Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
MARION CENTER â The switching of the scholastic sports season will be complete tonight. Both Punxsy girls' and boys' varsity basketball teams don game uniforms and lace up the high tops to start the winter sports madness at the Marion Center Tip-off Tournament.
The two Chucks squads will be part again this year of the two-day, 16-team tournament down Route 119.
Tonight's four-game docket features four varsity contests and determines Saturday's eight-game slate. Starting at 4:30 p.m., A-C Valley faces West Shamokin in boys action before the local action begins.
RINGGOLD â Our interests are formed early on in life to what we enjoy doing. Most times, these interests are formed and developed through our families influence naturally become ours too.
This was the case for Mayportâs Joe Martin, and his early love of local racing. The 27-year driver has turned this affection into his own racing career and growing success by the season on the FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series.
LOCK HAVEN â While in college, many like to venture out and try new things to expand their horizons. Former PAHS soccer striker, Khris Cleary, wanted to stay involved in athletics but pursued a different, much rougher route when he joined the Lock Haven rugby club team during his sophomore year at the school.
The PAHS 08' grad is weeks away from finishing his last classes at Lock Haven before he starts an internship in High Point, North Carolina in a couple of months to complete his Sports Administration degree.
In 2009, Cleary's sophomore year, he decided to join the rugby team.
DuBOIS â All athletic teams work hard and want their opportunity to be successful, gain notoriety and claim championships. Through the years, the high school cheerleading ranks have always seen their members work as hard on their cheers, dances, stunts and tumbles as any of the other athletic teams on campus.
In Pennsylvania, the cheerleading teams, though, were always listed as having to be consider an âother categoryâ of sport. The cheer squads never had their chance for due honors and district and state title acclaim.
SLIPPERY ROCK â Every road starts somewhere. The road to âThe Showâ has many routes, turns, stops and bumps to get to it. Punxsy has another potential âBig Leaguerâ ready to start his own road next fall on a not-so-distant collegiate baseball diamond.
Slippery Rock University has inked Punxsyâs Ty Zimmerman as a member of its Rock baseball team next season.
âWe are excited to get him,â commented Slippery Rockâs head baseball coach Jeff Messer. âHe is the first player we have had from Punxsutawney with its rich tradition of baseball players coming out of there.â
Punxsy boys' soccer saluted its stellar 2012 season on Tuesday night at the Punxsy First Church of God. The Chucks' seniors posed for one more photo: (front row, from left) Mike Pascuzzo, Pat Defelice and Taylor Phillips; (back row) Brendan Knarr, Lance Deets, Trevor Peace and Ty Zimmerman.
For the full story, see Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In football, you have players that are the key to the team's success on offense or defense. The Punxsy football team saw one of its key players, Jamie Bush, post a "monster year" in his final one donning a Chucks uniform, on both offense and defense this fall.
The Punxsy Most Valuable Player, Bush, earned All-Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference Large School notarity at both fullback and linebacker along with teammates center Jordan London, defensive end Dan McLain, wide receiver Clayton Dale and slot back Dakota Byers.
The nominees for The Spirit's 2012 Fall Sports Outstanding Athletes have been named, and are as follows:
Girls' Cross Country: Juliann Boddorf and Alexis Young
Girls' Golf: Lauren Giavedoni and Audrianna DeLacour
Girls' Soccer: Sydney Dubensky and Allison Fye
Girls' Tennis: Lauren Wolfe & Amber Ward
Girls' Volleyball: Chelsea Engeholm and Sydney Weaver
Boys' Cross Country: Nate Ward and Bo Dinger
Football: Garrett Zimmerman and Jamie Bush
Boys' Golf: Brandon Mancuso and Mike Blose
Boys' Soccer: Trevor Peace and Mike Pascuzzo
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Most athletic teams take on a theme to their seasons, but the majority of the time they are left unfulfilled.
The Punxsy Lady Chucks volleyball did not let its "Holding the Rope" theme go by the way side but applied it and made it become a reality with the District IX AA championship to its credit.
The Lady Chucks celebrated their many successes and optimisms of the future on Sunday night at the New Anchor Inn in Punxsy at their season banquet.