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Chucks start slow but fly past the Owls

December 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Late drive helps DCC edge Punxsy girls

December 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 Catholic’s 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.

“DCC set a screen, and we didn’t jump out and get to jump it, and the girl made a nice shot,” said Lady Chucks coach Randy Reitz.

Junior Chucks record four falls versus Mt. Lions

December 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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."

Lady Chucks grind out road victory over Lady Bison

December 18, 2012

CLEARFIELD — 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.

“It was a grind-out game. We didn’t shoot the ball well from the perimeter but we played very good defense and had very good ball pressure,” noted Lady Chucks coach Randy Reitz. “We also did a very nice job on Clearfield’s big girls.”

Chucks turn up heat to defeat Wildcats

December 18, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

“Our defense really is improving. We forced some key turnovers on their (Homer Center) end,” pointed out Punxsy coach Dirk Neal. “We hope this win can carry us a long way. It was a great team effort.”

9th-grade Chucks take third contest, defeat Raiders

December 17, 2012

BROOKVILLE — After holding a lead the entire game, the ninth-grade Chucks recorded their third-straight win of the week to defeat the Raiders, 43-36, in Brookville on Friday afternoon.

"It was a nice win and great effort," Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said.

Dylan Huey finished with top honors for the visitors with 15 points and seven rebounds. Braxton Giavedoni also posted double digits in points with 11 to go with seven steals.

Wire-to-wire Chucks prevail over Raiders' hoops

December 15, 2012

BROOKVILLE — For the second night in a row, the Route 36 Rivalry took to the hardwood. The location moved to the north location, but the result remained the same.

After netting the night’s first 12 points, Punxsy kept the advantage wire-to-wire to prevail, 53-42, over Brookville in boys’ basketball Friday in Brookville.

The Chucks (3-1) would be challenged for only a two-minute brief burst by the Raiders midway through the fourth frame before the visitors regained control the final three minutes.

Stingers down jr. high Chucks grapplers

December 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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."

Punxsy girls' basketball blisters Brookville

December 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY – In the latest edition of the Route 36 Rivalry, the red and white team from the south breezed its way to the winner’s circle.

The Punxsy girls basketball blistered Brookville with its relentless defense and balanced scoring in a 63-27 romp.

“Defensive pressure,” bluntly said Punxsy coach Randy Reitz. “The kids are relentless. They play hard four quarters for 32 minutes.”

Reitz continued, “We’re deep and we bring in one (player) in after another to keep that pressure on and wear teams down.”

Middleweights power Chucks past Stingers

December 13, 2012

MARION CENTER — It is always nice to live up to preseason billing, which is what the Punxsy middleweight grapplers did Wednesday night.

The middle of Punxsy’s wrestling lineup reeled off six straight victories to take the team past Marion Center, 46-28, in the dual season opener in Marion Center.

“I am happy with the match. We did a lot of good things. We were sharp on our feet and decent on the bottom,” explained Chucks head coach Eric Eddy. “It is our goal to start a run at 126 each match with Joel Bowers, Kaleb Young, Josh Shuckers and Perry Arrington.”

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