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Penn College Athletes Give Back to Community

Being an athlete at Pennsylvania College of Technology means more than hitting a ball or scoring a goal: It means giving back to the community and, during the Fall 2016 semester, Wildcats completed 1,648 community service hours.

Wildcat athletes volunteered at 10 events, on campus and in the Williamsport community, and helped raise $1,575 for various charitable organizations. Organized by the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, all athletic programs participated in at least one event including walks to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and sexual assault, marathons supporting the Salvation Army, cleaning up the Susquehanna River Walk and Logue Park, helping incoming students move in, volunteering at Firetree Place, hosting a youth soccer clinic, and participating in No-Shave November.

Last year, the department reached slightly more than 3,000 community service hours and is on pace to surpass that total by the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

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Penn College Basketball Teams Set for ‘Home Cooking’

After a week during which the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s teams went a combined 2-3 in road games, they are about to enter a stretch that will see six consecutive home games at Bardo Gymnasium, all in North Eastern Athletic Conference play.

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Penn College Hoops Teams Returning to Action

After the semester and holiday break, Pennsylvania College of Technology athletes in two sports are ready to return this week. On Thursday, the men’s basketball team is in nonconference play at Alvernia University while, on Saturday, women’s basketball players see North Eastern Athletic Conference action at Gallaudet University.

The college’s wrestling team originally was scheduled to return Saturday in the Waynesburg University tournament, but now won’t hit the mats again until Jan. 14.

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Eleven Penn College Athletes Honored

Through the fall and early winter sports seasons, 11 Pennsylvania College of Technology participants were honored by the college as Athletes of the Week.

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Penn College Basketball Teams Look to Keep Growing

Ending the first semester, Pennsylvania College of Technology young men’s and women’s basketball teams are off to a combined 2-12 start and both are seeking continued growth with mostly North Eastern Athletic Conference games after the holidays.

The men’s team, which is 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the NEAC, is averaging 91.4 points per game on offense while allowing an average of 103.4, a minus 12-point differential. The women’s squad, 0-7 overall and 0-3 in the conference, is averaging 47.1 points offensively and allowing 69.9, a minus 22.8-point differential.

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Penn College Teams Idle Until New Year

In its only game of the week, and last of the semester, the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s basketball team lost at home on Saturday against Valley Forge College, 65-50.

Gwendolyn Lavelle, of Pocono Summit, led Penn College with 18 points and Jane Herman, of Greencastle, added 14 points as the Wildcats fell to 0-7 overall.

Penn College winter sports teams now are idle until January when the men’s basketball team travels to Alvernia University on Jan. 5, the women’s basketball team is at Gallaudet University on Jan. 7 and the wrestling team travels to the Waynesburg University Tournament, also on Jan. 7.

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Penn College Hoops Teams Coming Off 0-7 Week

Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams were a combined 0-7 last week, 0-6 as they began play in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

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Penn College Basketball Teams Set for Conference Play

Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams begin North Eastern Athletic Conference action with home games on Wednesday and road games Saturday and Sunday this week after going a combined 1-3 this past week.

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Students Exhibit Martial Artistry at Weekend Belt Promotion

With Penn College coach George T. Vance Jr. in the background, martial artists loosen up at the Field House ...

... in group exercises led by Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera (center), an automotive technology management major from Highland Mills, N.Y.

Members of the Penn College Shotokan Karate Club tested their skills in a belt promotion on Saturday in the college’s Field House. Along with students from Bucknell University, Lycoming College and Nittany Shotokan, the Penn College contingent showed the skills they’ve been developing for the past several months. Earning yellow belts were Timothy L. Pegg and Leo J. Ravina. Kody R. Dibble, Destiny R. Barto and Jason S. Murphy all came away with orange belt rank. John B. Preine made purple belt. Alton “A.J.” Hinson moved another step through the purple belt rank and will test for his brown belt in the spring semester. Brown belt Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera moved another step closer toward testing for his black belt. The club will host the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union training camp and tournament in February.

Penn College Basketball Teams Split

Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams split in their games last week while the wrestling team’s match scheduled for Thursday was postponed.

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Staff/Faculty Team Jumps to Huge Lead, Never Looks Back

The staff/faculty team staved off a near-comeback by students.

Breaking a multiple-game scoring drought, Matt Blymier celebrates his MVP recognition.

Perennial rivalry features spirited contest

The student team, standing proud

Penn College’s staff/faculty team was ready for Monday’s traditional basketball match-up against a student squad, scoring the game’s first seven baskets and jumping out to a 14-0 lead. The students started chipping away during the rest of the first half – hitting some 3-pointers, but still trailing 35-18 at the midpoint. Picking up where they left off, students hit a few more treys in the second half and continued to whittle the staff/faculty lead. Ryan Callahan, determined not to let the student team back in the game, led all scorers with 39 points. The employee team went cold and the students went on a 9-0 run, though, cutting the deficit to 6 points with five minutes left in the game. The students couldn’t capitalize and their opponents again extended the lead to double digits, ultimately winning by a 60-45 tally. Matt Blymier was named MVP, scoring for the first time in three games against student challengers, finishing with 5 points. The students were led by Logan Connolly with 18 points. The rest of that team and their totals: Andreal Wilson, 3 points; Kewaun Hunte, 8; Chris Carvel, 5; Corey Carr, 6; Jackie Chen, 5 points. Andrew Pick didn’t score, but had several rebounds and assists. The staff/faculty team and its players’ stats: Tyler Mensch, 7 points; John McNichol, Chris Howard, Lauren Healy and Jackie Klahold, 2 points each; and Sean Stout, 1. John Vandevere did not score, but contributed three steals.
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation

Penn College Basketball Teams Open Wednesday

Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams open their seasons this week while the college’s wrestling team saw action in its second outing of the season on Saturday.

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Season of Transitions Continues at Penn College

Last week, the season ended in the North Eastern Athletic Conference semifinals for the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s soccer team, it began for the Wildcat wrestlers, six fall sports athletes were awarded all-conference honors and, looking ahead, the start of basketball season looms next week.

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Wildcats Advance to NEAC Semifinals With Shootout Win

Coach John F. McNichol Jr. gathers with his Wildcat women's soccer team.

Tiffany L. Brown drives downfield to score Penn College's only goal.

The college mascot walks the bleachers, inspiring spectators.

Hailee L. Hartman assisted Brown on the Wildcat goal.

The Penn College women’s soccer team punched its ticket to the North Eastern Athletic Conference semifinals with a 1-1 (5-4 in shootout) win over Penn State Abington in Tuesday’s quarterfinal match. The Wildcats travel to top-seeded Penn State Berks for an 11:30 a.m. Saturday matchup. For more, visit the Athletics website.

Five Attend Weekend Karate Camp, Tourney at Temple

Five members of the Penn College Shotokan Karate club attended a two-day training camp and tournament at Temple University this past weekend.  Alton “A.J.” Hinson, John B. Preine, Jason S. Murphy, Destiny R. Barto and Timothy L. Pegg participated in multiple training sessions with students from six other colleges in the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union. On Saturday, they matched skills with students from Brown University, Salve Regina University (Rhode Island), Drexel University and Temple. All five represented Penn College well, with Hinson placing second in kata (form) and third in kumite (sparring). Preine placed second in kumite. Penn College will host the next ECCKU camp in February.