Senior Courtney Gernert, of Palmyra, has been named the North Eastern Athletic Conference Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 19. The graphic design major had a milestone week for the Wildcats, compiling 70 kills, 86 digs and 15 service aces across five matches, while reaching 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs for her career. She had a kills/digs double-double in all five matches on the week, including 20 kills and 21 digs in a 3-2 win over Cazenovia College. She also reached both career milestones in style: She tallied her 1,000th dig against University of Valley Forge during Senior Night while smacking her 1,000th kill on match point against Cazenovia. Gernert is now fifth in the NEAC in digs (367), digs per set (4.03) and points per set (3.6); sixth in both kills (2.76) and kills per set (3.03); and seventh in points (331). This is Gernert’s second NEAC Player of the Week selection on the year. She and the Lady Wildcats close out the season Wednesday with a 7 p.m. match at Susquehanna University.
Prior to their respective Sunday matches against Penn State Abington, the Penn College soccer teams honored their graduating seniors. Each of the student-athletes – one on the women’s squad and six on the men’s – was presented with a framed team photo while being acknowledged by coaches, family and other supporters during the pregame ceremonies.
Hopeful of improvement over its ninth-place finish of a year ago in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships, the Pennsylvania College of Technology golf team placed eighth among 22 teams during two-day competition on Penn State’s Blue Course that ended Tuesday.
Penn College women’s volleyball honored its two graduating seniors, Kaitlyn A. Klein and Courtney L. Gernert, before a stellar crowd in Bardo Gym on Thursday night. Head coach Monica Brown presented the seniors with mementos – their framed jerseys – prior to the start of the game and college President Davie Jane Gilmour was also in attendance to honor the student-athletes. Klein, a graphic design major from Lock Haven, is a two-year member of the squad. She has been a top attacker for the Wildcats with a total of 164 kills, 43 aces and 55 total blocks. She not only performs on the court, but also in the classroom: This past year, she was named to the 2013 Penn State University Athletic Conference All-Academic team. Courtney Gernert, a graphic design major from Palmyra, has been a four-year member of the squad. She has been one of the most decorated volleyball players in Penn College history with a total of 970 kills, 1,001 digs and 183 aces. In 2013, she was named PSUAC First team All-Conference, PSUAC All-academic, and USCAA secondteam All-American. This year, in the team’s first season of the North Eastern Athletic Conference,Courtney was named Conference Player of the week early in the season.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer
Junior Jordan Rodgers, Biglerville, and freshman Mike Saccoman, of Kingston, New York, have been named North Atlantic Conference* and North Eastern Athletic Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for the period ending Oct. 12.
In men’s tennis, Rodgers went a perfect 2-0 in the first flight for both doubles and singles, dropping only three games in all of his matches. His efforts helped the Wildcats defeat both Lycoming College and Susquehanna University. In golf, Saccoman shot a season-best 77 to take third individually at the Susquehanna University Fall Invitational. His efforts, helped the team to a third-place finish.
Rodgers (majoring in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration) and the Wildcat tennis team have completed the fall portion of their season and will get back into action next spring. Saccoman (enrolled in automotive technology management: automotive technology concentration) and Wildcat golf just competed at the USCAA Championships, which concludes the team’s fall season.
*Beginning with the 2010 season, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in the sport of men’s and women’s tennis. The NEAC will compete as associate members of the NAC in men’s tennis, while the NAC will compete as associate members of the NEAC in women’s tennis. Members from each conference will be divided into an East and West Division for each sport, with each division holding a championship and the two divisional champions then facing off to determine the conference champion. The conference winner for each sport will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.
Pennsylvania College of Technology honored five former athletes, coaches and administrators in its third annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday night.
“We have such a good mix of athletes and coaches in our induction class this year,” director of athletics Scott Kennell said. “We have representatives from sports being inducted into the Hall of Fame for the first time. It really shows how well-rounded the programs have been and continue to be. This is a great induction class and one truly befitting our Centennial celebrations.” The inductees are Mark Cordeiro (Penn College Class of 2009), of Granville Summit; Lisa Miller (’09), of Cogan Station; Mike Paulhamus, of South Williamsport; Andy Richardson, of Jersey Shore; and Philip Woodring (’09), of Waynesboro.
The next induction ceremony will take place during Homecoming Weekend 2015. Nominations can be made through the Penn College athletics website.
Pennsylvania College of Technology golfers are primed for the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships Monday and Tuesday while the college’s men’s and women’s tennis teams closed out their fall seasons over the weekend.
The team of Penn College upperclassmen was confident and ready for Wednesday’s Homecoming flag football game against its first-year challengers. The problem? So were the new kids, who forced an overtime in the waning minutes and ultimately won 21-14. The game started off well for the freshmen as Khalil Booker made a couple of nice moves that caught the upperclassmen off-guard, according to a recap by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation. Only two minutes into the game, Booker found the end zone on a run that stunned the upperclassmen and put the freshmen up 7-0. The upperclassmen shook off the score and made a couple of impressive plays, as well, and quarterback Joe Falkowski connected with Patrick Irick in the end zone to tie the score with two minutes left in the first quarter. With both teamsscoring on their first possessions, the game looked to be a shootout … but ended up being anything but. Each squad turned over the ball on its next possession and, for most of the second and third quarters, moved downfield only for their drives to stall. The upperclassmen got close at the end of the third quarter and, at the start of the fourth, Falkowski scored on a quarterback keeper to give the upperclassmen a 14-7 lead with eight minutes remaining. The freshmen who were eager to get the ball back got a lucky break when the upperclassmen kicked it out of bounds, allowing them to start at midfield. Dylan Bennett juked his way through a lengthy run, eluding upperclassmen and taking his team into the red zone. On the next play, Bennett slipped into the end zone to tie the game at 14 with two minutes remaining. Unfazed and hoping to start a winning drive, the upperclassmen had help from the opposition: The freshmen returned the favor and kicked the ball out of bounds, giving the upperclassmen midfield position with a minute remaining in regulation. Falkowski was set to deliver a bomb downfield to a wide-open receiver when, out of nowhere, Hunter Goodhart intercepted the pass and ran down the sideline until he was forced out of bounds in upperclassmen territory. Unfortunately for the freshmen, they could not cash in on the great field position and the game went into overtime. The upperclassmen won the toss and decided to take the ball. Falkowski looked to avenge his picked-off pass, but, on the first play of overtime, Jalile Best made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch for an interception. Back in control of the ball, the freshmen only needed to move it one yard to win the game. The upperclassmen, not out of it, were ready to prevail on defense to force another overtime. The freshmen were stopped in the backfield for a one-yard loss on each of the first two downs. On third down, the freshmen got one yard back on a running play that was once again stuffed by the defense. It wasn’t until fourth down that the freshmen took to the line of scrimmage and went up knowing they had to gain at least one yard to force another overtime or two yards to win the game. Needing to gain one yard to extend the game or two yards to win it, the freshmen called timeout before returning to the line determined to end the game on fourth down. Too eager to stop the run, the upperclassmen jumped offside thanks to a “hard count” that brought the defense across the line of scrimmage, giving the freshmen five yards and victory.
During a week in which only four of seven Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports teams saw action, the men’s soccer and women’s volleyball squads closed out the stretch in fine fashion with victories.
The Penn College women’s volleyball team – in coordinated headbands, hair ribbons and socks – joined fans for this week’s traditional Bardo Gym “Pink Out” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The squad’s Wednesday match against Penn State Berks included pink popcorn, fun and games, and a $50 Sheetz gift card to the “pinkest” person in the stands. The match was sponsored by the Off-Campus Housing Organization and Wildcat Athletics.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer
The Pennsylvania College of Technology golf team had two outings last week in its final tune-up before the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships and the college’s men’s tennis team tasted action for the first time.
Those in need of fitting attire for the “Pink Out” women’s volleyball game later this month found their solution Wednesday behind the Field House, where white T-shirts were tie-dyed pink in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Penn College community is encouraged to wear pink shirts – or hoodies or sweaters or headbands or whatever! – to Bardo Gym for a home contest against Penn State Berks, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. There will be free pink popcorn at the volleyball match, sponsored by the Off-Campus Housing Organization and Penn College Athletics, and a $50 Sheetz gift card will be awarded to the “pinkest” person in attendance. Information about breast cancer will be available and donations to the Making Strides Foundation will be accepted.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer
After early-week losses, Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s and men’s soccer teams had good outings late in the week against teams that came into their North Eastern Athletic Conference matches with perfect conference records.
The fall seasons for three Pennsylvania College of Technology sports teams are getting under way as the golf and women’s cross-country teams opened on Saturday and the men’s tennis team opens Sept. 23.
Senior outside hitter Courtney Gernert, a graphic design major from Palmyra, has been named the North Eastern Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 7. Gernert helped the Lady Wildcats to a 3-0 week, recording double-doubles against Keystone College, Penn State Harrisburg and King’s College. In the team’s tri-match on Saturday, she tallied 14 kills against King’s, which came into the match undefeated. She totaled 15 kills in her best match of the week against Keystone. This is Gernert’s first NEAC honor of the year. So far this season, she leads Penn College and the NEAC in kills with 76. She is second in the conference in both points (87.5) and points per set (4.0). Gernert and the Lady Wildcats get back into action at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, when they host Alfred (New York) State.