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MARION CENTER â€” What a difference a year makes.
One year after the Marion Center junior-high wrestling team earned a 54-42 victory in Punxsutawney, the Chucks routed the Stingers Tuesday night, 66-21.
The Chucks (1-1) earned five victories by forfeit over Marion Center, which had just 10 wrestlers. Registering forfeit victories were Kaleb Young (6-0), Stephanie Smith (3-2), Matt Burke (5-1), Troy Peace (5-2) and Andrew Bullers (3-3).
"We earned five forfeits, but for the most part, the kids wrestled well," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "Still lots of room for improvement."
MARION CENTER â€” Though the 55-9 score indicates a blowout, the Punxsy wrestling team hopes Tuesday's performance against Marion Center is its worst of the season.
Due to Marion Center having just seven wrestlers on the varsity roster, Punxsy received six forfeits to total 36 points. Aside from the forfeits, Punxsy (1-0) would have earned a 19-9 victory on the mat, but head coach Eric Eddy wasn't pleased with his team's sluggish performance.
NEW BETHLEHEM â€” For the first time since Jan. 6, the Punxsy boys' basketball team exited the court with a victory Tuesday night.
Thanks to a defense that forced turnovers and allowed just two third-quarter points, the Chucks (1-1) ended their 15-game losing streak with a huge 62-34 victory over Redbank Valley in New Bethlehem.
Early in the contest, when Punxsy was ahead just 14-12 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs were getting to all of the loose ball first.
DUKE CENTER â€” It wasn't the best game the Raiders have played in recent years, but it was still a win.
Brookville traveled all the way to Duke Center Tuesday to take on Otto-Eldred, and though it returned with a 59-28 victory, Brookville head coach Bud Baughman wasn't too thrilled with his team's performance.
"I didn't think we played real well in any phase of the game tonight," Baughman said. "It was a long trip though, and we're happy to get the win."
Leading the way for Brookville offensively was Zane Hackett, who netted 16 points on eight baskets from the field.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Whether it was shooting beyond the arc, rebounding the ball offensively or defending the Punxsy girls' basketball team, Altoona had the Lady Chucks' number Monday night in Punxsutawney.
Kayla DeCriscio nailed five three-pointers and led all scorers with 19 points during the Lady Lions' 73-31 victory.
Punxsy, which trailed 40-13 at halftime, slumped to 0-3 on the season.
The Lady Chucks were held to single digits during every quarter, including five in the first frame. Altoona was ahead 22-5 entering the second quarter.
INDIANA â€” Indiana won seven of the 12 bouts on the mat and had just enough at the end to surpass the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team last Friday, 47-39.
The Chucks (0-1) were boosted by four-straight wins by fall from 110 to 130 pounds, but Punxsy struggled to win just one match after that once the weight classes grew larger.
Ahead 39-29 with three bouts remaining, Punxsy bumped up Austin Covatch and Troy Peace, giving Indiana a forfeit at 185 pounds. Covatch and Peace, however, each lost by fall, ultimately pushing Indiana ahead for the eight-point win.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy eighth-grade boys' basketball team enters the 2010-2011 season coming off a 9-8 seventh-grade campaign.
The Chucks return all of last year's leading scorers, including Ryan Sloniger, Dakota Thomas and Adam Ferko. Punxsy starts the season today at DuBois CC.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Eighteen Chucks will enter their first season as part of the Punxsy junior-high basketball program on the seventh-grade team.
The Chucks are being coached by Darren Sherry, who is leading a Punxsy junior-high basketball team for the first time under first-year varsity coach Dirk Neal.
Punxsy starts the season at 4 p.m. today at DuBois CC.
MARION CENTER â€” The Punxsy girls' basketball team scored just seven first-half points and turned the ball over 23 times during a 54-23 loss to Marion Center Friday night during the Marion Center Tip-off Tournament.
The Lady Chucks (0-1) return to the court at 2:30 p.m. today when they take on Central Martinsburg in the tournament's consolation game. The championship game â€” between Marion Center and Westmont Hilltop â€” will follow at 4:30 p.m.
EMPORIUM â€” The Punxsy boys' basketball team kept things close every quarter, but could never pull ahead during a 62-45 season-opening loss to Cameron County Friday night in Emporium.
The Chucks (0-1) received more bad news after the loss, as senior forward Darren Pifer may have suffered a concussion after a hard fall with 7:14 left in the third quarter. Pifer's status for Punxsy's next game â€” Tuesday in Redbank Valley â€” is uncertain at this time.
Junior Logan Weaver led the Chucks with 21 points, nailing three three-pointers. He added eight rebounds and three assists.