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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ In what was suppose to be a three-man race to the finish, Punxsyâ€™s Bo Dinger took control early and won the boys' cross country double dual meet going away by 36 seconds to help his team sweep past both Elk County Catholic and St. Marys.
Dinger widened his lead for the Chucks as the race went on and turned in what amounted to a dominating performance over ECCâ€™s Ryan Detsch and St. Marysâ€™ Alec Foster. The Punxsy junior ran across the finish line in 17:13, 36 seconds better than Detsch (17:49) and 45 seconds over Foster (17:58).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Playing back-to-back days in any sport is tough. Punxsy proved to be successful on both ends of the matches as it breezed past rival Brookville, 3-0, Tuesday night.
Behind 15 service aces and strong serving in the sets, the Lady Chucks (5-1) claimed the three games by scores of 25-13, 25-10 and 25-11.
"Any time you win a match in three sets it is a good thing. It is a feat for any team any time," said Punxsy's coach Heather Good. "Sydney Phillips and Chelsea Engeholm served extremely well, while Taylor Newcome had a solid night on our front line."
By Chris Myers
Of The Spirit
NEVADA (MO) â€” Punxsy native Tommy Bush put together an outstanding summer season on the mound to earn 2012 National Baseball Congress World Series All- American team honors.
Bush played for the Nevada (Mo.) Griffins of the M.I.N.K. Collegiate Summer Baseball League.
The M.I.N.K. League is a summer wooden bat league for collegiate players to gain valuable experience in a minor league baseball type setting.
BROCKWAY â€” Sports seasons many times have signature wins, and the Punxsy girls' soccer squad hopes Monday night was one of its 2012 moments. Sydney Dubensky booted the game-winner for the Lady Chucks to give them a 2-1 victory over the Lady Rovers of Brockway.
"It was the best game I have seen the them play yet," Punxsy head coach Kevin Hughes said about the match. "We started using what we have been working on in practice, and it showed on the field today."
RIMERSBURG â€” After dropping the first full match of the year, the Lady Chucks ran their win streak to four with a 3-1 road volleyball victory over the Damsels of Union Monday night in Rimersburg.
Punxsy (4-1) came out hot off the bus with a 25-10 first game win before Union was able get its footing.
The Lady Chucks captured the second contest, 25-20, before dropping a tight, 23-25, third game.
The Damsels were unable to keep the momentum as the visitors came back to end the match with a 25-21 win on the fourth affair.
BRADFORD â€” The top six Punxsy boys' cross country runners medaled as the team ran a strong race last Saturday at the 9th Annual Bradford Invitational.
The Chucks had a strong showing in fourth place of the 10-team field. Punxsy posted a score of 85 points, just one point behind third placed Kane (84), while Oswayo Valley claimed the top spot of 53 with Northern Potter second with 65.
"Overall, we did a nice job considering none of our runners have been on this course before," said Chucks coach John Smith.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For the second-straight season, the Punxsutawney Alumni proved too tough against area alumni competition.
The Chucks stuffed the Marion Center Stingers, 28-0, in a complete team effort.
The Punxsy defense forced four turnovers and allowed a meager 24 yards of offense to Marion Center.Â
The defense stuffed the Stingers to a tune of -12 yards rushing on 19 carries including -22 yards on eight tries in the second half while allowing 36 yards through the air.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Brookville Raiders came from behind to beat the St. Marys Flying Dutchmen 19-15 Friday night, thanks to a clutch 90-yard punt return from Braiden Smith in the fourth quarter.
Despite Brookville's offensive shortcomings in the first half, the defense played tough all night to keep the game in reach.
"The defense buckled down a lot more than we have in years. The red zone defense played super, and we created a couple of turnovers that helped us out," said varsity coach Chris Dworek.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ Speed kills, and never was it more evident than when DuBoisâ€™ Garrett Brown held the ball Friday night. Brown raced past Punxsy defenders for four long touchdown runs, a 99-yard kick return for another score and 403 all-purpose yards to lead the Beavers to a 50-6 rain-soaked thrashing of the Chucks on Friday night in Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When facing a big play, high-powered offense in sports, you have to be able to take a punch, hold your ground and fight back. The Punxsy Chucks will need this type of resilience tonight when facing the DuBois Beavers' potent squad.
â€śIt has been a good week of practice. The players are determined to play well, which makes really makes it enjoyable coaching them,â€ť proclaimed Chucks head coach Alan Nichol. â€śWe will have to be a resilient squad as we will have to be able to come back and focus on our job after DuBois makes a play and take good care of the ball on offense.â€ť