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Hoohuli's 46 leads St. Marys past Punxsy

January 18, 2011

ST. MARYS — St. Marys senior guard Kayla Hoohuli once again proved why she could go down as one of the best female basketball players in District IX history Monday night, scoring 46 points during the Lady Dutch's 57-48 victory over Punxsutawney.

Punxsy threw everything it had at Hoohuli, but she still scored all but 11 of her team's points while helping St. Marys dispatch a 14-5 deficit. Hoohuli was strongest down the stretch, going 8-of-10 from the free-throw line while providing her team with a 17-13 final quarter to extend upon a 40-35 lead after three.

Brookville downs Redbank

January 18, 2011

BROOKVILLE — It was a tale of two halves Monday in Brookville, as the Lady Raiders bounced back from a slow first half to pull away from Redbank Valley late, turning a close game into a 63-31 rout of the Lady Bulldogs.

When Brookville went into halftime with a seven-point lead, it was hard to imagine that the Lady Raiders were going to find a way to just cruise to the one-sided victory. Brookville constantly turned the ball over in the first half and couldn't seem to find a consistent offensive attack.

Punxsy ends small losing skid with Monday's win

January 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy ninth-grade girls' basketball team bounced back from its only losing streak to date by thrashing Indiana Monday, 39-14.

The Lady Chucks (8-3) dropped two-straight games to Altoona and Hollidaysburg last week, but Monday, they didn't give up more than four points during any quarter while cruising to a huge win.

Punxsy scored 10 points during each of the first two quarters while taking a 20-7 advantage into the break. After jumping ahead 33-11 entering the final frame, Punxsy allowed just a three-pointer during the fourth quarter.

Mesoraco's late basket lifts Chucks past KC

January 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy boys' basketball team played as a team and won as a team Saturday afternoon against Karns City, as every player contributed to the 63-61 victory that snapped the Chucks' four-game losing streak.

Punxsy trailed 47-41 entering the fourth quarter and was down 57-52 with 3:15 left before scoring 11 of the game's final 15 points to eek out a win over the Gremlins.

After a loose ball foul on the Chucks (4-6) put Karns City's Jake Henry on the free-throw line with 20.4 seconds left, the senior nailed both foul shots to tie the game at 61.

PLAY OF THE WEEK

January 15, 2011

Punxsy senior wrestler Kody Young's Gene Mills high half-nelson on Ridgway's Zac McKnight was this week's Play of the Week. Young's use of the move led to a win by pin in just 27 seconds Thursday night in Punxsutawney. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Lady Chucks fall to Hollidaysburg, 67-33

January 15, 2011

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Numerous turnovers by the Punxsy girls' basketball team led to Hollidaysburg earning a 67-33 victory Friday night.

Punxsy (3-8) trailed 22-4 after the first quarter before the Lady Tigers extended their lead to 37-15 by halftime. During the second half, the Lady Chucks were outscored 30-18.

"We have to learn to handle the pressure," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "To start the game, we had too many turnovers. We got behind the eight-ball, and we're not a good enough team to overcome that."

Forfeits help junior-high Chucks blow out Ridgway

January 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sickness left Ridgway with just nine wrestlers Thursday night, and the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team took advantage of the Elkers' small squad while registering a 61-18 victory at home.

Punxsy (5-1) still out-wrestled Ridgway, earning a slim 19-18 victory on the mats. After that, the Chucks ended the match with seven-straight forfeit wins.

Chucks edge Ridgway on mat, lose after three forfeits

January 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Though it lost 39-28 to Ridgway Thursday night at home, the Punxsy wrestling team took solace in a victory on the mat, as three forfeits helped the Elkers secure the 11-point victory.

In the 11 bouts that were wrestled, Punxsy (6-7) outscored Ridgway, 28-21 — winning six matches. That includes three victories by fall, a major decision win and two triumphs by decision.

Junior-high Chucks begin 2011 with a number of wins

January 12, 2011

ST. MARYS — The Punxsy eighth-grade boys' basketball team couldn't hold onto a 26-24 lead late in the fourth quarter during a 31-26 loss to Elk County Catholic Tuesday afternoon on the road.

Punxsy (5-2) was up 26-24 when the Crusaders converted two times to jump ahead 28-26 with about a minute remaining. After ECC added another free throw to go up 29-26, a Punxsy turnover led to ECC taking a two-possession lead and clinching the victory.

Raiders take out Rovers in front of 'White Out'

January 12, 2011

BROOKVILLE — In a night full of forfeits with the outcome nearly determined before it started, Wednesday night's varsity wrestling match between Brookville and Brockway featured six bouts in total, with both teams claiming three.

The Raiders (3-0), in front of a "White Out" crowd in Brookville, benefitted from six forfeits, a pin fall victory and a technical fall to easily pick up a 50-24 victory over the Rovers.

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