Archive - 2010 - Sports Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy boys' basketball team â€” which features a half-dozen football players â€” is looking to use the school's football success as a jumping-off point in 2010-2011, rather than worrying about last year's struggles on the hardword.
The Chucks finished 4-17 overall in 2009-2010, including 0-12 in the D9 League. But rather than looking back to last season, Punxsy has its sights set on the year at hand under first-year head coach Dirk Neal
The Punxsy boys' golf team had its banquet last week at the Punxsutawney Country Club. Pictured are (front, from left) Kyler Smathers, Mike Blose, Ryan States, David Roberts, Nick Roberts, Brandon Mancuso; (back) Ian Miller, Brandon Bish, Jesse Verdill, Micky DeChurch, Adam Murdock and coach Josh Conrad. Missing from the photo are Troy Cameron, Austin Couser, Josh Greek, Tanner Lewis and Seth Spack. (Photo submitted)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy wrestling team will be the first to admit that it isn't as technically-sound as District IX Class AAA rivals Clearfield and DuBois.
To make up for that, the Chucks strive to be the most well-conditioned, determined and toughest team around.
As the Chucks are a few days into their first week of 2010-2011 preseason, the words of Dan Gable are often spoken by head coach Eric Eddy and assistant coach Buddy Young, who have been coaching Punxsy wrestling for nine years now.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After an undefeated regular season and a league championship, a number of Punxsy football players are bringing home Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference hardware.
Leading the way on the All-Star First-Team and Second-Team lists was Punxsy's defense, which surrendered 39 points during the Chucks' 10-0 regular season.
Amber Carlson, 13, of Anita, bagged this nine-point buck, her first archery buck, in McCalmont Township at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6. (Photo submitted)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Following every sports season, Punxsutawney Area High School coaches and players decide which player is most valuable to their own teams.
Now, for the first-time ever, you, the public, have an opportunity to vote for The Punxsutawney Spirit's 2010 Fall Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Players.
Upon consideration from The Spirit's sports staff, two athletes have been chosen from each of the high school's nine fall varsity sports, providing voters a chance to pick from 10 girls from five sports and eight boys from four sports.
CLARION â€” The Raiders knew heading into the District IX Class AA Championship Game at Clarion University's Memorial Stadium that they had to be nearly flawless to keep pace with the undefeated Brockway Rovers Friday night.
Four turnovers, an inability to capitalize on limited opportunities and an ineffective defense against one of the best quarterbacks statistically in the history of Pennsylvania, and Brookville was in for one long night.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Stompin' Seniors ignored an 8-0 deficit within the first four minutes of the game and scored 34-straight points during a 34-8 victory over the Jersey Juniors during PAHS' annual Powderpuff football game Thursday night at Jack LaMarca Memorial Stadium.
Five different seniors were able to score a touchdown, as after cutting the Juniors' lead to 8-6 entering the second quarter, the Seniors managed 14 points during each of the second and third quarters.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When it comes to volleyball, the hitters get all the glory.
Their devastating kills leave the crowd in awe and the opposition in pain.
That's what makes Hannah Neal's recognition as the 2010 District IX Class AA/AAA Volleyball Player of the Year all the more amazing, considering she started out of the libero position in every match but one this season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For the first time ever, the Punxsy volleyball team will have four District IX Class AA/AAA All-Stars, as joining Player of the Year Hannah Neal are fellow upperclassmen Corri Snyder, Shawnna Crago and Tawnee Bowers.
Neal, a senior libero, received the most votes from district coaches and was named the Player of the Year. Snyder made her way on the All-Star list for the third time, as she was recognized as an honorable mention in 2008 and 2009.
This is the second-straight season that Crago has become an All-Star, while Bowers made the list for the first time.