The Wildcat Dance Team will hold its spring “Take the Stage” dance production at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The biannual event includes performances by guest students from the Milissa Augustine Dance Academy. Penn College’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium on Saturday afternoon for its winter production. A fundraiser for the group, the event also features performances by guest students from the Milissa Augustine Dance Academy. Billed as “certain to bring joy to dance enthusiasts of all ages,” the production will showcase numerous styles of dance from jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, street funk and modern to pointe, Broadway jazz, character, contemporary, baton and African rhythms – all to the accompaniment of traditional, urban and contemporary music. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Penn College students and $8 for the general public; all proceeds from the production support the Wildcat Dance Team.
In an extramural basketball game with Lycoming College on Wednesday, Penn College came ready to play … but came up short. Lycoming was hot from the start, missing very few shots, but Penn College weathered the storm and took the lead midway through the first half. Lycoming battled back, as well, and the half ended with Penn College up 30-28. Lycoming used halftime to regroup and reclaimed the lead in a 12-4 run. Penn College clawed back and the game once again was a classic seesaw match-up, but a persistent Lycoming edged its way to a double-digit lead. That’s when Nathaniel Brown started hitting 3-pointers and, with one minute left, Lycoming’s edge was pared to two: 64-62. Penn College started fouling and stopped scoring, and Lycoming made its free throws to win the game, 70-66. Brown was the college’s leading scorer with 27 points. James Boylan added 18, Rob Beckett chipped in 12, Mike Cliggett added seven points and Aaron Workman had two. Nate Jeffries and Rich DeJesus didn’t score, but had numerous assists and rebounds for Penn College. The next extramural basketball will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, when Penn College hosts Lock Haven University.
Photos and game summary by Jeremy R. Bottorf, intramural assistant
Pennsylvania College of Technology Athletics has partnered with Lids Team Sports to have Nike become the official provider of uniforms, footwear and equipment for its intercollegiate athletic teams. The three-year agreement will begin July 1 with the department procuring the Nike products exclusively from Lids.
“We are extremely excited to announce this partnership,” athletic director Scott E. Kennell said. “By doing this we are linking our department to one of the top international athletic brands. This will only augment our athletic strategic plan to elevate the identity of our strong athletic tradition.”
Senior Josh Longsderff, of Columbia, has been named the Penn State University Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the period ending April 13. Longsderff captured two of the team’s six wins on the week, including a complete-game shutout against Penn State York. In his seven innings of work, he allowed just three hits, no walks and struck out 10. A residential construction technology and management major, Longsderff leads the Wildcats and the PSUAC with a total of five wins on the season so far. He has an era of 2.59 with 29 strikeouts and only seven earned runs in 24.1 innings. Next up, Longsderff and the Wildcats travel to Penn State Beaver on Thursday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.
The Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball team won four of its five games last week while its softball team went 0-2 and men’s tennis squad 1-1.
The student volleyball team came prepared to extend its streak to two; the staff/faculty challengers were ready to get back to their winning ways. Ultimately, intramural assistant Jeremy R. Bottorf said, the employee team couldn’t overcome a slow start in the first match and the students prevailed 2-0 in the annual rivalry Tuesday night in Bardo Gym. Comprising the winning team were Ashley Martin, Jared Barch, Dan Jones, Tim Stasulli, Courtney Gernert and Danielle Lazore. They opened up the first set with a 22–3 lead until the staff/faculty made somewhat of a comeback before losing, 25-13. Determined to tie the match at one game each, the employee squad (Dan Warner, Kim Bolig, Monica Brown, Loralee Lindemuth, Chris Suzadail and Michael Richards) kept pace with the students in the second set and never trailed by more than four. It wasn’t until the score was 21-20 that the staff/faculty team took its first lead of the night. After scoring another point, the team held a 22-20 lead, Bottorf recapped, “but, like the warm weather on Sunday, all things must come to an end.” The students scored five of the next six points to win the set, 25-23, and the match. Bottorf expressed gratitude to everyone who played in the game and to Cody Buterbaugh for officiating. The next student vs. staff/faculty event will be a slow-pitch softball game at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Elm Park. The students are hoping to end a four-year losing streak to the staff/faculty team, which has also won six of the past seven games.
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf
Penn College freshman Arika J. Stopper, of Williamsport, has been named the Penn State University Athletic Conference ‘Pitcher of the Week’ for the period ending April 6. In the team’s 6-0 win against Penn State Hazleton, Stopper – a health arts: practical nursing emphasis student – pitched a three-hit, complete-game shutout while striking out seven. This season, Stopper is 2-2 on the mound with a 4.44 era. She has totaled 17 strikeouts and has a .282 opposing team batting average. Stopper and the Lady Wildcats travel to Alfred (N.Y.) State College on Wednesday for a 3:30 p.m. game.
Penn College junior Zachary A. Weil, of Kutztown, has been named the United States Collegiate Athletic Association and Penn State University Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for the period ending April 6. In the team’s 4-3 week, Weil hit .389 (7-18) and drove in in 12 runs. His efforts helped the team sweep Penn State Scranton and Penn State Hazleton in conference doubleheaders. This season, Weil is hitting .348 (16-46) with a team-leading 21 RBIs. He has also hit two home runs, a triple and four doubles. Behind the plate, the building science and sustainable design: building construction technology concentration major has recorded 104 putouts with a .966 fielding percentage. Weil and the Wildcats host Penn State Wilkes-Barre for a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
From the Spring 2014 One College Avenue: Alumni of Wildcat athletic programs apply lessons from the field, court, course and mat to their post-Penn College lives. Archery champion Lindsay Fackler, ’10, applies focus in her nursing career, while golfer Matthew Haile, ’06, now head coach, applies lessons in confidence to challenges in information technology, and Adam Waigand, ’05, uses teamwork learned on the soccer field in his work as a construction supervisor.
Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports teams posted a combined 5-6 week and the college announced the naming of its first full-time head coach.
The Pennsylvania College of Technology Athletics Department has elevated head baseball coach Christopher H. Howard to full time starting in the 2014-15 academic year. The coaching position is the first of three being changed for the upcoming year.
“As Penn College moves forward in its NCAA endeavors, an important component is maximizing the value of competing in Division III athletics,” athletic director Scott E. Kennell said. “There is probably no other area as important to the future success of our programs as quality coaching. As a result, we are thrilled to increase our support to three full-time coaches starting this fall.”
Howard has been the head of the baseball program since 2006. In those eight years, he has racked up an impressive 176-90 (.662) overall record. He has earned two conference championships and was a two-time “Coach of the Year” selection. Continue reading →
All 250 available seats have been sold for the Penn State Coaches Caravan event at Penn College on Tuesday, May 20. The luncheon, set for the Field House on the college’s main campus, is one of 17 visits by Nittany Lion head football coach James Franklin and others. Scheduled to join Franklin on the tour’s Williamsport stop are coaches Guy Gadowsky, men’s hockey, and Mark Pavlik, men’s volleyball. The few remaining tickets were gone in a matter of days after registration was opened to the public; those belonging to the Nittany Lion Club and the Penn State Alumni Association enjoyed advance registration as a benefit of membership.
Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports athletes competed in just four of 12 scheduled events last week as Mother Nature ruled.
The Penn College Lacrosse Club took a road trip to Moravian College this past weekend for its first games in a month, coming home with a national ranking – No. 21 – for the first time in the team’s history. The opponents were Penn State Berks in the first game and No. 13 Moravian in the second.
Penn College’s Martial Arts Club traveled to Williamsburg, Va., this past weekend for a two-day karate camp. The College of William and Mary was the site of the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union camp, which (in addition to participants from Penn College and the host institution) included students from West Chester University, Drexel University, Bucknell University, Lycoming College and the University of Virginia. The camp was divided into three training sessions on Saturday and one on Sunday morning, followed by a tournament Sunday afternoon. Penn College was ably represented by Mathew D. Johnson, Alexander J. Hilton, Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera and Brayan S. Ramos. Hilton and Johnson placed second and third, respectively, in kata (forms) in the intermediate division. In their first collegiate competition, Ramos and Ramos-Sonera tied for third place in kumite (sparring). Although this was their last collegiate event of the semester, Penn College club members are working hard to prepare for their belt promotion on April 26 in the Field House.