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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Talent dots the Lady Chucks track and field roster but high numbers of athletes does not.
In the final dual matchup of the spring season, visiting Bradford used its team depth to produce a close but victory nonetheless of 87-63 over Punxsy on Tuesday afternoon.
The six Punxsy seniors giving their utmost for their final home dual meet included Alyson Dickey, Heather Giavedoni, Aleya Hanna, Karah Hollis, Santana Smith and Alexis Young.
ALTOONA â€” It is always nice to sweep a school more than twice your size.
A big five-run fifth inning powered Punxsy over host Altoona, 7-2, to sweep the season series.
The Lady Chucks won the contest on their home field, 10-5, on April 11.
"We started out slow. We hit the ball, just didn't find holes or string any hits together until the fifth," explained Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer. "Ashley Bacha did a good job keeping us in the game until then."
ST. MARYS â€” When given an opportunity, it is important to grab it with both hands and take advantage.
Punxsy sophomore Shaina Painter took hold of her opportunity in a big way Thursday afternoon.
Leading 1-0 in the top of the sixth, Painter laced a pinch hit two-run single to triple the Lady Chucks lead to 3-0.
Punxsy would need each of those two tallies driven in by Painter as host St. Marys plated two runs in the sixth. The Lady Chucks' pitcher Ashley Bacha would give nothing more to the Lady Dutch to take Round 2 of the District IX foes, 3-2.
BRADFORD â€” A long road trip always goes faster and is much more enjoyable after a resounding victory.
The Lady Chucks blistered the host Lady Owls, 20-1 for the 15-run four-inning mercy rule in Bradford on Tuesday.
Punxsy produced four scores to open the contest before each team pushed across a single second-inning tally for a 5-1 score.
The Lady Chucks exploded for nine runs in the third before adding a decisive six more to earn the going away 20-1 win.
Punxsy (8-2) posted 15 hits coming from nine different players on the roster.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The battling Chucks gave it a valiant effort, but a good and deep Beavers boys' tennis squad volleyed to the win, 9-0, on Tuesday in Punxsutawney.
"DuBois has an incredible program. They are solid from the top to the bottom of their roster," noted Punxsy head coach Lisa Good.
The two biggest Chucks' match highlights came at the second and fourth doubles matchups.
In the second doubles pairing, Jared Burkett and Josh Smith hung tough throughout the match and stayed tight with DuBois. The Punxsy pair took four games but fell short, 4-8.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” One game does not make a softball season.
In what could be the first of three rounds, the St. Marys Lady Dutch scored a trio of runs in the top of the fifth and held off the Punxsy Lady Chucks to take Round One, 5-2, on Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
The Lady Chucks (6-2) produced four hits and plated single scores in the first and second innings for a 2-0 lead.
The home team could not put together more than one hit in an at bat over the final five innings, including none in the sixth or seventh.
BROOKVILLE â€” A tuneup game before facing your toughest district foe is always good.
The Punxsy softball team used its Route 36 rivalry game with Brookville as preparation for Wednesdayâ€™s showdown with St. Marys by cruising to a 14-0 five-inning run-rule victory in Brookville.
â€śIt was nice to see some girls in different positions. A lot of the girls put the bat on the ball today,â€ť noted Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer. â€śWe have St. Marys on Wednesday, which is a big rival and a big game for us. We will have to play well as they are one of the toughest games on our schedule.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” An inexperienced team goes through growing pains, which is what the Punxsy boys' tennis spring season has been.
The young Chucks fell just shy of capturing their first victory on Monday afternoon.
DuBois Central Catholic prevailed in one more match, 5-4, to edge Punxsy.
"It was nice to get some more match wins tonight than we have been. The team played well and should be proud of their efforts," pointed out Chucks coach Lisa Good.
In the top singles slot, Joe Roberts came out on fire against the Cardinals' Ben Trinkley. Roberts blazed to a 6-1 first set win.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Chucks' early hitting frenzy built a large enough lead to hold off the surging Raiders in a 14-7 win Monday at McKinley Field in Brook-ville.
"We hit the ball really well today early on. Our approaches late weren't as aggressive as I'd like them to be; I think that's why we cooled down a little bit. A lot of the credit goes to the guys swinging the bats early and getting us a big lead," said Mike Dickey, Chucks coach.
On Saturday night in the Punxsutawney Area High School cafeteria, the 12th class of the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame was inducted.
The class of 2013 included (from left) Cliff Thompson; Ed Decker; Kim Duke; Mike Ishman accepting posthumously for his father, Robert Ishman; Gary Garzoni; and Jack Stuchell.
Read the full story in Monday's print edition of The Spirit.