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Penn College Women Stay Unbeaten in NEAC

Sparked by the offensive play of junior Hailee Hartman, who had five goals, the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s soccer team put together a 2-1 week and stayed unbeaten in North Eastern Athletic Conference action.

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Penn College Women Set to Step Into NEAC Volleyball Action

After 10 nonconference matches, the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s volleyball team steps into North Eastern Athletic Conference competition later this week.

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Sibling Rivalry

Sharp-shooting sisters Kierstin, left, and Jamie Steer.

Jamie and Kierstin Steer show off record-setting game balls.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: Sisters Kierstin Steer, ’13, and Jamie Steer grew up playing basketball with other kids in their neighborhood before setting back-to-back scoring records for the Wildcats. Read “Sibling Rivalry.”

Penn College Golfers Open on Wednesday

A new home course to practice and play on and so many players out for the team that eliminations were required have Pennsylvania College of Technology golf coach Matt Haile smiling.

Wildcat golfers become the last Penn College fall sports team to begin its season when they take to the links on Wednesday at Keuka College.

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Penn College Men’s Tennis Coach Has High Hopes

The season began in five fall sports for Pennsylvania College of Technology athletes last week and, this week, the men’s tennis team is set for its first action when it plays at crosstown rival Lycoming College on Monday.

Ethan Rosler, of Bloomsburg, and Austin Adams, of Center Valley, are the lone returning players from last season, when Penn College finished 2-10 overall: 1-4 in the fall and 1-6 in the spring (0-4 in North Eastern Athletic Conference play). But first-year coach John Machak has high hopes for improvement. Rosler finished fourth at No. 3 singles in the conference playoffs.

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‘Pack the Park’ Crowd Enjoys National Pastime in Local Landmark

Smiles and Wildcat blue fill the stands of BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

For the 17th year Wednesday, Penn College students and employees enjoyed “Pack the Park Night” with the Williamsport Crosscutters. Free tickets were available across campus and complimentary bus service transported students safely to and from BB&T Ballpark. Fans saw a 4-2 win by the hometown favorites, who posted a winning season in their division but fell just short of a playoff berth. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable outing – with fun, friends and food!

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Penn College Fall Sports Begin

Last fall was a time of transition as several Pennsylvania College of Technology teams were under new head coaches. As this season begins, there is just one new coach in the fold and all are ready to roll.

In openers on Thursday, the women’s tennis team travels to Elmira College for a 4 p.m. start, the men’s and women’s cross-country teams compete at the Misericordia Invitational at 6 p.m. and the women’s soccer team hosts King’s College at 7 p.m. On Friday, the men’s soccer team travels to Westminster College for a 5 p.m. match and the women’s volleyball team hosts Alfred State College, also at 5.

In coming weeks, the men’s tennis team takes to the courts Sept. 5 at Lycoming College and the men’s golf team hits the links Sept. 14 at the Keuka College Invitational.

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Director of Athletics Appointed at Penn College

John D. Vandevere

Following a national search, John D. Vandevere has been named director of athletics at Pennsylvania College of Technology, President Davie Jane Gilmour announced.

“John brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in athletics,” Gilmour said. “He will certainly bring the energy and enthusiasm that we look for in a leader.”

Vandevere, who takes over the athletics leadership role following the departure of Scott Kennell, will be responsible for the management and development of Penn College’s 15 intercollegiate programs, club sports, intramurals and the Fitness Center, effective Aug. 30.

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Penn College Athletics Department Coming Off Busy Summer

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After a busier-than-normal summer “off season,” the Pennsylvania College of Technology Athletics Department is gearing up for the start of the fall sports seasons.

Students returned to classes Aug. 15 and athletes have started working out for their respective openers, which include men’s and women’s cross-country, women’s soccer and women’s tennis on Thursday, Sept. 1; men’s soccer and women’s volleyball on Friday, Sept. 2; men’s tennis on Monday, Sept. 5; and men’s golf on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Among the highlights of the summer were notification from the National Collegiate Athletic Association that the college successfully completed its second year of provisional Division III membership and approved its waiver request to bypass the third year and begin its final year of provisional membership starting Sept. 1, the naming of two new head coaches, announcement of four new members of the college’s athletic Hall of Fame, announcement of the renewal of its partnerships with ESPN Williamsport and Stretch Internet to broadcast Wildcats home athletic events in the 2016-17 season, and the resignation of athletic director Scott E. Kennell.

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2016 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2016

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Athletics Department has announced its 2016 Hall of Fame class: Greg Solyak, 2011, men’s basketball; Tamara Pavlov, ’11, women’s cross-country; Craig Flint, ’09, men’s basketball/golf; and Bambi Hawkins, women’s volleyball coach.

The inductees will enter the Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 30, in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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Penn College Director of Athletics Stepping Down

Scott E. Kennell

Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has announced his resignation in order to accept the director of athletics position at Madonna University in Michigan.

Under Kennell’s guidance and leadership the past five years, Penn College moved to NCAA Division III affiliation and membership in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. The college is in its final provisional year for NCAA Division III membership, having received an NCAA waiver to bypass the third year in the process.

Also since 2011, six coaching positions have been elevated from part time to full time, an athletics-specific website was launched, an Athletics Hall of Fame was established, the number of recruited student-athletes has increased, the Wildcat Club (an athletic donor club) was created, and many of Penn College’s athletics facilities were upgraded.

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College Accepted for Final Provisional Year of Division III Membership

The NCAA Division III Management Council has informed Pennsylvania College of Technology that it has successfully completed its second year of provisional Division III membership and granted the college’s waiver request to bypass the third year and begin its final year of provisional membership beginning Sept. 1.

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Penn College Athletes Complete Year of Transition

With five first-year coaches at the helm, this marked a transition year for many Pennsylvania College of Technology athletes as the college completed its second of four years as a provisional member of NCAA Division III.

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Penn College 10th in National Softball Tourney

It was a three-and-out for the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s softball team at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships last week, but first-year coach Jackie Klahold looked at the experience as a plus.

“Any postseason experience is a positive, especially for our team. Being as young as we are, we’re hoping that with our returners coming back and having that year of experience collegiately and postseason-wise under their belts, and (with) our incoming freshman class, that we will be able to compete over the next three or four years in the postseason,” Klahold said.

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Penn College Softball, Archery Teams Seek National Titles

With their regular seasons behind them, Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s softball and archery teams now take to the national stage. The softball team will compete Monday through Thursday in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships in Akron, Ohio, and the archers May 20-22 in the U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championships at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan.

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