Archive - Nov 2012 - Sports Article
PITTSBURGH â On a recent Saturday October night, Punxsy native Mark Aaron scored a unanimous decision win over Damon Palmer of Eastside PAL, in the 178-pound novice division at the Edgewood Club in Pittsburgh.
Aaron was able to use his superior reach and height along with having a strong jab to set up good combinations and outscore his opponent.
He trains a Helman's PAL in Punxy and is scheduled for action again in mid-November in Tarentum.
Also preparing for first bouts are local heavyweight Marcus Williams and lightweights Colton Sheilds and Parker Vernot.
The Punxsy Chucks football team held its annual banquet on Tuesday night at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church. The Chucks honored their seniors and cheerleaders, pictured here: (first row, from left) Caesar Maruca, Will Harmon, Trevor Peace, Dylan Lettie, Josh Smith, Daniel McLain; (second row) Brandon Snyder, Alex Bevak, Holly Waltman, Afton McAfee, Kelsey Snyder, Jamie Bush; (back row) Derek Malburg, Devin Williams, Garrett Zimmerman, Jordan London, Zach Minich and Brandon Wingert.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Despite having a disappointing regular season finale, the Punxsy Chucks football team was able to qualify for the District V-VI-VIII-IX subregional playoffs. The foe will be a familiar one for Punxsy as it will travel over the mountain to tackle undefeated District IX champ Clearfield on Friday night in a 7 p.m. kickoff.
In the new format, the Chucks (5-5) enter the AAA subregional tournament as the fourth seed. Clearfield (10-0) holds the top seed.
In the other contest, third seed Somerset (5-5) will face University Prep (5-3) as the second seed.
HERSHEY â After heading across the state of Pennsylvania with a lot of enthusiasm, sophomore Bo Dinger came across the finish line 19th to earn an All-State individual medal to lead the Punxsy boys' cross country team at the PIAA AA boys' cross country championships on Saturday afternoon in Hershey.
As a team, the Chucks completed the 5K Parkview Cross Country Course with 372 points in 18th of the extremely tough 19-team boys field, narrowly beat out by General McLane with 369 points in the program's first state team appearance since 1998.
Punxsy runner Bo Dinger placed 19th overall (top 25 medal) at the cross country State Championships in Hershey on Saturday.
Punxsy placed 18th overall in the team division.
The complete story will be featured in Tuesday's edition of the Punxsutawney Spirit.
To see how Lady Chucks fared, pick up Monday's print edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.
ST. MARYS â After coming back from a game down less than two days prior, the Punxsy volleyball team saw its fortunes reverse on Saturday afternoon in the PIAA sub-regional playoffs in St. Marys.
After capturing wins in the first and third sets, the Lady Chucks found themselves with a 2-1 lead over the Eagles of Obama Academy.
The emotional toll, travel and short amount of down time caught up with the Punxsy roster as Obama Academy prevailed 25-19 in game four before winning the fifth contest and match, 15-10.
CLARION â The Brookville Raiders' regular season ended with a 34-6 loss to the Clarion Bobcats Friday at Memorial Stadium on a snowy and dreary night. The Bobcats' (10-0) balanced scoring, and the Raiders (6-4) five turnovers kept Brookville from contending with the Clarion squad.
"Guys are trying too hard and aren't tucking the ball in, and just aren't being careful with the ball," said Chris Dworek, Raiders varsity coach. "Turnovers are killer against anybody, especially a good team," he added.
HERSHEY â After taking not only one, but both District IX titles, the Punxsy boys' and girls' cross country teams were given the royal treatment as they headed out of Punxsutawney on Friday morning. The two squads will test their mettle against the best of the Pennsylvania's AA ranks today at Hershey's Parkview Cross Country Course adjacent to Hershey Park.
LOYSBURG â With the changing of quarters, so went the changing of the Punxsy Chucks' football fortunes on Friday night. Leading 21-14 after the first 36 minutes of action, Punxsy managed only 37 fourth-quarter yards and committed two turnovers, on which Northern Bedford capitalized for the game-winning points and a 27-21 home victory.
ST. MARYS â Every team dreams and sets goals for its seasons. The Lady Chucks volleyball team was able to fulfill its dream of District IX gold in dramatic fashion Thursday night at St. Marys High School.
Trailing by a game, Punxsy came together to take game four and outlasted Bradford, 18-16, in the match-deciding set to capture the program's seventh title in eight years.
"Everyone on this team contributed to this win tonight. It feels like a dream to bring the District Championship plaque back to Punxsutawney," exclaimed the winning head coach Heather Good.