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Chucks hit for 50 to help Coach Neal celebrate 50th in win over Owls

February 16, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In an intense preview of the District IX AAA championship game in two weeks, the home Chucks held serve on Friday night.

With a stroke of irony, Punxsy proved to be a second-half and fourth-quarter team to hit for 50 points on head coach Dirk Neal’s 50th birthday in besting Bradford, 50-46, in Punxsutawney.

“It was beautiful,” smiled the birthday-celebrating Chucks coach. “The kids responded just like we asked. Bradford is a scrappy team. It’s getting to be a real rivalry between the two schools 90 miles apart.”

Eagles have strong finish, prevail over Chucks

February 14, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In most likely the best boys’ basketball game to date this season, the two opponents gave the Senior Night crowd an intense and hard-fought affair.

In the end, Bald Eagle Area proved its mettle with a strong finish to prevail over Punxsy, 61-53, on Wednesday night in Punxsutawney.

Leading by only two points with six minutes left, the Eagles’ center, Dennis Fisher, who had a game-high 24 points, netted the next five points and 10 of his team's final 12 points to double up the Chucks, 12-6, for the win.

Chucks take short bout from Owls

February 13, 2013

The Chucks' Eli Lambiotte controls his Redbank Valley opponent in a match from Jan. 17. Lambiotte was one of seven Punxsy wrestlers to receive forfeits from Bradford on Tuesday night. Keegan Fischer and Brandon Wingert picked up bout wins in the 53-29 victory over the Owls in Bradford. The full story detailing the match can be found in Thursday's edition of The Spirit.

9th-grade Chucks have enough to get past Rovers

February 13, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A win is the same result no matter if it is by 30, or a single point.

On Monday afternoon, Punxsy was happy to have enough to get past Brockway by four points, 35-31, in ninth-grade boys' hoops action in Punxsutawney.

"It was an ugly win, but a win is a win," noted Chucks head coach Todd Heigley.

Punxsy opened the affair by making one more bucket than Brockway for an 8-6 lead. The two opponents play equal in the second period, with each squad totaling seven points for a 15-13 intermission score.

Chucks bounce back with key road win over Keystone Panthers

February 12, 2013

KNOX — After a tough stretch of games, the Chucks were able to bounce back into the win column on Monday night.

Punxsy did what it needed to do, including using a new defense, to prevail over Keystone, 55-45.

“It was a great comeback win after being down last week and losing three games,” stressed Chucks head coach Dirk Neal. “We bounced back against a nice 14-win team in Keystone, which was in a must win game for them. The kids really hustled and did the little things they had to do to win.”

Good shooting gives Lady Chucks strong start on their way to victory

February 12, 2013

FOXBURG — When the shots are dropping, the Punxsy Lady Chucks have been winning this season.

On Monday night, the Lady Chucks started the night hitting their shots for a strong start on their way to a 59-39 victory over the host Lady Falcons of A-C Valley.

“We shot the ball very well tonight. We had good look and did a nice job running our offense,” commented Lady Chucks coach Randy Reitz.

The Punxsy director continued, “Our defense, we continued to press the ball very well and we able to get a lot of turnovers off it.”

8th-grade Chucks early surge downs Rovers

February 12, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After scoring the game's first 18 points, the eighth-grade Chucks boys' hoops team used the early surge to down the Rovers of Brockway by the same margin, 44-26, in Punxsutawney on Monday afternoon.

The Punxsy victory improved the team's season record to 12-6. The team has now won five of its past six contests, including the last four. The Monday win also gave the home team a 
measure of revenge, after dropping the second game of the year at Brockway.

Beavers prove too strong for Chucks

February 9, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After a crowd-roaring three-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer, Punxsy could not ride the wave of momentum to victory on Friday night.

Rival DuBois proved to be too strong for Punxsy by scoring the game’s final 11 points over the last 2:51 to take away a 50-40 boys’ basketball victory in Punxsutawney.

“It was the same old record,” explained Chucks head coach Dirk Neal. “We had too many missed easy baskets and putbacks. We can’t finish.”

The inability to finish was never more evident then during one stretch in the final period.

Chucks stumble in late game, stunned by Dutch

February 6, 2013

ST. MARYS — The road is always tough no matter how many more wins you have than your foe before the night begins.

In what turned out to be an even game for the first 24 minutes, Punxsy could not come up with the winning mix in the end at St. Marys.

The Flying Dutch stunned the Chucks, 59-55, in the final moments of the District IX League matchup.

“St. Marys hit some big shots at the end,” explained Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal. “We didn’t get anyone to hit a late shot and committed some unforced turnovers. We just had nobody step up in the fourth quarter.”

Lady Chucks’ first-half run gives cushion for win over Lady Dutch

February 6, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Any basketball double-digit run is good when it is your team scoring the points.

It was the Lady Chucks scoring the points in the final five minutes of the second quarter. Punxsy rattled off 13 straight and 14 of the final 15 points of the opening half and rode the cushion for a 41-35 victory over visiting St. Marys Tuesday in Punxsutawney.

“The bench came in and did a nice job for us. We were able to get a few turnovers and capitalize on the offensive end,” pointed out Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz.

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