Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
March 3, Punxsy hosted the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling (PJW) Area V, Section III qualifier tournament, and 14 of 19 Punxsy participants advanced to the Area V finals, which will be held Saturday at Clarion University. Area V consists of 21 schools, which are mostly the same as District IX at the high school level, with the exception of Marion Center. Section III includes Punxsy, Clarion, Keystone, Marion Center and Redbank Valley. The top two grapplers at each weight class Saturday will advance to the state finals, which will be held at Hershey Park Arena March 23-24.
MONROEVILLE â As the first-quarter buzzer sounded, Brookville's Zane Hackett sunk a career achievement: His 1,000th career point.
"It means a lot to me," Hackett said following the game. "I think a lot of it you can attribute to the coaching staff, putting in the extra hours. I owe coach (Dan) Cable and coach (Bud) Baughman a lot. ... A big thanks goes out to all my teammates. Without them, it would've never happened."
Hackett entered Saturday afternoon's PIAA opening round playoff game against Sto-Rox with 993 points.
ST. MARYS âMajor League Baseball Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, a Punxsutawney native, recent- ly visited with area youth during a stop in St. Marys as the guest instructor at a catching clinic held at Beimel Baseball.
During the clinic, Mesoraco spent time instructing players on catching fundamentals emphasizing throwing, blocking and receiving.
Players also had the opportunity to ask Mesoraco questions. They were each given an autograph and had their individual photos taken with the MLB catcher.
Jack Gaston, 81, a lifelong resident of Punxsutawney, aced hole No. 9 at the East Polo Park Golf Course in Davenport, Fla., near Orlando Jan. 9. Gaston used his four-iron on the 101-yard par three. Dennis States, Gastonâs brother-in-law, formerly of Punxsutawney, witnessed the shot. An avid golfer, Gaston spends several weeks each winter in Florida to keep up with his game. This is Gastonâs first career hole-in-one.
BROOKVILLE âÂ After falling in the District IX Class AA Championship game last Friday, the Raiders have been hard at work in practice this week preparing for the PIAA playoffs, which begin today.
Brookville (18-6) will face Sto-Rox (22-3), the No. 3 seed out of District VII, today in the opening round.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Both of Punxsy's middle school girls' volleyball teams continued what have proven to be successful seasons thus far, with sweeps over the Lady Dutch of St. Marys Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
The afternoon began with a pair of seventh-grade wins, 25-18 and 25-10.
Punxsy head coach Jacque Curtis said after the match that she was very pleased with the way her girls performed.
"They're really coming together well," she said. "We played very well today, and we're showing signs of improvement."
HERSHEY â Punxsy wrestling's Joel Bowers, a sophomore at 113 pounds, was the final active athlete in the PAHS winter sports season, as he headed to the PIAA State Wrestling Championship Tournament Thursday in Hershey.
Unfortunately for the Chucks, Bowers' season came to a close with a pair of losses at the state level Thursday.
Bowers, the northwest region's second seed, faced District X's Dalton Macri, of Canon-McMillan, in the opening round of the tournament Thursday morning.
ERIE â One-hundred-and-forty-four wins. Four-time District IX champion. Sixth-most wins in D-IX history. Most wins in Punxsutawney history by more than 30.
During his wrestling career at PAHS, Kody Young put together a laundry list of achievements, and he recently added another at the next level: Qualifying for the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships as a freshman at Mercyhurst University.
The National Championships will take place Friday and Saturday at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
At 8:01 p.m. this Sunday evening, exactly one minute after the final bid is announced for this season's NCAA basketball tournament, March Madness officially begins.
But the madness I'm speaking of, while related to the tournament, isn't the actual tournament itself. That all begins with Tuesday's First Four, a round of play-in games.
The madness I'm referring to is the madness I experience while trying to fill out the ever-elusive perfect bracket for the 68-team tourney.
SHARON â Brookville senior Logan Stout has had one thing on his mind since the first day he stepped onto the mat this season â a regional championship.
Stout achieved that goal Saturday at the Northwest Regional Class AA Championships in Sharon by earning the 195-pound title over Alex Svetz, of North East, in a narrow 4-3 decision.
"It's awesome," Stout said. "Like I've said before, I didn't expect it earlier in my career. But my first goal for this year was to win a regional title, so it feels good to have my name up with my brother."