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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.

Punxsy earns first win during blowout at home

December 18, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy ninth-grade girls' basketball team won its first game of the season Friday, downing the Clarion Lady Bobcats in Punxsutawney, 34-13.

The Lady Chucks jetted out to a 7-0 lead, only for Clarion to come back with a pair of buckets that set the score at 7-4 after one quarter. Everything changed after the first quarter, as the Lady Chucks finished the game on a 27-9 run.

Punxsy outscored the Lady Bobcats by a 15-3 margin during the second quarter, taking a 22-7 advantage into the break.

Newsome, defense propel Lady Raiders past Punxsy

December 17, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Brookville girls' basketball team was playing its fifth game in seven days to start the season, but its intensity level — especially on defense — didn't suffer at all Thursday night in Punxsutawney.

Sophomore Lanae Newsome led with 23 points and six steals, and the Lady Raiders never trailed during a 49-35 road victory over the Lady Chucks.

Brookville head coach Mark Powell was ecstatic for his Lady Raiders (4-1, 1-0 District IX League), saying that his squad played one of its better games this season.

Punxsy teams find success versus Brockway, DuBois CC

December 16, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy eighth-grade boys' basketball team evened its record two games into the season with a dominant 46-16 victory over Brockway Wednesday night at home.

The Chucks (1-1) didn't allow a point during the second quarter, and that allowed them to cruise to the victory.

Punxsy led 26-8 at halftime before outscoring the Rovers 20-10 during the second half.

"We did a better job tonight defensively. We still tend to lose our man a little too often," Punxsy coach Glenn Good said. "Offensively, we did score (more), but we still are not running our sets well enough."

Pins, forfeits help Chucks take care of Stingers

December 16, 2010

MARION CENTER — What a difference a year makes.

One year after the Marion Center junior-high wrestling team earned a 54-42 victory in Punxsutawney, the Chucks routed the Stingers Tuesday night, 66-21.

The Chucks (1-1) earned five victories by forfeit over Marion Center, which had just 10 wrestlers. Registering forfeit victories were Kaleb Young (6-0), Stephanie Smith (3-2), Matt Burke (5-1), Troy Peace (5-2) and Andrew Bullers (3-3).

"We earned five forfeits, but for the most part, the kids wrestled well," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "Still lots of room for improvement."

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