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July 4th, 2011
HARRISBURG â€” Punxsy rising senior Neko Cappella has been part of the Chucks' Big Three of wrestlers alongside 2011 graduate Kody Young and soon-to-be senior Seth Spack the past few years, but he never experienced the glory of winning a district or regional title like his accomplished grappling counterparts.
Cappella won a national title at the National High School Coaches Association Open Nationals Wrestling Tournament during the weekend of May 7 in Harrisburg. Finally, the monkey was off Cappella's back.
DUBOIS â€” It only took DuBois five innings to take down the Punxsutawney Little League baseball All-Stars Sunday, 11-1.
DuBois' eight-run third inning put the game out of reach, and it walked away the victor as Nick Labrasca hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.
Although Punxsy recorded only three hits on the night, manager Joe DiPietro still had positive things to say about his team's effort.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite a 7-2 lead at the end of the three innings, the Punxsutawney Minor League baseball All-Stars were eliminated from the tournament Sunday after a 15-14 loss to Brookville. A late push by Brookville led the team to victory, as it scored thirteen runs in the final two innings.
"They were hitting the ball, finding the gaps and putting the ball in play," Punxsy manager Eric Britton said. "It just snowballed on us."
Kate Horner pitched three no-hit innings, and Grace Aikens relieved her with two perfect innings, helping Punxsy cruise to an 12-0 victory in five innings Friday over Ridgway in the losers' bracket of the Minor League softball All-Star tournament in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy manager Steve White was very pleased with the way his girls pitched.
"They pitched with a lot more confidence tonight," he said. "I felt that they found the strike zone early and were able to build off that."
Horner, Punxsy's starting pitcher, struggled a bit with her control, walking one batter and hitting four.
ST. MARYS â€” The game seemed to be slipping away from Punxsy in the bottom of the third inning Friday night when St. Marys scored four runs on three hits and three errors. But Punxsy fought back to send the game to extra innings and won 6-4 in nine in Minor League baseball All-Star action in St. Marys.
"That was a fun one," Punxsy manager Eric Britton said. "It was pretty nerve-wracking. I've coached and managed a lot of games, and that was probably one of the best I've ever been involved with."
When I exited The Punxsutawney Spirit building following an interview for the vacant sports writer job in October 2006, I climbed into my car and flipped on my iPod as I began my 2 1/2-hour drive back to my hometown of Erie.
The iPod, which was set on shuffle at that particular moment, began to play "Dawn of a New Day," a song by my favorite band, In Flames.
Already feeling good about how well the interview went, the random appearance of this song made it clear to me: I got the job.
Fast-forward to nearly five years later, and the next step of my life is a week away from starting.
BROCKWAY â€” Punxsy pitchers Andrew Britton and Ethan Blose threw a combined one-hitter, and Punxsy received an offensive spark from Derek Huey, who was 2-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run and six RBIs, to defeat Brockway, 10-0, in four innings in Minor League baseball All-Star action Thursday at Brockway.
Brockway was eliminated from the tournament with the loss, and Punxsy will play St. Marys at 6 p.m. tonight in St. Marys.
Tonight's game will be a rematch from the tournament's first round, a game Punxsy lost, 10-4, at home.
HYDE â€” John J. Fisher Post 62 of Punxsutawney finished the Jefferson County American Legion regular season strong and is prepared for the postseason following a 10-1 victory Thursday night at Clearfield.
Punxsy scored during every inning but one and received solid pitching from Braedon Pennington and Jamie Bush to complete the regular season on a five-game winning streak.
Punxsy's last regular season game was scheduled for tonight, but Reynoldsville forfeited the rest of its season, giving Punxsy a final record of 12-4.
DUBOIS â€” DuBois jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and scored at least one run every inning after that to defeat Punxsy, 11-0, in Senior League All-Star action Thursday night in DuBois.
With the win, DuBois advances to the winners' bracket final and will play at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bradford.
Punxsy will play in the losers' bracket against Brockway at 4 p.m. Saturday in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy's Lauren Wolfe pitched all five innings, allowing 11 runs, but most of the damage was done in the first inning when each DuBois hitter made solid contact, and DuBois batted around.
DUBOIS â€” DuBois scored 11 runs on seven hits in the fifth inning, and Riley Assalone allowed only four hits to defeat Punxsy, 17-5 in five innings Wednesday, and advanced to the District 10 Little League softball All-Stars final against the winner of tonight's Ridgway/Bradford game.
Punxsy had three errors in the fifth inning and could have gotten out of the high-scoring inning much earlier, but DuBois took advantage of the errors with three hits and aggressive base running.