Archive - Sports Article
February 14th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Defense and a career-high night by junior Alex Fedigan helped the Punxsy boys' basketball team earn a 55-42 victory over Penn Cambria Monday night that will go a long way toward solidifying a home playoff game for the Chucks.
Fedigan scored a career-best 17 points, and Punxsy held the Panthers to 21 points during the first quarter to win their eighth game this season. Punxsy not only doubled last year's win total with the victory, but it nearly clinched the No. 2 seed in the District IX Class AAA playoffs.
FOXBURG âÂ A tight game throughout went in the Punxsy girls' basketball team's favor Monday night, as the Lady Chucks started the final week of their season with a 51-46 win over A-C Valley.
The quality road victory was Punxsy's first away from home since Jan. 3. The win also snapped the Lady Chucks' six-game losing streak.
A-C Valley (5-12) had won two-straight games entering Monday.
"The girls played very hard tonight and played with a lot of pride," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "It was a nice win on the road."
ST. MARYS â All Brookville boysâ basketball coach Bud Baughman could do at the end of his teamâs 69-59 loss to Elk County Catholic was wave his hands in frustration.
Nothing went the Raiders' way Monday night at Elk County Catholic.
Elk County Catholic shot 22-for-26 (85 percent) on trips to the free-throw line, while Brookville shot 6-for-14 (43 percent), and the Crusaders' offense created more opportunities than the Raiders.
Elk County Catholic also made five three-pointers in the first half, while Brookville struggled to find a rhythm offensively.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Defense helped the Punxsy ninth-grade boys' basketball team top DuBois last Friday, 33-30.
Punxsy (13-4) allowed just 12 points by halftime, taking a 16-12 lead at the break before holding on for the five-point win.
"DuBois really came out and was ready to go. They played us hard the whole game," Punxsy coach Brandon Krug said. "Our offense has been struggling lately, but taking pride in our defense has given us the chance to win the past few games."
Brandon Mancuso scored a team-best 11 points, and Mike Klingensmith added eight points.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Home-court advantage didn't mean much between the Chucks and Beavers this season.
Punxsy's lights-out shooting performance Jan. 28 in DuBois led to a 65-49 win. Friday night in Punxsutawney during Senior Night, DuBois had the hot hand, and that led to the Beavers earning a 61-50 victory.
DUBOIS â For the first time in Randy Reitz's 10-year tenure as Punxsy girls' basketball head coach, the Lady Chucks will not enter the postseason.
Punxsy â which won five-straight District IX Class AAA titles from 2001-2006 and was the district runner-up three of the next four seasons â decided to not join the playoff crowd this year prior to a 43-37 loss to DuBois Friday night.
The Lady Chucks slumped to 4-15 on the season with the defeat.
ST. MARYS â The Punxsy junior-varsity boys' basketball team outscored St. Marys 18-9 during the final period of a 58-54 triumph Tuesday in St. Marys.
Punxsy was behind 31-29 at halftime before the Dutch extended their lead to 45-40 entering the final quarter. That's when the Chucks (9-8) turned it up a notch to down the Dutch.
Tim Pearce finished with a huge game, scoring 15 points behind three three-pointers and three two-pointers.
ST. MARYS â The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team lost its first two bouts by decision before winning 11 of the next 13 matches during a 55-15 victory over St. Marys Wednesday night on the road.
The Chucks improved to 13-2 on the season and have won 13 of their last 14 matches. Of Punxsy's six wins on the mat, two were by fall, one was by major decision and three were by decision.
ST. MARYS â Punxsy senior Kody Young knew the Chucks would hold on for a win once six bouts remained during the Punxsy wrestling team's match against St. Marys Wednesday night.
Punxsy was ahead 22-12 after 189-pounder Tige Woodson, Young's senior teammate, suffered a loss by decision, but Young was still certain his squad would come out on top.
Punxsy lost the next two bouts by fall and fell behind 24-22, but clutch decision victories by two freshmen, and Young's pin during the final match of the night propelled the Chucks to a 34-30 upset of the Dutch on their Senior Night.