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May 16th

Chucks' back-to-back bid blocked by Beavers

May 16, 2012

DUBOIS — Wednesday, the Chucks' top doubles duo of Michael Blose and Tim Pearce set out to earn a second-straight District IX doubles championship knowing all the other pairs were gunning for them, and after Pearce and Blose advanced to the finals, they were defeated in a close match against DuBois' top pair of Patrick Johnson and Matt Fultz.

Johnson and Fultz downed Blose and Pearce in three close sets, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, to be crowned champions.

THE RAIN JUST WOULDN'T GO AWAY

May 16, 2012

Members of the Punxsy high school baseball team, (from left) Michael Klingensmith, Luke Janocha, Ty Zimmerman and Dane Baker, pass the time during a break between rain storms playing a game, as wet weather delayed a double header with Brookville. Unfortunately, the pastime was the only game able to be played, as a late burst of rain muddied the field that many had worked so hard to get back into playing shape. The Lady Chucks' softball double header was also rained out.

May 15th

Despite deep field, Punxsy strives for trips to states

May 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This afternoon, four AAA schools from District IX will send their best athletes to compete at the D-IX Track and Field Championships in Kane, and Punxsy head coach Barry Young said this year's field is one of the deepest and strongest he has seen in some time.

Chucks' No. 2 seeds look to dethrone king seeds

May 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Five teams will travel to the boys' District IX Track and Field Championships this afternoon at Kane, but two are considered powerhouses — DuBois and Bradford — and it's expected to be a back-and-forth event for the two teams. But that doesn't mean Punxsy's squad doesn't have high aspirations of earning a few surprise first-place finishes and moving on to the state tournament May 31 at Shippensburg University.

"The bottom line is, it looks like it will be a big cat and mouse game between Bradford and DuBois," Punxsy head coach John Smith said.

IT'S BEEN A FUN RIDE, BUT IT'S NOT OVER YET

May 15, 2012

With the busy graduation season ahead, the Punxsy Lady Chucks softball team took a break from its final week of the regular season to hold its banquet Tuesday night at the Eagles. After the team and family members enjoyed a meal together, Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer and JV coach Ken Covatch each addressed their players and thanked them for the hard work they've put in this year. A slide show of memories throughout the season was shown, and the evening ended with Pifer recognizing the five senior members of his team.

May 14th

JVs falter a bit over weekend, look to finish strong

May 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After jumping out to an impressive 13-1 start, the Punxsy Chucks JV baseball team faltered over a two-day period with two losses to two very tough opponents.

The first loss came Friday at the hands of State College —a 14-2 defeat.

The Chucks struggled with the sticks Friday, earning only two hits off the bats of Christian Falgout and Dakotah Byers.

Byers' hit came in the sixth and drove in Punxsy's only two runs of the day.

May 13th

Seniors come up big with a win over Smethport on Senior Day

May 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Before Saturday afternoon's softball game against Smethport, the Lady Chucks took time to pay tribute to the members of their team who will be graduating in less than a month.

In the game that followed, Punxsy's seniors shined — highlighted by a three-RBI triple by senior catcher Johnna Depp — in an 8-4 victory over the Hubbers.

After the game, Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer said he was pleased with the team's performance to close out a busy week heading into another this week.

Baker, Sloniger combine to blank Hubbers, 6-0

May 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy starting pitcher Dane Baker pitched six innings of two-hit baseball, and Ryan Sloniger closed the deal with one perfect inning, as the Chucks cruised to a 6-0 victory over the Smethport Hubbers Saturday in Punxsutawney.

A Dylan Mott double and a Ryan Stratton single were the only blemishes on an otherwise perfect, walk-free effort by the Chucks' pitchers.

May 11th

Chucks tentative at plate in loss to S.C.

May 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite a pair of hits in the first three batters of the game, the Punxsy baseball team's offense took a tentative approach at the plate and managed only two more hits for the remainder of the game against State College starter Michael Finlan, as the Little Lions went on to a 5-0 victory Friday in Punxsutawney.

"We just weren't attacking enough," Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey said. "We weren't aggressive, and we couldn't put runs on the board. And it showed. We're not stepping up to the plate with confidence, and we need to start doing that."

Lady Chucks rebound with a pair of fours

May 11, 2012

STATE COLLEGE — After falling to a polished Bald Eagle squad Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney, the Punxsy softball team knew it had to put that game in its past with another tough foe ahead in State College Friday. And the Lady Chucks did just that, and behind two four-run innings and solid pitching from starter Randa Depp, Punxsy cruised to an 8-1 victory.

Despite the fact the Lady Chucks lost Thursday, Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer had said he'd seen a lot of things he liked out of his team — including hitting the ball hard and pitching well. And Friday, it paid off.

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