PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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 â€¨measure of revenge, after dropping the second game of the year at Brockway.
ST. MARYS â€” 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.
â€śSt. Marys hit some big shots at the end,â€ť explained Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal. â€śWe didnâ€™t get anyone to hit a late shot and committed some unforced turnovers. We just had nobody step up in the fourth quarter.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
â€śThe bench came in and did a nice job for us. We were able to get a few turnovers and capitalize on the offensive end,â€ť pointed out Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz.
The annual Groundhog Classic and Groundhog Novice youth wrestling tournaments were held last Saturday and Sunday at the Punxsutawney Area High School gymnasium. The tournaments put six mats to nonstop use as more than 560 wrestlers grappled in the events. (Top left photo) Young newcomer Hunter Dobson is taken down in his bout. (Top right photo, right) Izaiah Kanouff takes control of a victorious bout against a Brockway opponent. (Bottom photo) Ben Skarbek has position over a Curwensville foe, whom the Punxsy wrestler went on to defeat.
Bo Dinger (left) and Alexis Young (right) were named as The Spirit's Fall Sports Outstanding Player for the boys and girls, respectively, and both were stars on their respective cross country teams.
Young, a four-year Lady Chucks runner, helped her team capture the District IX championship for the first time in three years. After being last fall's Outstanding Player runner-up, the senior received 33.4 percent of the vote total â€” or 402 of the 1,203 female ballots cast.
DuBOIS â€” 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.
â€śWe were able to get big hoops when we needed them,â€ť explained Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal. â€śIt was a nice team win and a nice team effort.â€ť