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February 24th, 2011

Bradford uses defense to shut down Chucks, end Punxsy's season

February 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Once Bradford switched to the triangle-and-two defense during Thursday night's District IX Class AAA Boys' Basketball Playoff Semifinal, the complexion of the game completely changed.

Defense put the Owls (7-16) in position to win their ninth district title in 11 years with a 41-38 overtime victory over Punxsutawney.

Top-seeded St. Marys beat Clearfield in the other semifinal, 50-23, and will meet Bradford in the title game — most likely Saturday, March 5, at Clarion University.

Punxsy's Spack, McGregor enter districts as top seeds

February 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Juniors Seth Spack and Nathan McGregor will enter the District IX Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships Saturday at Clarion University as two of Punxsy's top-seeded middleweights.

Spack (25-5), who won the district title at 112 pounds last year and reached states after a runner-up finish at regionals, enters Saturday with his first-ever top-seeding. The grappler leads a 135-pound weight class that has three participants with 20-plus victories this season.

Raiders grind out semifinal win over Rovers

February 24, 2011

CLARION — The Brookville boys' basketball team won the same way it has all season during its District IX Class AA semifinal playoff win over Brockway Thursday night at Tippin Gymnasium at Clarion University.

The top-seeded Raiders (21-2) used timely shooting and tough defense to grind out a 49-41 win over the fourth-seeded Rovers. Brookville limited Brockway to three points in the fourth quarter.

February 23rd

Young, youth lead Punxsy's lightweights

February 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Three-time champion Kody Young and a trio of underclassmen embody Punxsy's lightest four weight classes entering District IX Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships Saturday at Clarion University.

Young, a senior, will compete for a fourth district crown, while three other Chucks — sophomore Devan Snyder and freshmen Josh Schuckers and Joel Bowers — will compete in the varsity tournament for the first time.

Chucks ready for postseason experience

February 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The second half of the Punxsy boys' basketball team's last trip to the District IX Class AAA playoffs was disastrous.

The Chucks were outscored 46-19 during the final two quarters of a 74-42 loss to St. Marys Feb. 24, 2009, after they trailed 28-23 at halftime.

Raiders primed to defend district title

February 23, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Brookville boys' basketball team is ready to get back to business after having a longer than expected break from basketball.

After having eight days off since clinching a share of the District IX League title last Wednesday, the top-seeded Raiders (20-2, 8-2 District IX League) will play fourth-seeded Brockway (12-10, 2-4 AML South) at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the semifinals of the District IX Class AA playoffs at Clarion University

Brookville beat Brockway twice this season, a 57-42 win to open the season Dec. 10 and a 67-53 win Dec. 30.

February 22nd

Juniors Weaver, Triponey form one of district's best guard tandems

February 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Juniors Logan Weaver and Daniel Triponey are playing like one of the best scoring guard duos in District IX, and their ability to fill up the stat sheet this season doesn't surprise Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal.

Back when Weaver and Triponey started for the seventh-grade team in 2006-2007, Neal, then Punxsy's junior-varsity coach, noticed just how talented they were.

February 21st

Strong finish provides junior-varsity Chucks with 12-9 mark

February 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy junior-varsity boys' basketball team won eight of its final 10 games to complete the season with a 12-9 record last Friday.

The Chucks lost their final game — 45-32 to Bradford — but had won eight of nine games entering that matchup after they started the season 4-7.

The Chucks began to erase the rough start once they became more comfortable as a team.

JV Lady Chucks overcome youth, go 10-10

February 21, 2011

BRADFORD — A young Punxsy junior-varsity girls' basketball team that lacked depth finished the season with a 10-10 record last Friday following a 30-23 loss in Bradford.

The Lady Chucks started 5-8, but were able to win five of their next six games to clinch a 10-win season before closing the year with a defeat at the Lady Owls.

February 20th

Meterko led Chucks at TSCTA Championship

February 20, 2011

EDINBORO — A.J. Meterko led all Punxsy indoor runners with an individual eighth place finish in the 800-meter run at the Tri-State Track and Field Association Championships Saturday at Edinboro.

Meterko finished with a time of 2:04.68.

He qualified for the TSCTA State Championship meet at State College Feb. 26.

Other place winners for the Chucks included:

Boys' 4x800 relay— Meterko, Tom Wagner, Nathan Ward and Luke Fugate, 9:01.44, ninth place.

Girls' Distance Medley relay— Shannon Byerely, Alexis Young, Lauren McGarvey an Juliann Boddorf, 13:49.54, sixth place.

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