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Wildcats Seeded Fourth in NEAC Baseball Playoffs

Despite its No. 4 seed and the fact that it opens North Eastern Athletic Conference playoff action against top-seeded SUNY Poly, Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball coach Chris Howard believes his team has what it takes to win.

Penn College, 7-7 in the NEAC and 15-18 overall, most recently lost at SUNY Poly (11-3, 16-14) on Saturday by scores of 5-2 and 6-2. They will clash again in Gansevoort, New York, at noon Friday as the double-elimination tournament begins. Also in the field are second-seeded Penn State Abington (11-3, 18-19) and third-seeded defending champion Penn State Berks (9-5, 18-15-1), who play at 3 p.m. Friday. Action continues Saturday and concludes Sunday.

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Seasons End for Two Teams, Baseball Squad Gears Up for Playoffs

The Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball team is gearing up for North Eastern Athletic Conference postseason action after finishing fourth during the regular season while seasons ended for the softball and women’s tennis teams last week.

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Six Members of College’s Martial Arts Club Attain New Belt Levels

Martial artists from Penn College and other other clubs gather in Bardo Gym during the locally hosted weekend event.

Martial artists from Penn College and other other clubs gather in Bardo Gym during the locally hosted weekend event.

After a very successful competitive season in the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union, the Martial Arts Club capped off its year Saturday with a belt promotion in Bardo Gym. Participating in the event were Lycoming College, Bucknell University, Nittany Shotokan and Penn College. Six members of the Penn College club advanced their belt rankings. Alton J. “A.J.” Hinson, of Pottsville, and John B. Preine, of Philadelphia, both moved to orange belt level. Hunter D. Gibson, of Carlisle, and Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera, of Highland Mills, New York, moved to green belt level. Eric M. Russell, of Mill Hall, earned purple belt ranking, while Alexander J. Hilton, of Saegertown, made brown belt rank. Club members will finish their training for this year during the next two weeks, but are looking forward to resuming in August.
Photo by George T. Vance Jr., part-time faculty, fitness and lifetime sports

Unbeatable Connection Between Knowledge, Sound Choices Reinforced

Alexandra N. Brennan, a member of the Penn College soccer and softball teams, talks about the balance between athletics and academics. A dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major from St. Clair, she was joined in Penn's Inn by Matt J. Blymier, assistant director of athletics/sports information director.

Alexandra N. Brennan, a member of the Penn College soccer and softball teams, talks about the balance between athletics and academics. A dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration major from St. Clair, she was joined in Penn’s Inn by Matt J. Blymier, assistant director of athletics/sports information director.

A total of 28 children participated in Thursday’s 22nd annual ”Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work” Day, which encouraged girls and boys – potential Penn College students, all – to consider the decisions that will chart their tomorrows. With a theme of “Knowledge+Choice=Strength,” this year’s observance included a cross-section of activities: a welcome by Paul L. Starkey, vice president of academic affairs/provost; ice-breakers that encouraged teamwork; insight on the life of a Wildcat student-athlete; a reminder of the importance of good decisions (and the lasting consequences of bad ones), courtesy of College Health Services and Pennsylvania State Police; a peek into the campus’ well-equipped Fitness Center, a tour with Presidential Student Ambassadors and lunch at Capitol Eatery.
Photo by Shawnalee E. Miller, Career Services secretary

Seasons End for Two Penn College Teams

Wildcat "Athletes of the Year" Courtney L. Gernert and Zachary A. Weil are congratulated at Bowman Field by (from left) Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, athletic director Scott E. Kennell and a very proud mascot. Gernert is a graphic design major from Palmyra; Weil, of Kutztown, is in the building science and sustainable design: building construction technology concentration. (Photo by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer)

Spring seasons ended for Pennsylvania College of Technology golf and men’s tennis teams, the college announced its 2015 Athletes of the Year and it named a new men’s soccer coach last week.

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Penn College Teams Have Busy Week

Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports teams had a very busy week with six of its teams competing in 25 events.

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Dance Team Holds Fundraising Performance

The Wildcat Dance Team serves up a spirited number.

The Wildcat Dance Team serves up a spirited number.

Deaundra A. McCants, a human services major from Wellsboro, fronts a performance of "Like a Boy," with support from Kayla L. Hurt (left), a pre-occupational therapy assistant student from Williamsport, and Amanda M. Brodecki, of Levittown, enrolled in pre-dental hygiene.

Deaundra A. McCants, a human services major from Wellsboro, fronts a performance of “Like a Boy,” with support from Kayla L. Hurt (left), a pre-occupational therapy assistant student from Williamsport, and Amanda M. Brodecki, of Levittown, enrolled in pre-dental hygiene.

A lyrical duet to "Love Me Like You Do" is performed by (from left) Amber R. Fleming, a pre-nursing student from Williamsport, and Alexandra M. Lehman, also of Williamsport, studying business management.

A lyrical duet to “Love Me Like You Do” is performed by (from left) Amber R. Fleming, a pre-nursing student from Williamsport, and Alexandra M. Lehman, also of Williamsport, studying business management.

Kayla L. Hurt soars above the ACC stage.

Kayla L. Hurt soars above the ACC stage.

Alexandra M. Lehman gets into character.

Alexandra M. Lehman gets into character.

The Wildcat Dance Team held its spring Take the Stage fundraiser Saturday afternoon in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The production showcased styles ranging from jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, street funk, modern, pointe, Broadway jazz, character, contemporary and Latin rhythms.  The musical selections that accompanied the choreography were a variety of traditional, urban and contemporary. All proceeds from this production support the Wildcat Dance Team in achieving its fundraising goals.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Penn College Golfers Set for Conference Championships

Despite another up-and-down week weatherwise, most Pennsylvania College of Technology athletic teams saw action and for the golfers the season is about to conclude.

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All Penn College Athletic Teams in Action

For the first time this spring, all five Pennsylvania College of Technology athletic teams saw action during the same week.

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Power Lifting Team Members Medal at ‘Ironman’ Competition

Penn College competitors (from left) Aubin "A.J." Sevrin,  Ryan P. Campbell, Aaron B. Cusatis and volunteer coach Casey W. Bliss

Penn College competitors (from left) Aubin “A.J.” Sevrin, Ryan P. Campbell, Aaron B. Cusatis and volunteer coach Casey W. Bliss

Members of the Power Lifting Club team competed in Saturday’s Pennsylvania Open Ironman Championships held at the Fitness Factory in Williamsport. Aubin I. “A.J.” Sevrin, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Lehighton, and Aaron B. Cusatis, an aviation maintenance technology student from Trappe, took third place in their weight classes for combined bench press and deadlift. “Everyone lifted great,” coach Emmanuel A. Balaguer said. “Their lifts were clean and sharp; I was proud to be there.” Results for Penn College participants were: Sevrin, 500 pounds deadlift and 300 pounds bench press; Cusatis, 480 and 300; volunteer coach (and alumnus) Casey W. Bliss, 425 and 325; and Ryan P. Campbell, a welding technology major from Media, 405 and 225.
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College Well-Represented at East Coast Karate Tourney

The Penn College Shotokan Karate Club had a very successful weekend at the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union camp and tournament at West Chester University. After five and a half hours of rigorous training over two days, the students still had enough energy to capture many places during the tournament. Alexander J. Hilton, Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera and Alton J. “A.J.” Hinson joined team members from West Chester, the College of William and Mary, and Drexel and Bucknell universities for the camp. Ramos-Sonera and Hinson took first and third places, respectively, in both kata (forms) and kumite (sparring). In addition, Hilton brought home first places in kata and kumite in the intermediate division. The club remains busy preparing for its belt promotion, to be held April 25 at Penn College.

Penn College Women’s Tennis Season to Begin

Other than the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s tennis team starting its season with a win, Mother Nature again was the big winner last week as a host of events either were postponed or canceled. And this week, barring more weather-related disruptions, the women’s tennis team will get its season underway.

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Men’s Tennis, Golf Set to Open for Penn College; Archers Excel

As the result of a slow ground thaw, Pennsylvania College of Technology has had all of its home baseball and softball games postponed through the end of the month, but the college’s men’s tennis and golf teams are expected to open this week as scheduled. And the archery team “put on a good show” as it recently closed out the indoor season.

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Expansion of Wildcat Athletics Chronicled in Webb Weekly

Penn College's athletic director, president grace the March 4 cover of Webb Weekly.

Penn College’s athletic director, president grace the March 4 cover of Webb Weekly.

The phenomenal growth of an already-successful Penn College athletics program into an NCAA Division III presence – complete with full-time coaches, a Hall of Fame, official apparel and a new website – was featured in a recent Webb Weekly cover story. Lou Hunsinger Jr.’s March 4 article, featuring a cover photo of college President Davie Jane Gilmour and athletic director Scott E. Kennell, is reprinted here with permission: Webb Weekly – A New Era of Athletics

Baseball, Softball Teams Complete Myrtle Beach Experience

Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball and softball teams went a combined 3-15 as they got their seasons underway last week in nonconference action at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Three of the softball team’s losses were by no more than two runs, as were two of the baseball team’s.

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