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Chucks use team depth to defeat St. Marys

February 11, 2011

ST. MARYS — The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team lost its first two bouts by decision before winning 11 of the next 13 matches during a 55-15 victory over St. Marys Wednesday night on the road.

The Chucks improved to 13-2 on the season and have won 13 of their last 14 matches. Of Punxsy's six wins on the mat, two were by fall, one was by major decision and three were by decision.

Chucks upset St. Marys, 34-30

February 10, 2011

ST. MARYS — Punxsy senior Kody Young knew the Chucks would hold on for a win once six bouts remained during the Punxsy wrestling team's match against St. Marys Wednesday night.

Punxsy was ahead 22-12 after 189-pounder Tige Woodson, Young's senior teammate, suffered a loss by decision, but Young was still certain his squad would come out on top.

Punxsy lost the next two bouts by fall and fell behind 24-22, but clutch decision victories by two freshmen, and Young's pin during the final match of the night propelled the Chucks to a 34-30 upset of the Dutch on their Senior Night.

Ferraro's return fuels win over Elk County

February 10, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The last time the Brookville girls' basketball team played Elk County Catholic, nothing went right for the Lady Raiders.

Starting forward Emily Ferraro was out with an injury, the Lady Raiders had to travel to play the Lady Crusaders on a Saturday night after playing a tough game against St. Marys the night before, and the Lady Raiders were in the middle of a four-game losing streak.

But when the two teams met Wednesday night at Brookville, the Lady Raiders' luck changed.

St. Marys powers past Lady Chucks on Senior Night

February 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — St. Marys' full-court pressure affected the Punxsy girls' basketball team early, and the Lady Chucks couldn't overcome their early mistakes during a 63-48 loss on Senior Night Tuesday.

Punxsy trailed 20-6 after one quarter due to 10 turnovers and was behind 36-17 by halftime after seven more second-quarter turnovers. The Lady Chucks (4-14, 1-7 District IX League) outscored the Lady Dutch 31-27 during the second half, but their first-half deficit was too large.

Raiders down ECC to take control of District IX League

February 9, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Elk County Catholic wanted to challenge Brookville's defense on the perimeter Tuesday night at Brookville High School. The Raiders, to their credit, answered the Crusaders' challenge by limiting them to 4-of-26 (13 percent) from behind the three-point line en route to a 53-44 win.

Brookville head coach Bud Baughman was happy with how his team played on defense.

"I was definitely pleased with the way the guys played," Baughman said. "We had a couple guys who were sick, and they sucked it up and played well."

Mistakes lead to Punxsy's 41-24 defeat

February 8, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy girls' basketball team had more turnovers than points during a 41-24 loss to Elk County Catholic Monday night in the second game between the two teams in four days.

Punxsy (4-13, 1-6 District IX League) committed 30 turnovers, which led to the Lady Chucks scoring an average of six points per quarter. The Lady Crusaders (15-4, 5-2) turned all the miscues into points on Punxsy's end, as they handed the Lady Chucks their second loss in four days after beating Punxsy Friday in St. Marys by a similar score, 38-24.

RAIDERS NEARLY DEFEAT OWLS

February 8, 2011

Raiders lose wrestling championship

February 7, 2011

DUBOIS— The District IX Class AA Team Championship wrestling tournament Saturday at DuBois High School didn't end how top seeded Brookville pictured it would before the season started.

The Raiders had to stand and watch, as another team celebrated being champions.

Brookville lost to second seeded Ridgway 32-29 in the championship match, a team the Raiders beat 42-24 Jan. 29.

Brookville coach Dave Klepfer was disappointed that his team hadn't accomplished one of their biggest goals.

PLAY OF THE WEEK

February 5, 2011

Punxsy junior wrestler Neko Cappella's takedown of Brookville freshman Brodie Zacherl is this week's Play of the Week. Cappella (left) took Zacherl down twice in the final 25 seconds of his 4-2 victory. With the score tied at two, his takedown with two seconds left clinched the win. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

ECC holds off Punxsy's ferocious comeback

February 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy boys' basketball team's 24-point fourth quarter and spirited comeback weren't enough to hand one of the best Class A teams in the state its fourth loss this season Friday night.

The Chucks (7-10, 1-6 District IX League) trimmed Elk County Catholic's 41-28 lead through three quarters to 51-49 with 33 seconds left, but clutch free throws and offensive rebounds carried the Crusaders to a 54-52 victory.

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