Archive - 2011 - Sports Article
The Punxsy football program held its annual banquet Sunday night at the Pantall Hotel. Pictured are the 16 seniors (front, from left): Steve Neal, Tige Woodson, Ian Weaver, Devon Luzell, Ben Blazavich, Duell Thompson, Jason Fallara, Seth Kinnan; (back) Kody Young, Devan Neal, Zak Dickey, Spencer Fiumara, Corban Cressley, Glenn Perry, James Neal and Rodney Tyree. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It has long been said that the records can be thrown out when it comes to rivalry games, and the Route 36 Rivalry between the Punxsutawney Chucks and Brookville Raiders' boys' basketball teams is no different.
In a game that featured 10 lead changes and a frenzied final minute, the Raiders (9-1, 3-1 District IX League) completed a season sweep of the Chucks (3-5, 0-2) with a 48-45 victory.
BLOOMSBURG â€” Alex Thomas earned Outstanding Wrestler honors, and Punxsutawney native and redshirt sophomore Steven Cressley finished third at 184 pounds during Clarion University's Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship-winning performance in Bloomsburg this past month.
Thomas (197 pounds), James Fleming (157 pounds) and Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (165 pounds) each won individual titles to lead the Golden Eagles toward their first PSAC team crown since 1994.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team earned six points during each of its 12 victories Thursday night while knocking off Curwensville, 66-38.
Of the Chucks' 12 wins, eight were by fall and four were by forfeit. The eight falls helped Punxsy win easily, as those accounted for 48 of the team's 66 points.
After Punxsy (4-1) fell behind 11-0, Eli Lambiotte (6-3) started the team's winning ways by pinning Sam Bressler in 2:57. Ryan Jones (5-5) followed with a loss by fall, helping the Golden Tide bump their advantage back up to 11 at 17-6.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy wrestling team proved it is a squad that has more than one talented grappler Thursday night with a 51-21 victory over Curwensville in its first home match of the season.
The Chucks (6-6) fell behind 15-6 following the first-ever home loss of senior Kody Young before rallying off five-straight victories that carried into the decisive win.
Young (9-1), who was competing in his first home match since breaking the school record in career victories Dec. 28, 2010, was up against Curwensville's best wrestler in junior Jake Keller.
BROOKVILLE â€” Turnovers in crucial situations have crept up on the Punxsy girls' basketball team all season, and Thursday's game in Brookville was no different.
The Lady Chucks (3-7, 0-2 District IX League) were ahead by four points at halftime only to give the ball away too many times during a 40-33 loss to Brookville.
"They came out in the third quarter and turned up the heat defensively, and we didn't handle it very well," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "Their defense created some turnovers for them, they got up eight points, and we just couldn't bring it down."
INDIANA â€” Two Chucks scored 20-plus points, but the Punxsy boys' basketball team didn't play enough defense while losing to one-win Indiana Wednesday night, 62-55.
Experience was in Punxsy's favor, as all nine of the Chucks (3-4) who played are seniors or juniors. Indiana (2-9), meanwhile, received 18 of its season-high 62 points from three freshmen.
Punxsy first-year head coach Dirk Neal, who has stressed a team that defends with intensity and enthusiasm since he took the job, wasn't the least bit pleased with the way his defense performed Wednesday.
HOLLIDAYSBURG â€” Upon winning four of the first five bouts Tuesday against Hollidaysburg to build a 22-3 advantage, the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team surged toward a 57-23 victory on the road.
"We had another nice win tonight. The kids wrestled pretty well, and we saw a lot of nice things out there," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "Intensity was good, and they got the job done even with a couple of starters â€” Matt BurkeÂ and Darin James â€”Â out of the lineup due to illness."
Led by senior defensive lineman Ben Blazavich, five Punxsy football players were recently named Pennsylvania Football News All-State players, with each classification getting four teams on both offense and defense for a total of 32 all-state teams.
Also included on the team as Honorable Mention were senior linebacker Ian Weaver, senior defensive back Duell Thompson, senior defensive lineman Devon Luzell and junior quarterback Logan Weaver.
HOLLIDAYSBURG â€” After falling behind 16-15 midway through its match at Hollidaysburg, the Punxsy wrestling team never lost another bout while defeating the Golden Tigers Tuesday night, 54-16.
Punxsy (5-6) was down 16-15 after a loss by fall, two defeats by decision and a loss by major decision from 152 pounds to 103 pounds. That's when Punxsy won the final seven bouts thanks to four falls, two forfeits and a decision to exit with the victory.