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May 19th, 2011
BROOKVILLE â€” Six Punxsy athletes are headed to next Friday and Saturday's state championships in Shippensburg after they won at the District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championships Thursday in Brookville.
A.J. Meterko followed through on his multiple No.1 seedings by winning both the 800- and 1,600-meter dashes.
Meterko, a senior, edged DuBois junior J.J. Clinchoc â€” 2:02.04 to 2:02.84 â€” in the 800 run and held off St. Marys junior Gideon Woelfel â€” 4:30.04 to 4:33.64 â€” in the 1,600 run.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney's Tyler Skerkavich is moving from one successful baseball program to another, as the senior will attend Frederick Community College in Maryland to play for the Cougars, who were recently ranked the No. 1 National Junior College Athletic Association Division II school in the nation.
The Cougars, who finished the season with a 43-7 record and a No. 10 ranking in the national poll, were ranked in the top 20 in the nation over the past 13 years. That includes five trips to the NJCAA Division II World Series and one trip to the national title game in 2002.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Senior A.J. Meterko, junior Kevin Byars and the Punxsy boys' track and field team's 4x800 relay squad enter Thursday's District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championship meet in Brookville as the Chucks' No. 1 seeds.
Meterko has the best shot of heading to states, as individually, he is seeded No. 1 in two events and No. 2 in another.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' track and field team's strength in numbers in the distance events will be a key at Thursday's District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championship meet in Brookville.
Punxsy senior Milea Schall, a two-time cross country district champion, is the top seed in the 3,200-meter run. She is Punxsy's best shot at sending a competitor to next weekend's state championships.
Schall's seeded time of 11:39.48 is more than a half-minute better than Bradford senior Myriah Wiseman (12:13.90). Not too far behind is another Punxsy senior â€” Shannon Byerly (12:22.74).
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€“ Punxsy baseball coach Mike Dickey said anyone who comes to watch the Chucks play this season needs to keep one thing in mind about his team.
Punxsy isn't a team where any opponent can feel safe with its lead.
After failing behind 8-0 in the second inning, the Chucks (8-7) scored 21 runs over the next five innings to earn a five-inning, 21-11 mercy rule decision over Hollidaysburg Monday.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” Three swings of the bat by Punxsy's softball team was provided nine of the Lady Chucks' softball teams 11 runs in a six-inning, mercy rule decision over District VI Hollidaysburg Monday in Punxsy.
Shawnna Crago and Ashley Barenchik both crushed grand slams with Crago's home run ending the game in the sixth. Taylor Powell also hit a home run to give Punxsy a 1-0 lead in the first.
1. It was disappointing to watch the closing moments of the Punxsy-DuBois boysâ€™ tennis district team championship match last Wednesday. Iâ€™m not saying this is the reason DuBois won and Punxsy lost, but for a district title, the players on the court shouldnâ€™t be deciding if balls are in or out of bounds. A lot of credit goes to Punxsy, and Dave Roberts in particular, for taking the rulings as they were, not complaining and playing through it all.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's junior varsity softball used a strong pitching performance from Monica Cameron to beat Ligonier Valley 8-2 in a rain shortened, five-inning affair.
Cameron pitched all five innings, striking out two and allowing six hits.
The Lady Chucks (17-1) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed.
Cameron doubled for one of Punxsy's two extra base hits. Sydney Phillips also tripled. Punxsy scored its eight runs on six hits.
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.