Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
MONACA â Entering Tuesday night's PIAA play-in game against the Central Valley Warriors, Punxsy boys' basketball coach Dirk Neal said anything after the District IX tournament was simply "icing on the cake."
After a successful season that saw Punxsy overcome the loss of a senior point guard to transfer and the Chucks earn their first trip to the D-IX title game since 2005, Punxsy's season came to an end Tuesday at the hands of the Warriors, 54-45.
Despite the loss, Punxsy Neal was pleased with the full-game effort from his squad.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsy's seventh- and eighth-grade girls' volleyball teams each took on DuBois Central Catholic Tuesday afternoon in Punxsutawney, and both teams earned sweeps over the Lady Cardinals.
In the eighth-grade contest, a three-game sweep for the Lady Chucks, Punxsy was dominant, picking up 25-16, 25-10 and 25-13 victories over DCC.
The first few points of the first game were fairly uneventful before Punxsy's Mallory Cameron stepped to the line and picked up two aces to give Punxsy a 4-3 lead.
ALTOONA â A Punxsy record 10 wrestlers advanced to Friday and Saturday's AAA Northwest Regional Tournament, and for one Chucks' grappler, sophomore Joel Bowers at 113 pounds, the weekend was a great success, as Bowers ended the tournament second in the region to earn a berth to the PIAA Class AAA State Championships Thursday through Saturday in Hershey.
Bowers' weekend started Friday with a pair of notches in the win column, but the first came in unusual fashion with a victory by forfeit over Obama's Malik Green.
CLARION â The Punxsy boys' basketball team traveled to Clarion Saturday with hopes of reaching one of its loftiest preseason goalsÂ â a District IX AAA Championship âÂ and unfortunately for the Chucks, they came up just short in a 36-35 loss to D-IX foe Bradford.
Despite the final score, Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal said he appreciated the effort his team gave him, adding that he wouldn't have changed a thing.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In a sports-rich area like western Pa., playing for a district title is never a given, and the Punxsy boys' basketball team, which will do just that against the Bradford Owls at 4 p.m. today at Clarion University, isn't taking the opportunity for granted.
ALTOONA â Entering Friday's opening rounds of the Northwest AAA Regional Tournament, Punxsy's wrestling team had high hopes but no set expectations for its grapplers but to give it their all.
A pair of Chucks â sophomore Joel Bowers and senior Carl Langley â met their highest expectations and earned a pair of victories to open the tournament, putting them each one win away from the PIAA State Tournament next weekend in Hershey.
CLARION â Brookville has had just one thing on its mind since the beginning of the 2011-2012 season: To be three-peat District IX Class AA champions.
The Raiders stormed to a successful 18-6 season, worked their way into the final for the third consecutive year and gave themselves the opportunity to achieve that goal.
But Friday night at Clarion University, Brookville met its match in the Smethport Hubbers (18-5), and the Hubbers captured their first District IX Class AA championship in school history by taking down Brookville, 47-38.
10 Punxsy grapplers set to participate at Regional tourney today
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Last weekend, a record 10 Chucks' wrestlers qualified for the Regional Tournament, which begins today and runs through Saturday in Altoona.
Of the 10 qualifying Punxsy grapplers, five â Neko Cappella at 132 pounds; Seth Spack at 152 pounds; Carl Langley at 170 pounds; Josh Neal at 182 pounds; and Tyler Titus at 220 poundsÂ â will be making their final runs at States, as it is their senior season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â While the Punxsy Chucks varsity basketball team prepares for its District IX championship game Saturday at Clarion University, the junior high basketball teams' seasons have come to a close.
The ninth-grade squad closed on a high note, winning two of its last three games, with the only loss being a close overtime loss to the Bradford Owls in the last game of the season.
I hate to admit this, but I used to be a little bit ashamed to call Punxsutawney my hometown.
I learned from an early age, as I traveled to roller hockey tournaments across the country, that telling people you were from Punxsutawney quickly drew the same question no matter where you found yourself visiting: "Hey, that's where that groundhog is from, right?"
Now, the embarrassment grew stronger as a teenager, after Bill Murray put Punxsutawney on the map for folks outside the quirky circle who had already heard of our little, local holiday.