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.
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
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.
The scheduled baseball opener for Pennsylvania College of Technology at Mary Washington was canceled Friday after a late-week snowstorm hit Fredericksburg, Virginia, but everything is still on track for the college’s baseball and softball teams as they compete this week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where temperatures will be warmer but there is a chance of showers.
Student-athletes from several Penn College teams shared their knowledge and love of sports with two-dozen girls who attended clinics in Bardo Gymnasium on Saturday. Groups of first- through sixth-graders rotated among three stations set up throughout the gym, having fun – and learning fundamentals – from their encouraging and enthusiastic “coaches.” Representing the Lady Wildcats during the inaugural Women in Sports Day were Chelsea M. Burger, Danielle M. Mowery, Anna-Marie Raybuck, Hanna C. Schoenly and Jamie L. Steer, basketball; Robyn E. Beddow, Jordan A. Courter, Hailee L. Hartman and Hanna M. Williams, soccer; and Sophie M. Coldsmith, Keri D. Fargus and Kaitlyn M. Young, volleyball.
Someone once sang, “Nothing would be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning,” and Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball coach Chris Howard and softball coach Roger Harris couldn’t agree more.
Howard’s baseball team is scheduled to open its season Friday with a single game at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, before playing eight games over five days in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Harris’ softball squad is also headed to Myrtle Beach, where it will play nine games over five days. As the season progresses, both teams will compete for the first time as provisional members of NCAA Division III in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.
Avenging last year’s 20-point intramural loss to a faculty/staff squad, a team of Penn College students this week notched a 66-59 overtime win in a seasonal Bardo Gym tradition. Athletic director Scott Kennell was the game’s Most Valuable Player, despite being on the losing side. The employee team was ahead by nine at the half, but the students stepped up the pace of the game and the faculty/staff challengers just couldn’t keep up. They had a chance to win the game, but a missed opportunity at the free-throw line gave the students the exciting OT victory.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer
The Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling teams closed out their seasons this past week.
In basketball on Saturday at Bryn Athyn, the women won, 72-64, to complete a 13-12 overall season, 12-8 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference; and the men lost, 74-71, to end 3-22 overall and 2-16 in the NEAC.
In wrestling on Feb, 15, six Penn College grapplers placed among the top six in their respective weight classes at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Invitational at Penn State’s Rec Hall.
In support of February’s designation as American Heart Month, Penn College observed a “Red Out” during its women’s and men’s basketball games against Lancaster Bible College on Tuesday. Fans were encouraged to wear red clothing and fill the Bardo Gymnasium stands, and a number of activities helped call attention to cardiac wellness. The evening featured free T-shirts and foam Wildcat paws, waterproof Bluetooth headphones for the winner of the “Wearing the Most Red” award and a fitness watch for the “Knockout Game” victor. Raffle tickets were sold to faculty/staff for a free Fitness Center membership, with proceeds donated to the American Heart Association.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer
Members of the Penn College Shotokan Karate Club participated in the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union camp and tournament this past weekend in the campus Field House. Penn College was represented by Eric M. Russell, Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera, Hunter D. Gibson, Alton J. “A.J.” Hinson, Jack E. Bish II, John B. Preine and Hanji A. “Austin” Bae. The camp comprised an all-day training session on Saturday and a Sunday tournament run by eight instructors representing schools from Rhode Island to Virginia. The host contingent fared very well at tournament time. Five members placed in their respective rank divisions: Russell claimed second place in kumite (sparring) and a third place in kata (forms); Ramos-Sonera took first place in kata; Gibson and Hinson grabbed third place in kumite; and Bish placed second in kata. In addition, the team of Russell, Ramos-Sonera and Bish took second place in team kata. Club members continue to train for the third and final camp/tournament, to be held at West Chester University in March.
Photos by Lisa J. Worth, coordinator of Fitness Center/club sports
Battling for a North Eastern Athletic Conference playoff berth, the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s basketball team went 1-1 in conference play last week and in the process saw one of its players reach the 1,000-point career scoring mark.
On Saturday, Jamie Steer, of South Williamsport, became just the second Penn College women’s basketball player to reach the plateau with a 27-point performance during the Wildcats’ 93-76 loss at Wells College. Steer, who needed two points to reach 1,000 going into the game, joins her older sister, Kierstin, who graduated in 2013 after scoring 1,246 points during her four-year career.
In its final tune-up before the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Invitational on Feb. 15, the Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling team dropped its final dual match on Saturday, 32-18, at Centenary College. Also on Saturday, Penn College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams lost in their only games of the week while, a week earlier, the archery team got off to a good start.
Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams went a combined 2-3 over the past week while the college’s wrestling team dropped its only match.
The Pennsylvania College of Technology archery team is set to open while the college’s basketball and wrestling squads continue their seasons.