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Eight Chucks earn trips to Altoona

February 27, 2011

CLARION — Saturday won't go down as one of Punxsy's finer District IX Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships, but the Chucks will still send eight grapplers to next weekend's regional tournament.

Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy expressed disappointment in just one district champion after the Chucks entered the tournament with four top seeds. But even if senior Kody Young was the only district winner, Punxsy will be sending more than half of its wrestlers to regionals.

Neal battles constant injuries, advances to regionals

February 27, 2011

CLARION — 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.

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February 25, 2011

Langley is lone top seed among Chucks' heavier weights

February 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Punxsy will not have a heavyweight at districts.

Newsome's game-winner lifts Brookville into final

February 25, 2011

CLARION — Brookville sophomore Lanae Newsome saw the path to the rim and knew that she had an opportunity to win the game during the Lady Raiders' game at Clarion High School Friday.

She went around a screen at the top of the key and drove to the rim, sidestepping Moniteau's Amanda Sloan and Katie Brehm in the process, and let her shot go.

It glanced off the backboard and went in with three seconds remaining, giving the Lady Raiders a 42-40 win over third-seeded Moniteau (11-11).

Newsome, who finished with a game-high 21-points, said that she wasn't afraid to take the shot.

Bradford uses defense to shut down Chucks, end Punxsy's season

February 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Once Bradford switched to the triangle-and-two defense during Thursday night's District IX Class AAA Boys' Basketball Playoff Semifinal, the complexion of the game completely changed.

Defense put the Owls (7-16) in position to win their ninth district title in 11 years with a 41-38 overtime victory over Punxsutawney.

Top-seeded St. Marys beat Clearfield in the other semifinal, 50-23, and will meet Bradford in the title game — most likely Saturday, March 5, at Clarion University.

Punxsy's Spack, McGregor enter districts as top seeds

February 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Raiders grind out semifinal win over Rovers

February 24, 2011

CLARION — 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.

Young, youth lead Punxsy's lightweights

February 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 — sophomore Devan Snyder and freshmen Josh Schuckers and Joel Bowers — will compete in the varsity tournament for the first time.

Chucks ready for postseason experience

February 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The second half of the Punxsy boys' basketball team's last trip to the District IX Class AAA playoffs was disastrous.

The Chucks were outscored 46-19 during the final two quarters of a 74-42 loss to St. Marys Feb. 24, 2009, after they trailed 28-23 at halftime.

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