Archive - Sports Article
March 29th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After witnessing the Punxsy varsity baseball team's 12-run first inning during its 16-1 win in four innings over Kittanning Tuesday, it was easy to reminisce about a similarly successful first inning that came from the 2008 Punxsutawney Junior Legion team, which featured a number of this year's varsity Chucks.
ST. MARYS â Nineteen Punxsy girls scored at least a point during the Lady Chucks' track and field team's 76 1/2-73 1/2 victory over Elk County Catholic Tuesday in St. Marys.
The Lady Crusaders are one of the premier Class AA programs in District IX, and first-year head coach Barry Young was proud of his team's season-opening win.
"It was a quality win over a quality opponent," Young said. "Spreading those third-place finishes around really helped."
Punxsy (1-0) won two of three relays and earned seven first-place finishes in individual events.
ST. MARYS â The Punxsy boys' track and field team won five of the seven field events during a 83-67 victory over Elk County Catholic Tuesday in St. Marys.
"We did what we had to do early in the season," Punxsy head coach John Smith said. "It was a close meet, as we expected, and we did well despite the cold weather."
Punxsy was dominant in the field, led by junior Brody Morgan, who won all three throwing events.
Morgan took first in the discus (117-2), javelin (141-9) and shot put (46-3 1/2).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Senior Shawnna Crago needed just one game to step out as one of the Punxsy softball team's leaders Monday.
Crago, Punxsy's starting pitcher and one of the squad's four captains, hit a three-run home run and struck out seven over three perfect innings to lead the Lady Chucks to a 12-0 victory in five innings over Bradford.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It wasn't pretty, but first-year manager Mike Dickey will take the Punxsy baseball team's 5-3 victory over Bradford in the season-opener Monday at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.
"We don't give back wins," Dickey said. "There are no style points."
The Chucks led 4-0 through three innings before Punxsy's miscues on the base paths and errors in the field allowed the Owls to make things interesting.
Bradford had the tying run on first base during the final inning, but Punxsy relief pitcher Dane Baker induced a fly out to left field that ended the Owls' threat.
DUBOIS â Punxsy boys' tennis coach Todd Heigley feels that his team was only a few unforced errors away from beating DuBois Central Catholic in their opener Monday afternoon.
The Chucks lost late leads and a match in a tiebreaker, which may have given them a chance at victory.
But Punxsy (0-1) couldn't pick up enough wins and fell 6-3 at DuBois Central Catholic (1-0).
WILKES-BARRE â Two of Punxsutawney's three wrestlers are still competing after Day One of the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.
Kaleb Young, a state runner-up the past two years, has once again advanced to the championship semifinals after a 2-0 day Friday.
Troy Peace won his first two bouts before a loss dropped him to the consolation bracket, while Josh Schuckers lost both of his matches Friday and has been eliminated.
All three of Punxsy's wrestlers are competing in the 13- and 14-year-old age division.
The Play of the Week will be put on hold until next Saturday due to the lack of Punxsutawney varsity events.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsy cross country and track and field coach George Wehrle doesn't envision seniors Milea Schall or Shannon Byerly using treadmills to stay in shape.
Both girls enjoy running outside way too much.
After successful Punxsutawney Area High School cross country and track careers, both Schall and Byerly will be taking their enjoyment of competitive running to the next level next fall.
CLARION â Led by a two-time state runner-up, a trio of Punxsy wrestlers will compete in the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship Tournament this weekend at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.
Kaleb Young, a runner-up at the PJW state tournament the past two years, will once again compete at states, which take place Friday and Saturday.
For the second-straight year, Young will be joined by Josh Schuckers and Troy Peace after all three finished within the top two places of their weight classes and age divisions at the Area V Tournament last Saturday at Clarion University.