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October 24th, 2013
BROCKWAY â€” Thirty-four degress with a brisk breeze is the perfect football weather.
But when it comes to a good, old-fashioned futbol game, it's less than ideal.
Regardless of the conditions in Brockway, the boys' soccer team walked away from its first-round playoff match against Clearfield as the 4-1 winner.
"This was cold, but I'll take it," head coach Phil Shenkle said. "I was afraid it was going to be wet and gross. This was perfect."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On Monday night, the Punxsy boys' soccer team traveled to Clearfield to battle the Bison in its regular season finale.
The Bison left the game with a 2-1 victory, which had no significance when it came to the standings.
If the same thing happens tonight, well, the Chucks go home without a rematch.
Yup, that's right, Punxsy fans.
It's officially playoff time for fall sports, and the boys' soccer team kicks it off with its District IX first-round game against Clearfield.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Senior Night is a moment that every athlete looks forward to, and a night that every athlete will remember for the rest of his or her life.
When the nine Punxsutawney senior football players â€” Matt Burkett, Andrew Bullers, Christian Falgout, Jonathan Voss, Clayton Dale, Will Curtis, Josh Schuckers, Jesse Walk, Parker Weaver â€” took the field to be recognized prior to Friday's game, they had their moment they've been waiting for.
UNXSUTAWNEY â€” On Thursday night, the Lady Chucks' volleyball team hosted the Lady Raiders of Brookville for their Senior Night.
With their rival in town, and their seniors being honored, the best case scenario for the Lady Chucks would be a three-game shut out of the Lady Raiders.
While they were unable to complete that unreachable task, they did the next best thing.
Punxsy sent off its seniors with a three-game sweep, outscoring the Lady Raiders 75-21 (25-5, 25-10, 25-6) en route to victory.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The seventh and eighth-grade, as well as the ninth-grade Chucks took on Keystone at Jack LaMarca Stadium on Wednesday night.
As their last home game of the season, the boys knew the importance of walking away with a win.
The seventh-and eighth-grade team kicked off the action with a 36-26 victory, which was followed by a 30-0 win by the ninth-grade squad.
"It's a nice way to send the boys off," ninth-grade head coach Todd Heigley said. "A win was nice, but a shutout is icing on the cake."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With just one win on the season, and just a handful of games left on the schedule, the Lady Chucks soccer team wanted a win on Monday night more than anything.
Playing under the lights, while honoring the seniors on Senior Night, they played their most spirited home game of the season.
Despite ending up on the wrong end of a 1-0 game, the Lady Chucks consider their loss to St. Marys a moral victory.
"Yeah, it was a moral victory," senior Rachel Litak. "All of our games came down to the final seconds, and we never quit."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Lady Chucks' fortune had to change sooner rather than later.
The last time the Lady Chucks appeared on their home court, the Bradford Lady Owls walked out victorious to the tune of a 3-0 sweep.
On Monday, after leading two games to zero, the Lady Rovers of Brockway fought back to take a 3-2 win on their home court.
On Thursday night, the Lady Chucks looked like a brand new team, as they defeated the Lady Beavers of DuBois 25-14, 25-12, 25-14 for the 3-0 win.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After improving to 3-3 last Friday against the Clarion-Limestone Lions, the Punxsy Chucks are ready to come back home for tonight's game against Karns City.
The Chucks can't afford to look ahead to next week's game againt the powerhouse that is Clarion, as Punxsy knows that Karns City isn't a team that can be overlooked.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” "You're going to see a barn-burner here. Eighty minutes up and down the field is what we need."
That's what assistant coach Kevin Hughes said before Punxsy took on Brockway for their final home game of the season.
With a 2-0 lead with about three minutes left in the first half, Hughes looked over and said, "See, this is exactly what we were looking for."
Head Coach Phil Shenkle agreed that his team laid it all out on the line en route to a 3-2 victory over the Rovers.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” The Lady Chucks seventh-and eighth-grade basketball team took to the floor again Tuesday against Curwensville.
As has been the story all year, the Lady Chucks won both games, as the seventh-grade team won 45-16, and the eighth-grade team won 34-5.
For one team to have a perfect record is impressive, but for both teams to have one, that just speaks volumes of the program and talent that Punxsy has.