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April 27th, 2011

Dutch down Chucks in weather-shortened match

April 28, 2011

ST. MARYS — The Punxsy boys' tennis team was unable to surmount St. Marys or the weather during the Dutch's 4-2 victory Wednesday at home over the Chucks.

Punxsy (3-4) lost three of five singles matches and dropped the No. 2 doubles match before rain put an end to the final three doubles matches.

St. Marys, the reigning District IX Class AA Team Champion, improved to 6-2 with the victory.

April 26th

Varsity softball suspended due to rain; JVs win 5-0

April 26, 2011

WINGATE — A pitchers' duel was ruined due to rain, as the Punxsy and Bald Eagle varsity softball teams were unable to complete a 1-1 game Tuesday afternoon.

With the contest tied at one through four innings, lightning paused the game before a downpour stopped the game. Punxsy manager Alan Pifer was unsure if the game will continue at a later date.

Punxsy senior Shawnna Crago pitched four innings and allowed one run on one hit with one walk and one strikeout. She also scored Punxsy's only run of the game.

YET ANOTHER RAIN OUT

April 26, 2011

April 25th

The Walk Talk Ten

April 25, 2011

1. Thursday is going to be a monumental day for 32 players and their families once they receive the call from an NFL representative to confirm that they are a first-round draft pick. Then, once they wake up Friday, a sad reality will set in that they aren't getting paid and won't be able to do what they were drafted to do — play football — indefinitely.

April 24th

Three Lady Chucks win at Indiana Invite

April 25, 2011

INDIANA — Punxsy's Alexis Young, Santana Smith, Karah Hollis took advantage of nice weather last Thursday at the Indiana Area girls' 9th and 10th grade track meet to win individual championships.

Young finished first in the 1,600-meter run (5:43), while Hollis earned wins in the 100-meter (13.0) and 200-meter dash (28.00) and Smith won the shot put (30-2).

Barry Young, head coach of the Lady Chucks, said this was a breakthrough performance for Hollis.

Young Chucks perform well at Indiana Invite

April 24, 2011

INDIANA — Punxsy's boys' track and field head coach John Smith expected a tough meet for his 9th and 10th graders last Thursday at Indiana.

Faced with some of the top competition from the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) and District VI, the Chucks had three athletes place second.

The top three competitors in each event medaled, while anyone who finished fourth, fifth or sixth earned a ribbon.Nathan Ward (800-meter run 1,600-meter run), Dylan Lettie (300 hurdles) and Jesse Reichard (long jump and triple jump) were the Chucks' top finishers.

April 22nd

MESORACO WATCH

April 23, 2011

Devin Mesoraco, a 2007 baseball state champion at Punxsutawney Area High School, struggled during the second week of his Class AAA season with the Louisville Bats, managing three hits in 18 at-bats.

The Bats didn't do much better, going 2-4 during that span before witnessing a rainout Friday against the Columbus Clippers.

Mesoraco's average dipped to .256 in this young season after a 3-for-18 (.167) week. He still reached base in four of the five games he played this week.

PLAY OF THE WEEK

April 23, 2011

Punxsy senior Shawnna Crago stands on first base after hitting a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday against DuBois. The hit, which is this week's Play of the Week, broke a 4-4 tie and helped the Lady Chucks beat the Lady Beavers, 6-4.

April 21st

Lady Chucks come from behind to beat DuBois, 6-4

April 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy softball team lost three regular-season games last year, and two of them were to DuBois.

This season, an 0-2 record against the Lady Beavers just wasn't going to fly for the Lady Chucks.

Punxsy (5-0) overcame a 4-1 deficit, tied the game in the fourth inning and pulled ahead for good during a 6-4 victory over DuBois (3-1) in a battle of undefeated District IX powerhouses Thursday afternoon at Harry Noerr Field in Punxsutawney.

Chucks respond to Wednesday's loss to down Rovers

April 21, 2011

BROCKWAY — The Punxsy boys' tennis team bounced back from Wednesday's 6-3 loss in DuBois with a 9-0 victory Thursday in Brockway to even its record at 3-3.

A constant line that Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley mentioned was his team's ability to respond to various situations Thursday after struggling Wednesday.

"(This win is) a big confidence builder," Heigley said. "We made the adjustments at the right time. We didn't make as many mistakes that we've had in previous matches."

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