Archive - Feb 2012 - Sports Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Lady Chucks middle school volleyball team opened its season last Thursday against Brockway and continued Tuesday afternoon against the Lady Beavers of DuBois.
Last Thursday, the eighth-grade squad defeated the Lady Rovers to start the season off on the right foot.
In the first game, Punxsy picked up a win behind Emma White's eight aces, including one on game point to seal the game.
"Overall, it was just a really good game," Punxsy head coach Megan Decker said. "Emma's serves were really good, and that definitely helped."
In Monday's edition of Spirit Sports, the two Punxsy wrestlers who won the District-IX title in their respective weight classes Saturday at Clarion University â Seth Spack at 152 pounds and Perry Arrington at 138 pounds â were highlighted, but a record number of Chucks' wrestlers advanced to the regional tournament this weekend in Altoona.
CLARION â Saturday, the Punxsy wrestling team took 11 grapplers to the District IX Individual Wrestling Championships at Clarion University, and with 10 of the 11 advancing to the regional tournament this coming weekend in Altoona, the Chucks set a school record for individuals advancing beyond Districts.
Of the 10 advancing, the highlights of the tournament for the Chucks came in a pair of District IX champions being crowned in senior Seth Spack, at 152 pounds, and freshman Perry Arrington, at 138 pounds.
BRADFORD â A young Punxsy squad did everything it could this season, making improvements and changes on its way to the District IX Class AAA semi-finals.
But Friday, the Lady Chucks (9-14) met a match they could not handle in the undefeated Bradford (23-0), and the Lady Owls advanced to the championship 54-26.
"Their overall strength (was the difference)," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "Bradford is very athletic and very strong."
From the opening quarter, during which Punxsy was outscored 13-8, the young team struggled to keep the game competitive.
CLARION â A successful tournament would be an understatement for the Brookville Raiders' domination at the District IX Class AA Championships Friday and Saturday at Clarion University.
The list of accolades goes on and on: Four Raiders earning District titles; two coming in second place; sophomore Brock Zacherl receiving the Outstanding Wrestler award; Raider head coach Dave Klepfer being named Class AA Coach of the Year; the team placing first overall with 219.5 points; and 13 of 14 grapplers advancing to Regionals.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Because of limitations on the number of matches high school wrestlers are able to participate in each season, it was only within the last six years that Punxsy saw its first 100-win wrestler in Matt Means, who graduated in 2006. Means finished his career with 110 wins.
Last year, 2011 graduate Kody Young joined Means in the 100-win club and surpassed Means' win total to become the winningest wrestler in PAHS history with 144 individual victories.
This season, two Punxsy grapplers joined the 100-win club, in seniors Neko Cappella and Seth Spack.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Last Saturday, fifth-grade basketball teams from Indiana, Homer City, Brookville, Purchase Line and Butler traveled to Punxsutawney for the fifth-grade elementary basketball tournament hosted by SS.C.D. and the Punxsutawney Community Center.
A pair of Punxsy teams competed, one in the boys' division and one in the girls'.
The girls' team finished with a 3-1 record, with its only loss coming to Ligonier Valley.
Punxsy started the tournament with an 8-6 victory over Indiana Saturday morning.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After Thursday's examination of the lightweight seedings and anticipated matchups for the District IX Individual Championships, which will be held at Clarion University Saturday, today's edition of Spirit Sports examines the other end of the spectrum: The heavyweights.
Three of the four Chucks wrestlers in the top six weight classes enter the tournament as seniors, knowing this will be their last run to states, and overall, Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy anticipates and hopes for big things from his big men.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â While many children dream of one day playing in the NCAA's March Madness, known as the "Big Dance," most will never reach that level.
What took place this week at PAHS, the boys' elementary tournament, gives the children a taste of what it's like to take center stage just as the college players do every March.
This year's tournament, coached by the varsity and JV players and put on by the boys' basketball coaches from all levels, was a glaring success and concluded with five games Thursday night.
Sixth-grade: Penn State 34, Ohio State 14
I used to be Kobe Bryant in my driveway. And Michael Jordan. And Shaquille O'Neal, who I really didn't like all that much.
Whether it was because I lived out in the country, or that I just didn't have enough real friends, I used to play one-on-one basketball in my driveway... against myself... with two-man teams.
I liked Kobe and MJ back then, so the "team" I always wanted to win consisted of those two players.
The rules were simple.
Since I was the only player, and I was lazy, I never had to take the ball back to the three-point line.