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Chucks use second half to power past Beavers, 55-50

January 26, 2013

DuBOIS — The Punxsy Friday night comeback started from 25 feet away.
As the first half horn sounded, Brandon Mancuso banked in a long-range halfcourt triple, and the Chucks rode the momentum to the second half to power past the host Beavers, 55-50 in DuBois.

“We were able to get big hoops when we needed them,” explained Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal. “It was a nice team win and a nice team effort.”

Lady Chucks smother Lady Beavers, ease to victory

January 25, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY – When your opponent cannot get a shot off and sees two defenders in their face at every turn, it is difficult to find the basket.

The Punxsy Lady Chucks used this exact type of smothering defense to force 32 DuBois Lady Beavers turnovers and allowed only seven buckets in a 35-20 victory Thursday night in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy wrestlers defeat Crestwood and State College at Bellefonte

January 24, 2013

BELLEFONTE — After only having five bouts on the year through last Friday, Punxsy doubled its wrestling match total in a single day.

Last Saturday, the Chucks took part in the Bellefonte Red Raider Rumble.

Punxsy claimed two wins in five team matches as it defeated Crestwood (39-32) and State College (38-34).

In the other action of the all-day event, Punxsy dropped decisions to Hazleton (51-22), Downingtown (45-27) and Exeter (49-15).

6th-grade boys claim 3 wins in Punxsy Tourney

January 24, 2013

The Punxsy 6th-grade boys' basketball tournament team posted three wins in four games during last weekend's two-day event hosted by the Punxsutawney Community Center.

The Punxsy team members are (front row, from left) Carter Newcome, Cameron Smith, Evan Humble, Andrew Britton, Caden Barrick; (back row) coach Mark Ewing, Austin Ewing, Alex Gianvito, Ethan Blose, Derek Huey and coach Eric Britton.

Bobcats handle junior Chucks wrestlers

January 24, 2013

CLARION — After recording its first win of the season, the Punxsy junior high wrestling team could not make it two in a row on Tuesday night.

In a match of seven scoring bouts and nine forfeits, the junior Chucks garnered only two victories to drop their meeting with the Bobcats of Clarion, 49-33.

Alex Young (165) and Levi Campbell (145) picked up the pair of visiting wins. Young pinned his opponent, while Campbell won by decision.

Chucks dominate Bobcats in small card affair

January 23, 2013

CLARION — On an extremely cold night outside the gymnasium, the wrestling action inside proved to have a quick turnover down the weight classes.

In a meeting of two squads with low numbers, Punxsy dominated host Clarion, 54-18, by claiming five victories in six wrestled matches in the small card affair.

“The guys on the mat tonight looked great,” noted Chucks head coach Eric Eddy. “Clarion has some holes in their lineup, but I thought we wrestled really good.”

Freshmen Eli Lambiotte (106) and Kaleb Young (126) pinned their opponents to highlight the Chucks’ individual victories.

Punxsy 7th-grade hoops outlasts Brookville

January 23, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Following two close defeats, the Punxsy seventh-grade boys' hoops squad found the win column Monday afternoon against Brookville.

The Chucks held a comfortable 28-9 advantage after three periods before taking away the 34-25 final over the Raiders.

Chucks hit the glass hard in big win over Raiders

January 22, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy Chucks' strong effort on the glass Monday night led to a big 60-37 win over the rival Brookville Raiders.

After falling 57-49 to Bradford Friday night, Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal was unsure how his players would respond to face Brookville Monday night.

"It was a real concern with players being players. We broke down the Bradford tape yesterday (Sunday), and addressed some issues to get better," said Neal. "We had a good practice and the guys were upbeat. We wanted to give a good effort and forget about last Friday."

Lady Chucks make quick work of Lady Owls

January 22, 2013

WESTOVER — The temperatures may have been dropping Monday night, but the Lady Chucks' shooting percentage and play on the court was rising.

Punxsy jumped out early and kept building its lead as the game went on to make quick work of host Harmony, 67-22, in Westover.

“The girls played solid for 32 minutes on both ends of the floor,” explained Lady Chucks head coach Randy Reitz. “The kids shot the ball really well inside and outside. We also did a nice job on the break.”

The Lady Chucks (9-6) scored eight of the opening 10 points of the contest and never looked back.

Frigid shooting dooms Lady Chucks against Lady Owls

January 19, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The outside temperature was higher than the inside home shooting percentage to begin Friday night’s girls' basketball game.
Punxsy’s frigid shooting of four of 22 tries in the first half doomed the squad against defending District IX champion Bradford, 52-36, in Punxsutawney.

The two district foes combined to miss the game’s first 13 attempts from the floor but it was the Lady Chucks who did not score until 5:48 into the affair.

Leading 9-4 after a period, Bradford (13-1/4-0 D-IX) took advantage of the continued cold Punxsy shooting in the second stanza.

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