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Four Chucks selected as District IX baseball All-Stars

June 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Four Chucks were named to the District IX Northern Allegany Baseball Large School All-Star team, including two Punxsy players who nearly broke school records with the Chucks.

Seniors Brodi Lowmaster (outfield), Jordan Mesoraco (catcher), Tyler Skerkavich (designated hitter) and sophomore Ty Zimmerman (second baseman) were each honored as district All-Stars after they led the Chucks to their eighth consecutive District IX Class AAA Championship and berth in the state quarterfinals.

Spirit readers get to pick Spring Sports MVPs

June 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With more than 3,500 votes counted for The Punxsutawney Spirit's first-ever 2010-2011 Fall and Winter Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Players, the public will now have an opportunity to choose the initial 2011 Spring Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Players.

Two athletes have been chosen from each of Punxsy's five spring sports: Baseball, boys' tennis, boys' track and field, girls' track and field and softball.

Readers will have a chance to decide one boy among six and one girl among four to create one winner for each gender.

The Walk Talk Ten

June 13, 2011

1. Although both the Punxsy baseball and softball teams fell a few wins short of a state title, the success of the teams they lost to year after year is astounding. The Lady Chucks lost to Valley, which just reached the state final Monday after Caitlyn Neeler threw a no-hitter during a 1-0 victory over Bellefonte in the semifinals. Neeler held Punxsy to just two hits — both by senior Kristen Fedder — during a 1-0 win. The Chucks lost 6-1 to Northern York last week, and the Polar Bears are in the final, too, after they upset undefeated WPIAL Champion Elizabeth Forward, 6-4.

Chucks' pitcher in question entering quarterfinals

June 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Senior right-hander Joe Pisano has proven to be the Punxsy baseball team's No. 1 pitcher this season, but entering today's PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinal game against Northern York, the Chucks may have to rely on another pitcher to send the Chucks into the state semifinals for the third time in seven years.

Who Punxsy's starter will be at 4 p.m. today at Replogle Field in New Enterprise against Northern York is up in the air, as Chucks manager Mike Dickey said Wednesday that the decision has yet to be made.

2011 PUNXSY SPRING SPORTS MVPs

June 9, 2011

Pictured are the Punxsutawney Area High School's 2011 Spring Sports Most Valuable Players (front, from left): Nickita Martz, high points in field for girls' track and field; Shawnna Crago, softball; Milea Schall, high points on track for girls' track and field; (back) Dave Roberts, boys' tennis; A.J. Meterko, high points on track for boys' track and field; Ty Zimmerman, baseball; and Brody Morgan, high points in field for boys' track and field. The Punxsutawney Booster Club sponsors the Most Valuable Player awards.

Punxsy grad Gillung chosen in 19th round by St. Louis

June 7, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Nick Gillung, a 2007 Punxsutawney Area High School graduate, kept an eye on the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Tuesday just in case any of the athletes he played with on summer teams were selected.

Little did he know, his own name would come onto his computer screen in the 19th round.

2010-11 PUNXSY WINTER SPORTS MVPs

June 7, 2011

Pictured are the Punxsutawney Area High School's 2010-11 Winter Sports Most Valuable Players (front, from left): Jenna Reitz, girls' basketball; Kissy Wright, cheerleading; (back) Kody Young, wrestling co-MVP; Logan Weaver, boys' basketball; and Seth Spack, wrestling co-MVP. The Punxsutawney Booster Club sponsors the Most Valuable Player awards. The winners are determined by a vote of all members of each team based on team leadership, character and athletic performance.

Chucks pound Hampton, advance to state's Elite Eight

June 7, 2011

BROCKWAY — The Chucks have had a recent history of receiving big games in the state playoffs from unlikely heroes.

In 2007, No. 6 hitter Alex Cressley went 4-for-4 and drove home the game-winning run during a 3-2 victory in eight innings over undefeated West Allegheny in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. In the state title game that year, No. 9 hitter David Pisano hit a game-tying triple with two outs in the seventh inning, and he later scored the winning run to propel the Chucks to the state championship.

The Walk Talk Ten

June 7, 2011

1. It was great to see Punxsutawney Groundhog Little League President Harry Noerr laughing and smiling as he talked to people at the Lady Chucks' district title game last Wednesday in Brockway. Noerr's daughter, Lisa, a 1995 PAHS graduate, passed away a few weeks ago, and I'm sure that brought much sadness to he and his extended family. For those who aren't aware, the Punxsy varsity softball and Little League softball field next to the concession stand is named Harry Noerr Field.

Lady Chucks prepared for Vikings

June 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy Lady Chucks did not start to sweat when they lost an early lead and fell behind 3-2 in the third inning Wednesday in the District IX Class AAA Softball Championship.

"Go up there with confidence at the plate," senior and one of the team's leaders Shawnna Crago said she told her teammates.

The entire team stayed calm and collected, allowing the Lady Chucks to make a comeback and win it 6-4 against the St. Marys Lady Dutch. With the win, Punxsutawney (13-4) earned its fourth consecutive district title.

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