Archive - Sports Article
August 9th, 2013
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.
The Miners' Braedon Pennington's (pictured) talents at the mound and plate powered Rossiter to a 1-0 shutout over Denny's Beer Barrel Pub Thursday night at Clearfield High School. In addition to throwing all seven innings for a shutout, Pennington blasted a solo home run to notch the only run scored on the night. Pete Meterko, Kyle Neal, Rick Bishop, Garrett Zimmerman and Jordan Mesoraco each recorded a hit for the winning squad, as well. With the win, the Miners took a 1-0 lead over Denny's in the best-of-seven Federation League semi-finals.
CORRY â€” Make it two! That's two banners for the 9- and 10-year-old softball All-Star team and two Punxsy teams who this season made it to the state level in the Little League All-Star tournaments.
Thursday night, Punxsy picked up a 13-3, four-inning victory over Mid-East/Titusville, which it had defeated in the opening round in a 2-1 contest, to claim the Section 1 title and earn a berth to States â€”Â which will be held next week in Thorndale, Pa.
CORRY â€” The competition just gets steeper as a team progresses through the Little League All-Star tournament, but as was the case with the 11- and 12-year-old softball All-Stars this year, it seems Punxsy's squads just keep getting stronger, as well, as the 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars downed a tough Union City team in the Section 1 winners' bracket final by a score of 10-2 Wednesday to earn an always-important day off and advance to the finals.
While Punxsy put up 10 runs, Punxsy head coach Brad Gigliotti said it was the defense that stood out the most throughout the game.
Pete Meterko was a dominant force at the plate Tuesday night, going 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, as the Rossiter Miners downed Brookville to advance in the Federation League playoffs.
For the full re-cap, see Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.