Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling and women’s basketball teams each scored victories over the past week.
Kendel F. Baier, of Jersey Shore, a senior in the building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration, has been chosen as the December/January Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Exemplifying both academics and athletics, Baier maintains a full course load and is a national bowhunter champion on the Penn College archery team.
Among her accomplishments, she was selected as the college’s 2014 Female Athlete of the Year.
Following a 40-day layoff for the semester break, the Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling team resumes its season Saturday. The college’s basketball teams, meanwhile, stepped back into action last week after nearly three weeks off.
Idle since Dec. 14 for the semester break, Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams prepare to step back onto the court Wednesday for the second half of their seasons.
Twenty-two student-athletes were named Pennsylvania College of Technology Wildcat Athletes of the Week during the fall semester.
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.
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.
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.
It was a great week for Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams as they posted a combined 3-0 mark.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
“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.