PUNXSUTAWNEY â It may have taken most of the first quarter to come to life, but by midway through the second half, the Chucks boys' basketball team was on cruise control Thursday night, and after a Devin Nicholson basket five minutes into the game to give Punxsy the 6-5 lead, the Chucks would never trail again, as they flew past visiting Harmony, 54-31, in Punxsutawney.
The Chucks received an early boost off their bench from junior Michael Klingensmith, who finished with a season-best 10 points to go with four assists, six rebounds and a steal.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Leading for only the second time all night with 1:16 left in the game, Punxsy played stifling defense for the next 1:08 but it turned out to not be enough, as DuBois Central Catholicâs Aundrea Snyder took advantage of a late home defensive breakdown to drive the right baseline for a layup with approximately 7.6 seconds to regain the lead for her team, 34-33 Wednesday night in Punxsutawney.
âDCC set a screen, and we didnât jump out and get to jump it, and the girl made a nice shot,â said Lady Chucks coach Randy Reitz.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Improvement across the board. The junior Chucks' wrestlers recorded four falls and five wins in nine matches Tuesday afternoon against the Mountain Lions of Altoona in Punxsutawney.
Altoona claimed the match, 68-33, as Punxsy gave the visiting squad eight forfeits on the day.
"We saw a lot of improvement tonight compared to last week," noted Punxsy head coach Bill Burke. "We ended up giving them eight forfeits, and they gave only one back so we surrendered a total of 42 points due to our numbers."
CLEARFIELD â Winning can either be exciting and high scoring or lower scoring and methodical.
After racing past rival Brookville last Thursday, Punxsy grinded out a road victory, 39-29, over Clearfield on Monday night in Clearfield.
âIt was a grind-out game. We didnât shoot the ball well from the perimeter but we played very good defense and had very good ball pressure,â noted Lady Chucks coach Randy Reitz. âWe also did a very nice job on Clearfieldâs big girls.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Coming out trailing from the intermission, Punxsy turned up the second-half defensive heat to give Homer Center its first loss of the season, 64-60, Monday night in Punxsutawney.
âOur defense really is improving. We forced some key turnovers on their (Homer Center) end,â pointed out Punxsy coach Dirk Neal. âWe hope this win can carry us a long way. It was a great team effort.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Just as their elder peers did, Punxsy's junior high wrestlers took to the mats for their first official dual meet on Wednesday evening. Unfortunately for the younger team, the result wasn't quite the same, as the Stingers downed the Chucks 51-30 to earn the victory.
"It was a bit of a rough start for our junior high wrestlers in our first dual meet of the season," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "Marion Center has a nice team with some well-seasoned wrestlers. Although they were missing a few guys for this match, we still didn't match up with them very well at all."
MARION CENTER â It is always nice to live up to preseason billing, which is what the Punxsy middleweight grapplers did Wednesday night.
The middle of Punxsyâs wrestling lineup reeled off six straight victories to take the team past Marion Center, 46-28, in the dual season opener in Marion Center.
âI am happy with the match. We did a lot of good things. We were sharp on our feet and decent on the bottom,â explained Chucks head coach Eric Eddy. âIt is our goal to start a run at 126 each match with Joel Bowers, Kaleb Young, Josh Shuckers and Perry Arrington.â