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Punxsy battles back to win season finale over Indiana 12-8

July 7, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Things looked bleak for the Punxsy Fezell Enterprises Junior Legion baseball team when the Indiana Lions scored eight runs in the top of the fourth inning, but Punxsy bounced back with six runs of its own and held Indiana scoreless for the final three frames to win 12-8 Wednesday in Punxsutawney.

Behind two homers, Punxsy Legion advances

July 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Brodi Lowmaster's powerful pitching and John J Fisher Post 62 of Punxsutawney's lethal lineup were on display Tuesday night at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.

Lowmaster struck out nine through five innings, and both Tyler Skerkavich and Braedon Pennington hit convincing home runs during Punxsy's 13-2 victory over the Clearfield Chiefs in the first round of the Jefferson County American Legion baseball playoffs.

Punxsy tops St. Marys, earns rematch with DuBois

July 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With Tuesday night's down- to-the-wire win over St. Marys, the Punxsy Little League baseball All-Stars earned another shot at DuBois.

Punxsy, which dropped to the losers' bracket with an 11-1 loss in five innings to DuBois last Sunday, scored nine runs during the first three innings and made some clutch plays defensively Tuesday to edge St. Marys, 10-8.

Punxsy comeback falls short against St. Marys

July 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the game tied at two, St. Marys scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning and never looked back, going on to defeat Punxsy 7-5 in the Minor League softball All-Star tournament Tuesday night in Punxsutawney.

"That was the one bad inning we had," Punxsy manager Steve White said. "We had some walks, and we threw the ball around a bit. It was good to see that we were able to fight through it, regroup and fight and claw back. It obviously just wasn't enough, though."

Punxsy's Cappella wins NHSCA wrestling title

July 5, 2011

HARRISBURG — Punxsy rising senior Neko Cappella has been part of the Chucks' Big Three of wrestlers alongside 2011 graduate Kody Young and soon-to-be senior Seth Spack the past few years, but he never experienced the glory of winning a district or regional title like his accomplished grappling counterparts.

Until now.

Cappella won a national title at the National High School Coaches Association Open Nationals Wrestling Tournament during the weekend of May 7 in Harrisburg. Finally, the monkey was off Cappella's back.

Punxsy defeated by DuBois in five innings

July 5, 2011

DUBOIS — It only took DuBois five innings to take down the Punxsutawney Little League baseball All-Stars Sunday, 11-1.

DuBois' eight-run third inning put the game out of reach, and it walked away the victor as Nick Labrasca hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.

Although Punxsy recorded only three hits on the night, manager Joe DiPietro still had positive things to say about his team's effort.

Punxsy eliminated at the hands of Brookville, 15-14

July 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite a 7-2 lead at the end of the three innings, the Punxsutawney Minor League baseball All-Stars were eliminated from the tournament Sunday after a 15-14 loss to Brookville. A late push by Brookville led the team to victory, as it scored thirteen runs in the final two innings.

"They were hitting the ball, finding the gaps and putting the ball in play," Punxsy manager Eric Britton said. "It just snowballed on us."

Horner, Aikens combine for Punxsy no-hitter

July 2, 2011

Kate Horner pitched three no-hit innings, and Grace Aikens relieved her with two perfect innings, helping Punxsy cruise to an 12-0 victory in five innings Friday over Ridgway in the losers' bracket of the Minor League softball All-Star tournament in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy manager Steve White was very pleased with the way his girls pitched.

"They pitched with a lot more confidence tonight," he said. "I felt that they found the strike zone early and were able to build off that."

Horner, Punxsy's starting pitcher, struggled a bit with her control, walking one batter and hitting four.

Punxsy battles back, wins in extra innings

July 2, 2011

ST. MARYS — The game seemed to be slipping away from Punxsy in the bottom of the third inning Friday night when St. Marys scored four runs on three hits and three errors. But Punxsy fought back to send the game to extra innings and won 6-4 in nine in Minor League baseball All-Star action in St. Marys.

"That was a fun one," Punxsy manager Eric Britton said. "It was pretty nerve-wracking. I've coached and managed a lot of games, and that was probably one of the best I've ever been involved with."

Walk Talk - A Dawn of a New Day

July 2, 2011

When I exited The Punxsutawney Spirit building following an interview for the vacant sports writer job in October 2006, I climbed into my car and flipped on my iPod as I began my 2 1/2-hour drive back to my hometown of Erie.

The iPod, which was set on shuffle at that particular moment, began to play "Dawn of a New Day," a song by my favorite band, In Flames.

Already feeling good about how well the interview went, the random appearance of this song made it clear to me: I got the job.

Fast-forward to nearly five years later, and the next step of my life is a week away from starting.

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