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Martz places 11th; Punxsy's 4x100 team, Meterko compete at states

May 27, 2011

SHIPPENSBURG — Punxsy senior Nickita Martz was two spots away from reaching the finals in the javelin at the PIAA Track and Field Championships Friday in Shippensburg.

Martz, who entered states as the No. 20 seed out of 27 Class AAA girls, vaulted to the top eight with her second throw of 123-10. But as the second flight came through, three girls surpassed the Punxsy senior and dropped her to 11th place, or two positions away from the finals and an opportunity at a state medal.

Pearce, Blose lose first match at states

May 27, 2011

HERSHEY — Punxsy underclassmen Tim Pearce and Mike Blose lost for the first time as a tandem this year during the PIAA Class AAA Boys' Tennis Doubles Championships Friday in Hershey.

Pearce and Blose, who improved to 11-0 on the season when they won the District IX title last week, lost to Manheim Township juniors David Musser and Andrew Moshos, 6-0, 6-2.

Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said the experience will be great for the kids in the future. Pearce, a junior, has one season left, and Blose, a sophomore, has two.

PLAY OF THE WEEK

May 27, 2011

Pisano tosses one-hitter, Chucks advance to another district final

May 26, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy starting pitcher Joe Pisano is flourishing at the right time.

The senior, who had a 10.70 ERA through his first 20 innings before he allowed three runs over his last 14 1/3-innings this season, was dominant Wednesday in the District IX Class AAA Semifinals against Bradford at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.

Pisano delivered a one-hit gem during the Chucks' 10-1 victory over the Owls (5-13) to put Punxsy in position to win its eighth consecutive district title.

Dickey: Chucks focused, ready to go

May 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Focused was a word Punxsy first-year manager Mike Dickey constantly used Tuesday to describe the Chucks as they enter the District IX Class AAA Playoffs against Bradford.

The top-seeded Chucks have an ultimate goal of winning their eighth title in a row, but before they do that, they'll have to get past No. 4 Bradford at 4:30 p.m. today at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney.

PUNXSUTAWNEY SOFTBALL BANQUET

May 24, 2011

The Punxsy softball team held its annual banquet Sunday at the Eagles Club. Pictured, along with any award they may have won, are the seniors (front, from left): Kristen Fedder, co-Defensive Player of the Year; Allie Shields; Jenna Reitz; Ashley Barenchik, co-Offensive Player of the Year; Hannah Giavedoni; (back) Taylor Powell; Megan Muth, Most Improved Player; Tia Davis; Hannah Neal, co-Defensive Player of the Year; Ashley Couser; and Shawnna Crago, co-Offensive Player of the Year and co-Pitcher of the Year.

The Walk Talk Ten

May 24, 2011

1. I'm sure Nick Gillung, Mercyhurst College and Punxsy baseball fans are disappointed that the Lakers fell two victories shy of reaching the NCAA Division II Championship. At least he finished his collegiate career with one of his finest games last Friday — seven innings, three hits, no earned runs and 14 strikeouts.

Punxsy tops Bradford, claims top seed

May 23, 2011

BRADFORD — A strong finish helped the Punxsy softball team defeat Bradford, 10-3, Saturday and attain the top seed in the District IX Class AAA playoffs.

The Lady Chucks (12-4) won their final three games of the season to edge St. Marys for the No. 1 seed. Also helping Punxsy's achievement of the king seeding was its season sweep of the Lady Dutch.

Chucks pound Owls, prepare for rematch

May 23, 2011

BRADFORD — The Punxsy baseball team completed a six-game, regular season-ending winning streak Saturday when it won 16-5 at Bradford. The Chucks wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the District IX Class AAA playoffs due to their successful finish to the regular season.

All four District IX Class AAA teams will enter the postseason, which begins Wednesday. Punxsy (12-7) will host Bradford (5-12) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field, and No. 2 St. Marys (10-9) will host No. 3 Clearfield (9-10) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Meterko: 'I'm living the dream'

May 21, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Punxsy senior A.J. Meterko is living his dream.

Ever since he was a freshman, the Chucks' long-distance runner had the goal of running in the 1,600-meter run at states.

After his performance Thursday in Brookville during the District IX Class AAA Track and Field Championships, he'll have more to look forward to than just the 1,600.

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