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May 15th, 2011
DUBOISâ€” Mitch Blose and Tim Pearce will try to become the first Punxsy tennis doubles' team to win a District IX Class AAA championship in two years Wednesday in DuBois.
The last Punxsy doubles team to win the crown was Jordan Walker and Jesse Branken.
Blose and Pearce were 8-0 together in the regular season and will open the tournament at 9:30 a.m. as the No. 1 overall seed. The duo will face Corey Maines and Jordan McAllister of Clearfield in the first round.Chucks' coach Todd Heigley has high hopes for Blose and Pearce.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A home run by Ligonier Valley's Kristen Gabelt stood as the only run during her team's 1-0 victory over the Punxsy softball team during a rain-shortened five-inning game Friday at Harry Noerr Field in Punxsutawney.
Ligonier (18-1) scored seven times in the top of the sixth inning, but with two outs, two runners on base and a 2-2 count on Lizzie Newhouse during that inning, lightning paused the game.
Punxsutawney Area High School baseball standout Devin Mesoraco completed a successful week with a 4-for-5 game Friday with the Cincinnati Reds' Class AAA affiliate Louisville Bats.
Mesoraco improved his batting average to .295 on the season following a 7-for-23 (.304) week. During the week, he had three extra-base hits, including his first home run since the first week of the season.
Saturday, he was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two walks.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy boys' tennis team lost its final match of the season Thursday, 5-4 in DuBois, but the Chucks completed the year with a 6-5 record, which was an improvement over last year's 4-8 mark.
Punxsy went from a 4-8 team in 2010 that had no upperclassmen to a squad that finished above .500 in 2011.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Randa Depp pitched her third-straight shutout, Hannah Neal hit a two-run home run, and the Punxsy softball team avenged an earlier loss when it defeated State College Thursday afternoon at Harry Noerr Field, 5-0.
"We wanted to exact a little revenge (on State College)," Punxsy manager Alan Pifer said. "We were flat over there when we played them. We were pumped up today."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy baseball team scored early and often to climb back to .500 with a 16-1 victory in four innings over DuBois Central Catholic Thursday at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field.
Punxsy (7-7) scored 10 times during the first two innings before it finished off the Cardinals with one run in the third and five in the fourth.
The Chucks snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory. DCC fell to 0-10 on the season.
"It was kind of workmanlike," Punxsy manager Mike Dickey said. "We did what we needed to do."
DUBOIS â€” Twice Wednesday, the Punxsy baseball team scored the go-ahead run or runs in the top of an inning. Also twice, DuBois was there to answer soon thereafter.
Unfortunately for the Chucks, DuBois' final go-ahead runs came in the last inning, as Dom Kriner's two-run, walk-off single pushed the Beavers past Punxsy at Showers' Field in DuBois, 4-3.
DUBOIS â€” Wednesday's 4-1 score doesn't fully represent how close the DuBois boys' tennis team's victory over Punxsy in the District IX Class AAA Team Tournament Finals in DuBois.
After the Chucks fell behind 2-0, they won a doubles match and were ahead during the No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles matches. Punxsy couldn't hold onto either lead and had to settle for runner-up distinction for the third time in four seasons.
BROOKVILLE â€” Senior Night was bittersweet for senior outfielder Chey Ross and the rest of Brookville softball team Wednesday afternoon in Brookville.
Ross was happy she tripled and drove in a run and helped the team win Game One 8-2, but was equally as frustrated that the Lady Raiders (3-8) fell to Bradford 15-4 in six innings in the Game Two.
"It felt really good to be able to hit and score off it, too," Ross said. "I thought the first game would be a booster. I don't know what changed (in the second game). We need to pick it up."