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High-scoring early, tight late games highlight elementary hoops tournament

February 20, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The second night of the annual boys' elementary basketball tourney saw a contrast on the scoreboard.

In the two opening tilts Tuesday, the sixth-grade matchups lit up the lights in seven-point finals.

Michigan State netted 15 and 16 points in its halves and held a lead over Florida by as many as 20 points before taking the 31-24 win.

With almost as many points as the first contest, LSU bested Michigan State in each half of the second game to take away a 27-20 win.

Elementary basketball kicks off with exciting first night of games

February 19, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The future varsity stars of the Punxsy Chucks played the first night of elementary basketball games, which showcased four exciting contests.

The 4th- and 5th-graders took to the court for the first two games, with the 6th-graders closing out the final two contests.

Alabama 14, Oregon 10

The first game of the night was between the 4th/5th graders on team Alabama (red) versus Oregon (green).

9th-grade Chucks end on high note

February 18, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After having various close contests this winter, the ninth-grade Chucks ended their season on a high note in the final game.

The season-ending victory gave Punxsy its 10th victory when it defeated Bradford, 45-30, on Friday in Punxsutawney.

After taking a 7-2 first quarter lead, the Chucks pulled away by nine points, 17-8, in the second period.

The quality second frame gave the home club a 24-10 halftime tally.

The two teams played evenly the second two periods, with Punxsy edging out a 21-20 margin.

Big comeback helps punctuate 7th-grade Chucks campaign

February 18, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The season of growth came to a head as the seventh-grade Punxsy boys’ hoops team concluded its season.

Trailing by 11 points at the half, the Chucks stormed back for a dominate second two periods and a 41-35 comeback victory over the Owls of Bradford on Friday afternoon in Punxsutawney.

Bradford stormed out to a 20-8 advantage after the first quarter and enjoyed a cushion of 16 points during the first half.

The visitors led 23-12 at intermission.

Bradford takes advantage of Punxsy miscues for victory

February 16, 2013

BRADFORD — When playing a good team, you cannot expect to win by committing key turnovers for a long stretch of time in a game, such as for a whole eight-minute quarter.

After leading 15-10, the Punxsy girls’ basketball tide turned after the first quarter Friday night.

The defending District IX champion Bradford took the second quarter turnovers and converted them into points before posting a 57-43 final score at the end of the night over Punxsy in Bradford.

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.”

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