Archive - Nov 2011 - Sports Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A pair of first-half turnovers proved to be key in the Savage Seniors' victory over the Jaw-Dropping Juniors in Monday night's Powderpuff football game beneath the lights of Jack LaMarca Stadium in Punxsutawney.
Seniors Tori Martin and Cassie Cook each had first-half interceptions that led to touchdowns for the Senior squad and proved to be enough to hold off the Jaw-Droppers 24-8.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Last week at this time, the Chucks soccer team was preparing for a re-match with District-IX defending champion Bradford and the coaching staff was delivering the message every staff would deliver before a playoff game: Don't look past this game.
Well, the Chucks won that game in an overtime thriller over the Owls, and suddenly the focus switched to looking past the game and preparing for the state tournament, which kicks off tonight with a game against the defending state champion and reigning District-VII champion Hampton.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Elementary Basketball Tournament is officially under way after a slate of five games was held Monday night in Punxsutawney.
In the sixth-grade contests, it became quite obvious that to win the tournament, teams will have to put up large numbers on the scoreboard, as the winning teams scored 32 and 28 points in the two games.
In the first game, between Penn State and Pitt, Kaitlyn Doverspike led the scoring with 12 points for Penn State and led her team to a 32-19 win.
Pitt's Kylie Lingenfelter was close behind in the scoring category with 10 points.
CLARION â€” Entering the final pool play match against the No. 1 seeded Lady Owls of Bradford, the Lady Chucks volleyball team wasn't sure which tie-breaker would be used if it could sweep the Lady Owls, but the squad knew it controlled its own destiny.
The Lady Chucks also knew the difficulty of the task ahead of them.
Bradford had handed Punxsy a three-game loss in the teams' only meeting this season, but Punxsy was a different, more-mature team this time around: A team with five consecutive wins under its belt and more experience behind its younger players.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Hosting an alumni game can only mean one thing: Rekindling a rivalry that has lasted for many years.
Punxsy hosted an alumni game between a foe from its past, the Brookville Raiders, and the Chucks settled the battle in a convincing 14-6 victory.
"This feels really great to come out on the winning side," Punxsy coach Tim Zimmerman said. "Because our high school team this year had a rough season, we really wanted to pull one together for them, and the alumni team did a fabulous job."
HERSHEY â€” The conditions were nearly perfect Saturday when the Punxsy cross country teams traveled to Hershey for the PIAA Class AAA championship.
"I was happy the course was in good shape, and the weather was optimal since the district race was the complete opposite," Lady Chucks head coach George Wehrle said. "At least the girls were able to run their final race of the season with the chance of posting a decent time."
During the girls' race, Alexis Young was the first to cross the finish line for Punxsy. She completed the 3.1-mile course in 21:22 for 184th overall out of 285 runners.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It wasn't officially Senior Night in Punxsutawney Friday night, but entering the game, the Chucks knew it was their seniors' final game, and they honored their eight seniors by grinding their way to a 35-6 victory over the West Shamokin Wolves.
NEW BETHLEHEM â€”Â Two quick second-quarter touchdowns for Redbank Valley were difficult for the Brookville Raiders to combat Friday night, and they fell 20-7 in the final week of the regular season.
"It was extremely disappointing," Raiders head coach Chris Dworek said. "All the positive things we did the last few weeks, and to end Week 10 like this is just disappointing."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Both Punxsy and Karns City's defenses shutout their opponents in the seventh- and eighth-grade football game Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney. But Punxsy's Adam Milliron managed a strip-sack for a fumble, and Kaleb Young recovered it in the end zone for the only score of the game, as the Chucks defeated the Gremlins, 8-0.
"What a fantastic game to coach, to watch and to be a part of," Punxsy head coach Jason Grusky said after the game. "These guys make us look good. We're fortunate to have them as players, and these players make us look good as coaches."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After jumping out to a 16-0 first half lead, the Karns City Gremlins ninth-grade team held off a late surge by the Chucks to earn a 22-12 win Thursday night in Punxsutawney.
The Gremlins' first score came in the first quarter after a blocked Punxsy punt was recovered at the Chucks' 28-yard line. Two plays into the ensuing drive, the Gremlins scored on a 23-yard touchdown run and added a two-point conversion run to take an 8-0 lead.