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Lady Tigers pounce on Lady Chucks early

January 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Lady Chucks basketball team knew it had its hands full when the Lady Tigers of Hollidaysburg — defending District VI champion and perennial powerhouse — rolled into town on snow-covered roads Friday night.

Punxsy (3-9, 0-2) wasn't able to break the Lady Tigers' press, and Hollidaysburg scored eight points in the first minute and opened with a 13-0 run on its way to a 78-32 win.

Back to .500 — Punxsy takes down Ridgway

January 14, 2012

RIDGWAY — After a tough loss to Brookville put the Punxsy junior high wresting team below the .500 mark for the season at 2-3, Punxsy rebounded with a victory Thursday night in Ridgway to return to .500.

As has been the case for Punxsy in more matches than not this season, it dominated the bouts that took place on the mat. But in an interesting move, Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said Ridgway opted to exchange several forfeits as opposed to allowing its wrestlers to take to the mat during regulation.

Janocha's 13 & 10 give Punxsy fifth straight

January 13, 2012

WESTOVER — After the Harmony Owls missed a buzzer-beating shot that would have given them a win over the Punxsy boys' basketball team last season, Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal pegged Harmony — a much smaller school in Westover — a scrappy school that will play a team hard until the end. And Thursday night in Westover, the Owls gave the Chucks a run for their money, especially in the first half.

Lady Crusaders stump Punxsy, still undefeated

January 11, 2012

ST. MARYS — Entering Wednesday night's girls' basketball game between Punxsy and Elk County Catholic, something had to give with ECC a perfect 9-0 and Punxsy riding the wave of a three-game winning streak. In the end, the Lady Crusaders did what they had to do to preserve their perfect season with a 47-29 victory.

"We just didn't match their intensity playing on the road against a very good Elk County team," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said after the game.

From the start, Elk County jumped out to an early lead, and at the first break, Punxsy found itself in a 12-5 hole.

Pair of Chucks earn All-State mentions

January 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Jan. 4, Pennsylvania Football News announced its annual PFN All-State football teams for the 2011 season, and this year, two Chucks — defensive lineman Jacob Shiock and quarterback Garrett Zimmerman — were among those named as statewide honorable mentions.

"Any time athletes are recognized for their hard work, it's a good thing," Punxsy head football coach Alan Nichol said in an interview Wednesday. "PFN is not as media-driven as some of the other awards. They're more based on opposing coaches nominations and statistics. So it's a nice honor for these guys."

The Zak Zone

January 11, 2012

In the blink of an eye last Sunday, the Steelers' season and my hopes of a seventh Lombardi trophy traveling to Pittsburgh came crashing down when Steeler Nation was "Tebowed" on a quick pass that ended the first-ever overtime game in NFL playoff history that wasn't sudden death in sudden death fashion.

Steelers fans across the nation Monday probably complained of the need for a further-revamped overtime system, while Broncos fans probably pledged their full allegiance to the new system — a sign that the way you look at a situation really does depend on whose side you call your own.

Triponey's 19, Zimmerman's double-double lead Chucks to 4th-straight win

January 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite leading by just four points at halftime, the Punxsy boys' basketball team scored 10 unanswered points to start the third quarter, and Daniel Triponey scored 19 points to lead the Chucks to a 41-29 victory over the Elk County Catholic Crusaders Tuesday night in Punxsutawney.

Raiders shut down Punxsy wrestlers

January 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Punxsy Chucks went into Tuesday night's matchup against Brookville knowing it would be a competitive one, and the Raiders handed them one with a dominating 65-6 victory.

"We were looking at the possibility of getting shut out," Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy said. "We were looking at that coming in. That was a possibility because we know how tough they are."

Make it 3 in a row for the Lady Chucks

January 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy girls' basketball team — a squad typically known for its defensive prowess — scored 60 points for the second consecutive game, including 22 in the first quarter, on its way to a 60-48 victory over Purchase Line Monday night in Punxsutawney.

After opening the season with seven straight losses, Punxsy has now won three games in a row and is gaining confidence with each win.

Punxsy squad dominant in win at Curwensville

January 9, 2012

CURWENSVILLE — Punxsy's junior high school wrestlers won 10-of-11 matches that took place on the mat in Curwensville, losing 18 points by forfeit, to cruise to a 54-24 victory over the Golden Tide Thursday night in Curwensville.

"We were pretty pleased with our kids" performances at Curwensville," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "We have to be, considering we only lost one bout on the mat. I was a little worried about how they would perform, being that we haven't wrestled since Dec. 21."

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