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Punxsy wins home opener over Brockway

August 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The A. J. Parise Youth Football Senior team, behind a strong defensive effort, won its home opener over Brockway 30-8 Saturday at Jack LaMarca Stadium in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy's defense intercepted three passes, including one returned for a touchdown by Devin Kelly, to lead the Chucks to their first victory of the season.

"The kids came out pumped and ready to play," Punxsy head coach Joel Martin said. "We completely dominated the first half."

Chucks have younger team, same team goals

August 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's boys' cross country team will kick off its 2011 season Saturday at the Big Valley Boys Invitational.

Last year, head coach John Smith had a strong team highlighted by a dual meet victory over Bradford, which Smith called "the team to beat."

This season, though, will be a change for the Chucks.

"It's going to be a totally different type of team," Smith said. "We have some experience, but we're going to be highly trying to utilize some underclassmen, so we're counting on everybody this year."

Punxsy edged out by DuBois at home

August 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After opening its season 2-0 and finishing fourth in the Bolton Tournament in State College, Punxsy's boys' golf team lost its first match by just three strokes, 162-165, against DuBois Monday afternoon at the Punxsutawney Country Club.

Punxsy's head coach Josh Conrad said his team's effort wasn't a poor one, they just went up against a tough opponent.

Girls' cross country team ready for season to begin

August 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Lady Chucks girls' cross country team is prepared for another important season after missing its third consecutive District 9 championship.

The Bradford Lady Owls had just the slightest edge over Punxsy to secure the district title.

But the Lady Chucks head coach George Wehrle has high hopes for the future.

"My overall impression of this year's team so far is that it is easily one of the most talent teams we've had," Wehrle said. "If the work ethic and desire are there, they should do quite well."

Punxsy defeats Brookville, remains unbeaten

August 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's boys' golf team won its second home match of the season with a convincing 165-197 win over Brookville Friday morning at the Punxsutawney Country Club.

The match was played on the front nine holes at the course and was a varsity-only match.

Punxsy's Ian Miller was the low scorer for the tournament, shooting an even-par 37.

Miller had seven pars, bogeyed the par-three seventh and bounced back with a birdie on the par-five eighth.

MESORACO WATCH

August 27, 2011

Well, Devin Mesoraco fans, decision-day is less than a week away for the Cincinnati Reds.

The question remains whether Mesoraco will be called up when the rosters expand Thursday, or will he spend more time with the AAA-affiliate Louisville Bats polishing his game?

One encouraging sign was reported Thursday night by Danny Knobler of cbssports.com: Reds' catcher Ramon Hernandez was placed on waivers Thursday.

Punxsy wins opener over Cranberry, Clarion

August 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney girls' golf team opened its regular season Thursday afternoon at the Punxsutawney Country Club with a victory over Cranberry and Clarion, 222-236-256, respectively.

"This was the first time we've ever played Clarion and Cranberry," Punxsy head coach Katie Irwin said. "So, the girls were a little nervous, but they worked hard and pulled it off as a team. I'm very proud of them."

Each team sent six girls off the tees and counted the four lowest scores.

Punxsy looks to build off strong 2010 season

August 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Coming off a record-setting year, Punxsutawney's boys' soccer team has high hopes for another season to match, or even top, last year's, but there's a disadvantage to having a program with a reputation: People know you're coming.

Punxsy preparing to kick off season

August 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's girls' soccer team has one week of practice and one scrimmage under its belt, but first-year head coach Kevin Hughes still has a lot to look forward to.

Just because Hughes has the first-year label tacked onto the front of his title this year, though, doesn't mean he isn't familiar with the game and Punxsy's soccer system.

Punxsy falls in opener to tough DuBois squad

August 24, 2011

DUBOIS — The Punxsutawney girls' tennis team fell in its first match of the season to what Punxsy head coach Rose Graffius said was "one of the tougher teams that we will play" in DuBois, 9-0, Wednesday afternoon.

Despite the fact that her team was unable to win any matches, Graffius still saw some promising signs from her team, which lost several of its experienced players from last season.

"Overall, I was pleased with the team's performance, considering the lack of varsity court experience that many of the girls have," she said.

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