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BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ Some of the toughest competition from around western Pennsylvania gathered in Brookville for the Deman's Team Sports Brookville Invitational Saturday.
Punxsutawney's boys track team put its best foot forward and came up with some good performances against the steep competition.
"As coaches, our staff was very pleased to see so many kids get their personal bests for the season or at least turn in a solid effort," Punxsy head coach John Smith said.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ¬†Although the Lady Chucks faced some of the steepest competition in western Pennsylvania Saturday at the Brookville Invitational, Punxsy had four different girls earn place-winning spots.
"There were a lot of other personal bests; they just weren't good enough to place," Punxsy head coach Barry Young said. "Overall, I was very pleased with the team's performance."
The top winners for the Lady Chucks were Kirsten Dean and Juliann Boddorf.
HEMPFIELD ‚ÄĒ The Lady Chucks' junior varsity softball team began the weekend at the Hempfield Tournament facing off against Ringgold, which Punxsy beat 5-3.
During the victory, Nicole DiPietro was the strongest hitter, going 3-for-3 at bat with two singles, a double and five stolen bases. She also scored three runs.
Punxsy coach Phil Mennitti called her "unstoppable."
Ivy Phillips, who was selected the Most Valuable Player of the game, also had a strong showing. She threw four complete innings, giving up just three runs. She walked only three and struck out five.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The Punxsy boys' tennis team hosted Elk County Catholic on a windy afternoon Thursday in Punxsutawney, and despite battling through several close matches, the Crusaders came out on top, 6-3.
After the match, head coach Todd Heigley's review of the action was simple: "Overall, we competed."
Punxsy was without one of its singles players in the match ‚ÄĒ Eddie Serafin ‚ÄĒ and because of their small numbers this season, the Chucks were forced to forfeit No. 4 doubles.
Heigley said he would like to think with Serafin in the lineup, the match would have been a different story.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The votes are in and counted, and it's official: Seth Spack and Jensen Constantino are The Spirit's 2011-12 Winter Sports Most Valuable Players.
Just over 760 ballots were cast in all, and The Spirit's readers selected Spack and Constantino for the awards.
Spack, a senior wrestler for the Chucks during the winter season, surpassed the 100-win mark, passed PAHS grad Matt Means for second all-time in Punxsy history for wins and won the District-IX championship at 152 pounds this year.
This time of year may just be the perfect time of year, as far as I'm concerned: Especially as far as the sports calendar goes.
Combining the budding of new life growing from the warm weather ‚ÄĒ though we've been mistreated with some colder-than-we-would-like type of weather over the past few days¬†‚ÄĒ with the sports calendar unfolding before us in early April does something to warm my heart.
After the rush of March Madness, the sports calendar quiets down a bit, though it is revving up for perhaps its busiest season of them all.
ST. MARYS ‚ÄĒ With the spring-like weather suddenly vanishing, the Lady Chucks had to battle two opponents Tuesday night in St. Marys ‚ÄĒ the Lady Dutch and the weather. But Punxsy proved up to the challenge to pick up a 92-58 victory.
ST. MARYS ‚ÄĒ Sometimes in sports, a team runs into another squad that simply matches up well against it. Tuesday, the Punxsy boys' track team met up with a St. Marys Dutch team that was "strong where we are," according to Punxsy head coach John Smith, and St. Marys came out victorious, 95-55.
St. Marys won the 3200-meter relay ‚ÄĒ an event in which Punxsy has shown strength this season ‚ÄĒ to open the event with a time of 10:43, and while the Chucks pulled close a few times throughout the meet, the Dutch would never trail.
ST. MARYS ‚ÄĒ Last Wednesday, the Punxsy junior high girls' track team traveled to St. Marys to open its season against the Lady Dutch, and despite a 100-50 loss, the Lady Chucks showed some promising signs in their first meet.
St. Marys opened the meet with a victory in the 3200-meter relay to take a 5-0 lead, and the Lady Dutch never forfeited the lead during the remainder of the meet.
ST. MARYS ‚ÄĒ The Punxsy boys' middle school track team opened its season last Wednesday with its first win over the St. Marys Flying Dutch ‚ÄĒ 78-72 ‚ÄĒ in St. Marys.
The meet opened with the 3200-meter relay, which St. Marys claimed for an early 5-0 lead.
The Chucks rebounded with a sweep at 110-meter hurdles, though, to take a 9-5 lead, and while the meet grew close, Punxsy never trailed again.
Ryan Jones took first in the hurdles event with a time of 21.39 seconds.
Derek Cameron (22.30 seconds) and Brendon Stinson (22.9 seconds) completed the Punxsy sweep.