Archive - Sports Article
June 8th, 2011
Pictured are the Punxsutawney Area High School's 2011 Spring Sports Most Valuable Players (front, from left): Nickita Martz, high points in field for girls' track and field; Shawnna Crago, softball; Milea Schall, high points on track for girls' track and field; (back) Dave Roberts, boys' tennis; A.J. Meterko, high points on track for boys' track and field; Ty Zimmerman, baseball; and Brody Morgan, high points in field for boys' track and field. The Punxsutawney Booster Club sponsors the Most Valuable Player awards.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Nick Gillung, a 2007 Punxsutawney Area High School graduate, kept an eye on the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Tuesday just in case any of the athletes he played with on summer teams were selected.
Little did he know, his own name would come onto his computer screen in the 19th round.
Pictured are the Punxsutawney Area High School's 2010-11 Winter Sports Most Valuable Players (front, from left): Jenna Reitz, girls' basketball; Kissy Wright, cheerleading; (back) Kody Young, wrestling co-MVP; Logan Weaver, boys' basketball; and Seth Spack, wrestling co-MVP. The Punxsutawney Booster Club sponsors the Most Valuable Player awards. The winners are determined by a vote of all members of each team based on team leadership, character and athletic performance.
BROCKWAY â€” The Chucks have had a recent history of receiving big games in the state playoffs from unlikely heroes.
In 2007, No. 6 hitter Alex Cressley went 4-for-4 and drove home the game-winning run during a 3-2 victory in eight innings over undefeated West Allegheny in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. In the state title game that year, No. 9 hitter David Pisano hit a game-tying triple with two outs in the seventh inning, and he later scored the winning run to propel the Chucks to the state championship.
1. It was great to see Punxsutawney Groundhog Little League President Harry Noerr laughing and smiling as he talked to people at the Lady Chucks' district title game last Wednesday in Brockway. Noerr's daughter, Lisa, a 1995 PAHS graduate, passed away a few weeks ago, and I'm sure that brought much sadness to he and his extended family. For those who aren't aware, the Punxsy varsity softball and Little League softball field next to the concession stand is named Harry Noerr Field.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy Lady Chucks did not start to sweat when they lost an early lead and fell behind 3-2 in the third inning Wednesday in the District IX Class AAA Softball Championship.
"Go up there with confidence at the plate," senior and one of the team's leaders Shawnna Crago said she told her teammates.
The entire team stayed calm and collected, allowing the Lady Chucks to make a comeback and win it 6-4 against the St. Marys Lady Dutch. With the win, Punxsutawney (13-4) earned its fourth consecutive district title.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When the Punxsy baseball team fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning and left the bases loaded in the bottom of that inning Wednesday in the District IX Class AAA Championship, no member of the Chucks panicked.
The Chucks knew they were going to hit, and by the time the team's eight-run fourth inning concluded, Punxsy was on its way to its eighth consecutive district crown thanks to a 10-5 victory over St. Marys.
Devin Mesoraco, a Punxsutawney native and current member of the Class AAA Louisville Bats, became best friends with doubles this week.
Mesoraco had one of his best weeks this season, as he raised his batting average to .315 with an 8-for-16 week that included five doubles and two three-hit games.
The Cincinnati Reds prospect capped the week Friday with a 3-for-3 performance that included three clutch extra-base hits and a career-tying five RBIs. He also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch.
In a move that teammate Zak Dickey said was "so Brodi-esque," Punxsy senior Brodi Lowmaster tripped over first base as he attempted to head to second after he hit a three-run home run during the District IX Class AAA Baseball Championship Wednesday in Brockway. The homer, and subsequent slip and fall at first base, are this week's Play of the Week. Lowmaster is pictured laughing toward the Punxsy bench as he dusts himself off and trots around the bases. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
Pictured are the Punxsutawney Area High School's 2010 Fall Sports Most Valuable Players (front, from left): Kaitlyn Nestel, girls' golf; Hannah Neal, volleyball co-MVP; Tawnee Bowers, volleyball co-MVP; Lindsey Paulina, girls' tennis; Milea Schall, girls' cross country; Timi Shiock, girls' soccer; (back) Ian Miller, boys' golf; Ben Blazavich, football; Tyler Presloid, boys' soccer; Shawnna Crago, volleyball co-MVP; A.J. Meterko, boys' cross country; and Ian Weaver, honorary football captain. The Punxsutawney Booster Club sponsors the MVP awards.