Archive - Sports Article
August 16th, 2011
For as long as I can remember, there has been a debate in the sports community, among athletes and fans alike, centered around one important question: What exactly is a sport?
In high school, I knew the question existed, but I also didn't really have to consider the answer too closely. Most of my friends liked and followed the same sports I did, and so there was no room for debate.
Football? Basketball? Hockey? Baseball? There was no debate with those sports. Whether we liked to watch them or not was one question, but we each acknowledged they were all sports.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Right around 6 o'clock Mon- day night, the storm clouds came rolling into Punxsutawney, and as a lightning bolt flashed in the distance, approximately 75 kids ran for cover at the practice field for the A.J. Parise Youth Football program.
Fortunately, the thunder and lightning blew over, and the teams were able to begin practice just a few minutes late.
The teams, led by Dave Bosak and his volunteer coaching staffs, went through a variety of drills in preparation for their season-opening regular season games Saturday at Prospect.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With the temperatures cooling a bit over the past several days, and the NFL preseason kicking off this past weekend, thoughts of fall are beginning to feel a bit more realistic.
With autumn comes the busiest of sports seasons for the Punxsutawney Area High School's athletic department.
Seven different sports are represented on the fall sports calendar, keeping everyone in the athletic department on their toes.
The activity is welcomed after a full summer of preparations went into planning the schedules for Punxsutawney Athletic Director Bill Vassallo and his staff.
Baseball is a game of slumps and streaks, and unfortunately for hometown catcher and Cincinnati Reds prospect Devin Mesoraco, the past week has been of the slump variety.
Mesoraco played in six games this week and managed just two hits in 19 at-bats.
Both the hits were home runs, though, including one against the Pittsburgh Pirates AAA-affiliate Indianapolis Indians Friday. The other came in Wednesday's game against the Toledo Mudhens.
But even with his instant offense, Mesoraco's Bats fell short in both games.
With former Punxsu-tawney Area High School catcher Devin Mesoraco possibly days away from a trip to the Majors, another former Punxsy player's journey to the pros is just beginning.
While Mesoraco bypassed college and started playing Minor League Baseball immediately, Gillung went on to pitch four seasons at Mercyhurst College, where he put up some impressive numbers.
The 10-and-under Punxsy Purranhas, who won last weekend's Groundhog Little League softball tournament, were also crowned champs of the 10U division at the Homer City tournament July 29-31. Pictured with their championship trophies are: (front from left) Ella White, Kaitlin Doverspike, Kate Horner, Mia Lingenfelter, Elyse White, Laney Monroe; (middle) Chelsea Snyder, Toya Jones, Lakyn Smith, Cassidy Reed; (back) Jazzmine Hadden, Kylee Shoemaker and Grace Aikens.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area Community Center's fitness center was on the verge of closing three years ago before it underwent a serious renovation.
"Three years ago, the place was in horrible financial condition, and a new board took over," fitness center manager Leo Johnston said. "Since then, it's doing really well."
Johnston, who is on the community center's board of directors, runs the fitness center by making sure the center is staffed, replacing and maintaining equipment, doing improvements, keeping it clean and taking suggestions from the community.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Hemlock View Golf Course held its annual Club Championships last weekend, crowning champions in three different divisions: Men's, women's and seniors'.
Forty-eight club members competed over the weekend despite the warm temperatures and incredibly high humidity.
In the men's division, there were four separate "flights." Which flight a competitor plays in is determined by that particular player's handicap.
All right, last week, I said that even though I should have been ready to talk football, I just wasn't up to it yet. Well, in the past week, things have changed.
Maybe it had something to do with the conclusion of the baseball and softball seasons, culminating with the Little League softball tournament last weekend and the Teener League states.
Or, maybe it had something to do with my beloved Pittsburgh Pirates plummeting from first to third in their division â€” now nine and 1/2-games behind the first-place Brewers.
With the Groundhog Little League softball tournament and the 15- and 16-year old VFW Teener League All-Star state tournament concluding this past weekend, the book is officially closed on baseball and softball for the summer. Now, Punxsy sports fans and parents can take a breather, but not for too long. Punxsy's fall sports practices begin next week, and regular season games are scheduled to begin Aug. 22. To conclude the summer season, Punxsy went out with a bang, claiming two titles in the three classes it competed in at the GLL softball tournament.