Spirit readers get to pick Winter Sports MVPs

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A season after more than 2,000 votes were tallied for The Punxsutawney Spirit's first-ever 2010 Fall Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Players last November and December, the public will now have an opportunity to chose the initial 2010-2011 Winter Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Players.

Three athletes have been chosen from each of Punxsy's three winter sports: Boys' basketball, girls' basketball and wrestling. Readers will have a chance to decide one boy among six and one girl among three to create one winner for each gender.

Each voter may select one male and one female from the options available as often as he or she would like, as long as the voter uses the ballot (below) provided in The Spirit and delivers the ballot to P.O. Box 444, 510 Pine Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767.

The top vote-getters from each gender will win a plaque and recognition for being named the first-ever Winter Sports winners.

The deadline for votes is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 30.

The boys' candidates are:

Neko Cappella, Junior

One of eight regional wrestling qualifiers, he finished one win away from states, while earning a fourth-place medal and recording a 32-8 record.

Jordan Mesoraco, Senior

One of the senior leaders of the basketball team, he led the squad in charges taken with 16 and finished near the top in rebounds and assists for the Chucks.

Seth Spack, Junior

He won a regional title at 135 pounds and finished one victory away from a state medal while compiling a 31-8 record.

Daniel Triponey, Junior

The point guard totaled a team-best 65 assists, 38 steals and was second-best on the team with 13.6 ppg.

Logan Weaver, Junior

The guard/forward led Punxsy in points (16.4) and rebounds (7.4) per game and shot 44 percent from the field.

Kody Young, Senior

He won a regional title at 125 pounds, finished a win away from state medal, had a 33-4 record and finished his career with a school record 143 wins.

The girls' candidates are:

Shawnna Crago, Senior

The upperclassman led the team by scoring nearly 13 points per game and had squad bests in both rebounds and blocks while being a powerful force inside the paint.

Parris Kernich, Senior

She was one of the team's most improved players in her first season as a starter, increasing her scoring and rebounding numbers as the season continued, complementing Crago in the post.

Jenna Reitz, Senior

Worked well in her fourth season as team's starting point guard while finishing with team highs in three-pointers made, assists and steals and second-best in points.