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,” said Jeremy R. Bottorf 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,” the coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation said.
The Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s basketball team starts its season this week while the men’s basketball team got going Saturday and the college’s wrestling team had its first home match of the campaign, also on Saturday.
Approximately 400 students turned out for the Penn College Midnight Madness on Thursday night to help kick off the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball season. Held in Bardo Gym, the event featured interviews with the coaches, team introductions, prizes, giveaways and a Battle of the Sexes 3-point contest. The Penn College Dance team performed a well-choreographed number that included many of the Wildcat basketball players, and the night wrapped up with a scrimmage between the men’s and women’s teams. Athletics thanks Gwendolyn Ntim, who sang a gorgeous National Anthem, and the Penn College Diners Club for providing delicious snacks for the event. Good luck to the Wildcats this season!
Photos by Lizze A. Robinholt, secretary/receptionist for athletics
The Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s basketball team is set to step into action while Wildcat wrestlers continue their season and cross-country runners have wrapped up their campaign.
The Penn College Martial Arts Team traveled to Providence, Rhode Island, this past weekend to take part in the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union camp and tournament. The two-day event included nearly seven hours of training and a competitive tournament. Brown University hosted the event with students from Temple University, Drexel University, University of Massachusetts and Salve Regina University. Penn College participants were Alexander J. Hilton, of Saegertown; Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera, of Highland Mills, New York; Alton J. “A.J.” Hinson, of Pottsville; and John B. Preine, of Philadelphia. In the Sunday competition, Hinson placed third in Kumite (sparring), while Ramos-Sonera placed first in Kumite and second in Kata (forms). Penn College will host the next collegiate event during the weekend of Feb. 14-15.
Pennsylvania College of Technology cross-country runners competed in the North Eastern Athletic Conference championships for the first time on Saturday and will seek more honors when they run in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships this Friday.
In a flag football game that featured very little defense, a Pennsylvania College of Technology extramural team gave host Lycoming College all it could handle Thursday night.
Two Penn College juniors were among those chosen when the North Eastern Athletic Conference announced its Men’s Soccer All-Conference selections Wednesday. Hector Guerrero, of Mexico City, earned Second Team honors as a goalkeeper, and Christian Dressler, of McAlisterville, was Third Team as a defender. NEAC All-Conference teams are determined by votes from the coaches of each member institution and are based solely on athletic performance during the year. Guerrero had a stellar season, totaling eight wins in 17 games played with a 1.3-goals-against average, a .827 save percentage and 105 saves. The business administration: management concentration major was ranked in the top five in the NEAC in all three categories. In addition, he recorded four shutouts. Dressler, a building automation technology student, was no slouch helping in those four shutouts as a central defender. He made 15 starts on the season, recording a goal and an assist along the way.
The North Eastern Athletic Conference announced its Women’s Soccer All-Conference selections Wednesday and Penn College senior Valeria Passalacqua, of McAlisterville; sophomore Jordan Courter, of Mill Hall; and freshman Caitlin McCarthy, of State College, were among them. All three student-athletes made Third-Team, All-Conference: Passlacqua as a forward, McCarthy as a midfielder and Courter as a defender. NEAC All-Conference teams are determined by votes from the coaches of each member institution and are based solely on athletic performance. Passalacqua, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major, led the Lady Wildcats in scoring on the year with seven goals while adding two assists in 16 games. Courter, a pre-occupational therapy assistant student, was the keystone of the team’s defense, helping in its four conference wins – including three shutouts in her 15 games. McCarthy, a physician assistant major, saw action in 12 matches despite missing several games due to injury, totaling a goal and three assists.
The Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling team is set to hit the mats, the postseason looms for the college’s cross-country squads and the fall sports seasons have concluded for three other teams.
Senior Courtney Gernert, of Palmyra, has been named the North Eastern Athletic Conference Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 19. The graphic design major had a milestone week for the Wildcats, compiling 70 kills, 86 digs and 15 service aces across five matches, while reaching 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs for her career. She had a kills/digs double-double in all five matches on the week, including 20 kills and 21 digs in a 3-2 win over Cazenovia College. She also reached both career milestones in style: She tallied her 1,000th dig against University of Valley Forge during Senior Night while smacking her 1,000th kill on match point against Cazenovia. Gernert is now fifth in the NEAC in digs (367), digs per set (4.03) and points per set (3.6); sixth in both kills (2.76) and kills per set (3.03); and seventh in points (331). This is Gernert’s second NEAC Player of the Week selection on the year. She and the Lady Wildcats close out the season Wednesday with a 7 p.m. match at Susquehanna University.
Prior to their respective Sunday matches against Penn State Abington, the Penn College soccer teams honored their graduating seniors. Each of the student-athletes – one on the women’s squad and six on the men’s – was presented with a framed team photo while being acknowledged by coaches, family and other supporters during the pregame ceremonies.
Hopeful of improvement over its ninth-place finish of a year ago in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships, the Pennsylvania College of Technology golf team placed eighth among 22 teams during two-day competition on Penn State’s Blue Course that ended Tuesday.
Penn College women’s volleyball honored its two graduating seniors, Kaitlyn A. Klein and Courtney L. Gernert, before a stellar crowd in Bardo Gym on Thursday night. Head coach Monica Brown presented the seniors with mementos – their framed jerseys – prior to the start of the game and college President Davie Jane Gilmour was also in attendance to honor the student-athletes. Klein, a graphic design major from Lock Haven, is a two-year member of the squad. She has been a top attacker for the Wildcats with a total of 164 kills, 43 aces and 55 total blocks. She not only performs on the court, but also in the classroom: This past year, she was named to the 2013 Penn State University Athletic Conference All-Academic team. Courtney Gernert, a graphic design major from Palmyra, has been a four-year member of the squad. She has been one of the most decorated volleyball players in Penn College history with a total of 970 kills, 1,001 digs and 183 aces. In 2013, she was named PSUAC First team All-Conference, PSUAC All-academic, and USCAA secondteam All-American. This year, in the team’s first season of the North Eastern Athletic Conference,Courtney was named Conference Player of the week early in the season.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer