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September 25th, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” Despite being just a junior, standout catcher Ryan Sloniger already knows where he'll be playing college ball.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” At any level, scoring seven goals in a soccer match is a rarity.
It's a strategic game in which not a lot of goals are generally scored.
So, when Punxsy walked off the field with a 7-0 victory against Curwensville, everyone had to be satisfied, no?
"No. I pulled all of the starters out in the first half because they were playing flat," head coach Phil Shenkle said. "They had no life. I yanked them all out and put in several subs and junior varsity players. We have to be able to start a game with passion, and they haven't been able to do that yet."
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” Coming off their first loss of the season and losing arguably their best server in Shaina Painter to an undisclosed injury, the Lady Chucks have had some recent adversity to face.
There's nothing that playing at the raucous Punxsy gym can't fix.
Punxsy welcomed Marion Center into town, and quickly showed them the door, shutting the Stingers out 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-12).
Ivy Phillips â€” an integral part of the team each match â€” stepped up her game with Painter's absence.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Sure, you know about the Pirates 20-year losing streak coming to an end this year, but did you know that the boys' golf team had a streak of its own?
The last time the Chucks lost at Punxsutawney Country Club to a District IX opponent was Sept. 18, 2006, when Brookville defeated Punxsy 160-171.
Seven years and one day later, it happened again.
The only problem is, this one cost them a berth for the AML Championship against Ridgway.
By just one stroke (174-173), the Raiders ended the streak and advanced to face Ridgway.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Can you believe that tonight marks the fourth football game of the season for Punxsutawney already?
The Chucks wasted no time kicking off their season with three enticing games.
If you ask head coach Alan Nichol, the game that his team plays each week is the most important game of the season.
It is, after all, the only game that they can focus on or control.
But the first three had a different feeling to them.
The annual Route 36 game kicked off the season, which featured the Chucks traveling to Brookville to take on their new school rival.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” In an "anything you can do, I can do better" example, the boys' golf team doesn't want to be overlooked by the girls' golf team, as both are having extraordinary seasons.
When DuBois Central Catholic came to town, the Chucks made sure that they represented the Punxsy golf program well, defeating the Cardinals 181-193.
All season long, there has been a different golfer who has stepped up to lead the team to victory in each match.
On Monday, it was Brandon Blose's turn.
Blose shot a course-low 42 on the front-nine, par-37 course.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” "Friday the 13th" is one of the most legendary horror movies out there. If you ask the Chucks, they probably aren't a fan.
When Punxsutawney traveled to DuBois on Friday night, they were stuck in their own horror movie, losing to the Beavers 49-7.
DuBois came out on a mission, coming off a loss to Mifflin County.
For head coach Alan Nichol, all he could do was tip his cap.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Nothing gets you ready for some Friday night football like 90 degree weather.
Wait, that's not right.
While it's not right, it's reality in Punxsutawney.
With the head index through the roof and the humidity off the charts, this week the Punxsy Chucks had a game to get ready for against the DuBois Beavers tonight.
With all of the pads and equipment that the football players wear to keep them safe, is it tempting to scale back the practices for safety reasons?
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” The Punxsy Chucks traveled to Indiana Country Club for a nine-hole event on Wednesday.
Unfortunately for Punxsy and Indiana, Mother Nature didn't want to cooperate.
Indiana ended up winning the lightning-delayed and shortened match 147-132.
Since the Chucks were playing a Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) team in Indiana, it went by that conference's rules last night.
Both teams played six varsity golfers, but only scored five of them.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” You may not think soccer is a contact sport, and if you don't, well, you're wrong.
There is, however, no denying the conditioning that it takes to run up and down the field 80 minutes at the high school level.
With a heat index that was through the roof on Tuesday, both the DuBois Beavers and the Punxsy Chucks were struggling to battle through the scorcher.
Even the most well-conditioned athletes struggled with the humidity.
If standing outside for just a brief moment didn't make you realize it, watching Punxsy and DuBois players cramp up and even throw up did.