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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 20, 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 20, 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 19, 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.

Junior-high Chucks split with St. Marys

January 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Chucks endure another close loss to Dutch

January 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Brookville wrestlers dash Beavers, 52-21

January 18, 2011

BROOKVILLE — With the dual meet victory already secured, it would have been easy for the Raiders' Logan Stout to continue to take his lumps as DuBois 215-pounder Landon Hannah continued to earn points seemingly at will.

Someone forgot to tell Stout that the match was over.

Trailing 9-2 in the third period, Stout pulled off an improbable maneuver to gain control of the match before pinning Hannah in a stunner, highlighting an all-around impressive night of wrestling for Brookville, as the Raiders earned a 52-21 win over DuBois in front of the home crowd.

Chucks finish in first place at Cranberry Duals

January 18, 2011

SENECA — A year after finishing second-best, the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team won the Cranberry Team Duals Saturday.

Punxsy was dominant all day, beating Oil City (76-18), Franklin (62-19), Greenville (55-37) and Warren (69-24) while completing the tournament with a 4-0 record.

Bonus points were the key to Punxsy's victory Saturday, as it won 22 bouts by fall.

Hoohuli's 46 leads St. Marys past Punxsy

January 17, 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.

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