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June 3rd, 2013

Breaking News: Chucks advance to quarters at PIAAs

June 3, 2013

Trailing 4-2 with one out and two opposing runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth, Punxsy’s baseball team made a defensive stand in the opening round of the PIAA State Playoffs when left fielder Dakotah Byers hit cut-off man John Matthews, who relayed the ball to catcher Garrett Zimmerman (pictured, left) to tag out Hopewell’s Shane Martin (right) and complete a double play. The Chucks rode the momentum to battle back and score three in the top of the sixth, and Punxsy held on for a 5-4 win, catapulting itself into the next round.

June 2nd

PAHS names seven spring season MVPs

June 2, 2013

PAHS recently named its seven MVPs for the spring sports season. They are (from left) Joe Roberts, boys tennis; Nathan Ward, boys track and field — MVP track; Juliann Boddorf, girls track and field — MVP track; Jordan London, boys track and field — MVP field; Alexis Minich, girls track and field — MVP field; Chelsea Engeholm, softball and Ryan Sloninger, baseball.

May 31st

Last Men Standing

May 31, 2013

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 Punxsy’s four other seniors — Michael Blose, Jamie Bush, Taylor Phillips and Ty Zimmerman — 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.

May 29th

End of an era: St. Marys claims D-IX title over Lady Chucks

May 29, 2013

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.

May 28th

Lady Chucks set to take on rival Lady Dutch for D-IX softball title

May 28, 2013

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.

May 19th

Junior Varsity Chucks rally for season-ending victory over Bison

May 20, 2013

CLEARFIELD — 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.

“What a great game; back-and-forth lead changes,” pointed out Punxsy JV head coach Rodney Thompson.

May 16th

PAHS athletes excel at D-IX Championships Thursday

May 16, 2013

BROOKVILLE — First-place finishers for the Chucks and Lady Chucks at the District IX Championships included:

• Juliann Boddorf, girls' 400-meter dash;

• Alexis Minich, girls' shot put and girls' discus;

• Perry Arrington, boys' pole vault;

• Thomas Renwick, boys' long jump;

• Jordan London, boys' discus.

For a full recap from the championships, see Saturday's print edition of The Spirit.

May 13th

Lady Chucks Senior Day

May 13, 2013

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.

Lady Tigers capitalize in fourth inning to spoil Lady Chucks 'Senior Day'

May 13, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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."

May 8th

Chucks put together game-deciding third inning to sweep series from Beavers

May 8, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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."

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