Archive - Jan 2012 - Sports Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The last time the Lady Chucks basketball team faced Brookville Dec. 15, 2011, the Lady Raiders were just too much for Punxsy's young squad to handle.
The rematch took place Tuesday night in Punxsutawney, and a more confident, experienced Lady Chucks team that has shown much improvement since that first meeting struggled to find it's rhythm early and couldn't overcome the deficit put up by Brookville's steady offense, as the Lady Raiders cruised to a 51-38 victory.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy grapplers faced even match-ups Tuesday night against Hollidaysburg, and the Chucks edged just one more victory on the mat than the Tigers and earned themselves a 43-28 win.
The Tigers are running a small squad this year, and they knew going into Tuesday night's match-up they'd be giving up four forfeits. But the Chucks were having numbers issues themselves and returned the favor with three. Only seven matches took place on the mat.
WINGATE â€” The Punxsy Chucks basketball team traveled to Bald Eagle High School Tuesday night for an out-of-league contest and picked up a 72-63 road win to improve their record to 12-4 this season.
Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal was pleased with his team's performance, as he said the entire team contributed to the win.
"It was just a great win," he said. "We controlled the boards, and the big guys took over. We have players just coming in off the bench and giving their all when they're in there. Individual guys had big games, and all the pieces of the puzzle are really falling together."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This past weekend, Punxsutawney Area High School played host to more than 550 total wrestlers for a pair of youth tournaments: The Groundhog Classic, open to wrestlers ages eight to 15 of all experience levels, and the Groundhog Novice Tournament, limited to wrestlers between six and 12 years of age who are in their first two years of wrestling.
Wrestlers came from all over the state to participate, and the event was a success, with the parking lot at PAHS so packed that it was difficult to find a parking space: A good problem to have at such an event.
NEW OXFORD â€” Traveling across the state to a top-tier tournament can be intimidating for young wrestlers, but for the Punxsutawney Chucks, it was an opportunity to show their skills in front of some of the best teams in the states.
Twelve Chucks traveled Friday and Saturday to New Oxford, and six of them walked away with medals.
"Half of the guys that participated made the medal rounds," Chucks head coach Eric Eddy said. "They performed well, and the losses we suffered were usually only to kids that should've beaten us."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With five of the six top boys' basketball teams in District-IX league play within one game of first place entering Friday night, the Chucks knew they'd have their work cut out for them when they hosted DuBois. The Chucks proved to be up to the challenge with a 65-45 win.
BROOKVILLE â€” With only two turnovers in the first half, the Brookville Raiders (12-3) did not struggle against St. Marys (7-8) Friday night and earned a league victory, 43-32.
"I think we're getting a little better (with turnovers)," Brookville head coach Bud Baughman said. "We had some really tough games against some quality opponents, and I think it's helped us. That's really the only way you get better is to play the better teams."
The Raiders' most impressive quality Friday night was their defensive abilities.
JVs win third of last four, improve to 9-5 this season
DUBOIS â€” The Punxsutawney-DuBois rivalry has eclipsed decades, and if there is one thing a fan of either squad can expect, it's a close, rugged contest between the teams every time they meet.
Although the Lady Chucks and Lady Beavers basketball teams found themselves at the bottom of the District-IX standings entering Thursday night's contest in DuBois, both squads came out anxious to earn a victory in the saga's latest chapter.
And the Lady Chucks did just that with a 33-25 victory over the Lady Beavers.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”After a rocky start this season, Punxsy's ninth-grade boys' basketball team has picked up the pace and earned a second-consecutive victory over Brookville, 37-28, Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back to improve its record to 4-8 in 2011-12.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Not every win goes exactly as planned. Wednesday night was one of those victories for the Chucks basketball team, which hosted Keystone and squeezed by the Panthers, 50-47, in overtime to improve to 10-4 this season.
Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal said after the game that he knew from the beginning his team had to jump on Keystone or the Panthers would be dangerous if allowed to hang around.