Archive - Jan 2012 - Sports Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite giving up a nine-point halftime lead in the third quarter, the Punxsy girls' basketball team battled back and outscored the Lady Dutch of St. Marys 20-8 in the final stanza to claim a 62-50 victory Tuesday night in Punxsutawney.
After the game, Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said battling back and not quitting are traits his young team possesses as a strength.
"These girls battle the entire game, whether we're up or down," he said. "They're going to play hard for 32 minutes. It's just a trait of this team."
NEW BETHLEHEM â€” Punxsy wrestling coach Eric Eddy told anyone who asked him this week it would take "a perfect match" to beat Redbank Valley when the Chucks traveled there Tuesday night. Punxsy came within four points of reaching that match but fell just short in a 33-29 loss â€” one which saw Punxsy's Seth Spack reach the 100-win milestone to become just the fourth Chuck to do so.
Spack earned his 100th tonight, joining Neko Cappella, who did it this season, as well, and Matt Means and Kody Young as the only wrestlers in Punxsy history to reach the mark.
ST. MARYS â€” The Punxsy Chucks rode a five-game winning streak into St. Marys for a District-IX league game against the Flying Dutchmen, and in what Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal called a "flat out war," the Chucks headed home with six in a row with a 44-38 win.
"It was a blood bath," Neal said. "We had two starters foul out in Garrett Zimmerman and Alex Fedigan early in the fourth quarter."
Punxsy's sharp-shooting sophomore Brandon Mancuso also missed the game due to illness, but Neal said his squad stepped up and did what they had to do to earn the victory.
Although the winter sports schedule isn't quite as hectic as the fall sports season, a night with no events â€” such as Monday night â€” is still a rarity. Faithfully attending all home events, and some on the road, Punxsy's cheerleaders rarely see a day off. This season's middle school cheerleaders are (front, from left) Kassi Niver, Kylee Knox, Hailyn Fye, Emily Travis; (middle) Laura Keller, Brianna Roy, Jalynn Mineweaser, Savannah Wolfe, Libby Anderson; (back) Tabitha Windsor and Sarah Malberg.
BROOKVILLE â€” Heading into Monday night's game, the Brookville Raiders knew they were facing one of the district's best basketball squads in the Johnsonburg Rams.
But the Raiders prevailed, putting up 11 points in overtime and holding the Rams to just four to earn the 64-55 victory.
"I thought it was a pretty fierce game, physical underneath, and you had two teams out there that didn't want to lose," Brookville head coach Bud Baughman said. "Fortunately, we had a few lucky breaks for us; that was the difference in the game."
BROOKVILLE â€”Â Brookville senior Jordan Young lined up on offense every Friday night during the 2011 football season.
He helped lead the corps, serving as a team captain, and dominated game in and game out, and recently, he was recognized for his efforts.
The Pennsylvania Football News released its All-State Football teams Jan. 4, and Brookville senior Jordan Young was named to the third team as an offensive lineman.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. â€” Many children grow up playing baseball and dream of someday playing in the major leagues.
Brookville's Ryan Barrett is one step closer to achieving that dream, as he was selected recently to play in the California Winter League (CWL), a prestigious instructional league from which many players are selected to play professionally.
"I'm hoping to get picked up by a team," Barrett said before leaving for Palm Springs, Calif., today. "It's my dream to play professional baseball; that's what I've been working for my entire life."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Lady Chucks basketball team knew it had its hands full when the Lady Tigers of Hollidaysburg â€” defending District VI champion and perennial powerhouse â€” rolled into town on snow-covered roads Friday night.
Punxsy (3-9, 0-2) wasn't able to break the Lady Tigers' press, and Hollidaysburg scored eight points in the first minute and opened with a 13-0 run on its way to a 78-32 win.
RIDGWAY â€” After a tough loss to Brookville put the Punxsy junior high wresting team below the .500 mark for the season at 2-3, Punxsy rebounded with a victory Thursday night in Ridgway to return to .500.
As has been the case for Punxsy in more matches than not this season, it dominated the bouts that took place on the mat. But in an interesting move, Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said Ridgway opted to exchange several forfeits as opposed to allowing its wrestlers to take to the mat during regulation.
WESTOVER â€” After the Harmony Owls missed a buzzer-beating shot that would have given them a win over the Punxsy boys' basketball team last season, Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal pegged Harmony â€” a much smaller school in Westover â€” a scrappy school that will play a team hard until the end. And Thursday night in Westover, the Owls gave the Chucks a run for their money, especially in the first half.