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Hospital hosts outing for a great cause

August 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Last Thursday, 108 golfers took to the course at the Country Club in Punxsutawney, but the outing was not just a friendly competition.

Though the 27 foursomes were all competing for prizes, including pro shop credit, they were also playing for a much greater cause.

For the past 32 years, Punxsutawney Area Hospital has been hosting the Dr. F.J. Trunzo Memorial Golf Outing, and this year was no exception.

The Zak Zone

August 23, 2011

Last week, I wrote about the importance of camaraderie when considering what is a sport. This week, I saw camaraderie in action as I took photos of each fall sports team preparing for its season at the Punxsutawney Area High School's media day.

Hundreds of Punxsutawney area athletes gathered sometime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to have their photos taken, but what goes unseen in the still shots that the camera captured is the fellowship that sports is providing.

Parise squads come up short in season openers at Prospect

August 22, 2011

A.J. Parise football - Sr. division

PROSPECT — The A. J. Parise Youth Football Senior team opened its season with a 32-8 loss to the Prospect Chiefs Saturday afternoon in Prospect.

The defending league champs used two big plays early in the third quarter to turn an 8-8 contest into a 24-8 game and tacked on a fourth-quarter score to beat the Chucks in the season opener.

Punxsy opened the game with the ball, but the Chiefs defense was able to force Punxsy to punt.

Team places 4th, Miller places 3rd at Bolton

August 22, 2011

STATE COLLEGE — Punxsy's boys' golf team, led by Ian Miller, placed fourth overall with a score of 245 in the Bolton Tournament Monday in State College.

Miller shot a 76 on the 18-hole course at Penn State's Blue Course, the same course Penn State's golf team plays, except the collegiate players tee off from the black tees.

His 76 was good enough for fourth best overall behind Abington Height's Eric Montella, who took first with a 72, and Bradford's Josh Stauffer, who shot a 74.

Brookville’s Mercatoris begins Amateurs today

August 21, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The U.S. Amateur Golf Championship begins at 7 a.m. today, and Brookville’s own C.G. Mercatoris will be playing it a second time.

“It feels great,” Mercatoris said. “Anytime you can get into the U.S. Amateur, it’s probably the best amateur tournament in the country. I’m very excited.”

Mercatoris, who competed in the U.S. Amateur in 2009, is looking to build upon his successes at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.

As a member of the Class of 2011, Mercatoris received the Northeast Conference Men’s Golfer of the Year award.

Punxsy wins season opener over Redbank, 130-187

August 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Even the approaching storm couldn't stop the Punxsy boys' golf team and its opponent, Redbank, from completing the first match of the season. With each team scoring its three top players, Punxsy defeated Redbank 130-187 to earn the win at the Punxsutawney Country Club.

Redbank's squad consisted of just three players, but Punxsy was still allowed to send five onto the course and take the top three players' scores. The players each played the front nine holes at the Country Club.

Hard work has Punxsy's hopes high this year

August 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The 2011 Punxsutawney girls' golf team is hard at work preparing for its first tournament of the season, the Bolton Tournament in State College Aug. 22, and head coach Katie Irwin likes what she sees so far.

She also knows why she likes what she sees: Hard work by her players to prepare throughout the summer.

"I've seen a lot of work from these girls during the off-season, and it's showing now that we've turned in some scores," she said.

Punxsy lost three seniors from last year's squad, which went 14-3, but eight players will still be returning.

Teamwork is the key to Punxsy's success

August 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tennis is a sport that is most often considered an individual one, except in the case of doubles, but Punxsy girls' tennis coach Rose Graffius is using the so-called individual sport to instill lessons about teamwork in her girls this year.

Entering her fourth year as Punxsy's girls' tennis coach, Graffius is optimistic about the way her girls are playing, despite limited practice so far.

Boys' golf team hopes to live up to long-standing tradition

August 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When the boys' golf team tees off Friday morning at the Punxsutawney Country Club, the Punxsutawney Area High School's fall sports regular season will officially be underway.

Under the leadership of fourth-year coach Josh Conrad, the Chucks hope to improve from last year when no Punxsy player made it through the first day of districts.

Conrad said his players understand that Punxsy's program has a history of success, and he feels confident they will give their all to make this year a successful one.

The Zak Zone

August 16, 2011

For as long as I can remember, there has been a debate in the sports community, among athletes and fans alike, centered around one important question: What exactly is a sport?

In high school, I knew the question existed, but I also didn't really have to consider the answer too closely. Most of my friends liked and followed the same sports I did, and so there was no room for debate.

Football? Basketball? Hockey? Baseball? There was no debate with those sports. Whether we liked to watch them or not was one question, but we each acknowledged they were all sports.

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