Pennsylvania College of Technology, in conjunction with the Penn State University Athletic Conference, has announced the recipients of the Winter/Spring 2013 All-Academic Team award. The award is given to student-athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the semester of competition. Winter sports that compete over two semesters are calculated by averaging both semester grades.
This year, 28 student-athletes made the grade, representing baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball and wrestling. The softball team led all teams with nine making the cut, while baseball was right behind with eight.
It was another blockbuster year for Pennsylvania College of Technology athletic teams as they captured their fifth straight Penn State University Athletic Conference Chancellor’s Cup.
The cup is awarded to a member institution with the most accumulated points for the year. Points are awarded based on the finish of each conference team. For 2012-13, the Wildcats had four conference champions, three runners-up and totaled nine postseason playoff berths.
Junior baseball player Cody E. Buterbaugh (Conestoga) and sophomore volleyball player Kelly R. Hebert (Wellsboro) were named the Male and Female John S. Egli Scholar-Athlete Award-winners by the Penn State University Athletic Conference on Tuesday.
The award, announced at the conference’s end-of-the-year awards banquet in State College, is given to one male and one female student-athlete who demonstrate excellence on the playing field and in the classroom. Buterbaugh and Hebert, both starters on their respective squads, carried 4.0 GPAs and were standouts during their season.
At the United States Collegiate Archery Championships in Cedar City, Utah, this past week, Pennsylvania College of Technology sophomore Kendel F. Baier (Jersey Shore) dominated women’s bowhunter to take the national title in the individual competition.
Her efforts helped the Wildcat archery team take third overall behind winner Texas A&M and second-place James Madison University. Baier took home all three major titles in her discipline, capturing first in the women’s bowhunter team competition with sophomore Brianna D. Batykefer (Butler) and freshman Cayla Q. Easley (Carlisle), as well as in the mixed bowhunter competition with senior Joseph A. Dowdrick III (Lebanon).
As the spring sports season winds down for Pennsylvania College of Technology athletes, archers are honing their skills as they prepare for the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships later this week while the baseball team reflects after completing one of the best seasons in college history.
Video from Tuesday’s campus visit by the Penn State “Coaches Caravan.” a sold-out event that gave hundreds of people the opportunity to meet football coach Bill O’Brien and his counterparts in Nittany Lion field hockey and men’s volleyball, has been added to the Penn College YouTube channel. “These kids are students first,” O’Brien said of Penn State athletes. “That’s our culture and it’s across all 31 teams. I’m most proud of the players. I’m most proud of the guys that I coach, the other student-athletes on the other teams. Everything that they do on a daily basis: go to class, practice hard, lift weights, condition and try to be the best they can be. I’m proud to be associated with that.” For another proud Penn Stater – alumna Davie Jane Gilmour, Penn College president – the Coaches Caravan allowed visitors to acquaint themselves with the home of “degrees that work.” “As I greeted people coming in the door (of the Field House), we realized that many of them, while they are familiar with Penn College, they had never been to this part of campus. They had never seen this building. So it’s a great opportunity.” (Photo gallery)
The Penn State University Athletic Conference has announced its selections for the 2013 Baseball All-Conference team and four Pennsylvania College of Technology Wildcats earned a spot.
Junior Cody Buterbaugh (Conestoga) and sophomores Travis Hendershot (Muncy) and Zachary Buterbaugh (Conestoga) were named first-team, all-conference, while junior Joshua Longsderff (Columbia) was a second-team selection. The team is selected based on voting by the conference coaches.
A sold-out lunch at the Penn College Field House kicked off the second week of the Penn State Coaches Caravan on Tuesday morning. Nittany Lion football coach Bill O’Brien, who is headlining the bus tour on all 12 of its stops, was joined in his local visit by Char Morett, field hockey coach, and Mark Pavlik, coach of the Penn State men’s volleyball team. More than 2,100 Nittany Nation alumni and fans attended last week’s first six stops of the caravan, held in conjunction with the university’s nationally recognized, 31-sport “One Team” academic/athletic program. The event included availability to the media in the Thompson Professional Development Center.
Five Penn College baseball student-athletes made the grade as they were named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association All-Academic Team. The team, announced at the championship banquet, is comprised of players that have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher and are academically a sophomore or above. Earning their way onto the team for the Wildcats were juniors Cody and Zachary Buterbaugh (Conestoga) and sophomores Travis Hendershot (Muncy), James Scully III (Middletown, Del.) and Zachary Yetter (Thompsontown). Penn College still has some season left as it defeated No. 2 Clark State Community College on Tuesday to stay alive in the USCAA Small College World Series in Butler.
Penn College’s Katie L. Kratzer, of Selinsgrove, has been named the Penn State University Athletic Conference Softball Newcomer of the Year for her efforts as a rookie in the 2013 season. She was also named First-Team, All-Conference. Both awards are voted on by the coaches of the PSUAC and are based on performance throughout the season. Kratzer – a first-year student in the School of Health Sciences’ pre-radiography major – hit .404 playing in all 30 games and leading the Lady Wildcats with 17 RBIs. She totaled 12 extra-base hits, including two triples and a home run; had 12 multi-hit games; and notched a career-high four hits against Penn State Scranton.
It was a tall order for the Penn College Men’s Club Lacrosse team: three games in as many days, against #17-ranked Penn State Altoona and Bloomsburg and Shippensburg universities. The Wildcats played their best lacrosse of the season and swept all three to finish the season with a record of 4-3, their highest winning percentage in history.
While the softball season officially ended for Pennsylvania College of Technology last week, the baseball team’s season continues this week with a trip to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Small College World Series.
The Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball team goes into the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Small College World Series as the No. 10 seed, but coach Chris Howard is optimistic about his team’s chances.
“The guys are extremely excited. It’s the second year in a row we’re going and everybody is anxious to have a better showing than we did last year (0-2),” the coach said. “It helps that a lot of the guys have been there before, too. Experience counts in situations like these and that is an advantage that we’re going to have this year.”
Penn College (22-15) opens play at 8:30 a.m. Monday against seventh-seeded Lindenwood-Belleville (22-19).
Penn College’s Karey E. Wolfe, a first-year health information technology student from Milton, has been named the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Player of the Week for the period ending April 28. In the team’s 3-1 week, she hit .750 with 12 hits, seven runs, seven RBIs and three stolen bases. Wolfe also recorded her first collegiate home run against Penn State Schuylkill, going 3 for 4 with five RBIs. The Lady Wildcats have concluded their season with an 11-19 record. In her rookie year, Wolfe hit .288 (19-66) in 24 games with nine RBIs.
Despite being eliminated after pushing the Penn State University Athletic Conference baseball championships to an “if” game on Saturday, the Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball team had its season extended as it has received an at-large bid to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Small College World Series.
USCAA action begins next Monday at Pullman Park in Butler. Seeds for the 10-team tournament will be announced Tuesday.