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Bisons too much to handle for Chucks

December 24, 2010

CLEARFIELD — The Punxsutawney varsity wrestling team knew heading into Clearfield Wednesday night that it would be challenged at every weight and would be in for a tough night, and that's exactly what the Chucks got.

The Bisons were too powerful down the lineup, earning a 48-17 victory over the Chucks (1-1), a victory that may seem lopsided, but for Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy, a loss that had plenty of upside.

Lady Chucks drop Harmony in 54-31 road win

December 24, 2010

HARMONY — The Lady Chucks picked up their second win of the season Thursday night as Punxsy traveled to Harmony and earned a convincing 54-31 win to push its record to 2-4 on the season.

The Lady Chucks jumped out to a 14-6 first-quarter lead before pulling away in the second frame to make it 26-11 at halftime.

The second half was more of the same for Punxsy as the Lady Chucks used swift ball movement and sharp shooting to increase its lead to 41-24 after three quarters before putting things away in the fourth.

Weaver's clutch free throws lift Punxsy

December 22, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the game knotted at 40 and two seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Punxsy's Logan Weaver stepped to the free throw line for a chance to become the hero for the Chucks.

That's exactly what he did.

Weaver knocked down the front end of a one-and-one and drilled the second shot, and the Chucks picked up an exciting 42-40 victory over Harmony Wednesday night in Punxsy.

The Chucks were looking to drive the ball into the paint when they took over possession with seven seconds remaining in the game, and were fouled along the baseline with four seconds on the clock.

Lady Chucks win a pair to even record

December 22, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy junior-varsity girls' basketball team outscored Clearfield during every quarter while earning a 35-23 victory Monday night.

Punxsy led 8-2 after one quarter before distancing itself by two points during each of the next three quarters.

Alison Jones scored a team-best 10 points, while Emily Horner, Emily Reitz, Mary Sloniger and Ashley Reitz provided balanced scoring by managing six points apiece.

Brittany Renaud tallied a team-best 10 points for Clearfied.

Punxsy (2-2) visits Harmony for a 5 p.m. start Thursday.

Punxsy JV girls 26, Brookville 24

Plenty of pins for Chucks in 57-45 win

December 22, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team surrendered four forfeits Monday, but overcame the deficit and earned an impressive 57-45 victory over Altoona at home.

"We were pretty pleased with our performance on the mats. Obviously, to win this one after giving up a total of four forfeits is a big win," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "Not that we still don't have room for improvement in many areas, but we're definitely happy with the final outcome, and we saw a lot of nice things out there. We looked rather aggressive and ready to wrestling."

Reitz's record-tying game carries Lady Chucks to first victory

December 21, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Senior guard Jenna Reitz tied the school record with seven three-pointers, and the Punxsy girls' basketball team notched its first victory of the season Monday night over Clearfield, 57-48.

Punxsy trailed 20-19 at halftime before scoring 38 second-half points and improving to 1-4 on the season.

"In the second half, they played really hard, and they executed a lot better on the offensive end," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said about his team. "They moved the ball, they got better looks, and when you get better looks, it's easier to shoot the ball."

Four big wins help Lady Chucks improve to 5-1

December 21, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy ninth-grade girls' basketball team has definitely hit its stride, as the Lady Chucks won their fifth-straight game with a 59-3 victory over Clearfield Monday night in Punxsutawney.

The Lady Chucks (5-1) — who have all eighth-graders on their roster — didn't allow a point until the second half, leading 31-0 going into halftime. Punxsy kept up the pressure during the second half, outscoring the Lady Bisons 28-3 during the final two quarters.

Anna Horner had a huge game, scoring 20 points. Half of those 20 points were scored during the fourth quarter.

Brookville dismantles Karns City, 72-25

December 21, 2010

BROOKVILLE — It just wasn't a good night to be a Karns City boys' varsity basketball fan.

After knocking down a three-pointer to start the game, the Gremlins failed to score again until the 5:44 mark in the second quarter.

Oh, and the Raiders couldn't miss a shot, either.

Brookville quickly erased the deficit by outscoring its opponent 26-3 in the first quarter alone en route to an overwhelming 72-25 victory.

That one-sided score could have easily been even worse had both teams not emptied the benches late in the first half and throughout the second half.

Ninth-grade Chucks control Raiders, improve to 3-0

December 20, 2010

BROOKVILLE — A dominant first quarter carried into a huge victory for the Punxsy ninth-grade boys' basketball team last Friday night in Brookville.

The Chucks led 21-4 after the first quarter before earning a 52-43 win over the Raiders.

"The first half was the best half of basketball we have played this year," Punxsy coach Brandon Krug said. "On both ends of the floor, we were really on top of our game."

The Chucks' lead improved to 35-16 by halftime before the Raiders avoided the blowout with a 27-17 second half.

Chucks unable to knock down threes during Brookville's win

December 18, 2010

BROOKVILLE — The Punxsy boys' basketball team had the right game plan to counteract Brookville's height, but the Chucks' struggles from behind the three-point line led to a 50-42 loss to the Raiders Friday night on the road.

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