Students, faculty/staff and the public are invited to cheer Penn College’s new affiliation with the NCAA in a series of free Wildcat athletics events starting Friday. Giveaways (including sunglasses and temporary tattoos), halftime competitions, a Fan Zone and concessions will be featured, beginning with women’s volleyball against Lycoming College at 5 p.m. Friday in Bardo Gym and women’s soccer against Rosemont College at 7:30 Friday night on the athletic field. Other home kickoff contests will be men’s soccer against Alfred State at 7 p.m. Sept. 2, women’s tennis versus Lebanon Valley College at 4 p.m. Sept. 18 and men’s tennis against Misericordia University at 4 p.m. Sept. 23. Stay in touch throughout the Fall 2014 season by visiting Wildcat Athletics’ new website.
Former head coach Michael J. Paulhamus has agreed to step in as head of the Penn College men’s and women’s cross-country program for the 2014 season. Paulhamus will run the program for head coach David J. Mendez, who has taken a leave of absence for the season. “We’re excited to have coach Paulhamus help us out this season,” said Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics. “He’s one of the most decorated coaches in Penn College history and I know he will do well stepping in for coach Mendez.” Paulhamus has been one of the most successful coaches at Penn College since starting in 2001. He was named Men’s Cross-Country Coach of the Year 10 times and Women’s Cross-Country Coach of the Year twice. From 2003-12, his men’s teams were undefeated and claimed 10 consecutive conference championships. In 2009, the Wildcat men had their best finish under Paulhamus as the USCAA national runners-up. Paulhamus will begin immediately, prepping the team for its first invitational on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Penn State Abington.
The Field House Frenzy was the place to be Monday night as students turned out in hopes of winning at Plinko, playing a sport, signing up for an intramural event, trying to win a T-shirt and (of course) enjoying the free food! The evening started off with an Intramural Fantasy Football League Draft, which reportedly led to some humorously good-natured “trash talk” and analysis of teams once they were drafted. Students then packed the Field House and enjoyed the games and the Root Beer Pong tournament did not disappoint, as 11 teams tried their best to win Intramural Champion T-shirts. After the doubles competition, the students faced off against their former partners in a singles tournament. “The night was filled with fun and just a great atmosphere altogether,” said Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation (who also provided photos). “Be sure to stop at the Field House and sign up for an intramural event. Students, staff and faculty members will see we really do offer something for everyone!”
When three Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports teams take to the field Friday, two of them will be under new head coaches.
Rafael Morais, with the men’s soccer team, and John McNichol, with the women’s soccer squad, will make their debuts – the men open at Baptist Bible College at 4 p.m. and the women host Rosemont College at 7:30 p.m. – while Monica Brown returns for her second season as coach of the women’s volleyball team that gets under way at 5 p.m. at crosstown rival Lycoming College.
In celebration of Little League Baseball’s 75th anniversary and coinciding with championship weekend of this year’s Little League World Series just across the river, downtown Williamsport was the site of a very special dedication Friday afternoon. Officially marking the city as LLB’s birthplace, the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau and supportive friends unveiled “Bases Loaded,” a spacious recreation of a baseball diamond at Market and West Third streets. Penn College and Lycoming College co-sponsored the catcher in the lineup, one of 10 bronze statues that represent those who have participated in Little League (including softball and the Challenger Division) over the years – ethnically varied players of both genders, in uniforms old and new, along with an umpire to represent the thousands of volunteers at the heart of the organization. The only statue that depicts a specific person is that of the manager, Carl E. Stotz, who founded LLB in 1939 and whose name is on the bridge that connects Williamsport to the latter-day South Williamsport home of the Series.
Preseason practice is under way and first games as a provisional member of both the NCAA Division III and North Eastern Athletic Conference loom on the horizon for Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports athletes.
Three Penn College teams open their seasons Aug. 29: men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. Starting a week later will be the women’s tennis team, which opens Sept. 2, and cross-country teams, which open Sept. 6.
Another difference this season has the college’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis teams playing split fall and spring seasons, with most of the action for all three coming in the spring. The first golf match is set for Sept. 21 and the initial men’s tennis match is slated for Sept. 23.
Women’s soccer head coach John F. McNichol Jr. has named Kristen M. Gedon as the team’s new assistant coach for the 2014 season.
“I am very happy to add Kristen as a part of the coaching staff,” McNichol said. “She brings a great deal of experience from her time as a player at Misericordia and as a coach with local clubs. She has great energy and passion for the game of soccer and will be a great addition to our program and the Penn College community.”
The Pennsylvania College of Technology Athletics Department has announced the launch of its new website.
Penn College partnered with SIDEARM Sports, one of the premier collegiate athletics website providers, to create a fan-friendly, interactive site.
“This is something we’ve been looking to do for a long time,” said director of athletics Scott E. Kennell. “We have a strong athletics program and wanted to show that with a state-of-the-art website from one of the best website production companies. We hope that our fans, alumni and student-athletes will enjoy it.”
Aside from standard athletics information, scores and releases, the site will feature live stats for many of its sports, as well as a focus on social media outlets.
Pennsylvania College of Technology has announced the 2014 inductees to its Athletics Hall of Fame.
The class is just the third to be inducted after being established in 2012 by Athletic Director Scott E. Kennell.
“I could not be prouder of this induction class,” Kennell said. “Now in our third year, we have continued to show what outstanding athletes and coaches Penn College has had. It’s such a testament to our tradition of excellence.”
Matt R. Haile, award-winning coach of the Wildcat golf team and a member of the Penn College Athletic Hall of Fame, has qualified for the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s 101st annual Amateur Championship. Haile shot an even-par 71 Monday at the Country Club of Harrisburg, one of six qualifying sites that will produce the 120-player field. The July 28-30 tournament will be held at the prestigious and challenging Oakmont Country Club in suburban Pittsburgh, a venue that attracted nearly 110 golfers to Harrisburg (and made Haile’s performance all the more impressive); similar crowds are expected for the remaining qualifier events. “When I found out my score was good enough, I was pretty excited,” said Haile, a network specialist with Information Technology Services. “I was at home checking the scores online as they were being updated, and it was a relief when the final scores came in and I made the cut.”
Pennsylvania College of Technology has won its second Telly Award of the year, thanks to a video featuring an inspirational student.
“Masonry with Nicole” is a bronze winner for motivational online video programming in the 35th annual international competition.
The nearly four-minute video features Nicole Reyes-Molina, of Lancaster, a student in the building construction technology: masonry emphasis major.
Reyes-Molina is shown excelling in a nontraditional major as she juggles classroom work, extensive hands-on training in Penn College’s Construction Masonry Building and playing for the women’s intercollegiate basketball team.
Her documented efforts are all the more impressive considering she is deaf.
Competing in the U.S. Collegiate Championships at Long Beach, California, from May 16-18, Pennsylvania College of Technology finished fourth as a team and had All-American archers in senior Kelvin Dewalt, of Easton; and juniors Kendel Baier, of Jersey Shore; Matt Cummings, of Mountville; and Nicole Lapinski, of Bloomsburg.
It was the third time Lapinski has been an All-American and second time for each of the other three. All-Americans are determined by their rounds at indoor and outdoor national events.
“I was very pleased with the way things turned out,” coach Chad Karstetter said. “We were very close to third place, we were only 20 points out, and it was just a matter of having our teams win two more matches, which was so close. The men’s compound team only lost by two points and the men’s recurve team lost in a closest-to-the-center shootout.”
Led by a softball team that won a conference championship and placed among the top five at the Small College World Series, and an archery team that was fourth in the nation, there was plenty to celebrate by Pennsylvania College of Technology athletic teams during the 2013-14 school year.
The Pennsylvania College of Technology Athletics Department has named Rafael Morais its new full-time men’s soccer coach starting in the 2014-15 academic year. The coaching position is the third to be moved to full-time status this year behind baseball and women’s soccer. Morais comes to Penn College with extensive collegiate and professional experience.
“We are excited to announce that Coach Morais will take over our men’s soccer program,” said Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics. “He brings outstanding credentials and the necessary skill set to take our men’s soccer program to the next level. Coach Morais has a proven record of building teams and getting the most out of them.”
Pennsylvania College of Technology, in conjunction with the Penn State University Athletic Conference and U.S. Collegiate Archery, has announced the recipients of the Winter/Spring 2014 All-Academic Team awards. In the PSUAC, the award is given to student-athletes with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better in the semester of competition. Winter sports that compete over two semesters are calculated by averaging both semester grades. In the USCA, the award is given to the top 10 GPAs in each discipline that are above a cumulative 3.0.
This year, 39 student-athletes – representing archery, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball, men’s tennis and wrestling – made the grade. Baseball led all teams with 13, while softball was not far behind with eight.