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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Defense helped the Punxsy ninth-grade boys' basketball team top DuBois last Friday, 33-30.
Punxsy (13-4) allowed just 12 points by halftime, taking a 16-12 lead at the break before holding on for the five-point win.
"DuBois really came out and was ready to go. They played us hard the whole game," Punxsy coach Brandon Krug said. "Our offense has been struggling lately, but taking pride in our defense has given us the chance to win the past few games."
Brandon Mancuso scored a team-best 11 points, and Mike Klingensmith added eight points.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Home-court advantage didn't mean much between the Chucks and Beavers this season.
Punxsy's lights-out shooting performance Jan. 28 in DuBois led to a 65-49 win. Friday night in Punxsutawney during Senior Night, DuBois had the hot hand, and that led to the Beavers earning a 61-50 victory.
DUBOIS â€” For the first time in Randy Reitz's 10-year tenure as Punxsy girls' basketball head coach, the Lady Chucks will not enter the postseason.
Punxsy â€” which won five-straight District IX Class AAA titles from 2001-2006 and was the district runner-up three of the next four seasons â€” decided to not join the playoff crowd this year prior to a 43-37 loss to DuBois Friday night.
The Lady Chucks slumped to 4-15 on the season with the defeat.
ST. MARYS â€” The Punxsy junior-varsity boys' basketball team outscored St. Marys 18-9 during the final period of a 58-54 triumph Tuesday in St. Marys.
Punxsy was behind 31-29 at halftime before the Dutch extended their lead to 45-40 entering the final quarter. That's when the Chucks (9-8) turned it up a notch to down the Dutch.
Tim Pearce finished with a huge game, scoring 15 points behind three three-pointers and three two-pointers.
ST. MARYS â€” The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team lost its first two bouts by decision before winning 11 of the next 13 matches during a 55-15 victory over St. Marys Wednesday night on the road.
The Chucks improved to 13-2 on the season and have won 13 of their last 14 matches. Of Punxsy's six wins on the mat, two were by fall, one was by major decision and three were by decision.
ST. MARYS â€” Punxsy senior Kody Young knew the Chucks would hold on for a win once six bouts remained during the Punxsy wrestling team's match against St. Marys Wednesday night.
Punxsy was ahead 22-12 after 189-pounder Tige Woodson, Young's senior teammate, suffered a loss by decision, but Young was still certain his squad would come out on top.
Punxsy lost the next two bouts by fall and fell behind 24-22, but clutch decision victories by two freshmen, and Young's pin during the final match of the night propelled the Chucks to a 34-30 upset of the Dutch on their Senior Night.
BROOKVILLE â€” The last time the Brookville girls' basketball team played Elk County Catholic, nothing went right for the Lady Raiders.
Starting forward Emily Ferraro was out with an injury, the Lady Raiders had to travel to play the Lady Crusaders on a Saturday night after playing a tough game against St. Marys the night before, and the Lady Raiders were in the middle of a four-game losing streak.
But when the two teams met Wednesday night at Brookville, the Lady Raiders' luck changed.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” St. Marys' full-court pressure affected the Punxsy girls' basketball team early, and the Lady Chucks couldn't overcome their early mistakes during a 63-48 loss on Senior Night Tuesday.
Punxsy trailed 20-6 after one quarter due to 10 turnovers and was behind 36-17 by halftime after seven more second-quarter turnovers. The Lady Chucks (4-14, 1-7 District IX League) outscored the Lady Dutch 31-27 during the second half, but their first-half deficit was too large.
BROOKVILLE â€” Elk County Catholic wanted to challenge Brookville's defense on the perimeter Tuesday night at Brookville High School. The Raiders, to their credit, answered the Crusaders' challenge by limiting them to 4-of-26 (13 percent) from behind the three-point line en route to a 53-44 win.
Brookville head coach Bud Baughman was happy with how his team played on defense.
"I was definitely pleased with the way the guys played," Baughman said. "We had a couple guys who were sick, and they sucked it up and played well."