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December 14th

Chucks less than impressive during blowout win

December 15, 2010

MARION CENTER — 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.

Defensive intensity powers Chucks to first win

December 15, 2010

NEW BETHLEHEM — 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.

Brookville basketball wins a pair of games on road

December 15, 2010

DUKE CENTER — 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.

December 13th

DeCriscio's 22 off bench helps Altoona blow by Lady Chucks

December 14, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Junior-high Chucks lose a close one to Indiana

December 14, 2010

INDIANA — 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.

December 12th

Chucks ready to improve on last year's success

December 12, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Chucks to begin first junior-high season today on road

December 12, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

December 10th

Offensive struggles lead to loss

December 11, 2010

MARION CENTER — 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 — between Marion Center and Westmont Hilltop — will follow at 4:30 p.m.

Low-post issues carry into defeat

December 11, 2010

EMPORIUM — 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 — Tuesday in Redbank Valley — 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.

Ninth-graders begin season with win over North Catholic

December 11, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy ninth-grade boys' basketball team started the 2010-2011 season on the right foot, downing North Catholic Friday night at home, 43-32.

The Chucks — which went 10-7 last year as eighth-graders — are led by Brandon Krug this season. Krug, a 2002 PAHS graduate, is coaching junior-high ball for the first time in Punxsy.

"The whole team played together," Krug said. "Our defense and intensity were the difference in the game."

Brandon Mancuso led the Chucks with 18 points. Following Mancuso was Tanner Evans, who managed seven points.

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