Frank Johnston (second from left), of Punxsy, bagged this 175-pound, nine-point buck â€” his first â€” at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday in Bell Township. Pictured are (from left) Antonio Thorp, Johnston, Zachary Thorp and Carol Johnston. (Photo by Tracy Smith/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
Scott Howard (left) and his son Brycen Howard (right), both of Punxsy, each shot a buck Monday morning in Perry Township. Scottâ€™s is 180 pounds, has eight points and an 18-inch spread and occurred at 7:30 a.m., and Brycenâ€™s first-ever buck is 150 pounds, has eight points and occurred at 8 a.m. Also pictured is Scottâ€™s other son, Logan. (Photo by Tracy Smith/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy boys' basketball team â€” which features a half-dozen football players â€” is looking to use the school's football success as a jumping-off point in 2010-2011, rather than worrying about last year's struggles on the hardword.
The Chucks finished 4-17 overall in 2009-2010, including 0-12 in the D9 League. But rather than looking back to last season, Punxsy has its sights set on the year at hand under first-year head coach Dirk Neal
The Punxsy boys' golf team had its banquet last week at the Punxsutawney Country Club. Pictured are (front, from left) Kyler Smathers, Mike Blose, Ryan States, David Roberts, Nick Roberts, Brandon Mancuso; (back) Ian Miller, Brandon Bish, Jesse Verdill, Micky DeChurch, Adam Murdock and coach Josh Conrad. Missing from the photo are Troy Cameron, Austin Couser, Josh Greek, Tanner Lewis and Seth Spack. (Photo submitted)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy wrestling team will be the first to admit that it isn't as technically-sound as District IX Class AAA rivals Clearfield and DuBois.
To make up for that, the Chucks strive to be the most well-conditioned, determined and toughest team around.
As the Chucks are a few days into their first week of 2010-2011 preseason, the words of Dan Gable are often spoken by head coach Eric Eddy and assistant coach Buddy Young, who have been coaching Punxsy wrestling for nine years now.