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March 3rd, 2011

Boys' elementary basketball tourney concludes

March 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy elementary boys' basketball tournament came to a close with three narrow finishes and a pair of decisive victories Thursday night at PAHS Gym A.

Pittsburgh 20, Michigan State 18

Brandon Matthews provided 13 points, and Pittsburgh started the last day of the tournament with a 20-18 victory over Michigan State.

Also scoring for Pitt was Walter Mock (three points), Jacob Ward (two), Adam Haught (one) and Garrett Smith (one).

March 2nd

Battle of the unbeatens during Day Three of tourney

March 2, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Day Three of the Punxsutawney Elementary boys' basketball tournament had two closely contested contests, including two games decided by one possession Wednesday night.

Washington 12, Pitt 9
Brandon Matthews scored seven of his team's nine points, but Pitt was unable to prevent Washington (3-0) from moving to 3-0 in the first of three match-ups between fourth- and fifth-grade teams Wednesday.

March 1st

Overtime opener highlights Day Two of tourney

March 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Day Two of the Punxsutawney elementary boys' basketball tournament featured a trio of tight conclusions, including a low-scoring overtime match-up that led off Tuesday night's festivities.

Syracuse 11, Michigan 8, OT

In the first of three fourth- and fifth-grade games Tuesday, four Syracuse players scored during the Orangemen's 11-8 overtime victory over Michigan.

Ethan Blose scored a team-best four points, Willie Hoover had three points, and both Caden Barrick and Zach Pape managed two points for Syracuse (1-1).

Chucks win final six games, complete 16-4 year

March 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy ninth-grade boys' basketball team closed the season on a six-game winning streak following a 44-23 victory over Bradford Feb. 18 to complete a 16-4 season.

Punxsy struggled during the first quarter and fell behind 7-1 entering the second. But the Chucks outscored the Owls 43-16 during the final three quarters to earn the win.

Kevin Hughes scored a team-best 10 points, and Brandon Mancuso and Matt Burkett both added six points.

February 28th

Elementary tourney starts with many close games

February 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney elementary boys' basketball tournament commenced with a number of tight finishes Monday night at PAHS Gym A.

In five games featuring fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders, four match-ups finished with two points or fewer separating the two teams.

Michigan State 11, North Carolina 10

Matt Wehrle's game-high eight points led Michigan State to an 11-10 victory over North Carolina in the first fourth- and fifth-grade contest of the night.

Also scoring for Michigan State (1-0) were Logan Geist (two points) and Carter Newcome (one).

February 27th

Young becomes 25th four-time District IX champ

February 27, 2011

CLARION — Punxsy senior Kody Young's 54-second pin of DuBois' Matt Bussatto during the 125-pound District IX Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championship match Saturday at Clarion University was a historic victory.

The momentous win put Young (29-2) in elite company, as he became the 25th wrestler in District IX history to finish his career as a four-time champion.

Young accomplished the feat a year after Ridgway's Garet Pisani became the 24th of that kind. Later in Saturday's Class AAA Championships, Bradford's Mark Havers became No. 26.

Eight Chucks earn trips to Altoona

February 27, 2011

CLARION — Saturday won't go down as one of Punxsy's finer District IX Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships, but the Chucks will still send eight grapplers to next weekend's regional tournament.

Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy expressed disappointment in just one district champion after the Chucks entered the tournament with four top seeds. But even if senior Kody Young was the only district winner, Punxsy will be sending more than half of its wrestlers to regionals.

Neal battles constant injuries, advances to regionals

February 27, 2011

CLARION — If one was to see Josh Neal during the fall and winter months the past two years, chances are he would be walking with a limp in his right leg.

The junior, who suffered a knee injury before the 2009 football season and foot injury prior to the 2010 football season, overcame the leg problems to accomplish something great Saturday at Clarion University: A berth in the regional wrestling tournament.

February 25th

PLAY OF THE WEEK

February 25, 2011

Langley is lone top seed among Chucks' heavier weights

February 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Junior Carl Langley is the top seed at 160 pounds and is one of Punxsy's four heavier weights in position to advance past today's District IX Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships in Clarion.

Langley is joined by teammates Josh Neal (171 pounds), Tige Woodson (189) and Tyler Titus (215) as the Chucks' upper weights to compete today. All three are top-three seeds, and the top-three place-winners advance to regionals next weekend in Altoona.

Punxsy will not have a heavyweight at districts.

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