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Penn College Athletes Prepare for Openers

With the first week of classes under their belts, Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports athletes are busy preparing for their upcoming seasons.

Scheduled to open Tuesday, Sept. 1, are the men’s and women’s cross-country teams, at Misericordia University at 6 p.m.; the men’s soccer team, hosting Central Penn College at 7 p.m.; the women’s soccer squad, at King’s College at 7 p.m.; and the women’s volleyball team, at Keystone College at 7 p.m.

The men’s and women’s tennis teams begin their seasons hosting Wilkes University at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, and the golf team takes to the links at Keuka College at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16.

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Marketing Internship on Target for Penn College Student-Athlete

Penn College’s Justus K. Leimbach, a student in business administration: marketing concentration and an All-American member of the college’s archery team, poses with the Lancaster Barnstormers’ Pete Andrelczyk, who twice caught Leimbach’s first “pitch,” a soft-tipped arrow shot from the pitcher’s mound. Leimbach, of Westminster, Maryland, threw out the pitch as part of a community relations project for Lancaster Archery supply, where he is a marketing intern this summer.

When Pennsylvania College of Technology student-athlete Justus K. Leimbach stood atop the pitcher’s mound at Clipper Magazine Stadium – home of the Lancaster Barnstormers professional baseball team – to “throw” the honorary first pitch on June 19, he did not take the usual stance.

An All-American archer and business administration: marketing student at Penn College, Leimbach instead drew his S.A.F.E.-brand bow and fired a soft-foam-tip arrow toward home plate – where his spot-on aim was caught by the skilled glove of the Barnstormers’ Pete Andrelczyk.

The pitch was part of a community relations project for Lancaster Archery Supply, where Leimbach is completing an internship in the marketing department. The Westminster, Maryland, native plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Penn College in August.

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Wildcats Accepted for Second Year of NCAA Division III Membership

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has approved Pennsylvania College of Technology to advance to its second year of provisional membership in Division III, effective Sept. 1.

The announcement comes following the first year of provisional membership in Division III for Penn College. The five-year membership process consists of an exploratory year and four years of provisional membership. The membership process “includes educational and operational benchmarks that introduce institutions to the Division III philosophy and the best practices of model Division III institutions,” according to the NCAA.

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Athletics Announces 2015’s Hall of Fame Class

2015 Hall of Fame athletes announced

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Athletics Department has announced its 2015 Hall of Fame class: Hannah Miles, Bridget Metzger, Coleby Frye, Devon Liquori and Lindsey (Fackler) Kornbau.

The inductees will enter the Hall of Fame beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, part of Penn College’s Homecoming celebration.

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Penn College Archers Finish Third in Nation

Pennsylvania College of Technology archers used three first-place finishes to end third overall at the U.S. Outdoor Collegiate National Championships in Harrisonburg, Virginia, over the weekend. In addition, the Wildcats had eight All-Americans.

“We shot strong all weekend, and I am very proud of how we finished,” said coach Chad Karstetter, who is in his 13th season. “The team rounds were exciting and nerve-wracking to watch. With such strong teams from other colleges and universities most finishes came down to the last end of arrows or the closest to the center arrow.”

The fact that the Wildcats finished so high nationally even was more impressive, considering that its recurve teams could not compete due to scheduling conflicts.

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Wildcats’ First Year of NCAA Affiliation Seen as ‘Smashing Success’

Highlighted by its baseball championship team, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s first year as a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference as a provisional member of NCAA Division III was a smashing success.

“I am extremely pleased on how our athletics program transitioned to the NCAA Division III level,” said Scott Kennell, college director of athletics. “As a first-year provisional member, our programs remained competitive throughout the entire year and we captured our first-ever NEAC championship. We are looking to make an even bigger splash within the conference this up and coming year.”

“It’s a great atmosphere we have right now. It has catapulted the whole program into something bigger than we had even hoped,” baseball coach Chris Howard said after winning the title. “I think, first and foremost, I learned that we certainly belong at the D-III level. We can play with anybody.”

The college has three more years as a provisional NCAA member before becoming a full member.

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Penn College Archers Headed to Nationals

On April 25-26 at the Outdoor Eastern Regional Intercollegiate Archery Championships, Pennsylvania College of Technology archers took five firsts and five second-place finishes in their final tune-up leading into this week’s U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championship at James Madison University in Virginia.

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Champion Archer Demonstrates Skill for Visiting Cub Scout Pack

An attentive crowd watches a champion at work.

Precision under the waning sun

A new "fan club" forms

The boys from Cub Scout Pack 38 (and their parents) were treated to an archery exhibition by Wildcat All-American Kendel F. Baier on Wednesday evening, leaving campus quite impressed with her prowess and accuracy. “We truly appreciate your time and consideration,” Scout leader Gigi Dammer told the Jersey Shore resident. “What a pleasure it was for you to show my young Cub Scouts how determination, practice and hard work really pay off!” The group, from St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Loyalsock Township, watched Baier shoot balloons off the targets from 55 yards. She also shot at the 77-yard target used by recurve archers at the outdoor practice range off Rose Street. The college’s Athlete of the Year in 2014 and a national bowhunter champion, Baier will graduate this weekend with a degree in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration.
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Penn College Baseball Team Saves Its Best for Last

The Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball team saved its best for last as, during its first season in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, it claimed the conference championship and ended its season with an 18-18 overall record.

Going into the NEAC playoffs on Friday at Marcy, New York, coach Chris Howard said his fourth-seeded team hadn’t played its best yet. He noted that the team’s pitching and defense got it where it was, but knew that its bats would have to come alive in order to do more. And they did.

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Staff/Faculty Pull Off Comeback Volleyball Win Over Students

Dan Warner prepares to launch a serve ...

... for the victorious staff/faculty team.

Action a-plenty during a seesaw battle.

Student squad

In their annual volleyball match against a staff/faculty team Wednesday night, students won the first set by a 25-21 score. That momentum continued in the second set, as the students charged to a 6-0 lead. The staff/faculty team clawed its way back, eventually only trailing by four (11-7), but the students went on a run to boost that score to 21-12. It was then that the staff/faculty team found some magic and made a surge of its own. Thanks to some unreturnable serves, the employees came back to tie the game at 21! Continuing its hot streak, the staff/faculty team secured the second set and won (25-22), tying the match before going into the third and final set. Employees kept the momentum going, jumping to a 9-2 lead early in the third set, with little answer from the students. But the students, not going down without a fight, mounted a comeback and cut their opponents’ lead to 13-8. The staff/faculty team then won the final two points, winning the set 15-8 and winning the match 2-1 capping off a great come-from-behind win to beat the students for the first time since 2012. Members of the student team were Melissa Stabley, Dara McConnell, Carl Baker, Vinnie DelMonte, James Boylan and Nicholas Gray. Comorising the staff/faculty team were Dan Warner, Paul Watson, Sean Stout, Elliott Strickland, Carol Lugg and Bambi Hawkins. The referee was Tim Stasulli and the scorekeeper was Rafael Correa.
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation

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.

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.

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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