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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.
BROCKWAY â€” In a District IX boys' soccer rematch of last year's championship game between the Punxsy Chucks and the Bradford Owls, the script looked very similar to 2010 with Punxsy scoring a first-half goal and Bradford answering with a second-half goal to send the game into overtime. This year, though, the Chucks were the ones who earned the overtime winner and took home the D-IX Championship trophy with a 2-1 win Wednesday night in Brockway.
Early Sunday afternoons this time of year, you can usually find me curled up nice and warm on the couch at my parents' house, preparing to watch the Steelers in the one o'clock round of NFL games.
Last Sunday, though, with the Steelers meeting the Patriots, the game was given a prime-time slot, and I instead found myself at work â€” well, sort of.
This Saturday, 32 former Punxsy Chucks football players spanning 20 years â€” from the Class of 1991 to the Class of 2011 â€” will play in a full-contact alumni game against rival Brookville at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Jack LaMarca Stadium in Punxsutawney. The game was organized by Alumni Football USA, which organizes approximately 300 games each year across the country, according to Pennsylvania director Robert Bishop.
BROCKWAY â€”Â The Lady Raiders of Brookville played a hard-fought, defensive game Tuesday in the District IX Class A soccer semi-finals against Curwensville.
Brookville had been on the losing end of two one-goal games to the Lady Tide during the regular season, and it turned out the same way for the Lady Raiders Tuesday. Curwensville found the back of the net just once, but that was enough to carry the Lady Tide to the championship game.
HIGH POINT, N.C. â€” High Point University head coach Mike Esposito was named Big South Coach of the Year in women's cross country, it was announced after the Panthers won their first-ever team championship Saturday in Conway, S.C.
HPU's top five runners all placed in the top 10 as the Panthers beat two-time defend- ing champion Liberty University.
Originally from Punxsutawney, Esposito is in his seventh season as head coach of men's and women's cross country and track & field at High Point University.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The SS.C.D. elementary basketball program's sixth-grade team finished its season with an undefeated 26-0 record with three wins at the sixth-grade tournament at DuBois Central Catholic over the weekend in DuBois.
The final game "was a nail-biter," according to elementary basketball director Kurt Nestel. SS.C.D. held on for a 13-12 victory over Elk County Christian to clinch the undefeated season.
During the perfect season, SS.C.D. also earned the championship at the ECC Tourna-ment.
DUBOIS â€” Halloween turned out to be a scary night for the Brookville Raiders as they fell 5-1 to the Brockway Rovers in the Distrist IX Class A soccer semi-finals.
With the loss, the Raiders season ended on a disappointing note, but Brookville head coach Dan Smith said he was pleased with how the team played throughout the playoffs.
"We would've liked to have gone a little further up the bracket, but we're happy," Smith said. "We're proud of the boys, with the effort they put up through the bracket. They gave it a nice run."