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Three Lady Chucks win at Indiana Invite

April 25, 2011

INDIANA — Punxsy's Alexis Young, Santana Smith, Karah Hollis took advantage of nice weather last Thursday at the Indiana Area girls' 9th and 10th grade track meet to win individual championships.

Young finished first in the 1,600-meter run (5:43), while Hollis earned wins in the 100-meter (13.0) and 200-meter dash (28.00) and Smith won the shot put (30-2).

Barry Young, head coach of the Lady Chucks, said this was a breakthrough performance for Hollis.

Young Chucks perform well at Indiana Invite

April 24, 2011

INDIANA — Punxsy's boys' track and field head coach John Smith expected a tough meet for his 9th and 10th graders last Thursday at Indiana.

Faced with some of the top competition from the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) and District VI, the Chucks had three athletes place second.

The top three competitors in each event medaled, while anyone who finished fourth, fifth or sixth earned a ribbon.Nathan Ward (800-meter run 1,600-meter run), Dylan Lettie (300 hurdles) and Jesse Reichard (long jump and triple jump) were the Chucks' top finishers.

MESORACO WATCH

April 23, 2011

Devin Mesoraco, a 2007 baseball state champion at Punxsutawney Area High School, struggled during the second week of his Class AAA season with the Louisville Bats, managing three hits in 18 at-bats.

The Bats didn't do much better, going 2-4 during that span before witnessing a rainout Friday against the Columbus Clippers.

Mesoraco's average dipped to .256 in this young season after a 3-for-18 (.167) week. He still reached base in four of the five games he played this week.

PLAY OF THE WEEK

April 23, 2011

Punxsy senior Shawnna Crago stands on first base after hitting a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday against DuBois. The hit, which is this week's Play of the Week, broke a 4-4 tie and helped the Lady Chucks beat the Lady Beavers, 6-4.

Lady Chucks come from behind to beat DuBois, 6-4

April 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy softball team lost three regular-season games last year, and two of them were to DuBois.

This season, an 0-2 record against the Lady Beavers just wasn't going to fly for the Lady Chucks.

Punxsy (5-0) overcame a 4-1 deficit, tied the game in the fourth inning and pulled ahead for good during a 6-4 victory over DuBois (3-1) in a battle of undefeated District IX powerhouses Thursday afternoon at Harry Noerr Field in Punxsutawney.

Chucks respond to Wednesday's loss to down Rovers

April 21, 2011

BROCKWAY — The Punxsy boys' tennis team bounced back from Wednesday's 6-3 loss in DuBois with a 9-0 victory Thursday in Brockway to even its record at 3-3.

A constant line that Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley mentioned was his team's ability to respond to various situations Thursday after struggling Wednesday.

"(This win is) a big confidence builder," Heigley said. "We made the adjustments at the right time. We didn't make as many mistakes that we've had in previous matches."

Lady Raiders use late rally to defeat KC, 7-3

April 21, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Brookville shortstop Kelsey Heinrich and third baseman Abby Beatty shut down the left side of the infield during the Lady Raiders' 7-3 win over Karns City Thursday afternoon in Brookville.

Heinrich and Beatty gunned down eight Lady Gremlins base runners, helping Tonya Shaffer complete a one-hitter, which gave Shaffer her second varsity win.

"I'm proud that we didn't give up," Henrich said, "And that we fought back and won even though we were behind for 90 percent of the game."

Inconsistencies lead to another Punxsy loss

April 20, 2011

DUBOIS — The Punxsy boys' tennis team fell behind during numerous matches and was unable to come back to win during DuBois' 6-3 victory Wednesday in DuBois.

Only two Chucks were victorious Wednesday — Mike Blose and Tim Pearce. Both players won a singles match and teamed up to win the No. 1 doubles contest.

A FAMILY FISHING AFFAIR

April 20, 2011

(From left) Joseph Harclerode I, Joey Harclerode III and Joe Harclerode II caught this 21 3/4-inch brown trout Monday in Little Sandy Creek in Coolspring. (Photo by Tracy Smith/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Altoona rallies to top Chucks in extras, 7-5

April 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Ahead 5-1 through four innings, the Punxsy baseball team was unable to score again and couldn't preserve the lead during a 7-5 loss in nine innings to Altoona Monday at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field.

Punxsy (4-2) surrendered four runs in the fifth inning and two in the ninth. Once Altoona pitcher Jason Douglas entered the game in the fourth inning, the Chucks' bats faltered.

"We gave this game away," Punxsy manager Mike Dickey said, "and we just didn't pitch well with the lead."

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