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An old-fashioned quarterback battle

August 13, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Football's back in Punxsutawney

August 12, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Miracle League Field to let special youngsters live out baseball dreams

August 9, 2013

INDIANA — 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.

PACC Flag Football League returns with new name, but same focus

August 8, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

The Punxsutawney Spirit welcomes Michael Waterloo as new sports reporter

August 7, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The legendary coach of the UCLA Bruins, John Wooden, said it best — “Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.”

Wooden couldn’t have been more spot-on with his famous quote.

No matter what you want to do, you can’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.

Sens take Game 1 in Fed League Finals

July 30, 2013

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.

MLSB All-Stars fall to West Point in States opener

July 24, 2013

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.

Miners complete sweep of Denny's, advance to finals

July 23, 2013

Tuesday night, the Rossiter Miners completed a four-game sweep of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub — the Federation League regular season top seed — 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.

Pennington's talents power Miners to 1-0 shutout over Denny's

July 19, 2013

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.

Timely defense, plate patience push Punxsy to Section 1 title, States

July 18, 2013

CORRY — 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 — which will be held next week in Thorndale, Pa.

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