Archive - Sep 2011 - Sports Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite a late rally by St. Francis, bringing them within three points of Punxsy at 16-13, the Lady Chucks rallied to score the last 10 points of the game and won 26-13 Wednesday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
A catalyst in the late rally was Punxsy's smothering defense, which forced several turnovers late in the game and led to easy fast break lay ups.
On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on America, I found myself doing the same thing I have done so many days since then to take my mind off the tragedies of the world: Watching sports.
It didn't hurt that the anniversary also happened to fall on the first Sunday of the NFL season, but most weekends this time of year, one could find me planted in front of my television watching some type of sport â€” if, that is, I'm not at the field watching.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy's Dane Baker set the pace for a 18-41 win over Kane, completing the cross country course in 18:41 Tuesday afternoon at Punxsy's first home meet of the season.
Punxsy's Nathan Ward took second at the meet, finishing just nine seconds behind Baker's time.
"Dane Baker went at a torrid pace and set the pace for everybody," Punxsy head coach John Smith said. "Actually, at the two-mile mark, Nathan Ward was coming on strong, so those two finished very well."
Seth Burkett ran a 19:41 to complete a top-three sweep for Punxsy.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Lady Chucks golf team improved to 6-0 this season with a convincing 214-243 win over the Lady Raiders Tuesday in Brookville.
Punxsy earned four wins Monday at a host tournament and defeated Brookville in consecutive games with its victory Tuesday.
Punxsy's four scorers were within four strokes of each other, and five-of-six scored in the 50s, while Brookville, the tournament host, only had two players in the 50s.
"The scores were great today," Punxsy head coach Katie Irwin said. "We had a beautiful day for the match, and the course was in great shape."
NEW BETHLEHEM â€” The A. J. Parise Youth Football junior team lost its third game of the season to Redbank Valley, 12-0 Saturday in New Bethlehem.
Both teams were hampered by a soggy field, but the Bulldogs were able to score on their first two possessions of the game and hold on for the victory.
The Chucks opened the contest with the ball, but fumbled on a second-and-long, giving Redbank the rock at the 38.
The Punxsy defense forced Redbank into a fourth-and-10, whenÂ the Bulldogs' Hunter Buzzard was able to break loose for a 24-yard score.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' golf team played host to the four teams in its division Monday at the Punxsutawney Country Club and walked away with a still-undefeated record, scoring the lowest team total (228) and defeating DuBois, Brookville, Ridgway and Brockway.
Because Punxsy was the host, each team scored against Punxsy, so Punxsy's record, 1-0 entering the day, improved to 5-0 after the sweep.
Punxsy was led by Sarah London, who shot a 52 on the nine-hole course.
DUBOIS â€” When it rains, it pours. And when it pours, it makes it difficult to maintain the rough at a golf course. But the deep rough wasn't enough to slow the Punxsy boys' golf team, as it defeated DuBois at the DuBois Country Club Monday afternoon, 178-194.
By winning, Punxsy avenged a 162-165 loss at the Punxsutawney Country Club Aug. 29 and put its destiny in its own hands headed into a match at Brookville next Tuesday.
"If we beat Brookville a week from (today), Bradford will come here for the AML championship," Punxsy head coach Josh Conrad said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Lady Chucks' kept Clearfield off the board in each of five singles' matches and won the overall contest 9-0 Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
"We were really happy to be able to host the Clearfield team today," Punxsy head coach Rose Graffius said after the match. "All the members of the PHS girls' team were able to play during the match."
Punxsy's No. 1 singles player, Anna Monyak, was the first to pick up her victory, sweeping Clearfield's Yesh Potel 6-0, 6-0.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Ss.C.D. girls' basketball squad split Saturday's match up against Johnsonburg.
The fifth-grade girls' began the day but struggled against an opponent with more height and ultimately lost 21-17.
The Ss.C.D. girls were out-rebounded by 25 and could not make up the disadvantage.
Emily Griebel led the scoring with seven, and Kylee Shoemaker was a close second, putting four points on the board.
Megan Ray, Bailey Jones and Kyrie Nestel each added two points to round out the scoring for the fifth-graders.
Brookville's Rikki Stephens readies to make a bump during a match against Union Saturday at the Brookville tournament.