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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.

Middleweights propel Golden Tigers wrestlers over the Chucks

January 31, 2013

HOLLIDAYSBURG — In a tight wrestling match, a team has to finish strong to pull out the victory on the scoreboard.

Leading by a slim two points, 24-22, after the first eight weight classes, Punxsy could not hold on for the win.

Hollidaysburg’s middleweights propelled the home team to the match win, 51-30, with four wins in a row and five of the final six bouts.

“It’s tough going into a match giving up two forfeits and we had Brandon Wingert out,” noted Punxsy coach Eric Eddy.

GROUNDHOG CLASSIC WRESTLING

January 29, 2013

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.

'Hoops for Hope' night for Route 36 girls' basketball

January 29, 2013

By Chris Myers
Of The Spirit

BROOKVILLE — Two rivals never need any assistance to play hard against one another. Tonight, the Route 36 girls' basketball rematch between Punxsy and Brookville will take place in Brookville.

The rivalry game, though, will have a special color of pink seen throughout the Brookville High School gymnasium.

It will be "Hoops for Hope" night, with proceeds going to support Relay for Life. The funds and awareness are put toward helping in the efforts to save lives from cancer.

Fall Sports Outstanding Player awards

January 28, 2013

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 — or 402 of the 1,203 female ballots cast.

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