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April 19th

Riding the momentum wave: Chucks win again

April 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Riding the momentum from an impressive road win against Bradford Tuesday afternoon, the Chucks tennis team picked up another convincing win over the Brockway Rovers Thursday evening in Punxsutawney, 8-1.

"Brockway was 4-2 coming in, and their losses were to DuBois and Elk, so we have a few common losses there," Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said after the win. "But I expected us to play well at home after coming off Tuesday's confidence booster against Bradford. It was a good win for us."

Personal bests a theme for Punxsy at Invite

April 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday afternoon was a rare occasion where the ninth- and 10th-grade members of the PAHS boys' track team could compete without the pressure of defeating the more-experienced juniors and seniors at the Indiana Ninth- and 10th-grade Invitational Tournament, and Punxsy head coach John Smith said Punxsy had a good showing.

With 10 teams at the tournament — including the Chucks, Indiana, Greensburg-Salem, Ligonier Valley, Latrobe, Altoona, Franklin Regional, Hempfield, Norwin and Calvary Baptist — the Chucks had plenty of solid competiton.

April 18th

In dramatic fashion: Chucks rally past Beavers

April 18, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Trailing the DuBois Beavers 4-2 entering the home half of the sixth inning Wednesday in Punxsutawney, the Chucks knew they needed to make some noise with their bats. And with a bit of help from the Beavers' pitching staff early, Punxsy did just that, putting up five runs in the frame to take a 7-4 lead — one that would hold up for a win.

Punxsy's come-from-behind rally started with one out in the sixth, when relief pitcher Cory Geer was hit by a John Georgino pitch. No. 9 hitter Taylor Phillips followed with a walk, putting runners on first and second.

ONE LAST MEAL TOGETHER AS A TEAM

April 18, 2012

Wednesday evening, the 2011-12 Punxsy wrestling team gathered one final time for a banquet at the Eagles. The Chucks' senior wrestlers were honored, and the team members and their families shared a catered meal. Pictured here are seniors (from left) Seth Spack, Tyler Titus, Josh Neal and Neko Cappella. Missing from the photo is fellow senior Carl Langley.

The Zak Zone

April 18, 2012

Last Sunday at church, our pastor asked us to take a few minutes to reflect on the things we're afraid of in a message that drove home the point that allowing our fears to paralyze us is not a healthy way to live.

As I sat there pondering the laundry list of things I fear — or have feared in the past — several fears — both rational and irrational — came to mind.

April 17th

Worth the ride: Chucks tennis downs Bradford

April 17, 2012

BRADFORD — Despite having to shake off the after-effects of a long ride to Bradford, the Chucks tennis team earned a convincing 8-1 victory over the Bradford Owls Tuesday afternoon.

"It was a nice little win, a nice trip to Bradford," Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said after the match. "The big thing today was just the ride. You're in the van for so long, and you have about 20 minutes when you get there to get ready. We looked a little sluggish to start, but once we got warmed up and started making a few shots, I really thought we played OK."

Punxsy boys split with DuBois, Northern Cambria

April 17, 2012

DUBOIS — The Punxsy Chucks traveled to DuBois Tuesday afternoon for a pair of dual meets against D-IX foe DuBois and non-league opponent Northern Cambria, and while the Chucks earned a split, it was the Beavers who bested them, 88-62.

"There were just a few events where they really hurt us today," Punxsy head coach John Smith said, referring to the Beavers. "They were very strong in the sprints and hurdles, as well as in the long jump."

Punxsy's win came over Northern Cambria, where the Chucks won convincingly, 110-40.

'Sweet and sour:' Lady Chucks split pair of duals

April 17, 2012

DUBOIS — Much like the boys' track team, the Punxsy girls' squad traveled to DuBois Tuesday evening to pick up a split in a pair of dual meets between the DuBois Lady Beavers and Northern Cambria.

While the Lady Chucks came up short on the score sheet against the Lady Beavers, 111-39, Punxsy head coach Barry Young said his team likes to focus on the positive, which came in the form of a 97.5-52.5 victory over Northern Cambria.

April 16th

Strong arms, Phillips' blast power Punxsy to win

April 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Although the scoreboard didn't necessarily reflect it at the end of the game, the Lady Chucks were engaged in a solid pitching dual on both sides against the Hollidays-burg Lady Tide Monday in Punxsutawney. But Punxsy scored four sixth-inning insurance runs to open the game up and pick up a 6-1 victory.

And while Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer said he wasn't completely thrilled with every aspect of the performance, he was still content to walk away with a victory.

What a catch!

April 16, 2012

Zachary Thorpe, 11, of Ringgold, caught these trophies — a 24-inch rainbow trout and a 25-inch palamino, while fishing at Cloe Lake with his grandfather, Carl Ackerson.

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