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Chucks finish strong, complete 13-7 season

March 14, 2011

Punxsy seventh-grader Keeston Perry looks for a teammate to pass to during this file photo from January. (File photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy seventh-grade boys' basketball team finished the season on a three-game winning streak, including a pair of double-digit victories that rounded-out the squad's 13-7 year.

Punxsy concluded the season with a 35-23 win at home Feb. 18. Prior to that, the Chucks won by 16 points at Clearfield. Punxsy first-year coach Darren Sherry was happy with how his squad progressed in its first junior-high year together.

"My objective as the seventh-grade coach is to build upon the fundamental skills each player has been introduced to in our elementary program, then from there, form a solid foundation as a player both individually and as a team member," Sherry said. "Overall, I was very pleased with the performances and progress of each individual player and the team as a whole. Each player improved individually throughout the season."

During the final game, John Matthews came up huge on the scoring end, nearly totaling as many points as the Owls. He scored 20 points, and Nathan Ray followed with five points.

Helping the Chucks develop this season was Bill Vassallo, who assisted Sherry as a volunteer coach. Vassallo, currently PAHS' assistant athletic director, was the head coach of Punxsy's varsity team for more than 20 years.

Punxsy 26, Clearfield 10

HYDE — The Chucks didn't allow more than four points during any quarter while handling the Clearfield Bisons Feb. 16, 26-10.

Punxsy started slow offensively, leading just 8-6 at halftime. That's when the Chucks turned things up on the scoring end, totaling 14 third-quarter points to jump ahead 20-8 entering the final quarter. The Chucks surrended just four second-half points.

John Matthews scored a team-best six points for Punxsy, and Brandon Douthit followed with five points.

Punxsy 29, Brockway 24

BROCKWAY — Punxsy did well during a close game to start its final week Feb. 14 and beat Brockway, 29-24.

The Chucks had three players score five points or more, but a team effort led to the victory.

"All players contributed and did a nice job being versitile at different positions," Punxsy coach Darren Sherry said.

John Matthews paced Punxsy's scoring with nine points. Nathan Ray added six points, and Brandon Douthit tallied five points.

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