Archive - Jan 2012 - Sports Article
ST. MARYS â€” Entering Wednesday night's girls' basketball game between Punxsy and Elk County Catholic, something had to give with ECC a perfect 9-0 and Punxsy riding the wave of a three-game winning streak. In the end, the Lady Crusaders did what they had to do to preserve their perfect season with a 47-29 victory.
"We just didn't match their intensity playing on the road against a very good Elk County team," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said after the game.
From the start, Elk County jumped out to an early lead, and at the first break, Punxsy found itself in a 12-5 hole.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Jan. 4, Pennsylvania Football News announced its annual PFN All-State football teams for the 2011 season, and this year, two Chucks â€” defensive lineman Jacob Shiock and quarterback Garrett Zimmerman â€” were among those named as statewide honorable mentions.
"Any time athletes are recognized for their hard work, it's a good thing," Punxsy head football coach Alan Nichol said in an interview Wednesday. "PFN is not as media-driven as some of the other awards. They're more based on opposing coaches nominations and statistics. So it's a nice honor for these guys."
In the blink of an eye last Sunday, the Steelers' season and my hopes of a seventh Lombardi trophy traveling to Pittsburgh came crashing down when Steeler Nation was "Tebowed" on a quick pass that ended the first-ever overtime game in NFL playoff history that wasn't sudden death in sudden death fashion.
Steelers fans across the nation Monday probably complained of the need for a further-revamped overtime system, while Broncos fans probably pledged their full allegiance to the new system â€” a sign that the way you look at a situation really does depend on whose side you call your own.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite leading by just four points at halftime, the Punxsy boys' basketball team scored 10 unanswered points to start the third quarter, and Daniel Triponey scored 19 points to lead the Chucks to a 41-29 victory over the Elk County Catholic Crusaders Tuesday night in Punxsutawney.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Punxsy Chucks went into Tuesday night's matchup against Brookville knowing it would be a competitive one, and the Raiders handed them one with a dominating 65-6 victory.
"We were looking at the possibility of getting shut out," Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy said. "We were looking at that coming in. That was a possibility because we know how tough they are."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' basketball team â€” a squad typically known for its defensive prowess â€” scored 60 points for the second consecutive game, including 22 in the first quarter, on its way to a 60-48 victory over Purchase Line Monday night in Punxsutawney.
After opening the season with seven straight losses, Punxsy has now won three games in a row and is gaining confidence with each win.
CURWENSVILLE â€” Punxsy's junior high school wrestlers won 10-of-11 matches that took place on the mat in Curwensville, losing 18 points by forfeit, to cruise to a 54-24 victory over the Golden Tide Thursday night in Curwensville.
"We were pretty pleased with our kids" performances at Curwensville," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "We have to be, considering we only lost one bout on the mat. I was a little worried about how they would perform, being that we haven't wrestled since Dec. 21."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The last time the Lady Chucks and the Clearfield Lady Bison basketball teams met each other Dec. 20, the game was a high-scoring affair that ended in double overtime with Clearfield outscoring Punxsy 60-55. Friday night, the two teams met again in another shootout-style game, and Punxsy's Taylor Newcome put up 36 points to help ensure that the Lady Chucks grabbed a 68-55 victory on their home court in the rematch.
CURWENSVILLE â€” In high school wrestling, what weight class wrestles first is determined by a random drawing. Thursday night in Curwensville, luck of the draw set the stage for the most anticipated match of the evening between Punxsy's Neko Cappella â€” who recently became just the third Punxsy wrestler to reach 100 wins â€” and Curwensville's Jake Keller â€” who is a two-time district champion â€” in the 138-pound class to be the final match of the evening.
DUBOIS â€” The Punxsy boys' ninth-grade basketball team earned its second win of the 2011-12 season in it's 2012 opener Tuesday afternoon at DuBois Central Catholic, 41-26.
Punxsy (2-5) jumped out to a 16-5 lead in the first quarter, and despite a strong second quarter by the Cardinals, the Chucks led at halftime and held on for the victory.
"This was by far the best game we have played all season, so far," Punxsy head cocah Brandon Krug said. "Our defense in the first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game."