Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
INDIANA â€” Quality cross country teams are about overall team depth and not having one or two good runners. It took a total team effort but the Punxsy boys' cross country squad was able to pull out the closest of top places for the team crown at the IUP Crimson Hawk High School Invitational last Saturday in Indiana.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The home course advantage is always nice and the Lady Chucks enjoyed it Monday afternoon. Punxsy golfers recorded three of the top scores, as Punxsy swept Brookville, DuBois, Curwensville and Brockway.
The four lowest scorers for the Lady Chucks, who are now 15-1 in the district and 18-1 overall, produced a team score of 224 for the front nine holes of the Punxsutawney Country Club. The score was six strokes better than rival Brookville (230) and easily enough to better DuBois (244), Curwensville (264) and Brockway (265).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As soon as the rain let up Saturday morning, the Punxsy poured in the goals. The Chucks dominated St. Marys, 5-0, behind a pair of scores from Trevor Peace and Kevin Hughes.
Peace led the Chucks with a pair of goals and an assist with two tallies coming from Hughes. Tanner Evans connected for the other score.
Four other Punxsy players assisted on goals in Brycen Lunger, Tommy Renwick, Johnny Gigliotti and Taylor Phillips. Goalie Tristan Acre posted five saves in net.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Brookville Raiders destroyed the Keystone Panthers behind a monster offensive attack Friday night.
When the final seconds ran out on the clock, Brookville emerged victorious, 42-13. With the win, 17-year Raider varsity coach Chris Dworek earned his 100th victory.
"I want to coach until I'm 80. I want to coach their kids. There are some guys coming up through the flag and the Lumberjacks and all that stuff. It's another game and it's fun, I feel good, and we'll go for 101 next week and celebrate just the same," said Dworek.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On a beautiful Homecoming night at Jack F. LaMarca Stadium, the Punxsy Chucksâ€™ defense shined and the ground game churned out 386 yards to stride past the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Falcons, 24-6.
After a rocky showing a week ago, the Punxsy defense flexed its muscles against what was a potent Falconsâ€™ offense coming into the contest. For the first 46:42, Punxsy held A-C Valley to 150 yards of total offense including 52 on the ground.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Following a tough contest on a rainy night last week, the Punxsy Chucks return to the gridiron looking to make some positive strides as a team to celebrate the schoolâ€™s Homecoming this evening.
Punxsy has suffered some misfortune in the last pair of contests, as it fell to a veteran Union High team on the road, 21-6, before seeing the buzz- saw big-play offense of DuBois cut into the home team, 50-6 last Friday in Punxsutawney.
The Chucks do have the solace of both defeats having come at the hands of two undefeated foes.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” At times you cannot tell how great of an event the contest played was by what the scoreboard says. This was the case when Punxsy hosted Altoona in girls' volleyball Thursday night. The Lady Lions did prove to have the scoreboard in their favor, 3-0, when the match was completed.
"Our players played a phenomenal game tonight," said Lady Chucks' head coach Heather Good. "The final score doesn't reflect how the match was, as each game could of went either way."
The momentum in the long run went the visiting Altoona's way by game scores of 16-25, 22-25 and 16-25.
By Chris Myers
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY - The Punxsy 8th-grade girls' basketball team held its own Thursday afternoon but Altoona played a consistent game to win, 37-21.
"The girls played as well as they have all season for about two and a half quarters," said Punxsy coach Mike Carlson. "To beat a team that good we need to put all four quarters together."
Alli Lunger paced the Punxsy (3-3) effort with seven points including three of four free throws. Point guard Morgan VanLeer added three buckets for six points.
DUBOIS â€”Â Both the boys' and girls' golf squads from Punxsutawney made the trip Wednesday morning to participate in the annual DuBois Area High School Tournament, which was played on the Silver Course at Treasure Lake, and both teams had fair showings at the tournament with the boys taking fifth overall and the girls placing ninth.
On the boys' side, Hollidaysburg hit the clubhouse with the lowest score, shooting a 334 as a team, and Punxsy was just 20 strokes behind in fifth overall.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With near perfect weather to run, the Punxsy girls' cross country team took advantage and recorded 10 seasonal or career bests on the day to defeat both Elk County and Saint Marys on their home course yesterday afternoon. Â
Elk County fell 25-30 to the Punxsy harriers, despite taking the top two places in the meet with the home team taking the next five places to earn the victory. Against Saint Marys, the Punxsy girls took places two through six on their way to a 20-40 victory. DuBois Central also competed but did not field a full team.