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PUNXSUTAWNEY â Winners of its past two contests, the Punxsy Chucks will seek to continue its 2012 gridiron improvement tonight when the Clarion-Limestone Lions come to Jack F. LaMarca Stadium.
âWe look at one week at a time. A team that improves becomes a good team,â said Chucksâ head coach Alan Nichol. âIt is important we come out and play well.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â When you don't play your best the outcome is not usually good. The Punxsy boys' soccer team found this scenario out on Thursday afternoon when they were outplayed by Brookville in a 2-1 home loss.
"They wanted it more than we did," said frankly Chucks' coach Phil Shenkle. "You can't have one team want it and the other not or you lose."
DuBOIS â After the tournament was pushed back a day, Punxsy's Amber Ward captured second place in the District IX girls' tennis singles championship held Wednesday in DuBois.
Both Ward and fellow senior Lauren Wolfe had solid outings in the singles playoffs.
In the first round, Ward enjoyed a bye, while Wolfe recorded an impressive 10-0 shut out of Bradford's Hannah Burgoon.
For her first court action in the semi-finals, Ward defeated DuBois' Kristen Adamson in two sets, 6-1 and 6-2.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â On a nice afternoon for football, Punxsy's seventh-and eighth- grade team tackled Clarion, 27-6, from start to finish on Wednesday afternoon.
"The kids are improving and getting better each week," pointed out Chucks coach Brad Constantino. "The entire coaching staff feels the kids are going in the right direction in their growth as players."
The improvement and growth was evident from the first quarter. Punxsy's Jacob Weaver pulled in a 55-yard scoring strike from quarterback Ethan Riley to get the home team on the board, 7-0.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After taking a double figure lead into the final quarter, the Punxsy seventh-grade girls' basketball team had to hang on for the win, 28-22, against a charging DuBois Central squad on Wednesday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
The pair of Leah Miller and Kaitlyn Doverspike led the Lady Chucks' (10-1) effort with six points apiece.
Only a point behind, Elyse White and Kylee Lingenfelter added five points each.
Alyse Whitman chipped in four tallies, while Toya Jones had two points to complete the Punxsy scoring line.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In what could be described as a see saw battle all night between two of the areaâs best, Punxsy was able to record the last strike on a Trevor Peace boot 1:42 into overtime for the 5-4 boysâ soccer win over Brockway.
âIt was great game of hustle, effort and guts,â said Chucks coach Phil Shenkle right afterwards. âThis was a game of playoff training, as you have to have these types of games going into the playoffs.â
Peace produced a âhat trickâ trick to highlight the Chucks (9-3) offense. Tanner Evans added a goal and assisted on Kevin Hughesâ header off a corner kick.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In a breakout effort, Lady Chucks' midfielder Emily Horner connected for a 'hat trick' and an assist to help send the hometown seniors away winners, 4-3, over the Lady Rovers of Brockway on Tuesday night in Punxsutawney.
"This was Emily Horner's breakout game," explained Punxsy coach Kevin Hughes. "The movement and effort she had was great. She worked hard for every single one of those goals."
And Punxsy would need every single one of those goals to defeat Brockway.
BROOKVILLE â One of the Allegheny Mountain League's top teams all season, Punxsy continued to show it Monday by repeating as the District IX AAA girls' golf champions. The Lady Chucks claimed their second-straight title by 11 strokes, 466-477, over the Lady Owls of Bradford at Pinecrest Country Club in Brookville.
"Overall, I'm proud of all the girls today," exclaimed Punxsy coach Kasey Dale. "They worked hard to get to districts, and they accomplished their goal that was set at the start of the season."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Sweeps are getting to be the norm on the volleyball court in Punxsutawney. For the fourth time in six home matches, Punxsy swept its opponent by stinging Marion Center, 3-0, on Monday night.
Punxsy (8-2) has now allowed its home opponents to win just four games in six matches for a 15-4 game win total and victories in five of six.
Senior Shayla Brink and junior Emilee States powered the Lady Chucks frontline. Both lined six kills apiece with Brink adding a pair of aces and digs while States had one dig.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It did not take a last second touchdown pass and two-point conversion Monday night like last Friday's exciting varsity contest.
The Punxsy junior varsity football team ran away with a decisive 38-13 victory over St. Marys in Punxsutawney Monday night.
Dakota Thomas ran a punt back for a score and threw for another, while Perry Arrington and Will Harmon added two rushing touchdowns apiece to help the JV Chucks to a 3-1 record on the year.
After a scoreless first frame, Arrington found paydirt two times in the second quarter.