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Lady Chucks cruise past Lady Raiders for third shutout in a week

April 22, 2013

BROOKVILLE — A tuneup game before facing your toughest district foe is always good.

The Punxsy softball team used its Route 36 rivalry game with Brookville as preparation for Wednesday’s showdown with St. Marys by cruising to a 14-0 five-inning run-rule victory in Brookville.

“It was nice to see some girls in different positions. A lot of the girls put the bat on the ball today,” noted Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer. “We have St. Marys on Wednesday, which is a big rival and a big game for us. We will have to play well as they are one of the toughest games on our schedule.”

Cardinals slide past Chucks boys' tennis, 5-4

April 22, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — An inexperienced team goes through growing pains, which is what the Punxsy boys' tennis spring season has been.

The young Chucks fell just shy of capturing their first victory on Monday afternoon.

DuBois Central Catholic prevailed in one more match, 5-4, to edge Punxsy.

"It was nice to get some more match wins tonight than we have been. The team played well and should be proud of their efforts," pointed out Chucks coach Lisa Good.

In the top singles slot, Joe Roberts came out on fire against the Cardinals' Ben Trinkley. Roberts blazed to a 6-1 first set win.

Chucks' early hitting frenzy seals a 14-7 victory over rival Raiders

April 22, 2013

BROOKVILLE — The Chucks' early hitting frenzy built a large enough lead to hold off the surging Raiders in a 14-7 win Monday at McKinley Field in Brook-ville.

"We hit the ball really well today early on. Our approaches late weren't as aggressive as I'd like them to be; I think that's why we cooled down a little bit. A lot of the credit goes to the guys swinging the bats early and getting us a big lead," said Mike Dickey, Chucks coach.

HONORING OUR ATHLETES

April 21, 2013

On Saturday night in the Punxsutawney Area High School cafeteria, the 12th class of the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame was inducted.

The class of 2013 included (from left) Cliff Thompson; Ed Decker; Kim Duke; Mike Ishman accepting posthumously for his father, Robert Ishman; Gary Garzoni; and Jack Stuchell.

Read the full story in Monday's print edition of The Spirit.

Thompson to be named to Punxsy Sports Hall of Fame

April 19, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This evening, Punxsutawney Area High School's Athletic Department will host its Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony at the Punxsutawney Area High School.

In anticipation of the event, The Spirit has featured the biography of one member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 each day.

Today's featured athlete is Cliff Thompson.

Thompson earned eight letters while attending PAHS, including three in football, three in wrestling and two in baseball.

Dale hits first homer of the season Thursday for Chucks

April 18, 2013

Clayton Dale (11) is congratulated by Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey as he rounds third base, after his second-inning solo home run, which put his team ahead by a run.

To see if Dale's home run was enough insurance to give Punxsy the win, see Friday's print edition of The Spirit.

Stuchell to be named to Punxsy Sports Hall of Fame

April 18, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Saturday, Punxsutawney Area High School's Athletic Department will host its Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony at the Punxsutawney Area High School.

In anticipation of the event, The Spirit will feature the biography of one member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 each day.

Today's featured athlete is John (Jack) Stuchell.

Stuchell is a 1953 graduate, and he lettered two years in both football and track and field.

He was an All-District guard and played in the All-Star game in DuBois.

Three-run seventh powers Chucks over Beavers

April 17, 2013

DUBOIS — A close game can change in a hurry.

Trailing 1-0 since the first inning, the Punxsy baseball offense produced five hits and saw three of the runners score to power past host DuBois, 3-1, on Wednesday in DuBois.

Garrett Zimmerman led off the visiting seventh with a single to center and moved to third two batters later when Cory Geer singled. The Chucks tied the contest, 1-1, when Dakota Thomas reached on a fielder's choice to plate Garrett Zimmerman.

Punxsy was not finished there.

Defense and timely hitting enable Punxsy to shutout DuBois softball

April 17, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Defense should never have an off day, and it was on display on the varsity softball diamond on Wednesday afternoon.
Behind a pair of double plays and various other top glove showings, Punxsy received three timely fifth- inning hits to score the lone run and shutout rival DuBois, 1-0, in Punxsutawney.

“It was a great game, as the players made the plays. A tremendous game to watch, as both sides played very well defensively,” noted Lady Chucks head coach Alan Pifer. “They didn’t beat themselves but we got the break (to score the one run).”

Chucks hang first track and field defeat of the spring season on Beavers

April 16, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The finally tally was close but the Chucks swept the final 14 points in the last two events to seal the victory.

After falling behind midway through the meet, Punxsy finished off strong to hand the first track and field defeat to DuBois, 89-61.

"At times, DuBois was ahead as it was a lot closer than people thought. We had a game plan going in. One where we wanted to win, and we put our guys in strategic spots to do so," explained Punxsy head coach John Smith. "We picked up second and third places we needed to as those points make a difference at the end."

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