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April 15th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When Punxsy senior Ashley Barenchik rounded first base Thursday during the fifth inning of a tie game with Altoona, she wasn't sure if she would make it to second.
Barenchik compensated for what ended up being an extremely close play at second base by sliding head first, and that extra effort led to her being safe for the double.
Barenchik's determination to get into scoring position led to her scoring the go-ahead run later that inning to help the Lady Chucks improve to 3-0 with a 5-4 victory Thursday over Altoona.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With one of its biggest opponents on the schedule, State College, in town, the Punxsy boys' and girls' track and field teams were more focused on personal best times, distances and heights than individual victories Thursday at Jack LaMarca Memorial Stadium.
State College controlled both of Punxsy's squads â€” the girls won 115-35, and the boys were 105-45 victors â€” but the Chucks and Lady Chucks were still pleased with their performance.
ST. MARYS â€” The Punxsy boys' tennis team won four of five singles matches en route to its second consecutive victory Thursday afternoon, 5-4, over Elk County Catholic in St. Marys.
Upon taking a 4-1 lead, the Chucks' No. 1 doubles tandem won to clinch the victory.
"It was a good test and a good win. You can see the team's confidence when we're playing," Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said. "We really dominated the singles, which was kind of nice."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Now that he's completed a career as Punxsutawney Area High School's winningest wrestler, senior Kody Young is prepared to take the next step.
Young, who finished with 143 victories and the second-most falls in District IX history, signed with Division II Mercyhurst College Wednesday.
Young was interested in Division I schools Edinboro University and Clarion University, but ultimately chose Mercyhurst with a physical therapy major.
Punxsy coach and Young's father, Buddy Young, said that his son is a good fit at Mercyhurst, which is led by head coach Mike Wehler.
The Punxsy cheerleaders held a luau-themed "Cheer Night in Paradise" awards banquet last Saturday at the B.P.O. Elks. Pictured are the varsity cheerleaders (front, from left): Marcy Farmery, Samantha Caylor, Kissy Wright, coach Julie Baun; (back) Erin Butler, Brooke Grove, Morgain Holeva, Mariah Hicks, Holly Waltman and Kristen Mack. (Photo by Tracy Smith/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With cold, windy and rainy conditions constantly bearing down on the Punxsy and St. Marys girls' track and field teams Tuesday afternoon at Jack LaMarca Memorial Stadium, sometimes, regardless of ability, the group with a greater will to win in harsh situations comes out on top.
Tuesday, the team that overcame the weather was the Lady Chucks, who handled the Lady Dutch, 95-55, to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Punxsy first-year head coach Barry Young said that staying upbeat helped his girls win big Tuesday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The standout performances of senior runner A.J. Meterko and junior thrower Brody Morgan have been vital to the Punxsy boys' track and field team's success this season. Tuesday, quality times, distances and heights from other members of the Chucks were also an important part of the squad's 91-59 victory over St. Marys.
St. Marys kept things close in most of the events, but Punxsy (3-0) earned a 53-34 victory on the track and a 38-25 win in the field thanks to depth throughout.
BROOKVILLE â€” Brookville boys' track and field head coach Dan Murdock knows that senior Dylan Buffington works hard.
Tuesday afternoon, Buffington pushed himself and won the 100-meter dash, was a member of the 4x100 relay team that won and finished second in the 800-meter run.
While Murdock said he was proud of his performance on the track, he also noted what he left on the field.
"Buff always works so hard. He ran until he threw up on the field today," Murdock said with a laugh. "He ran a few good races today, and he has qualified for districts in the 800."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy baseball team has been a notoriously slow starter the past few years.
When the Chucks won the state title in 2007, they followed a 6-5 start by winning 10 of their final 12 games. Last year, Punxsy's seventh-straight District IX Class AAA Championship team started 3-7.
Monday, in a change from years past, Punxsy continued its quick start behind home runs by Tyler Skerkavich and Ty Zimmerman when it improved to 4-0 after a 16-9 victory over Class AAAA DuBois.