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The annual Groundhog Classic and Groundhog Novice youth wrestling tournaments were held last Saturday and Sunday at the Punxsutawney Area High School gymnasium. The tournaments put six mats to nonstop use as more than 560 wrestlers grappled in the events. (Top left photo) Young newcomer Hunter Dobson is taken down in his bout. (Top right photo, right) Izaiah Kanouff takes control of a victorious bout against a Brockway opponent. (Bottom photo) Ben Skarbek has position over a Curwensville foe, whom the Punxsy wrestler went on to defeat.
By Chris Myers
Of The Spirit
BROOKVILLE â€” Two rivals never need any assistance to play hard against one another. Tonight, the Route 36 girls' basketball rematch between Punxsy and Brookville will take place in Brookville.
The rivalry game, though, will have a special color of pink seen throughout the Brookville High School gymnasium.
It will be "Hoops for Hope" night, with proceeds going to support Relay for Life. The funds and awareness are put toward helping in the efforts to save lives from cancer.
Bo Dinger (left) and Alexis Young (right) were named as The Spirit's Fall Sports Outstanding Player for the boys and girls, respectively, and both were stars on their respective cross country teams.
Young, a four-year Lady Chucks runner, helped her team capture the District IX championship for the first time in three years. After being last fall's Outstanding Player runner-up, the senior received 33.4 percent of the vote total â€” or 402 of the 1,203 female ballots cast.
DuBOIS â€” The Punxsy Friday night comeback started from 25 feet away.
As the first half horn sounded, Brandon Mancuso banked in a long-range halfcourt triple, and the Chucks rode the momentum to the second half to power past the host Beavers, 55-50 in DuBois.
â€śWe were able to get big hoops when we needed them,â€ť explained Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal. â€śIt was a nice team win and a nice team effort.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ When your opponent cannot get a shot off and sees two defenders in their face at every turn, it is difficult to find the basket.
The Punxsy Lady Chucks used this exact type of smothering defense to force 32 DuBois Lady Beavers turnovers and allowed only seven buckets in a 35-20 victory Thursday night in Punxsutawney.
BELLEFONTE â€” After only having five bouts on the year through last Friday, Punxsy doubled its wrestling match total in a single day.
Last Saturday, the Chucks took part in the Bellefonte Red Raider Rumble.
Punxsy claimed two wins in five team matches as it defeated Crestwood (39-32) and State College (38-34).
In the other action of the all-day event, Punxsy dropped decisions to Hazleton (51-22), Downingtown (45-27) and Exeter (49-15).
The Punxsy 6th-grade boys' basketball tournament team posted three wins in four games during last weekend's two-day event hosted by the Punxsutawney Community Center.
The Punxsy team members are (front row, from left) Carter Newcome, Cameron Smith, Evan Humble, Andrew Britton, Caden Barrick; (back row) coach Mark Ewing, Austin Ewing, Alex Gianvito, Ethan Blose, Derek Huey and coach Eric Britton.
CLARION â€” After recording its first win of the season, the Punxsy junior high wrestling team could not make it two in a row on Tuesday night.
In a match of seven scoring bouts and nine forfeits, the junior Chucks garnered only two victories to drop their meeting with the Bobcats of Clarion, 49-33.
Alex Young (165) and Levi Campbell (145) picked up the pair of visiting wins. Young pinned his opponent, while Campbell won by decision.
CLARION â€” On an extremely cold night outside the gymnasium, the wrestling action inside proved to have a quick turnover down the weight classes.
In a meeting of two squads with low numbers, Punxsy dominated host Clarion, 54-18, by claiming five victories in six wrestled matches in the small card affair.
â€śThe guys on the mat tonight looked great,â€ť noted Chucks head coach Eric Eddy. â€śClarion has some holes in their lineup, but I thought we wrestled really good.â€ť
Freshmen Eli Lambiotte (106) and Kaleb Young (126) pinned their opponents to highlight the Chucksâ€™ individual victories.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Following two close defeats, the Punxsy seventh-grade boys' hoops squad found the win column Monday afternoon against Brookville.
The Chucks held a comfortable 28-9 advantage after three periods before taking away the 34-25 final over the Raiders.