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HERSHEY â€” The wrestling competition does not come at any higher scholastic level than at the Pennsylvania state championships.
Punxsyâ€™s state qualifying duo proved it belonged on the first day of the PIAA AAA Championships at Hershey.
On Thursday, Kaleb Young (126) rebounded from down a point with 40 seconds left for five points to pull out a 10-6 win over Boyertownâ€™s Eddie Kriczky.
Young's elder teammate, Joel Bowers, produced a pair of solid efforts but came up just short in his run at states.
ALTOONA â€” After making the trip by himself last season as the lone state qualifier, Punxsy wrestler Joel Bowers will have some company for next weekâ€™s trip across the state.
In his first season, the Chucksâ€™ Kaleb Young not only became a state qualifier but also won the 126-pound weight class of the AAA Northwest Regional in Altoona Saturday night.
Bowers (120) matched his regional finish from a year ago when he secured a consolation final pin.
CLARION â€” There are usually many reasons why a team loses only two games in an entire season.
On Saturday, two of the biggest reasons were guards Keserra Owens and Ali Rinfrette, who propelled the Bradford Lady Owls to their second District IX AAA girlsâ€™ basketball title in a row with a 56-31 final score over the Punxsy Lady Chucks.
â€śBradfordâ€™s two guards â€” Owens and Rinfrette â€” were the key today,â€ť said Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz. â€śThey played very well. Bradford is a solid basketball team.â€ť
CLARION â€” If you have never felt something slip through your fingers, the Punxsy Chucks boysâ€™ basketball team can tell you how it feels.
With control of the game throughout, Punxsy had the worst time to lose its mojo in the fourth quarter of the District IX title game and gave the championship to Bradford, 49-42, on Saturday at Clarion University.
ALTOONA â€” As was the case last weekend, the Chucks' district champion duo led the team in the first night of the AAA Northwest Regional Tournament on Friday.
Top-seed Joel Bowers (120) and Kaleb Young (126) paced the Punxsy effort with a combined three wins to move into the regional semifinals held at Altoona High School.
â€śWe had a couple big wins. We had Bowers and Young get through to the semis. It is big matches now of all or nothing,â€ť noted Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Lady Raiders capped off their triumphant run in the D-IX AA playoffs with a convincing 63-51 victory to capture the title over the Lady Wolves Friday night at Clarion University's Tippin Gym.
"We've said all year that this team can do it (win a championship), and tonight we got it done," said Powell.
NEVILLE ISLAND â€” When you love a sport and desire to play it to the highest level available, you will find some way to make it happen.
Punxsy Area High School sophomore Eli Thompson, with his family's support, is taking the bull by the horns, or skates to the ice in this case, to play scholastic ice hockey.
For the second year in a row through a co-op provision between high schools, Thompson is playing for and starting on Ford City High School's hockey team.
CLARION â€” In a pair of solid, well-wrestled and exciting title bouts, the Punxsy pair of Joel Bowers and Kaleb Young grabbed District IX/IV gold on Saturday night.
The wrestlers used two very different routes to capture their top placings.
Bowers took down his 120-pound Clearfield foe in the first minute and controlled the match from that point in a 7-0 shutout.
In the 126 championship, Young, on the other hand, had to keep moving quickly to fend off Clearfieldâ€™s Dylan Graham overtime rush into his own gold-winning, point-producing takedown.
CLARION â€” The night session and the opening edition of the District IX/IV AAA wrestling championships started Friday, and the foes of the Chucks started to fall one after another.
Punxsy posted a strong first night of action in the district championships held at Clarion Universityâ€™s Tippin Gym.
The Chucks claimed three falls in their opening three bouts and two major decisions in the next two before adding a fourth pin to begin 6-0.
Punxsy finished the preliminary and round I consolations at 7-6 and had only one wrestler not alive for the second day.
ST. MARYS â€” The real Punxsy Lady Chucks basketball team showed for the final five minutes of action on Thursday night.
The arrival of the Punxsy squad, which helped claim 13 wins heading into the District IX semifinal turned out to be just in the nick of time.
Trailing the entire first 27 minutes, the Lady Chucks went on an 11-3 run to take the lead and held on for an eventual 50-47 victory over the host Lady Dutch of St. Marys.