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April 25th, 2011
1. Thursday is going to be a monumental day for 32 players and their families once they receive the call from an NFL representative to confirm that they are a first-round draft pick. Then, once they wake up Friday, a sad reality will set in that they aren't getting paid and won't be able to do what they were drafted to do â€” play football â€” indefinitely.
INDIANA â€” Punxsy's Alexis Young, Santana Smith, Karah Hollis took advantage of nice weather last Thursday at the Indiana Area girls' 9th and 10th grade track meet to win individual championships.
Young finished first in the 1,600-meter run (5:43), while Hollis earned wins in the 100-meter (13.0) and 200-meter dash (28.00) and Smith won the shot put (30-2).
Barry Young, head coach of the Lady Chucks, said this was a breakthrough performance for Hollis.
INDIANA â€” Punxsy's boys' track and field head coach John Smith expected a tough meet for his 9th and 10th graders last Thursday at Indiana.
Faced with some of the top competition from the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) and District VI, the Chucks had three athletes place second.
The top three competitors in each event medaled, while anyone who finished fourth, fifth or sixth earned a ribbon.Nathan Ward (800-meter run 1,600-meter run), Dylan Lettie (300 hurdles) and Jesse Reichard (long jump and triple jump) were the Chucks' top finishers.
Devin Mesoraco, a 2007 baseball state champion at Punxsutawney Area High School, struggled during the second week of his Class AAA season with the Louisville Bats, managing three hits in 18 at-bats.
The Bats didn't do much better, going 2-4 during that span before witnessing a rainout Friday against the Columbus Clippers.
Mesoraco's average dipped to .256 in this young season after a 3-for-18 (.167) week. He still reached base in four of the five games he played this week.
Punxsy senior Shawnna Crago stands on first base after hitting a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday against DuBois. The hit, which is this week's Play of the Week, broke a 4-4 tie and helped the Lady Chucks beat the Lady Beavers, 6-4.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy softball team lost three regular-season games last year, and two of them were to DuBois.
This season, an 0-2 record against the Lady Beavers just wasn't going to fly for the Lady Chucks.
Punxsy (5-0) overcame a 4-1 deficit, tied the game in the fourth inning and pulled ahead for good during a 6-4 victory over DuBois (3-1) in a battle of undefeated District IX powerhouses Thursday afternoon at Harry Noerr Field in Punxsutawney.
BROCKWAY â€” The Punxsy boys' tennis team bounced back from Wednesday's 6-3 loss in DuBois with a 9-0 victory Thursday in Brockway to even its record at 3-3.
A constant line that Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley mentioned was his team's ability to respond to various situations Thursday after struggling Wednesday.
"(This win is) a big confidence builder," Heigley said. "We made the adjustments at the right time. We didn't make as many mistakes that we've had in previous matches."
BROOKVILLE â€” Brookville shortstop Kelsey Heinrich and third baseman Abby Beatty shut down the left side of the infield during the Lady Raiders' 7-3 win over Karns City Thursday afternoon in Brookville.
Heinrich and Beatty gunned down eight Lady Gremlins base runners, helping Tonya Shaffer complete a one-hitter, which gave Shaffer her second varsity win.
"I'm proud that we didn't give up," Henrich said, "And that we fought back and won even though we were behind for 90 percent of the game."
DUBOIS â€” The Punxsy boys' tennis team fell behind during numerous matches and was unable to come back to win during DuBois' 6-3 victory Wednesday in DuBois.
Only two Chucks were victorious Wednesday â€” Mike Blose and Tim Pearce. Both players won a singles match and teamed up to win the No. 1 doubles contest.
(From left) Joseph Harclerode I, Joey Harclerode III and Joe Harclerode II caught this 21 3/4-inch brown trout Monday in Little Sandy Creek in Coolspring. (Photo by Tracy Smith/The Punxsutawney Spirit)