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February 15th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' basketball team saved its best for last.
The Lady Chucks scored their most points this season in the final home game of the year while dispatching Penn Cambria Tuesday night, 65-55.
BRADFORD â€” The Punxsy wrestling team rode pin fall victories from Nathan McGregor, Carl Langley, Josh Neal and Tige Woodson into a 42-24 victory over Bradford Tuesday night in Bradford.
McGregor (24-7) earned a fall over Matt Ostrander in 3:41 at 145 pounds, and Langley (15-15) pinned Dylan Lamberson in 3:15 at 160 pounds.
At 171 pounds, Josh Neal (10-15) won by fall over Rob Hilfirty, and Tige Woodson (13-18) pinned Francis Durnein during the final second of the first round at 189 pounds.
BROOKVILLE â€” Brookville junior Brett Smith said that the Raiders could still feel the sting from their loss to Ridgway during the week leading up to their dual meet with Smethport Tuesday night in Brookville.
The team, which had expected to make a run in the state tournament, was forced to stay at home and watch.
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 â€”Â 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 teamâ€™s 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.