Archive - Aug 2012 - Sports Article
While for some, the summer season seems to have just started, the telltale sign of the PAHS students' summer nearing an end showed itself Monday when the fall sports teams opened their practice season. Pictured here is Punxsy assistant coach Jeremy Hospodar working with a group of linemen during the football team's opening day practice. Practices will continue over the next few weeks before each individual team kicks off its season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The future PAHS football stars have been sweating out practice in the A. J. Parise youth football program since July 25 in anticipation for the 2012 season. The youngsters started working in full pads two weeks ago and have been hitting hard ever since.
The 75-plus youngsters, 15 coaches and many parents watching, pack into the Punxsy Borough Police firing range, which serves as the practice field, Monday to Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. to work on drills for the upcoming season.
Their first game will be held Aug. 18 in Punxsy against Grove City.
RINGGOLD â€”Â Championship Sunday at Hemlock View golf course in Ringgold was held last Sunday, and the day began with light rain and a forecast that did not sound very promising.
It just so happened, though, that the club had the best window of time to play, because after the second hole of play, the clouds remained but the rain subsided.
After everyone was done, the rain returned, but the championship went on and had some great storylines transpire for what was a two-day event last Saturday and Sunday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Prep Baseball Report recently released the Class of 2015's state player rankings, and local product Ryan Sloniger, who caught for the Chucks in 2012, was the top-ranked catcher and the No. 16 overall player in the standings.
In addition to his service with the Chucks, Sloniger plays for the Evoshield Canes â€” a program that works with recruits, especially from North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Virginia â€” in the summer.
BROOKVILLE â€” After a great seven-game series, the Sykesville Senators emerged as the Federation League champions after a 6-2 victory at McKinley Field Saturday night.
The Grays, who clawed their way back to a Game 7 after a devastating 14-1 Game 1 loss, could not cool Sykesville's bats enough to claim the title.
Brookville was able to keep Sykesville off the scoreboard for four innings behind Brandon Bell's pitching, but the Senators power could be contained for only so long.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€“ "Before I left Brookville I could see that wind whipping and I could see those leaves turning up. That's a storm brewing and the Grays are coming to Reynoldsville," said Bob McCullough to his players before the game.
That storm proved to be too much for the Sykesville Senators as the Grays thundered their way to a 12-hit 9-6 victory in Reynoldsville Friday night.
"We did a good job getting ready for that game, I had guys hitting this afternoon at the cages at home," said McCullough.
BROOKVILLE â€” Despite a valiant effort in the seventh inning, the Brookville Grays fell to the Sykesville Senators, 8-7, Thursday night, giving them the 3-2 series lead in the Federation League finals. One errant inning cost Brookville Game 5 in an otherwise solid defense effort.
"We let that one get away from us; we dropped balls in the outfield early in the game, then later in the game," said Bob McCullough, Grays manager.
MEADVILLE â€”After a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Exton put Punxsy in the losers' bracket earlier this week, the Punxsy 10- and 11-year-old softball All-Stars knew they'd have their hands full in the championship game. Unfortunately for Punxsy, Exton's strong pitching held it to zero runs in a 5-0 shutout, ending Punxsy's run at a state title.
"This game was dominated by great pitching and strong defense by both teams," Punxsy head coach Steve White said after the game.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” The Brookville Grays and Sykesville Senators finals match up has played out how many thought it would: A stellar defense (Brookville) versus a powerful offense (Sykesville).
"They're (Sykesville) a hard-hitting baseball club; unless you can keep them off their stride its going to be tough to keep them off the bases," said Brookville manager Bob McCullough.
Wednesday night, it would be Brookville's defense that prevailed, giving it a 5-3 win and tying the series at two apiece.
"The ability to repair is almost as important as the will to win," said McCullough.