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January 2nd, 2011
WHEELING, W.Va. â€” The Punxsutawney varsity wrestling team had a strong showing last Tuesday and Wednesday at the Wheeling Park tournament as the Chucks took 10th place out of the 40-team field.
While the Chucks as a team looked strong up and down the board, the annual tournament was highlighted by the return of senior Kody Young, wrestling in his first action of the season.
Young, along with teammate Neko Cappella, finished the two-day tournament with a combined record of 8-0 to lead Punxsy, with Young's victories coming in record-breaking fashion.
December 30th, 2010
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Marion Center sophomore Brodey Thompson may not have been included on the Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic All-Tournament team, but his three-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Stingers past the Punxsy boys' basketball team Thursday night in front of a near-capacity crowd in Punxsutawney.
The Chucks (3-3) were ahead 49-48 with 9.3 seconds left before Daniel Triponey missed the front end of a one-and-one. As Marion Center's sharp shooting Alex Woodrow, the tournament MVP, raced down court, he was met by one of Punxsy's tallest players â€” Luke Janocha.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A day after scoring eight second-half points, the Punxsy girls' basketball team scored just 10 during the final two quarters Thursday to drop both games of the Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic in Punxsutawney.
The Lady Chucks (2-6) trailed 28-20 after three quarters, but Hazleton was able to pull away with a 15-5 final quarter to earn a 43-25 victory in the tournament's consolation game.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy junior tandem of Daniel Triponey and Logan Weaver combined for 40 points during the Chucks' 61-48 triumph over Clarion during the first day of the 16th-annual Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic Wednesday night in Punxsutawney.
Triponey led with a game-high 23 points, and Weaver followed with 17 points, as the Chucks returned to the tournament's championship game after missing out last year.
Punxsy will face Marion Center at 7:45 p.m. tonight with the title on the line. Marion Center is coming off a 61-42 victory over Redbank Valley earlier Wednesday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' basketball team was unable to crack 30 points before missing out on the Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic Championship Game for the third-straight season during a 41-29 loss to Westmont Hilltop Wednesday night in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy senior Shawnna Crago scored 18 points, but she didn't receive much help, as the rest of the Lady Chucks' roster combined for 11 points.
Junior Alex Magill added seven points, and Parris Kernich tallied two.
There were many moments that Punxsy sports fans have cherished and won't soon forget from 2010. The following are Punxsutawney's greatest triumphs and achievements from this year.
Pennington honored by state
Punxsy's Braedon Pennington was named to the 2009 Associated Press All-State Class AAA First Team as a defensive back following his senior season by Pennsylvania sports writers after helping send the Chucks to their first District IX Class AAA title since 1991.
Just as days and months pass, so do the four sports seasons in Punxsutawney. As the cold winter of basketball and wrestling brightens with the thought of spring's baseball and softball, cool spring weather becomes even warmer as summer provides even more baseball and softball.
Then, once the days again grow crisper and shorter, football, soccer and volleyball are the main feasts, as the holidays are soon to arrive.
CLEARFIELD â€” The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team wasn't happy with the way its match against Clearfield ended, but the Chucks still picked up a huge victory over a squad it has lost to many times.
Behind five wins by fall, Punxsy built a 46-3 advantage, only to squeeze out a 52-44 victory last Wednesday in Clearfield.
"It was great to beat Clearfield finally," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "We're certainly happy about that win, but I was a little disappointed with our finish."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy eighth-grade boys' basketball team allowed a combined seven points during the first and fourth quarters while upsetting Altoona White last Wednesday at home, 31-25.
The Chucks (3-1) were ahead 20-13 at halftime before Altoona trimmed the lead to 24-22 entering the final frame. That's when the Chucks pulled away during a 7-3 final frame.
"This was a good team effort defensively," Punxsy head coach Glenn Good said.Â "There is room for improvement, but overall, it was a good defensive effort. We also rebounded well on both ends of the court."
CLEARFIELD â€” The Punxsutawney varsity wrestling team knew heading into Clearfield Wednesday night that it would be challenged at every weight and would be in for a tough night, and that's exactly what the Chucks got.
The Bisons were too powerful down the lineup, earning a 48-17 victory over the Chucks (1-1), a victory that may seem lopsided, but for Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy, a loss that had plenty of upside.