Archive - Oct 2012 - Sports Article
Punxsy ninth-grade defensive end Brandon Douthit and company take down a Curwensville runner on Wednesday night. The Chucks wrapped up an undefeated 8-0 season with a 33-14 win over the Golden Tide in Punxsutawney.
For the complete story on the ninth-grade game, see today's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In one of the most intense regular season volleyball matches of the season, Redbank Valley outlasted Punxsy, 18-16 in the fifth and deciding match. The Lady Chucks held a 2-1 game lead only to see the Lady Bulldogs take the next two for the victory Monday night in Punxsutawney.
STRATTANVILLE Ââ€” The Brookville Raiders proved Friday night that a win doesn't have to be glamorous in their 28-19 victory over the Clarion-Limestone Lions.
"An ugly win is just as good as a pretty win, and we were able to keep battling and score more points than them, plain and simple," said Chris Dworek, Raider varsity coach.
After a combined 24 penalty flags and nine turnovers between both teams, the Brookville Raiders were able to outlast the Lions, who were hot on the comeback trail.
CLARION â€” On a night that started out a very promising one for the Punxsy Chucks, the unblemished Clarion Bobcats reversed the fortunes and bulldozed their way to a 42-0 shutout Friday night in Clarion.
The Bobcats (8-0) scored on their first five possessions, with a Cameron Kirkland 77-yard punt return for a touchdown coming in the final minute of the second quarter to power their cause.
â€śThe real turning point of the night was the punt return to end the first half,â€ť pointed out Chucks head coach Alan Nichol. â€śYou took a good team and gave them momentum heading into the half.â€ť
CLARION â€” The road is never an easy place to play, especially when an undefeated foe is your host.
The task will be daunting for the Punxsy Chucks tonight when they face the 7-0 Clarion Bobcats at Clarion Universityâ€™s Memorial Stadium.
The visiting Chucks, though, are hoping the trend of the short four-year football series between still fairly new Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference opponents continues to hold true. Over the past four years, the visiting team has come out on top, including the Bobcatsâ€™ 19-7 victory in Punxsy last fall.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On normal rest, some foes are a tall task, but on the second of back-to-back days makes them all the tougher.
This was the case for the second time this season for the Punxsy boys' soccer team when facing rival DuBois. After shutting out Karns City last night, Punxsy did not have enough left to face DuBois 20 hours later in a 4-1 home loss on Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
"It was a good hard game. We needed it and to have good competition at the end of the season," said Chucks coach Phil Shenkle.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When a team cannot put many shots on goal, it is tough to win. The Punxsy boys' soccer defenders were very successful at keeping visiting Karns City to six shots to record a 2-0 shutout on Senior Night at Jack F. LaMarca Stadium.
"That was District-IX caliber defense on the field all night," proclaimed Chucks coach Phil Shenkle to his players after the game.
BROOKVILLE â€” In the next-to-last tuneup for the District IX championship, Punxsy was able to easily handle Brookville, 16-47, in boys' cross country on Tuesday afternoon in Brookville.
"It is not an easy course with a hill for the final mile," explained Chucks coach John Smith. "Our first four had good times."
Punxsy completed its dual meet schedule a perfect 9-0 with the defeat of Brookville.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ With a cold wind blowing across the stadium, St. Marys lifted a ball over the outstretched hands of Punxsy girls' soccer goalie Allie Fye for what would be the game-winning goal, 3-2, with 15:05 left in the match.
"It just wasn't our game," said Lady Chucks' coach Kevin Hughes.
Sydney Dubensky provided a goal in each half to provide all the Lady Chucks' offense on the afternoon.
Dubensky netted the game's first score of the match. The Lady Dutch tied the contest, 1-1, in the 30th minute for the other goal of the opening half.
CLEARFIELD â€” After facing each other in both the District IX singles and doubles championships, local rivals Punxsy and DuBois met on the girls' team tennis court on Monday afternoon in Clearfield. The result ended up the same as the two regular season meetings as DuBois' depth was too much for Punxsy, giving it a 5-0 district team title.
"The girls played well tonight," commented Punxsy coach Rose Graffius. "There were some close games. It was a good ending to a great season."