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April 17th, 2013

Three-run seventh powers Chucks over Beavers

April 17, 2013

DUBOIS — A close game can change in a hurry.

Trailing 1-0 since the first inning, the Punxsy baseball offense produced five hits and saw three of the runners score to power past host DuBois, 3-1, on Wednesday in DuBois.

Garrett Zimmerman led off the visiting seventh with a single to center and moved to third two batters later when Cory Geer singled. The Chucks tied the contest, 1-1, when Dakota Thomas reached on a fielder's choice to plate Garrett Zimmerman.

Punxsy was not finished there.

Defense and timely hitting enable Punxsy to shutout DuBois softball

April 17, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Defense should never have an off day, and it was on display on the varsity softball diamond on Wednesday afternoon.
Behind a pair of double plays and various other top glove showings, Punxsy received three timely fifth- inning hits to score the lone run and shutout rival DuBois, 1-0, in Punxsutawney.

“It was a great game, as the players made the plays. A tremendous game to watch, as both sides played very well defensively,” noted Lady Chucks head coach Alan Pifer. “They didn’t beat themselves but we got the break (to score the one run).”

April 16th

Chucks hang first track and field defeat of the spring season on Beavers

April 16, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The finally tally was close but the Chucks swept the final 14 points in the last two events to seal the victory.

After falling behind midway through the meet, Punxsy finished off strong to hand the first track and field defeat to DuBois, 89-61.

"At times, DuBois was ahead as it was a lot closer than people thought. We had a game plan going in. One where we wanted to win, and we put our guys in strategic spots to do so," explained Punxsy head coach John Smith. "We picked up second and third places we needed to as those points make a difference at the end."

Garzoni to be named to Punxsy Sports Hall of Fame

April 16, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Saturday, Punxsutawney Area High School's Athletic Department will host its Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony at the Punxsutawney Area High School.

In anticipation of the event, The Spirit will feature the biography of one member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 each day.

Today's featured athlete is Gary Garzoni.

Garzoni was a two-year letter winner in high school football, playing from 1964 to 1968.

April 15th

Personal bests highlight Punxsy track and field at 15th Annual DeMan’s Invitational

April 15, 2013

BROOKVILLE — On a chilly day along Interstate-80, Punxsy was still able to record many personal best efforts amongst a 22-team field at Saturday’s 15th Annual DeMan’s track and field invitational.

The Chucks boys, highlighted by Kevin Hughes' and Will Harmon’s days, totaled four first places, while the Punxsy girls had three top- three placings in the non-team scoring event.

Punxsy boys

As a whole, the Punxsy boys had a good day with various personal best performances recorded.

Solid all-around afternoon takes Punxsy over Altoona baseball, 11-2

April 15, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A good start to a full slate of week’s games was just what Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey would have ordered.

The Chucks used a solid all-around game, both on the mound and at the plate, to take the Lions of Altoona, 11-2, on Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney.

For the full recap, see Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.

Duke to be named to Punxsy Sports Hall of Fame

April 15, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Saturday, Punxsutawney Area High School's Athletic Department will host its Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony at the Punxsutawney Area High School.

In anticipation of the event, The Spirit will feature the biography of one member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 each day.

Today's featured athlete is Kim Duke.

Duke was a member of the Class of 2000 and was an outstanding athlete and letter winner in basketball, track and field and volleyball.

April 14th

Decker to be named to Punxsy Sports Hall of Fame

April 14, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Saturday, Punxsutawney Area High School's Athletic Department will host its Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony at the Punxsutawney Area High School.

In anticipation of the event, The Spirit will feature the biography of one member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 each day.

Today's featured athlete is Ed Decker:

Ed Decker is a 1978 graduate and was the first football player in the history of PAHS to set a record of 1,000 yards rushing.

April 11th

Lady Chucks’ bats come alive to tame Lady Lions

April 11, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As a coaching staff, it is always rewarding to see your players take your instruction and produce results on the field with them.

On Thursday afternoon, the Punxsy softball team put the instructions into motion.

The Lady Chucks’ bats came alive in the third inning to power past and tame the Lady Lions of Altoona, 10-5, in Punxsutawney.

April 7th

Solid Williamsport holds Punxsy softball in check

April 7, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A solid all-around softball team is always a challenge, but even more so when a team has limited outside and game time before the matchup.

Despite being on its way to being a good softball club, Punxsy could not match the quality Williamsport squad on Saturday and dropped a close game for the majority of the day, 10-1.

“That was a good quality team over there. They have offense with the pitching to go with it,” noted Lady Chucks coach Alan Pifer. “I told the girls from the start they had to share the hitting load."

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