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May 10th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Tuesday was a bittersweet Senior Recognition Day for the Punxsy boys' track and field team, as the Chucks defeated District VI Hollidaysburg and lost to District IX Class AAA rival Bradford to conclude the regular season.
Punxsy (5-4) handled the Golden Tigers, 95-55, and was defeated by the Owls, 105-45.
The Chucks competed without distance-running senior Tom Wagner and junior Brody Morgan, who has by far been the team's finest thrower this season. Without them, Bradford earned every throwing point but one and was victorious in the 4x800-meter relay.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Once Williamsport figured out Punxsy starting pitcher Shawnna Crago Tuesday afternoon, the Lady Chucks' softball team couldn't contain the Lady Millionares' offense.
District VI Williamsport (12-4) used a five-run, seven-hit fifth inning to rally past Punxsy (8-3) and won 9-4 on the Lady Chucks' Senior Recognition Day.
Punxsy manager Alan Pifer said the fifth inning was the turning point.
STATE COLLEGE â€” State College scored five runs in the first inning, and the Punxsy baseball team's record dropped to 6-6 following a 10-4 defeat Monday in State College.
The Chucks â€” who scored eight runs in their final at-bat to beat the Little Lions, 12-11, April 7 in Punxsutawney â€” were unable to rally for the victory Monday. They cut the lead to 5-2 and 7-4 Monday, but never crept any closer.
DUBOIS â€” Punxsutawney was denied an individual title for the fourth consecutive year, as seniors Dave Roberts and Adam Murdock fell short in the District IX Class AAA Boys' Tennis Singles Tournament Monday in DuBois.
Both Roberts and Murdock were eliminated by a DuBois player, as the Beavers' duo of Palmer Casteel and Trey Gilmore advanced to the final. Casteel, DuBois' No. 2 player, ultimately won the championship by the scores of 2-6, 6-0, 6-4.
1. How come there aren't more fans at the Punxsy baseball and softball games? I know April was uncharacteristically wet, but for a free game, much more than a couple dozen people should be in attendance every night. The Chucks have won seven-straight district titles, and the Lady Chucks are in search of their fourth straight. Combined, the two teams have lost just once at home and play on the nicest fields in the district. Come on people, show some support.
ERIE â€” When Punxsutawney native Katie Monoskey arrived at Penn State-Behrend three years ago, the Lions' track and field team didn't have a hammer thrower.
Head coach Greg Cooper, who recruited Monoskey, approached her to see if she would be interested in competing in the event.
Monoskey had experience in the three high school throwing events â€” discus, shot put and javelin â€” and wasn't against trying new things. She also wanted to focus on something more than the discus, which was her favorite event at the time.
DUBOISâ€” Punxsy softball had a two run lead and was three outs away from beating DuBois Saturday, but couldn't hold on and fell 5-4.
Shawnna Crago pitched for the Lady Chucks, struck out five batters and walked four over 6 1/3 innings pitched.
Two of Crago's walks were intentional.
Hannah Neal and Taylor Powell both drove in runs for Punxsy.
The Lady Chucks (8-2) led throughout and had a strong showing at the plate.
In the first inning, Punxsy took a 2-0 lead after Neal scored on a wild pitch and Powell drove in Ashley Barenchik on a sacrifice fly.
ALTOONAâ€” Competing against some of the best competition Punxsutawney girls' track and field has faced all season Saturday in Altoona at the 62nd Annual West Central Coaches Invitational, senior Milea Schall proved she was one of the best.
Schall won the 3,200-meter run (11:39.48), giving the Punxsy its only champion at the event.
Punxsy competed against 55 schools, 17 from Class AAAA or AAA schools, with 38 Class AA school competing.
Schall also was a member of the 4x800 relay team, which finished in seventh place.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For as well as junior Randa Depp pitched Friday against Clearfield, it doesn't appear as if the Punxsy softball team will be suffering through a losing streak anytime soon.
Depp pitched her second complete-game shutout against at District IX Class AAA opponent this week, and the Lady Chucks bounced back from their first defeat this season with a 7-0 victory over the Lady Bisons.
The junior followed up her last start â€” which was a three-hit shutout of St. Marys Monday â€” by recording a four-hitter Friday. She didn't walk a batter and struck out four.
Punxsutawney baseball standout and Cincinnati Reds prospect Devin Mesoraco reached base eight times during six games this past week while batting .250 with the Class AAA Louisville Bats.
Mesoraco, who is a 2007 first-round draft pick with the Reds, once again saw his batting average dip below .300 after the week.
Through 25 games this season, the slugger is hitting .293 with three home runs and 12 RBIs. After hitting three home runs and driving in eight during his first eight games, Mesoraco has not hit a home run and has four RBIs in his last 17 games since that hot start.