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‘New’ Bardo Gym Court Levels Penn College Playing Field

One interesting facet of life is how many times things come full circle. A small example was the Dec, 14 Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s home basketball games against Lycoming College.

During the 2010-11 season, word came from Lycoming College, whose athletic director at the time was Scott Kennell, that its teams no longer would play at Bardo Gymnasium because the court, originally built in 1939 as part of the Williamsport High School campus, wasn’t regulation size for NCAA Division III schools such as Lycoming.

However, Kennell moved from Lycoming to Penn College and, under his leadership, the Wildcats now are in their first year as provisional members of NCAA Division III, which meant some changes were in order.

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Four Penn College Wrestlers Get Wins at Nittany Lion Open

Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestlers gained some valuable experience while competing in the Penn State Nittany Lion Open and its men’s and women’s basketball teams split in action through Saturday.

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Senior Wrestler Honored During Season’s Final Home Match

Kyle A. Suneri is joined (from left) by parents Donna and Mike Shaffer; college President Davie Jane Gilmour; and Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics.

Kyle A. Suneri is joined (from left) by parents Donna and Mike Shaffer; college President Davie Jane Gilmour; and Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics.

The Wildcat wrestling squad recently honored Kyle A. Sunseri, of Athens, its team captain and lone senior, during the season’s last match in Bardo Gym. With respectful humor, coach Schuyler Frey explained the origin of Sunseri’s several monikers, from “Ribeye” to “Flyboy” to “Seriously,” but said – whatever his name – it will be forever in the college’s record books. “Four years ago, in one sweeping move, Kyle recorded the first home win and pin in Penn College history,” Frey said at Thursday’s home match against Kings College. “He was part of our (Penn State University Athletic Conference) championship team. He was also a (National Collegiate Wrestling Association) national qualifier and the first four-year wrestler in our short wrestling history.” Frey also noted Sunseri’s love of the sport, which comes through even in injury. “Most recently, he had one of his famous bloody noses that would not quit,” the coach said. “The referee was wanting to call the match, and, as I asked Kyle if he wanted to keep wrestling, his immediate response was ‘I’ll wrestle all day.'” Sunseri will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in engineering design technology.

Penn College Basketball Teams Sport 3-0 Week

It was a great week for Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams as they posted a combined 3-0 mark.

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Wildcat Women Get First Hoops Win, End Third in Tourney

A third-place finish by the women’s basketball team in the Albany College of Pharmacy Panther Tip-Off Tournament highlighted the week for Pennsylvania College of Technology athletics.

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Annual ‘Root Beer Pong’ Tournament Draws Crowd

Tables hopping with tournament action

Tables hopping with tournament action

Jahmas B. Hamilton shows off his winnings.

Jahmas B. Hamilton shows off his winnings.

The Penn College Field House was among the places to be on Monday evening, as more than 50 students jammed the facility in hopes to become this semester’s Root Beer Pong champion.  When it was all said and done, Jahmas B. Hamilton walked away victorious.  The business administration: marketing concentration major from Silver Spring, Maryland, won a case of root beer, an Intramural Champion T-shirt and a $50 gift certificate from Dining Services. “Thank you to all who participated and worked the event,” said Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation (who also provided photos).  “It was extremely successful, with many students asking when the next tournament would be taking place.”

Seven Penn College Students Succeed in Karate Testing Event

The Penn College Martial Arts Club Team hosted four clubs for a clinic and belt promotion from noon-3:30 p.m. Saturday in Bardo Gym. Penn College students Jack E. Bish II, of Red Lion; Hunter D. Gibson, of Carlisle; Alexander J. Hilton, of Saegertown; Alton J. “A.J.” Hinson, of Pottsville;  John B. Preine, of Philadelphia; Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera, of Highland Mills, New York; and Eric M. Russell, of Mill Hall, all successfully completed the belt requirements for their respective levels. Bish, Gibson, Hinson and Preine earned yellow belt status on their first test; Ramos-Sonera earned an orange belt ranking; Russell made green belt; and Hilton is second-level purple belt. Penn College will host the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union collegiate camp and tournament on Feb. 14-15.

Penn College Athletic Teams Put Up Strong Efforts

Pennsylvania College of Technology sports teams went a combined 0 for 5 during the period of Nov. 16-22, but put up strong efforts in each of their outings.

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Never-Say-Die Attitude Brings Victory in Flag Football

Flag football squad claims an on-the-road victory.

“It was cold. No, forget that – it was bitter cold,” Jeremy R. Bottorf said as he recapped the Penn College intramural flag football team’s Thursday road matchup with Lock Haven University. Looking to get revenge for last year’s loss at LHU, Penn College rallied in a 34-33 stunner. “This time, the team was new, younger, quicker, more explosive, and, in the end, that proved to be the difference,” said the coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation.

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Penn College Women Set for Basketball Opener

The Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s basketball team starts its season this week while the men’s basketball team got going Saturday and the college’s wrestling team had its first home match of the campaign, also on Saturday.

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Hundreds Join Late-Night ‘Madness’ to Greet Basketball Season

A great student turnout for Midnight Madness

A great student turnout for Midnight Madness

The men's squad fires up the crowd ...

The men’s squad fires up the crowd …

... while the Wildcat women join the dance team's performance.

… while the Wildcat women join the dance team’s performance.

Students participate in the "Fan Knockout."

Students participate in the “Fan Knockout.”

Approximately 400 students turned out for the Penn College Midnight Madness on Thursday night to help kick off the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball season. Held in Bardo Gym, the event featured interviews with the coaches, team introductions, prizes, giveaways and a Battle of the Sexes 3-point contest. The Penn College Dance team performed a well-choreographed number that included many of the Wildcat basketball players, and the night wrapped up with a scrimmage between the men’s and women’s teams. Athletics thanks Gwendolyn Ntim, who sang a gorgeous National Anthem, and the Penn College Diners Club for providing delicious snacks for the event. Good luck to the Wildcats this season!
Photos by Lizze A. Robinholt, secretary/receptionist for athletics

Penn College Men Set for Basketball Opener

The Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s basketball team is set to step into action while Wildcat wrestlers continue their season and cross-country runners have wrapped up their campaign.

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Two Students Place in Weekend Martial Arts Event

The Penn College Martial Arts Team traveled to Providence, Rhode Island, this past weekend to take part in the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union camp and tournament. The two-day event included nearly seven hours of training and a competitive tournament. Brown University hosted the event with students from Temple University, Drexel University, University of Massachusetts and Salve Regina University. Penn College participants were Alexander J. Hilton, of Saegertown; Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera, of Highland Mills, New York; Alton J. “A.J.” Hinson, of Pottsville; and John B. Preine, of Philadelphia. In the Sunday competition, Hinson placed third in Kumite (sparring), while Ramos-Sonera placed first in Kumite and second in Kata (forms). Penn College will host the next collegiate event during the weekend of Feb. 14-15.

Penn College Cross-Country Runners Set for Nationals

Pennsylvania College of Technology cross-country runners competed in the North Eastern Athletic Conference championships for the first time on Saturday and will seek more honors when they run in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships this Friday.

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High-Scoring Flag Football Game Ultimately Goes Lyco’s Way

Penn College's extramural flag football team ventures onto Lycoming College turf for hard-fought contest.

In a flag football game that featured very little defense, a Pennsylvania College of Technology extramural team gave host Lycoming College all it could handle Thursday night.

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