NEW BETHLEHEM â€” 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."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
BRADFORD â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
BROOKVILLE â€” 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 doesnâ€™t wrestle varsity much, but it didnâ€™t show, as he didnâ€™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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Double digit scoring performances by John Matthews and Braxton Giavedoni carried the Punxsy seventh-grade boys' basketball team toward a 43-31 triumph over St. Marys Tuesday in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy (6-2) outscored St. Marys 10-9 during the first and second quarters and 11-9 during the final frame, making the Chucks' 14-6 second quarter the separating factor between a tight victory and a double-digit win.
Matthews scored a team-best 16 points, and Giavedoni wasn't too far behind, tallying 12 points.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Being competitive hasn't been enough for the Punxsy boys' basketball team, as even though it kept things close with District IX League-leading St. Marys Tuesday night, the Chucks suffered their 17th-straight league loss, 52-45.
Punxsy (4-7, 0-4 District IX League) trailed by just two points with 1:28 left before St. Marys (10-3, 4-1) inbounded the ball to Jimmy Werner, who quickly finished under the basket. Werner's hoop started the Flying Dutchmen's game-winning 5-0 run that finished off the Chucks.