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Crago pitches, hits, motivates Punxsy to win

April 7, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy senior Shawnna Crago wasn't going to let the Lady Chucks softball team lose to St. Marys Thursday afternoon.

Her optimism kept the team going. While it trailed early, she smacked a triple that gave Punxsy a jump start on offense, and her pitching sealed the game.

Crago struck out nine Lady Dutch batters and scored a run to lead the Lady Chucks to a 4-3 win.

Seniors Reitz, Young voted first-ever Spirit Winter MVPs

April 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney senior Kody Young and Jenna Reitz have had similar high school winter sports careers.

Young, a wrestler, was coached by his father, Buddy Young. He was also one of the top wrestlers on the team since he was a freshman.

Reitz, a basketball player, also had her father, Randy Reitz, as a coach. Midway through her freshman season, she was the starting point guard. She then started at that position for the next 3 1/2-years.

4x400 victory helps Chucks edge Raiders

April 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When the last track event of the day, the 4x400-meter relay, arrived Tuesday in Brookville, Punxsy boys' head coach John Smith wasn't sure if his team would be able to pull out a victory.

That's when he urged his 4x400 runners — Tom Wagner, Derick Kelly, Nathan Ward and A.J. Meterko — to finish strong, considering their victory and the five team points the foursome could earn would push the overall win in the Chucks' favor.

Brookville dominates on track, defeats Punxsy

April 5, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Brookville's speed on the track compensated for the Punxsy girls' track and field team's power in the field during the Lady Raiders' 78-72 victory at home Tuesday.

Punxsy (1-1) was in control of nearly every field event, but the Lady Raiders (1-0) swept both the 100- and 200-meter dashes and won all three relays.

Chucks fall to Golden Tigers on road, 7-0

April 4, 2011

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Inside and out, the Punxsy boys' tennis team couldn't catch a break Monday afternoon in Hollidaysburg.

The Chucks (0-2) were unable to hang with District VI foe Hollidaysburg, as the Golden Tigers earned a 7-0 victory at home.

Unlike in District IX play, which includes five singles matches and four doubles matches, Monday's contest featured four singles matches and three doubles matches. Punxsy and Hollidaysburg also played pro sets to 10 points, rather than the usual two-set, first-to-six matches.

POWELL'S PANTHERS PLACE FIRST

April 4, 2011

Lady Chucks win a medal at TSTCAs

April 3, 2011

WEST MIFFLIN — Led by one medal winner, nine members of the Punxsy girls' track and field team competed in snowy and cold conditions at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association Outdoor Championship Meet Saturday at West Mifflin High School.

Sophomore Alexis Young earned a seventh-place medal in the 1,600-meter run, as she finished with a time of 5:45.1.

"Alex ran very well considering the weather conditions," Punxsy first-year head coach Barry Young said. "She ran well during the indoor season and has carried that into the outdoor season."

Morgan among Chucks' medal winners

April 3, 2011

WEST MIFFLIN — Saturday's cold, snowy, wet and windy weather conditions may not have been very conducive for a track and field meet, but the Punxsy boys' team peformed well at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association Outdoor Championship Meet Saturday at West Mifflin High School.

Three Chucks placed during the meet, consisting of a runner (senior A.J. Meterko), a runner (junior Kevin Byars) and a thrower (junior Brody Morgan).

After strong spring, Mesoraco to begin at Triple-A with major league call-up in mind

March 31, 2011

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — When Punxsy native Devin Mesoraco hit an eighth-inning home run during the first week of spring training with the Cincinnati Reds March 2, manager Dusty Baker said that the slugger hit the ball a mile, a mile-and-a-half.

The home run broke a 6-6 tie and gave the Reds a 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox.

The lengthy blast was the first of many impressive spring training cuts from Mesoraco, who is primed to make the jump to the majors for the first time this season.

Punxsy's Young finishes fourth at PJWs

March 30, 2011

WILKES-BARRE — Kaleb Young's search for a Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling state championship will have to wait another year.

Young, a 102-pounder competing in the 13- and 14-year-old age division, finished fourth this year at the PJW State Championship Tournament this past weekend at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.

The wrestler finished as a state runner-up the past two years.

Young, a seventh-grader, was one of three Punxsutawney grapplers to compete in the state tournament.

Also wrestling were Josh Schuckers (107 pounds) and Troy Peace (212 pounds).

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