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October 9th, 2013
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.
STRATTANVILLE â€” Football and bad weather go together like peanut butter and jelly. Fortunately for the Punxsy Chucks, they have been able to avoid any poor weather so far this season. When Punxsy traveled to Clarion-Limestone Friday night, it experienced a 30-minute weather delay due to lightning. For the C-L Lions, it would just be the calm before the storm, as the Chucks ran their way to a 28-12 win to improve their record to 3-3 on the season.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” It's been a regular season full up ups and downs for the Lady Chucks' tennis team.
In the final home match of the season, it's only fitting that Punxsy would go out the right way to the tune of a 7-2 win over Brockway.
In their past two maches, the Lady Chucks have outscored the opposition 15-3.
Leading the way for the Lady Chucks was Amber Ward.
Ward won her No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-0 in straight sets over Brockway's Anna Brinkley.
"[Amber] Ward's serves were on target, which helped her cruise to an easy win," head coach Rose Graffius said.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” The match between Bradford and Punxsy had a playoff atmosphere to it at Punxsutawney Area High School.
By now, you know the story.
The Lady Chucks traveled to Bradford last year during the regular season, only to get swept.
In the District IX Championship match, however, the Lady Chucks returned the favor with an epic five-game win over the Lady Owls.
In their first meeting since, Bradford took it to Punxsy, defeating the Lady Chucks in a three-game sweep, 25-9, 25-20, 25-17.
"We were a mess the first set. All night, we didn't
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Stopping Alex Feldbauer was goal No. 1 for the Punxsutawney Chucks on Friday night.
Head Coach Alan Nichol preached it to his team all week.
Feldbauer entered play with nearly 800 yards on the season for the St.
Marys Flying Dutch.
The Chucks were able to hold Feldbauer to 114 yards in Friday night's game, but unfortunately, they were unable to come away with the victory, dropping to 2-3 with a 12-6 loss.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite coming off a big loss at the hands of the DuBois Beavers, the Chucks were considered prohibited favorites heading into their game last week against the A-C Valley Falcons.
Whether it was the fans or the media experts, everyone thought the game against A-C Valley was supposed to be a breeze.
As the old adage goes, "That's the reason you play the game."
The Chucks held off a fiesty Falcons team for a three-point victory.
Despite what other people thought, head coach Alan Nichol said it went the way he and his team expected.
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.