Archive - Oct 2012 - Sports Article
Punxsy outside hitter Emilee States taps the ball back over the net with Taylor Newcome (11) and Ivy Phillips looking on as part of the 3-0 sweep of Clearfield Wednesday night in Punxsutawney to advance to the D-IX championship game tonight in St. Marys.
For the full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
DuBOIS â€” On a rainy Halloween night, Bradford's Cody Bly turned out to be no treat for the Punxsy boys' soccer team. Bly found the net three times to boot the Owls past the Chucks to claim the District IX title, 3-1.
"We were outplayed. Bradford was the better team tonight," explained Chucks head coach Phil Shenkle. "We did a lot of things very well, but Bradford was just better in the game."
The night started off rough for Punxsy, especially for its goalkeeper Tristan Acre. The junior not only hurt his knee in the pregame warmups but was forced to leave the game three minutes in.
The Punxsy cheerleaders honored their senior members as part of Senior Night last Friday before the Chucks football game. The three seniors were (from left) Afton McAfee with parents Cyndee Pifer, Randy Collarini, and Mike and Michelle McAfee; Kelsey Snyder with parents Joe and Sandy Snyder; and Holly Waltman with parents Richard and Kathy Waltman.
RIDGWAY â€” Mission accomplished! The Punxsy boys' cross country team set its season goal of reclaiming the District IX title and made it become a reality with a complete team effort on Saturday afternoon in Ridgway.
RIDGWAY â€” After falling just short the past two seasons, the Lady Chucks captured a convincing District IX cross country crown on Saturday in Ridgway.
Punxsy ran away with first by 28 points, 31-59 over runner-up Clearfield. The two-time defending champion Bradford was third with 64 points, while St. Marys completed the field with 67 points in fourth.
â€śI certainly thought we had an excellent chance of winning, but I surprised at the margin of victory,â€ť admitted Punxsy coach George Wehrle. â€śThe girls proved they were for sure the best team in the district this year.â€ť
Seth Burkett (left) and Eric Ingros (right) are shown running at Districts in Ridgway Saturday.
Punxsy emerged as District IX AA champions with a team score of 31.
The complete story will be featured in Tuesday's edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Karns City Gremlins spoiled the Brookville Raiders football team's Senior Night with a 45-20 win Friday night.
The Gremlins diverse running game gave the Raider defense fits all night, putting up 311 total rushing yards.
"They're fast and we're not," said Chris Dworek, Raider varsity coach. "We had some things open, but penalties hurt us more than usual, missed execution hurt us more than usual because they're tough. They're fast, and it's more painful when you play teams like that," he said.
The Punxsy offensive line leads the way on a running play from earlier in the season. The Chucks will honor 14 seniors including Alex Bevak (23) and Brandon Snyder (76, pictured) before tonight's game against the Warriors of Moniteau with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Jack F. LaMarca Stadium.
For a full preview of the Senior Night matchup with the Warriors, see Friday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Putting an exclamation mark at the end of the successful 2012 campaign, Punxsy spiked DuBois Central in the regular season finale. On Senior Night, the Lady Chucks coasted into the District IX playoffs over the Lady Cardinals, 3-0, with games of 25-9, 25-11 and 25-11.
"The team kept up their intensity well during this match and played well," commented Punxsy head coach Heather Good. "It was a good game for Shayla (Brink), Chelsea (Engeholm) and Sydney (Weaver) to go out on our home court."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Being the pre-race favorite is a challenging place to be, but the Punxsy Lady Chucks cross country team will look to fulfill the hype. The Lady Chucks are favored to capture their first District IX crown since 2009 this Saturday morning in Ridgway.
The Punxsy girls head into the 2012 district championship meet with the inside track to gold based on their previous season results against the other three AA teams competing in the district â€” Bradford, Clearfield and Saint Marys. Â