertaining their small community and many faithful fans who come from outside the community.
Sunday evening, the Miners opened their Federation League schedule with an Opening Day contest against the Sykesville Senators with a 3-0 victory behind a strong pitching effort from Tommy Bush.
BROOKVILLE â€”Â Heading into the District IX Class AA Track and Field Championships Friday afternoon, both Brookville squads knew they were in the hunt to impress, and they did just that.
One Raider and six Lady Raiders advanced to the state championships this weekend.
In addition, the Lady Raiders won the team title with 108 points and avenged a one-point loss to Elk County Catholic in 2010.
Thursday at Class Night, the PAHS Varsity Club presented Punxsy seniors Luke Janocha (left) and Alex Magill with the Jack F. LaMarca Outstanding Senior Athlete award for the 2011-12 school year. Friday, Janocha and Magill, seen here with their respective sports MVP awards (Janocha â€” Football, Magill â€” Girlsâ€™ Basketball) were presented with trophies to commemorate their achievements. The PAHS Booster Club also named MVPs in each sport.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy juniors Garrett Zimmerman and Ty Zimmerman each had home runs, and the Chucks' offense scored early and often en route to an 11-3 victory over Hollidaysburg Friday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
Making the win even more special was the fact that it came on a day when Punxsy honored its seniors â€”Â players Dane Baker, Luke Janocha and Hayden Muth, as well as statisticians Gabby Kaufman and Sierra Milton.
Friday, the PAHS Booster Club's 2011-12 Sports MVPs were presented with their plaques by Punxsy athletic director Bill Vassallo. Pictured here with their plaques are the fall and spring MVPs. Fall Sports MVPs (Top photo, front, from left): Sydney Weaver, volleyball; Sierra Milton, girls' soccer; Marisa Stockdale, girls' golf; Alexis Young, girls' cross country; (back) Tyler Presloid, boys' soccer; Luke Janocha, football; and Dane Baker, boys' cross country. Missing from the photo are girls' tennis MVP Anna Monyak and boys' golf MVP Ian Miller.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It had all the ingredients of yet another Lady Chucks' come-from-behind, thrilling victory. But unfortunately, not every story has a happy ending, and the Lady Lions of Altoona eked out an 11-10, eight-inning victory over Punxsy Thursday afternoon in its home finale.
"That was a tough loss today," Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer said. "We had a lot of chances and left too many girls on base. We battled back, and that was encouraging. But it is definitely disappointing that we had our chances and just couldn't seem to score when we really needed to."
BROOKVILLE â€” Both the boys' and girls' track and field squads took home second place at the District IX Class AA Championships in 2011, but today, they are hoping to overcome that hurdle and win it all.
The Raiders have qualifiers in every event except shot put and discus, while the Lady Raiders will be represented in all 18 events except the shot put and javelin.
The month of May is an interesting, busy month for the soon-to-be-graduated seniors of the Class of 2012. And for those involved in athletics, the month is an even busier one.
The tennis team was the first to complete its playoffs, and while most of the seniors ended their track and field careers yesterday, senior thrower Brody Morgan will continue to prepare for next weekend's PIAA State Championships.
KANE â€” The ultimate goal for any athlete heading into the District IX AAA Track and Field Championships is to earn a berth to states, and Wednesday afternoon in Kane, four Punxsy athletes found out they'll be making that trip to Shippensburg next weekend for the PIAA state tournament.
One athlete, boys' runner Kevin Hughes â€” who is just a sophomore â€” qualified by finishing first in the district. Hughes' event was the 400-meter dash, and his time of 50.26 seconds was his best of the season and gave him first place by more than 1.3 seconds.