CLARION â€” If one was to see Josh Neal during the fall and winter months the past two years, chances are he would be walking with a limp in his right leg.
The junior, who suffered a knee injury before the 2009 football season and foot injury prior to the 2010 football season, overcame the leg problems to accomplish something great Saturday at Clarion University: A berth in the regional wrestling tournament.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Junior Carl Langley is the top seed at 160 pounds and is one of Punxsy's four heavier weights in position to advance past today's District IX Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships in Clarion.
Langley is joined by teammates Josh Neal (171 pounds), Tige Woodson (189) and Tyler Titus (215) as the Chucks' upper weights to compete today. All three are top-three seeds, and the top-three place-winners advance to regionals next weekend in Altoona.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Juniors Seth Spack and Nathan McGregor will enter the District IX Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships Saturday at Clarion University as two of Punxsy's top-seeded middleweights.
Spack (25-5), who won the district title at 112 pounds last year and reached states after a runner-up finish at regionals, enters Saturday with his first-ever top-seeding. The grappler leads a 135-pound weight class that has three participants with 20-plus victories this season.
CLARION â€” The Brookville boys' basketball team won the same way it has all season during its District IX Class AA semifinal playoff win over Brockway Thursday night at Tippin Gymnasium at Clarion University.
The top-seeded Raiders (21-2) used timely shooting and tough defense to grind out a 49-41 win over the fourth-seeded Rovers. Brookville limited Brockway to three points in the fourth quarter.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Three-time champion Kody Young and a trio of underclassmen embody Punxsy's lightest four weight classes entering District IX Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships Saturday at Clarion University.
Young, a senior, will compete for a fourth district crown, while three other Chucks â€” sophomore Devan Snyder and freshmen Josh Schuckers and Joel Bowers â€” will compete in the varsity tournament for the first time.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Brookville boys' basketball team is ready to get back to business after having a longer than expected break from basketball.
After having eight days off since clinching a share of the District IX League title last Wednesday, the top-seeded Raiders (20-2, 8-2 District IX League) will play fourth-seeded Brockway (12-10, 2-4 AML South) at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the semifinals of the District IX Class AA playoffs at Clarion University
Brookville beat Brockway twice this season, a 57-42 win to open the season Dec. 10 and a 67-53 win Dec. 30.