Archive - May 2012 - Sports Article
Punxsy boys' tennis players Michael Blose (left photo) and Tim Pearce (right photo), pictured here returning volleys while playing together at No. 1 doubles last Wednesday against Clearfield in Punxsutawney, were each supposed to take their shots at a District IX singles title Monday in DuBois. Unfortunately for all competitors, rain postponed the event to Thursday morning. The Chucks' baseball game scheduled for the afternoon against State College was also postponed due to thunderstorms in the area.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After riding an undefeated season together as doubles partners to the PIAA State Championship Tournament in doubles in 2011, Punxsy's top pair of tennis players â€” Michael Blose and Tim Pearce â€” will each aim for a different goal today in DuBois: A District IX singles championship.
In a week that will see the Chucks team travel to DuBois Wednesday as well, with hopes of bringing a D-IX team title back to Punxsutawney, Blose and Pearce hope to kick off the week on a positive note.
ALTOONA â€” Several members of both the Chucks and Lady Chucks track and field teams earned their personal bests during Friday's 63rd-annual West Central Coaches Invitational in Altoona.
"Every event had many top performers, which made placing extremely difficult," boys' head coach John Smith said. "What we were looking for was each individual just doing their best."
For the Chucks, Brody Morgan had a personal best in the shot put, throwing 46-9.5 for third place overall. Morgan also placed seventh in the javelin, one of his strongest events, with a throw of 158-11.
Saturday evening, Devin Mesoraco â€” an athlete who many remember watching play baseball in Punxsutawney as he grew up â€” was playing for the Cincinnati Reds in a game played in Pittsburgh. Throughout the day leading up to Saturday's night cap, though, some of Punxsy's youngest Major League hopefuls took to the field to begin their Machine Pitch League season. One of many athletes playing in the eight-team league this year, Easton Gula dons his catcher's gear and makes a throw to first after fielding a ball hit in front of the plate.
Members of the Groundhog Little League's junior league team, Jefferson Grocery, look on from the dugout during a rain delay in what was scheduled to be a 6 p.m. contest with DuBois' Buriak Painting. Unfortunately, looming storm clouds and lightning in the distance forced the game to be postponed to a later date, and the only game the teams were able to play was the waiting game.
Father and son did it again, as Ray (left) and Ryan Flick each nabbed opening-day turkeys â€” last Saturday â€” at 7:30 a.m. while hunting in Gaskill Township. Ray's gobbler weighed in at 18 pounds with an 11-inch beard, while Ryan's was a 20-pounder with an eight-inch beard.
Karen Arrington poses with her 21-pound gobbler, shot on Filtering Plant Road in the game lands. Arrington's bird had a 9 1/2-inch beard with one-inch spurs.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite not yet recording a base hit and trailing 3-2 after two innings Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney, the Punxsy JV baseball team scored 13 runs on 12 hits over the course of the final three innings to win a 15-3, five-inning contest over Marion Center via the 10-run rule.
"Our bats started out a little bit sluggish, and it seemed like we needed a wake up call," Punxsy head coach Rodney Thompson said after the game. "When you have some pitching that's a little bit slower, you have to stay back on it. But hitting is still hitting."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It would be a "virtually impossible" feat today, according to his daughter, Mary Ann Barilar.
But from 1917-1921, Joseph (Joe) V. Harrick (1895-1958), earned 16 letters during his college career at West Virginia University, and is the one and only recognized 16-time letterwinner in WVU history.
A Punxsutawney native and former Punxsy coach, Harrick's greatest feat was earning four varsity letters each in football, baseball, wrestling and track and field.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After looking as if it was starting to come into its own Saturday and Monday with a pair of 9-0 sweeps over DuBois Central Catholic and Johnsonburg Saturday and Tuesday, respectively, the Punxsy boys' tennis team found itself in a bit of a hole after dropping the top three singles matches against Clearfield Wednesday in Punxsutawney.
But down 0-3, the Chucks never showed any signs of quitting, and they rallied to win the last six contested matches to earn a 6-3 victory.