Archive - May 2012 - Sports Article
ROSSITER â€”Â The Rossiter Miners scored two runs in the fifth inning that put them just over the edge of the previously undefeated Brookville Grays Thursday night in Rossiter.
"Anytime you beat a team like Brookville, you can be happy," Miners manager Jim Dunlap said. "That makes me feel great. ... (The rivalry) means a lot."
The Miners were leading 2-1 heading into the fifth inning, but they were put over the edge by a triple to deep center by Braedon Pennington that plated Pete Meterko.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â When a team consists of many younger players, it will often go through some growing pains. The hope is that one day the experience level will pay off and be a benefit to the players down the road.
After picking up its first win of the season, Fezell Enterprises Youth Legion team â€” which consists mostly of players on the younger end of the age spectrum for Youth Legion â€” fell to 1-4 on the season with a tough 22-8 loss to Walbeck in the Indiana County League.
BROCKWAY â€” Jamie Bush pitched a gem of a game; Ty Zimmerman homered to help Punxsy to a five-run first inning; and when all the pieces fell together, the Chucks earned a 6-0 victory over St. Marys to be named the District IX Class AAA champion for the ninth year running.
For a team that had a lot of question marks entering the season, Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey said this was "a tremendous accomplishment."
BROCKWAY â€” For the fifth year in a row, the Lady Chucks' softball team is the District IX Champion, having defeated the Lady Dutchmen 7-1 in Brockway Wednesday.
On winning the title, head coach Alan Pifer said, "It's fantastic. We beat a quality team there; they're a top notch program."
The Lady Chucks were firing on all cylinders with a combination of good pitching, fielding and hitting that showcased the talent the girls possess.
Go or go home; do or die; put up or shut up; this one's for all the marbles.
No matter how you say it, there is nothing more exciting for a sports fan than an elimination game â€”Â and nothing more gut-wrenching if it's your team that's putting it all on the line in the go or go home fashion.
Wednesday, two PAHS teams competed in do or die fashion against the St. Marys squads at their respective District IX Championship games in Brockway: The softball team and the baseball team.
In this Spirit file photo, Punxsy's Ryan Sloniger (left) trots into third base, as Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey gives him the hold sign in an April 18 game against DuBois. Dickey and his squad hoped to be off and running toward their ninth-straight District IX title Tuesday in Brockway, but another nasty storm wiped out the field and delayed the game â€” which was originally scheduled to take place last week â€” to this afternoon. The Lady Chucks were also supposed to play St. Marys Tuesday in Brockway, and both games have been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. today.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Entering the season, the Punxsy Chucks baseball team put the number out there from the start: Nine.
In 2011, the Chucks earned their eighth-consecutive District IX title, and this year, the expectation was to put themselves in a position to pick up number nine.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A torrential downpour knocked down branches across town Sunday evening and chased the Lady Chucks softball team inside for practice.
But despite the rain, Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer said the squad had one very good reason to squeeze in the practice while it still could: A very worthy opponent.
The Lady Chucks will face St. Marys today in the D-IX Class AAA Softball Championship.
Punxsutawney senior Brody Morgan was the only competitor for the Chucks during the second day of the PIAA Class AAA Track and Field Championships. Going into the event, Morgan was seeded 16th, as his best throw of the season 179-7.Saturday, Morgan threw the javelin 160-9 for 21st overall. The winner of Morgan's event was Billy Stanley, of South Park, who threw 246-9, setting a new state record in the event. His throw was farther even than the NFHS record of 244-2, set by Sam Crouser, of Central Dauphin.
SHIPPENSBURG â€” The three Punxsy athletes who were slated to compete at the PIAA Class AAA Track and Field Championships Friday in Shippensburg knew they had their work cut out for them with stiff competition from across the state converging on the meet.
And with the seed times, Punxsy knew it would be a long shot for any of its athletes to advance beyond the preliminary rounds.
And although none did advance, all three underclassmen â€”Â sophomores Juliann Boddorf and Kevin Hughes and junior Alexis Young â€”Â gained some valuable experience running in the big tourney.