The Punxsy girls' soccer team held its annual banquet Sunday night at the Rooftop of the Pantall Hotel. Pictured are the award-winners (front, from left):Â Lauren McGarvey, most goals and most outstanding player; Jocelyn Hughes, most outstanding defender; Timi Shiock, most valuable player; Emily Horner, most outstanding freshman; (back) Kelsey Young, most improved defender; Sierra Milton, top striker; Ashley Bacha, most versatile; Alyssa Vite, most improved; and Anna Monyak, most assists and top midfielder. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
The Punxsy girls' tennis team held its annual banquet Oct. 21 at Mary's Place. Pictured are (front, from left): Jenna Miller, Maddison Kernich, Calena Spearing, Sydney Jekielek; (middle) Tori Brooks, Kylie Krise, Shauna Wood, Searra Wasicki, Karlee Wingard; (back) Erin Long, Lauren Wolfe, Lindsey Paulina and Caroline Weaver. The team selected Paulina as the most valuable player. (Photo submitted)
PITTSBURGH â€” Saturday at North Hills High School, the Punxsy volleyball team didn't look anything like the group that won every match but two and easily swept its way to a district championship this season.
Unfortunately for the Lady Chucks, their worst performance came at the start of the PIAA Class AA playoffs, and after compiling a 1-8 record through nine sets of action Saturday, their season came to a close.
CLARION â€” A dominating defense made the difference Saturday night, as the Brookville Raiders suffocated Moniteau in the second half during a 14-7 win over the Warriors at Clarion University's Memorial Stadium in the District IX Class AA Semifinal.
The win erased a three-game playoff losing streak to the Warriors for Brookville, but most importantly, put the Raiders in the district championship game Friday against the 10-0 Brockway Rovers at Clarion University.
DUBOIS â€” During the Punxsy football team's perfect regular season, the Chucks very rarely turned the ball over.
Four Punxsy turnovers tipped what was a close game through three-plus quarters in Clearfield's favor, as the Bisons exited E.J. Mansell Stadium in DuBois with the 2010 District IX Class AAA Championship after a 26-14 victory over the Chucks.
CLARION â€” The last time the Raiders played in postseason football action, they were run off the field following a 55-7 blowout at the hands of Moniteau.
Brookville is sure hoping that two years can make a world of difference.
The Raiders and the Warriors will square off in the semifinal round of the District IX Class AA playoffs at Clarion University's Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. tonight with a spot in the championship game against Brockway on the line.
DUBOIS â€” A year after surprising District IX with a Class AAA Championship Game win over Clearfield last season, the Chucks have an opportunity at defending their title for the first time ever at 7 p.m. at E.J. Mansell Stadium in DuBois.
The Chucks are in search of their third district title, as after winning their first crown in 1991 â€” a Quad-A championship over DuBois â€” Punxsy didn't return to the title game in 1992. Instead, DuBois beat Clearfield.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Coming off their sixth-straight District IX Class AA Championship, the Punxsy volleyball team feels as good as ever about its chances of advancing past the first stage of the PIAA playoffs this weekend.
In years past, Punxsy would run into a talented WPIAL foe that, for the most part, overpowered the Lady Chucks in a best-of-five match. This season, Punxsy will test its mettle against three teams in a round-robin tournament that begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the North Hills Junior High School Annex.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When Punxsy junior Tyler Presloid received the news that he was named the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League Boys' Central Division Most Valuable Player, he was quite surprised.
"This is a huge honor because there are a lot of good players in the league," Presloid said. "To be named MVP, I'm just speechless."
Those around the league can't be the least bit shocked about the honor, as the junior set the PAHS single-season school record with 25 goals and led the Chucks to a 15-4-1 record and their first-ever District IX Class AA Championship Game berth.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Most Valuable Player Tyler Presloid wasn't the only member of the Chucks to be selected as an Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League Boys' Central Division All-Star.
After the Chucks broke the school record for wins in a season and claimed their first-ever postseason victory, Presloid was joined by senior Kody Young and junior Daniel Triponey as Punxsy players recognized by the league.