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PUNXSY GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY BANQUET

December 3, 2010

Members of the 2010 Punxsy girls' cross country team were recognized for their contributions at the annual banquet Nov. 22. Pictured are (front, from left) Kayla Carpenter; Heidi Rodgers, most improved; Juliann Boddorf, most seasonal bests and second team all-district; Tamera Anthony; Alexis Young, most improved and first team all-district; (back) Kirsten Dean; Hannah Rummel; Bethany Beatty; Heather Heitzenrater; and Milea Schall, most outstanding runner and first team all-district. Missing from the photo is Shannon Byerly, first team all-district. (Photo submitted)

Punxsy uses hard work to improve during preseason practices

December 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With three starters gone from a team that played just five or six players nearly every game last year, the Punxsy girls' basketball team is concentrating on working hard to improve with new faces expected to play vital roles this season.

Gone are Amber Fye and Megan McCully, who each graduated this past June. Also, senior Hannah Neal — last year's leading scorer at 12.0 points per game — isn't playing this season, meaning seniors Shawnna Crago and Jenna Reitz are this year's only returning starters.

DELIGHTED DEER HUNTERS

December 2, 2010

Frank Johnston (second from left), of Punxsy, bagged this 175-pound, nine-point buck — his first — at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday in Bell Township. Pictured are (from left) Antonio Thorp, Johnston, Zachary Thorp and Carol Johnston. (Photo by Tracy Smith/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

THAT'S A BIG BEAR

December 1, 2010

Tim Huber, 50, of Smicksburg, shot his first bear Nov. 22 in the Smicksburg area. The bear weighed 353 pounds. (Photo submitted)

IMPRESSIVE RACK

December 1, 2010

DOUBLE THE DEER, DOUBLE THE FUN

November 29, 2010

Scott Howard (left) and his son Brycen Howard (right), both of Punxsy, each shot a buck Monday morning in Perry Township. Scott’s is 180 pounds, has eight points and an 18-inch spread and occurred at 7:30 a.m., and Brycen’s first-ever buck is 150 pounds, has eight points and occurred at 8 a.m. Also pictured is Scott’s other son, Logan. (Photo by Tracy Smith/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY VOLLEYBALL BANQUET

November 29, 2010

The following are the Punxsy volleyball team's letter winners, as announced at the team's annual banquet Nov. 21 at Gimmick's.

Chucks stressing defense and intensity in first week

November 26, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy boys' basketball team — which features a half-dozen football players — is looking to use the school's football success as a jumping-off point in 2010-2011, rather than worrying about last year's struggles on the hardword.

The Chucks finished 4-17 overall in 2009-2010, including 0-12 in the D9 League. But rather than looking back to last season, Punxsy has its sights set on the year at hand under first-year head coach Dirk Neal

PUNXSY BOYS' GOLF BANQUET

November 25, 2010

The Punxsy boys' golf team had its banquet last week at the Punxsutawney Country Club. Pictured are (front, from left) Kyler Smathers, Mike Blose, Ryan States, David Roberts, Nick Roberts, Brandon Mancuso; (back) Ian Miller, Brandon Bish, Jesse Verdill, Micky DeChurch, Adam Murdock and coach Josh Conrad. Missing from the photo are Troy Cameron, Austin Couser, Josh Greek, Tanner Lewis and Seth Spack. (Photo submitted)

Chucks counter technique with conditioning

November 24, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy wrestling team will be the first to admit that it isn't as technically-sound as District IX Class AAA rivals Clearfield and DuBois.

To make up for that, the Chucks strive to be the most well-conditioned, determined and toughest team around.

As the Chucks are a few days into their first week of 2010-2011 preseason, the words of Dan Gable are often spoken by head coach Eric Eddy and assistant coach Buddy Young, who have been coaching Punxsy wrestling for nine years now.

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