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May 16th, 2013
BROOKVILLE â€” First-place finishers for the Chucks and Lady Chucks at the District IX Championships included:
â€¢ Juliann Boddorf, girls' 400-meter dash;
â€¢ Alexis Minich, girls' shot put and girls' discus;
â€¢ Perry Arrington, boys' pole vault;
â€¢ Thomas Renwick, boys' long jump;
â€¢ Jordan London, boys' discus.
For a full recap from the championships, see Saturday's print edition of The Spirit.
The Punxsy Lady Chucks honored eight seniors during their "Senior Day" pre-game festivities.
The eight Lady Chucks included (from left) Ashley Bacha with parents Randy and Beth Bacha; Lauren Ball with parents Doug and Andrea Ball; Monica Cameron with father Don Cameron; Chelsea Engeholm with mother Janet Engeholm; Sarah London with parents David and Mary Kay London; Mary Sloniger with parents Jim and Sandy Sloniger; Ashley Walls with parents Jerry and Michelle Walls and Lauren Wolfe with parents Bill and Melinda Wolfe.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In an afternoon which felt more like late October than mid May, the Punxsy softball team saw one of its two toughest innings of the season on Monday.
Trailing 3-2, the visiting Lady Tigers of Hollidaysburg capitalized on three Punxsy errors and added some hard hits at the plate to score 10 times to spoil "Senior Day" by a 14-4 final score.
"We lengthened it (the inning) for them. They hit the ball hard as well," noted Lady Chucks' head coach Alan Pifer. "They capitalized on everything."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Balls take some odd bounces and the Chucks experienced a handful of these early in the baseball game on Wednesday.
Punxsy did not let the early deficit dictate its game by putting together a game-deciding seven-run third inning to overtake rival DuBois, 10-6, in Punxsutawney.
The Chucks (11-5) victory gave them the season series sweep of the Beavers (12-4). Punxsy claimed a 3-1 road decision on April 17.
"We got some bad hops early and the ball found some holes," pointed out Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey. "All-in-all, it was a good win against a good baseball team."
DUBOIS â€” It is always tough to face a team that is red hot.
This was the challenge the Punxsy softball squad had on its plate on Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Chucks were able to take an early one-run lead before the hot-playing Lady Beavers answered with three runs and never trailed again for a 6-3 victory in DuBois.
The victory was DuBois (10-4) ninth in a row.
The Lady Beavers last defeat came at the hands of the Lady Chucks (11-4) on April 17 by a 1-0 final.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For the first time in recent seasons, Punxsy was able to defeat Bradford in a boys' track and field dual meet.
The Chucks swept the three relays and won four of the seven field events including sweeping the discus to clip the Owls, 80-70, and complete a perfect dual meet season on Senior Day for nine seniors.
The nine Punxsy seniors enjoying victory in their final home dual meet included Alex Bevak, Will Boddorf, Austin Couser, Will Harmon, Dylan Lettie, Jordan London, Zach Minich, Jesse Reichard and Nate Ward.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Talent dots the Lady Chucks track and field roster but high numbers of athletes does not.
In the final dual matchup of the spring season, visiting Bradford used its team depth to produce a close but victory nonetheless of 87-63 over Punxsy on Tuesday afternoon.
The six Punxsy seniors giving their utmost for their final home dual meet included Alyson Dickey, Heather Giavedoni, Aleya Hanna, Karah Hollis, Santana Smith and Alexis Young.
ALTOONA â€” It is always nice to sweep a school more than twice your size.
A big five-run fifth inning powered Punxsy over host Altoona, 7-2, to sweep the season series.
The Lady Chucks won the contest on their home field, 10-5, on April 11.
"We started out slow. We hit the ball, just didn't find holes or string any hits together until the fifth," explained Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer. "Ashley Bacha did a good job keeping us in the game until then."
ST. MARYS â€” When given an opportunity, it is important to grab it with both hands and take advantage.
Punxsy sophomore Shaina Painter took hold of her opportunity in a big way Thursday afternoon.
Leading 1-0 in the top of the sixth, Painter laced a pinch hit two-run single to triple the Lady Chucks lead to 3-0.
Punxsy would need each of those two tallies driven in by Painter as host St. Marys plated two runs in the sixth. The Lady Chucks' pitcher Ashley Bacha would give nothing more to the Lady Dutch to take Round 2 of the District IX foes, 3-2.
BRADFORD â€” A long road trip always goes faster and is much more enjoyable after a resounding victory.
The Lady Chucks blistered the host Lady Owls, 20-1 for the 15-run four-inning mercy rule in Bradford on Tuesday.
Punxsy produced four scores to open the contest before each team pushed across a single second-inning tally for a 5-1 score.
The Lady Chucks exploded for nine runs in the third before adding a decisive six more to earn the going away 20-1 win.
Punxsy (8-2) posted 15 hits coming from nine different players on the roster.