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Route 36 rivalry resumes tonight

August 29, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Rivalries. They're one of the best, most intense happenings in the sports' world.

On any level of play, in any sport, you see these rivalries take place each year.

Michigan vs. Ohio State and Auburn vs. Alabama exemplify rivalries in major collegiate athletics. The same can be said on the hardwood with the battles that the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils have
endured over the years.

The Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalance still have a hatred rivalry, dating back to the mid-90s and the epic playoff battles that ensued.

Chucks lose by one stroke, suffer first loss of season

August 26, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you've ever listened to a coaches' press conference at any competitive level, you'll hear them say that they are focused on the task at hand and that each game counts the same.

A loss early in the season counts the same as a loss late in the season.

For golf, the same can be said about strokes.

In Punxsutawney's biggest match of the young season, the team found this out the hard way.

In the Route 36 battle, the Chucks dropped a highly competitive match to the Raiders of Brookville, 164-165.

Ouch.

One stroke made the difference.

Seniors lead way for boys' soccer this year

August 22, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Senior night will be special this year for the Punxsutawney Area High School boys' soccer team. Each one is special in its own way — if you were involved in an organization in high school, you understand.

But this year's team is driven by the 12th-graders.

They're the seniors who have led the program to a 15-4-1 record, a district title and a 15-5 record in three consecutive years.

You can use the Tomlinism "The standard is the standard" and "The next man is up" if you want, but the senior Chucks will be misssed both on and off the field.

Lady Chucks enter season with high expectations

August 15, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Walking down the halls of Punxsutawney Area High School, you can hear the squeaking of shoes coming from the hardwood floor in the distance. The distinct noise, added to the sound "Let's go girls," can only mean one thing.

Volleyball season is here.

The encouraging words of second-year Head Coach Heather Good shows that the Lady Chucks mean business once again.
After the season the Lady Chucks had last year, expectations are very high.

After defeating Bradford Area High School in the District IX title game, Punxsy went on to lose in the first round of the playoffs.

Lady Chucks look for bounce-back season

August 14, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — To say the Punxsutawney Area High School girls' soccer team wants to have a better year is an understatement.

New Head Coach Bridget Rheaume is looking to lead her young Lady Chucks team to a better record, but honing the skills is the most important part of that.

"I want to improve their skills," Rheaume said. "Hopefully, we can end up having more wins because of that."

Through three days of practice, Rheaume said that Emily and Anna Horner, Claire Smith and Courtney Huffman are among the many players that caught her eye early on.

An old-fashioned quarterback battle

August 13, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Regardless of what level, one of the best parts of any training camp is to keep an eye on position battles. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, you have the battle between Le'Veon Bell, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman for the starting running back position. If you look at the local programs, both Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh have a quarterback competition. High school is no different, as the Chucks have a quarterback battle of their own going on.

Football's back in Punxsutawney

August 12, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After a long summer off, the fall sports programs are getting back into the swing of things, as the 2013-2014 school year is just around the corner. After a three-day conditioning period, as brought into effect by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, the Punxsutawney Chucks hit the field Monday for their first official practice of the season.

Head Coach Alan Nichol, said that the new rules of conditioning changed the approach he took to the first day of practice. Because of the time last week, the Chucks were able to get right into things Monday.

Miracle League Field to let special youngsters live out baseball dreams

August 9, 2013

INDIANA — Growing up, young children dream of playing baseball on the big stage, with bright lights, cheering fans and enthusiastic announcers.

Unfortunately for youngsters with disabilities, the idea of playing a game of baseball seems like a daunting task. But in April of 2000, that all changed when the first Miracle League Field was completed in Rockdale County, Georgia, and it allowed children with disabilities to enjoy America's favorite pastime.

PACC Flag Football League returns with new name, but same focus

August 8, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On Monday morning, the Punxsutawney Chucks get back to practice for the 2013 season. Each Friday, fans of all ages make the trip to Jack F. LaMarca Stadium to cheer on their team. Some of the younger fans dream of the day they can put on the uniform and officially call themselves a "Chuck."

While there are tackle football youth league programs in the area, another league offers an alternative style of play, while still teaching the fundamentals of the game.

The Punxsutawney Spirit welcomes Michael Waterloo as new sports reporter

August 7, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The legendary coach of the UCLA Bruins, John Wooden, said it best — “Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.”

Wooden couldn’t have been more spot-on with his famous quote.

No matter what you want to do, you can’t give up on it.

For me, I realized my dream at a young age.

With having no memory of my parents still being married, I always tried to mirror both of them growing up.

Since I can remember, my mother was always reading some piece of literature.

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