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February 6th, 2011
DUBOISâ€” The District IX Class AA Team Championship wrestling tournament Saturday at DuBois High School didn't end how top seeded Brookville pictured it would before the season started.
The Raiders had to stand and watch, as another team celebrated being champions.
Brookville lost to second seeded Ridgway 32-29 in the championship match, a team the Raiders beat 42-24 Jan. 29.
Brookville coach Dave Klepfer was disappointed that his team hadn't accomplished one of their biggest goals.
Punxsy junior wrestler Neko Cappella's takedown of Brookville freshman Brodie Zacherl is this week's Play of the Week. Cappella (left) took Zacherl down twice in the final 25 seconds of his 4-2 victory. With the score tied at two, his takedown with two seconds left clinched the win. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy boys' basketball team's 24-point fourth quarter and spirited comeback weren't enough to hand one of the best Class A teams in the state its fourth loss this season Friday night.
The Chucks (7-10, 1-6 District IX League) trimmed Elk County Catholic's 41-28 lead through three quarters to 51-49 with 33 seconds left, but clutch free throws and offensive rebounds carried the Crusaders to a 54-52 victory.
ST. MARYS â€” The Punxsy girls' basketball team scored just two points during the first quarter of a game that lacked offense Friday night during a 38-24 loss to Elk County Catholic.
Punxsy (4-12, 1-5 District IX League), which trailed 35-18 entering the final quarter, has now lost eight of its last 10 games.
Punxsy quickly fell behind 13-2 after the first quarter and were constantly playing from behind.
"We didn't shoot the ball real well and didn't rebound," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "We need to do a better job of playing a complete game."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Last season's injured-riddled and forfeit-destined Brookville wrestling team looked nothing like its 2010-2011 version.
Equipped with a full lineup, better health and a number of state-ranked grapplers, the Raiders handled the Chucks Thursday, 53-15.
BROOKVILLE â€” Brookville head coach Bud Baughman sat on the bleachers where the student section normally sits, with his tie down and a distraught look on his face. Anyone who took a quick glance at Baughman Thursday night would have thought that the Raiders lost their home game against Harmony.
Brookville (17-1) beat Harmony 52-45, but Baughman wasn't happy with how the Raiders played.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” More than 600 grapplers competed during a pair of Punxsutawney Groundhog Wrestling tournaments this past weekend, including nearly 100 from Punxsutawney.
Saturday, more than 350 competed in the Youth Classic portion of the tournament, which had the more experienced wrestlers. Sunday, more than 300 wrestled in the Novice tournament, which featured grapplers who are new to the sport.
In all, 49 Punxsy wrestlers competed Saturday, with 14 winning at least one match and placing in the top four.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A dominant second half helped the Punxsy ninth-grade boys' basketball team win for the 10th time this season Monday, 55-24, over Clearfield.
The Chucks (10-3) were ahead 19-12 at halftime before blowing out the Bisons with a 36-12 second half, starting with a 20-point third quarter.
"Overall, it was a good game," Punxsy coach Brandon Krug said. "We really broke it open in the third and never looked back."
Brandon Mancuso matched Clearfield's score with 24 points.
Kevin Hughes added eight points.
NEW OXFORD â€” Led by the 7-1 performances of wrestlers Seth Spack and Kody Young, six Chucks placed at the New Oxford Tournament this past weekend.
Spack led the tournament for Punxsy with a second-place finish, while Young's loss came in the championship semifinals. Young finished in third place overall.
Also placing for Punxsy were Nathan McGregor (fourth, 6-2), Josh Schuckers (fifth, 6-2), Neko Cappella (sixth, 5-3) and Carl Langley (eighth, 4-4). Wrestlers had to finish in the top eight to be a place-winner.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy junior-varsity boys' basketball team outscored Clearfield during every quarter, including an 8-0 first quarter, while routing the Bisons Monday, 44-20.
The Chucks improved to 8-7 with the victory, which was their fourth straight.
Punxsy led 21-6 at halftime before improving its lead with a 23-14 second half.
Eight Punxsy players scored, led by Ian Miller's 11 points. Hunter Tibbs added nine points, Garrett Zimmerman had eight and Tim Pearce tallied six.
The Chucks remain at home and face Elk County Catholic at 6 p.m. Friday.
Punxsy 45, DuBois 42