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Turnovers doom Lady Chucks in 40-26 loss

January 26, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Too many turnovers can often be the recipe for disaster for most basketball teams, and the Lady Chucks proved that theory to be true Tuesday night during a 40-26 loss at home to Ligonier Valley.

Whether it was the Lady Rams' full-court press — a defense they employed the entire game — or a trapping defense in their own end, Punxsy continually gave the basketball away to the tune of 29 turnovers.

The Lady Chucks kept throwing the ball away, and with each turnover went Punxsy's chances of winning.

Second-half swoon costs Chucks another win

January 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy boys' basketball team was right with DuBois Central Catholic — a ranked Class A school according to the Patriot-News of Harrisburg — at halftime before falling apart during the second half of a 56-34 loss Monday night at home.

The Chucks (4-9) appeared primed to hand the Cardinals (11-3) their third-straight loss after leading 17-16 at halftime, but allowed a pair of 20-point second half quarters while scoring just 17 total points during the final two quarters combined.

Raiders handle Bulldogs to jump to 14-1

January 25, 2011

NEW BETHLEHEM — Brookville guard Dan Ion glided down the court in the fourth quarter after his teammate Kyle Baughman grabbed a rebound and flung the ball up the court to Zane Hackett. Ion went hard to the rim, and Hackett found him for an easy lay-up.

Ion led the Raiders (14-1) with 16 points, and the Raiders cruised to a 53-28 win over Redbank Valley (1-9) in New Bethlehem Monday night.

"We came out sloppy, but after that we settled down," Ion said. "Once we got the rebounds, we were looking to push. We were outrunning them and getting easy baskets."

Punxsy JV girls improve to 5-6

January 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy junior-varsity girls' basketball team's 6-0 first quarter was the difference during a low scoring affair with Bradford Friday, as the Lady Chucks improved to 5-6 with a 20-13 victory.

Punxsy led 11-5 at halftime before pulling away with a 7-3 third quarter.

Both Emily Horner and Ashley Reitz led the Lady Chucks with seven points. Emily Reitz added four points.

Punxsy will return to the court when it hosts Ligonier Valley at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

St. Marys 39, Punxsy 33

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January 21, 2011

Punxsy finishes Bradford with 25-9 run during win

January 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Whenever one team appeared to put a stronghold on Friday night's girls' basketball game, the other squad was ready to make a run.

After a 9-0 run put Punxsy ahead 21-13 during the second quarter, Bradford's 21-2 surge during the next 10 minutes helped the Lady Owls leap ahead 34-23.

What followed was the Lady Chucks' game-ending 25-9 burst during a 48-43 victory.

Owls down Chucks by 17

January 21, 2011

BRADFORD — The Punxsy boys' basketball team held Bradford under 50 points, and junior Logan Weaver scored 17 points, but the Chucks couldn't score as a team during a 44-27 loss to the Owls Friday night.

The Chucks (4-8, 0-5 District IX League) trailed 18-15 at halftime before being outscored 26-12 during the second half of another league defeat.

Bradford improved 5-10 overall and 1-3 in the league.

Weaver had 12 of Punxsy's 15 first-half points. He added 11 rebounds (four offensive) for the double-double.

Chucks win big, improve to 11-1 on season

January 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Filling nearly every weight class has benefitted the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team all season, and Wednesday night against Redbank Valley was no different, as the Chucks earned a 72-13 victory at home.

Punxsy would have won 36-13 on the mat if not for six forfeits, but with those easy wins, it registered the 59-point win. The Chucks (11-1) all but clinched their 11th-straight victory by scoring the first 36 points of the match.

Five pins help Raiders down St. Marys, 49-21

January 21, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Senior wrestler Dylan Buffington temporarily lost his confidence Thursday night after he was taken down by St. Marys' Ben Cheatle in the first period of their 160-pound bout.
Buffington doesn’t wrestle varsity much, but it didn’t show, as he didn’t panic, reversed Cheatle, and ended up scoring a pin before the end of the first period to earn his first win of the season. Buffington earned the Clint Puller award for outstanding wrestler of the match.
It was the first time he won a Puller Award for wrestling. He previously won one for track and field.

Bonus points help Redbank top Chucks

January 20, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Redbank Valley's ability to earn major decisions and falls during five of its six victories on the mat helped it down the Punxsy wrestling team Wednesday night, 35-29.

With each team receiving a forfeit, both squads split the remaining 12 bouts, 6-6. During those six victories, Punxsy (6-8) earned three decisions, two major decisions and a fall. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs registered three wins by fall and three by major decision, leading to the six-point difference in their victory.

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