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CINCINNATI â€” The 2010 success of Punxsy native Devin Mesoraco has earned the baseball player some Cincinnati Reds hardware.
Mesoraco, who swiftly advanced from Class A to Class AAA this past summer, won the Chief Bender Award as the franchise's Minor League Player of the Year for 2010 at Redsfest Friday night in Cincinnati.
Mesoraco, a 2007 first-round draft pick of the Reds, started the year at the Class A Advanced Lynchburg Hillcats. After hitting .335 with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs through 43 games, he was promoted to the Class AA Carolina Mudcats.
WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. â€” A trio of Punxsutawney Area High School cross country runners traveled to Wappingers Falls, N.Y., to compete in the Nike Cross Country Regional meet Nov. 27.
This was the fourth year for the event, which serves as a qualifying race for the Nike Cross Nationals, which take place today in Portland, Ore.
Competing in the open race were Punxsy seniors A.J. Meterko and Milea Schall, along with sophomore Alexis Young.
Members of the 2010 Punxsy girls' cross country team were recognized for their contributions at the annual banquet Nov. 22. Pictured are (front, from left) Kayla Carpenter; Heidi Rodgers, most improved; Juliann Boddorf, most seasonal bests and second team all-district; Tamera Anthony; Alexis Young, most improved and first team all-district; (back) Kirsten Dean; Hannah Rummel; Bethany Beatty; Heather Heitzenrater; and Milea Schall, most outstanding runner and first team all-district. Missing from the photo is Shannon Byerly, first team all-district. (Photo submitted)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With three starters gone from a team that played just five or six players nearly every game last year, the Punxsy girls' basketball team is concentrating on working hard to improve with new faces expected to play vital roles this season.
Gone are Amber Fye and Megan McCully, who each graduated this past June. Also, senior Hannah Neal â€” last year's leading scorer at 12.0 points per game â€” isn't playing this season, meaning seniors Shawnna Crago and Jenna Reitz are this year's only returning starters.
Frank Johnston (second from left), of Punxsy, bagged this 175-pound, nine-point buck â€” his first â€” at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday in Bell Township. Pictured are (from left) Antonio Thorp, Johnston, Zachary Thorp and Carol Johnston. (Photo by Tracy Smith/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
Tim Huber, 50, of Smicksburg, shot his first bear Nov. 22 in the Smicksburg area. The bear weighed 353 pounds. (Photo submitted)
Scott Howard (left) and his son Brycen Howard (right), both of Punxsy, each shot a buck Monday morning in Perry Township. Scottâ€™s is 180 pounds, has eight points and an 18-inch spread and occurred at 7:30 a.m., and Brycenâ€™s first-ever buck is 150 pounds, has eight points and occurred at 8 a.m. Also pictured is Scottâ€™s other son, Logan. (Photo by Tracy Smith/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
The following are the Punxsy volleyball team's letter winners, as announced at the team's annual banquet Nov. 21 at Gimmick's.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy boys' basketball team â€” which features a half-dozen football players â€” is looking to use the school's football success as a jumping-off point in 2010-2011, rather than worrying about last year's struggles on the hardword.
The Chucks finished 4-17 overall in 2009-2010, including 0-12 in the D9 League. But rather than looking back to last season, Punxsy has its sights set on the year at hand under first-year head coach Dirk Neal