Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
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.
Punxsy's Josh Shuckers grapples with DuBois' Dylan Zimmerman last Thursday night in DuBois. Shuckers claimed a 4-0 shutout, and the two will have a rematch tonight in the 132-pound weight class as part of the preliminary round of bouts at the District IX/IV AAA championship. The Chucks' Joel Bowers (120) is the lone top-seed for the squad, while both Kaleb Young (126) and Perry Arrington (138) are rated second in their weight classes, respectively. For the first time, District IX will combine with District IV for AAA into one district individual championship.
CLARION â€” The seventh-seeded Lady Raiders kept the dream of the D-IX AA title alive with a hard-fought 50-49 win over the third-seeded Lady Berries in the district playoff semifinals Thursday night at the Tippin Gym at Clarion University.
"It was 32 minutes of the hardest basketball those kids can play. When things started going south late in the game they didn't get rattled they kept their composure and we hit some big free throws late. We did enough to win," said Mark Powell, Lady Raiders varsity coach.
ST. MARYS â€” The saying goes it is tough to beat a team three times in one year.
Tonight, the Punxsy Lady Chucks will test the saying and look to prove it wrong in their case.
After sweeping the season series in games that were not in doubt for most of the contests, Punxsy will try to best St. Marys in the District IX AAA girls' basketball semifinal.
The tip-off will be at 7 p.m. in St. Marys Area High School gymnasium.
The winner of tonight's contest will move on to face Bradford on Saturday, Mar. 2, at Clarion University at a time to be determined.