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The Last of a Vanishing breed? 100-win grapplers Cappella, Spack lead Chucks into Districts

February 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Punxsy tourney gives players chance to show off skills

February 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Chucks will lean on experience in upper classes

February 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

One last chance at the 'Big Dance'

February 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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

The Zak Zone

February 24, 2012

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.

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