Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams closed out their week (Dec. 1-7) on Saturday in fine fashion as both tasted victory for the first time this season. The college’s wrestling team was idle.
In the only basketball action for Pennsylvania College of Technology last week, the men’s team hosted Rochester (Mich.) College, the defending United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division I champion. Meanwhile, Wildcat wrestlers participated Sunday in the Lock Haven University MatTown Open.
The Penn College cross-country team honored graduating senior Edward S. Knyff during halftime of the Wildcat men’s basketball game Monday night. The aviation maintenance technology major from Ocean Gate, N.J., has been a four-year member of the team, helping capture three Penn State University Athletic Conference Championships and four appearances at the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships. “He has proven to be a valuable runner for the team,” head coach David J. Mendez said. “He is a dedicated member and his teammates look up to him as a leader. I have enjoyed coaching him this year and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
Photo by Lisa J. Worth, coordinator for club sports, intramural sports and marketing for athletics
It was a rough week for Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams as the men lost twice and the women three times.
Although both teams began play earlier this month, the Penn College Wildcats officially opened their 2013-14 men’s and women’s basketball season Thursday with back-to-back losses in Bardo Gym. The women’s team fell to Alfred (N.Y.) State, 69-34, and the men lost to Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, 63-55, in the home doubleheader. Hot dogs, soda and chips were given away, and free mini-basketballs – a half-dozen of them numbered and randomly distributed to students – provided the opportunity for someone to win a $200 declining-balance meal plan from Dining Services. Jamie L. Steer, a former Lady Wildcat who re-enrolled as a general studies major for the Spring 2014 semester, did just that when she handily sunk a 3-pointer at halftime of the women’s contest. The nightcap brought a free-throw challenge in which Lorenzo A. Marefka, a business administration: management concentration major, won a $20 gift card from The College Store, and the Dance Team performed during both games.
Swaggalicious, the winner of the Penn College Intramural Flag Football League for the past three years, hit the road Wednesday to play its Lock Haven University counterpart. The night was extremely chilly and, unfortunately for the Penn College team, its offense was just as cold. After some back-and-forth possessions at the start, Lock Haven connected on a 65-yard pass play (and the extra point) to take a 7-0 lead. Penn College had its chances, according to intramural assistant Jeremy R. Bottorf, but the offensive line had a hard time containing the home team’s blitzes. Lock Haven scored 13 more points in the last five minutes of the half, thanks, in part, to a ball that bounced off four Penn College defenders before landing in the hands of an opposing tight end. LHU literally took a handoff that was meant for the Penn College running back and returned it for a touchdown on the next possession, which saw LHU go up 20-0 as the clock ticked down. Jah-Re Tisdale intercepted a deep Lock Haven pass and returned it for 75 yards, but was stopped short of the end zone when the half ended. Penn College’s momentum seemed to turn at the start of the second half, converting a few first downs before its drive stalled. Lock Haven scored once more, then Penn College’s Joe Falkowski took a quarterback sneak 50 yards downfield to put his never-say-die team on the board, 27-6. Tisdale and Falkowski were joined on the roster by Gabe Nepita-Mejia, Jaron Graver, Tony Williams, Raymond Malaver, Dan Gol, Jahmas Hamilton, Jim Brumbaugh, DaQuann Mason, Michael Rodarmel, Leo Mirolli, Jeff Smith and Alex Garcia. “Intramural tournaments will continue to run until the end of the semester, so stop in the Field House today and sign up,” said Bottorf, who also provided the photos. “You will see Penn College Intramurals really does have something for everyone!”
The Penn College Wildcats’ 2013-14 basketball season officially opens Thursday with back-to-back home games in Bardo Gymnasium. The women’s team will play Alfred (N.Y.) State at 6 p.m., with free hot dogs, soda and chips starting at 5:45. Fans will have an opportunity to win a $200 declining-balance meal plan from Dining Services at halftime. At 8 p.m., the men’s team takes on Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades (with more halftime games for prizes). Mini throw basketballs will be given away and the Dance Team will perform at halftime of both games. Go, Wildcats!
All three Pennsylvania College of Technology winter sports teams were in action last week.
The Penn College Martial Arts Club traveled to West Chester University on Saturday to participate in its first East Coast Collegiate Karate Union tournament. The college was represented by Alexander J. Hilton, Lewis C. Muya, Eric M. Russell and Kenneth P. McGullam, who all competed well, according to head coach George Vance. Muya and Hilton placed first and third, respectively, in the kumite (sparring) division. The club members’ next event will be a Dec. 7 belt promotion, when they’ll join students from Penn State, Bucknell University and Lycoming College at Penn College’s Field House. They’ll travel to Penn State on Feb. 1 for the next ECCKU tournament.
Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams are set to step into action this week while the wrestling team got its season under way Saturday and the cross-country team’s season ended.
The Penn College men’s volleyball club team competed in its first tournament of the season Saturday, finishing in a tie for third in the Meliora Invitational at the University of Rochester. The team “started off flat … against Ithaca College (22-25,13-25), then came back to win against Syracuse University (27-25,25-16) in our second match,” coach Bambi A. Hawkins said. Syracuse then beat Ithaca after a tough match in which both sets went past 25 points. “We were third in our pool and got reseeded into a pool with both Rochester teams,” the coach said, noting that Penn College beat Rochester B (26-28,29-27,15-8) and lost to Rochester A (23-25,23-25). “Josh Jones was the dominant player in those matches as he came on strong – digging, hitting and (he) even had four blocks in one set,” Hawkins said. The level of competition resulted in some give-and-take on how many teams would advance, Hawkins said: Cornell pushed for four, while Rochester (knowing “I really wanted my guys to get to play more instead of going home after driving three hours”) wanted the top eight. After the compromise landed on six, “We played the Ithaca team we had lost to at the beginning of the day, but with a different result: We won 25-23, 25-21!” She said the team got some “jaw-dropping action” from all of its hitters: especially Jarred Barch and Michael Shirey II, but with a powerful assist from Hugh Convery, Joshua Jones and Jordan Smith. The team then moved on to the matchup that Barch had anticipated all day. “Unfortunately, our guys were looking rather beat up by that point after so many long and intense matches,” Hawkins noted. “However, Jarred still got his wish of finding out if he could hit against Cornell … as he put a dominating kill down over their triple block. Defensively, Dan Jones moved into the libero with solid defensive play and Brian McKeon Jr. was a consistent defensive player as a back-row sub for Convery. The first-round playoff match was definitely where we saw the potential that our men’s team has. The support of videotaping and other duties by our bench was great, as well.”
The start of the wrestling season and a national championship meet for the men’s cross-country team loom on the horizon for Pennsylvania College of Technology athletes this week while the women’s soccer team celebrates one of its most successful seasons ever.
The United States Collegiate Athletic Association announced its All-American and All-Academic Team award winners for men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball Wednesday night. Penn College totaled six All-Americans and four All-Academic Team selections.
Pennsylvania College of Technology fall student-athletes had strong representation in the Penn State University Athletic Conference end-of-season awards with 13 making all-conference. The Wildcats also had two Player of the Year selections in senior Christopher Brennan (New Hope) for men’s soccer and junior Corey Teeple (Lake Ariel) for golf. Capping the honors was Adam Matter earning Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year.
Seasons ended for three Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports teams last week while the college’s women’s soccer squad prepares for this week’s United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships.