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Punxsy senior Garrett Zimmerman and the rest of his Class of 2013 classmates walked the stage and received their diplomas, marking the end of their academic careers on Friday.
But Monday, Zimmerman and Punxsyâ€™s four other seniors â€” Michael Blose, Jamie Bush, Taylor Phillips and Ty Zimmerman â€” hope to extend their high school athletic careers when they take on Hopewell in the opening round of the PIAA State Championships in St. Marys.
The Lady Chucks fell in a closely contested, 2-0 District IX championship game Wednesday afternoon in Brockway at the hands of St. Marys.
For a full recap of the game, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
Punxsy Shortstop Chelsea Engeholm and second baseman Mary Sloniger come together to make a catch in recent Punxsy softball action. Today, the Lady Chucks will take to the field against the Lady Dutch of St. Marys, with the winner emerging as the District IX Champion.
For a full preview of the game, see Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.
CLEARFIELD â€” In an unusual scenario to end the season, the Punxsy junior varsity baseball squad found itself in a considerable deficit Friday.
Trailing 7-3, the JV Chucks showcased the stellar offense they have shown all season for what would be a game-deciding five-run sixth inning, before holding the Bison scoreless in the final two frames for an 8-7 season finale victory.
â€śWhat a great game; back-and-forth lead changes,â€ť pointed out Punxsy JV head coach Rodney Thompson.
BROOKVILLE â€” First-place finishers for the Chucks and Lady Chucks at the District IX Championships included:
â€˘ Juliann Boddorf, girls' 400-meter dash;
â€˘ Alexis Minich, girls' shot put and girls' discus;
â€˘ Perry Arrington, boys' pole vault;
â€˘ Thomas Renwick, boys' long jump;
â€˘ Jordan London, boys' discus.
For a full recap from the championships, see Saturday's print edition of The Spirit.
The Punxsy Lady Chucks honored eight seniors during their "Senior Day" pre-game festivities.
The eight Lady Chucks included (from left) Ashley Bacha with parents Randy and Beth Bacha; Lauren Ball with parents Doug and Andrea Ball; Monica Cameron with father Don Cameron; Chelsea Engeholm with mother Janet Engeholm; Sarah London with parents David and Mary Kay London; Mary Sloniger with parents Jim and Sandy Sloniger; Ashley Walls with parents Jerry and Michelle Walls and Lauren Wolfe with parents Bill and Melinda Wolfe.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In an afternoon which felt more like late October than mid May, the Punxsy softball team saw one of its two toughest innings of the season on Monday.
Trailing 3-2, the visiting Lady Tigers of Hollidaysburg capitalized on three Punxsy errors and added some hard hits at the plate to score 10 times to spoil "Senior Day" by a 14-4 final score.
"We lengthened it (the inning) for them. They hit the ball hard as well," noted Lady Chucks' head coach Alan Pifer. "They capitalized on everything."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Balls take some odd bounces and the Chucks experienced a handful of these early in the baseball game on Wednesday.
Punxsy did not let the early deficit dictate its game by putting together a game-deciding seven-run third inning to overtake rival DuBois, 10-6, in Punxsutawney.
The Chucks (11-5) victory gave them the season series sweep of the Beavers (12-4). Punxsy claimed a 3-1 road decision on April 17.
"We got some bad hops early and the ball found some holes," pointed out Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey. "All-in-all, it was a good win against a good baseball team."
DUBOIS â€” It is always tough to face a team that is red hot.
This was the challenge the Punxsy softball squad had on its plate on Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Chucks were able to take an early one-run lead before the hot-playing Lady Beavers answered with three runs and never trailed again for a 6-3 victory in DuBois.
The victory was DuBois (10-4) ninth in a row.
The Lady Beavers last defeat came at the hands of the Lady Chucks (11-4) on April 17 by a 1-0 final.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For the first time in recent seasons, Punxsy was able to defeat Bradford in a boys' track and field dual meet.
The Chucks swept the three relays and won four of the seven field events including sweeping the discus to clip the Owls, 80-70, and complete a perfect dual meet season on Senior Day for nine seniors.
The nine Punxsy seniors enjoying victory in their final home dual meet included Alex Bevak, Will Boddorf, Austin Couser, Will Harmon, Dylan Lettie, Jordan London, Zach Minich, Jesse Reichard and Nate Ward.