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August 15th, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Walking down the halls of Punxsutawney Area High School, you can hear the squeaking of shoes coming from the hardwood floor in the distance. The distinct noise, added to the sound "Let's go girls," can only mean one thing.
Volleyball season is here.
The encouraging words of second-year Head Coach Heather Good shows that the Lady Chucks mean business once again.
After the season the Lady Chucks had last year, expectations are very high.
After defeating Bradford Area High School in the District IX title game, Punxsy went on to lose in the first round of the playoffs.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” To say the Punxsutawney Area High School girls' soccer team wants to have a better year is an understatement.
New Head Coach Bridget Rheaume is looking to lead her young Lady Chucks team to a better record, but honing the skills is the most important part of that.
"I want to improve their skills," Rheaume said. "Hopefully, we can end up having more wins because of that."
Through three days of practice, Rheaume said that Emily and Anna Horner, Claire Smith and Courtney Huffman are among the many players that caught her eye early on.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Regardless of what level, one of the best parts of any training camp is to keep an eye on position battles. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, you have the battle between Le'Veon Bell, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman for the starting running back position. If you look at the local programs, both Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh have a quarterback competition. High school is no different, as the Chucks have a quarterback battle of their own going on.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After a long summer off, the fall sports programs are getting back into the swing of things, as the 2013-2014 school year is just around the corner. After a three-day conditioning period, as brought into effect by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, the Punxsutawney Chucks hit the field Monday for their first official practice of the season.
Head Coach Alan Nichol, said that the new rules of conditioning changed the approach he took to the first day of practice. Because of the time last week, the Chucks were able to get right into things Monday.
INDIANA â€” Growing up, young children dream of playing baseball on the big stage, with bright lights, cheering fans and enthusiastic announcers.
Unfortunately for youngsters with disabilities, the idea of playing a game of baseball seems like a daunting task. But in April of 2000, that all changed when the first Miracle League Field was completed in Rockdale County, Georgia, and it allowed children with disabilities to enjoy America's favorite pastime.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On Monday morning, the Punxsutawney Chucks get back to practice for the 2013 season. Each Friday, fans of all ages make the trip to Jack F. LaMarca Stadium to cheer on their team. Some of the younger fans dream of the day they can put on the uniform and officially call themselves a "Chuck."
While there are tackle football youth league programs in the area, another league offers an alternative style of play, while still teaching the fundamentals of the game.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The legendary coach of the UCLA Bruins, John Wooden, said it best â€” â€śDonâ€™t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.â€ť
Wooden couldnâ€™t have been more spot-on with his famous quote.
No matter what you want to do, you canâ€™t give up on it.
For me, I realized my dream at a young age.
With having no memory of my parents still being married, I always tried to mirror both of them growing up.
Since I can remember, my mother was always reading some piece of literature.
The Sykesville Senators have taken a 1-0 series lead over the Rossiter Miners in the best-of-seven Federation League Finals with a 6-3 win Tuesday night at the Reynoldsville American Legion Field. The contest was even at 3-3 after three innings before the Senators scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Then, big-time slugger Kasey Clinton sealed the win for Sykesville with a solo home run in the sixth inning.
Punxsy's 9- and 10-year-old softball All-Stars opened their state tournament on Wednesday evening against West Point. Punxsy fell to the formidable West Point by a final score of 4-0. Brianna Hoover (pictured above) and Kendal Johnston had hits for Punxsy, and Johnston also pitched a solid game, allowing just three hits and striking out eight. "I'm proud of the girls," said Punxsy coach Brad Gigliotti. "West Point is traditionally one of the tougher programs in the state.
Tuesday night, the Rossiter Miners completed a four-game sweep of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub â€” the Federation League regular season top seed â€” in the semi-finals to advance to the finals.
The Miners are unsure who they will play, as the series between the Sykesville Senators and the DuBois Rockets is still going on.
For a full recap of the game, see Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.