Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Most people like to sit around in their most comfortable chair or at a table with friends in their spare time, but one Punxsy resident, Matt Bish, likes to slam his friends through them.
An avid professional wrestling fan his entire life, Matt Bish got involved in independent wrestling leagues back in 2002 when his mother, Wendy Bish, introduced him to a colleague, Christine Mancini, who wrestled for the Allied Powers Wrestling Federation (APWF), a now defunct wrestling league. Mancini introduced Bish to Ken "Bad Bubba" Brewer Jr., who was the APWF promoter at the time.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” District and state championships teams are developed and built over years of work. The Punxsy girls' soccer team took big strides in the development toward this championship level this fall.
The Lady Chucks celebrated their hard work and honored the team's senior athletes and Most Valuable Player in their Thursday night season banquet held at the Chestnut Grove Independent Church.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In a low-scoring gridiron battle on a chilly Tuesday night, the Jammin' Juniors ran 'Reitz' past the Super Seniors, 8-6, in the annual Powder Puff flag-football game held at Jack F. LaMarca Stadium.
Juniors twins Emily and Ashley Reitz combined for their team's touchdown and two-point conversion runs with 10:47 left in the game for a rare Junior Class win.
The Juniors defense stopped Super Senior Chelsea Engeholm three yards short on the game-tying two-point conversion run attempt to keep it 8-6 with 1:42 left in the game.
KANE â€” Despite a valiant fourth quarter comeback, the Brookville Raiders football team fell to the Kane Wolves, 35-34, in a District IX AA semifinal overtime heartbreaker Friday night in Kane.
Back-to-back touchdown runs from running back Zach Vroman in the fourth quarter helped the Raiders establish their first lead of the night. With the score at 28-21 and 1:59 left on the clock, the Wolves took over from their own 28-yard line.
HYDE â€” Despite every no-contest prediction for the Friday night football sub-regional playoff, the Punxsy Chucks scored 0the most points in seven weeks against the undefeated Clearfield Bison to give the host all it could handle.
Clearfield, though, had the answer to the battle-tough Punxsy team to take away the hard-fought 38-18 victory.
Trailing 24-0 after one play in the second half, the Chucks gained their stride with the game's next two scoring drives.
PITTSBURGH â€” On a recent Saturday October night, Punxsy native Mark Aaron scored a unanimous decision win over Damon Palmer of Eastside PAL, in the 178-pound novice division at the Edgewood Club in Pittsburgh.
Aaron was able to use his superior reach and height along with having a strong jab to set up good combinations and outscore his opponent.
He trains a Helman's PAL in Punxy and is scheduled for action again in mid-November in Tarentum.
Also preparing for first bouts are local heavyweight Marcus Williams and lightweights Colton Sheilds and Parker Vernot.
The Punxsy Chucks football team held its annual banquet on Tuesday night at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church. The Chucks honored their seniors and cheerleaders, pictured here: (first row, from left) Caesar Maruca, Will Harmon, Trevor Peace, Dylan Lettie, Josh Smith, Daniel McLain; (second row) Brandon Snyder, Alex Bevak, Holly Waltman, Afton McAfee, Kelsey Snyder, Jamie Bush; (back row) Derek Malburg, Devin Williams, Garrett Zimmerman, Jordan London, Zach Minich and Brandon Wingert.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite having a disappointing regular season finale, the Punxsy Chucks football team was able to qualify for the District V-VI-VIII-IX subregional playoffs. The foe will be a familiar one for Punxsy as it will travel over the mountain to tackle undefeated District IX champ Clearfield on Friday night in a 7 p.m. kickoff.
In the new format, the Chucks (5-5) enter the AAA subregional tournament as the fourth seed. Clearfield (10-0) holds the top seed.
In the other contest, third seed Somerset (5-5) will face University Prep (5-3) as the second seed.
HERSHEY â€” After heading across the state of Pennsylvania with a lot of enthusiasm, sophomore Bo Dinger came across the finish line 19th to earn an All-State individual medal to lead the Punxsy boys' cross country team at the PIAA AA boys' cross country championships on Saturday afternoon in Hershey.
As a team, the Chucks completed the 5K Parkview Cross Country Course with 372 points in 18th of the extremely tough 19-team boys field, narrowly beat out by General McLane with 369 points in the program's first state team appearance since 1998.
Punxsy runner Bo Dinger placed 19th overall (top 25 medal) at the cross country State Championships in Hershey on Saturday.
Punxsy placed 18th overall in the team division.
The complete story will be featured in Tuesday's edition of the Punxsutawney Spirit.
To see how Lady Chucks fared, pick up Monday's print edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.