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Exercise Science Students Help Soccer Players Realize Training Goals

Exercise science student Christian J. Mitchell, of Marcus Hook, gives instruction to soccer player Breanna N. Cline, of Reedsville.

Faculty member Judy Quinti teaches form to two players – Colleen E. Bowes, of Wayne, and Lauren S. Herr of Lititz – who were interested in learning more about lifting free weights.

Students in exercise science are lending a hand to the Wildcat women’s soccer team as players prepare for the fall collegiate season. The students are conducting “10-rep max” testing – determining the highest weight the soccer players can lift for 10 repetitions. Using the information, Judy Quinti, assistant professor of exercise science, will develop a summer strength-training exercise program for each athlete. The idea came from an exercise science student who, for a class assignment, reviewed an article in the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Strength and Conditioning Journal. Penn College’s exercise science major is an NSCA educationally recognized program. Because a section of the article addressed strength gains for soccer players, Quinti decided to forward it to the college’s men’s and women’s soccer coaches. Women’s soccer coach John McNichol responded, sending his players to the Bardo Gym to take advantage of the exercise science department’s expertise.

Penn College Golf, Women’s Tennis Seasons End

As the season neared completion for the Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball and softball teams, it came to an end last week for golfers and women’s tennis players.

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Penn College Sports Teams Have Busy Week

After a couple of weeks when the weather created some schedule interruptions, Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports teams found themselves quite busy last week with 20 games.

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Karate Club Members Earn Belts at Weekend Event

Martial artists impressively practice their discipline in this November photo.

The PCT Shotokan Karate Club wound down its season with a clinic and belt promotion this past weekend. Students from Nittany Shotokan, Bath (New York) Shotokan, Lycoming College and Bucknell University joined Penn College students Eric M. Russell, Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera, Alton “A.J.” Hinson, John B. Preine, Michael J. Fonti and Kody R. Dibble. Fonti and Dibble, taking their first test, earned yellow belts. Preine moved to green-belt rank; Hinson is now a purple belt; and Ramos and Russell each earned brown-belt status. Club members will continue their training right up to the end of the semester.
Photo by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Unexpected Reunion

John Michael Sabga, left, and Tarik Laroche

From the Spring 2016 One College Avenue magazine: Long before becoming Wildcat soccer teammates, John Michael Sabga and Tarik Laroche shared a “football” field in Trinidad. Read more in “Unexpected Reunion.”

Student-Athletes, Fraternity Help ‘Take Back the Night’

Jordan A. Courter, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from Mill Hall and defender on the women's soccer team, lends her support.

Thursday’s “Take Back the Night” event in Rose Street Commons, part of Penn College’s observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, drew survivors and supporters alike into a single-minded alliance against sexual violence. Kacie G. Hopkins, YWCA Northcentral Pennsylvania’s community educator/shelter advocate, attended the event, which was followed by “Glowga” (glow-in-the-dark yoga), at which donations of money and personal-care items were accepted for the YWCA’s Wise Options program. The Wildcat women’s softball and soccer teams were on hand and took part in Glowga, along with Phi Mu Delta. “Having the teams and fraternity participate was a great addition to the evening,” said Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist, “and really showed their organization’s commitment to the safety and well-being of our Penn College community.”

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Dance Team Holds Fundraising Performance in ACC

Amber R. Fleming, of Williamsport, performs a lyrical solo to Sara Evans' "A Little Bit Stronger."

Rachel E. Winand, of Nottingham, and Ryan Rousseau, of Pipersville, dance to Ed Sheeran's "Tenerife Sea."

Families and friends enjoy the show.

A country line has some fun with Luke Bryan's "Kick the Dust Up."

Taking a bow

The Penn College Wildcat Dance Team took the stage of Klump Academic Center Auditorium at 4 p.m. Saturday in its annual spring fundraiser. The choreography showcased numerous styles of dance – jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, street funk, modern, Broadway jazz, character, cheer, commercial jazz, baton and contemporary – accompanied by a variety of  traditional, urban and contemporary musical selections. The team will perform for the campus community at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the ACC Auditorium; admission is free.
Photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Penn College Golfers Seek Conference Championship

Outdoor temperatures are going up and Pennsylvania College of Technology golf coach Matt Haile is hopeful that the scores of his golfers continue to go down heading into next weekend’s North Eastern Athletic Conference championships.

Action will be staged Saturday and Sunday on the 6,163-yard, par-70 Cobleskill Golf and Country Club in Cobleskill, New York.

“The guys are starting to come around, they’re starting to get their swings back,” said Haile, in his seventh season.

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Athletics Personnel Take One (After Another) for Their ‘Miracle’ Team

Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies – who recently was on the receiving end of a pie toss for charity – exacts a philanthropic payback.

Senior softball player Nicole C.  Lo Forno, an applied management major from Glen Mills, puts coach Jackie Klahold on the receiving end of a pitched pie. Looking on in shock and awe are women’s soccer coach John F. McNichol Jr. (standing); Matt J. Blymier, assistant director of athletics/sports information director; and baseball coach Chris H. Howard.

With a unique one-hand-in-pocket delivery, Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost, lets Blymier have it.

Klahold, who also serves as senior women's administrator, undergoes a continued onslaught at the hands of co-worker Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics.

Tom A. Zimmerman, associate professor of psychology and faculty athletics representative, connects on a line drive to Howard.

Penn College’s Athletics Department and the Student Athletic Advisory Council recently observed “NCAA Division III Week” with a pie-in-the-face fundraiser in the Keystone Dining Room atrium. For $2 each (or $5 for three), with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network, donors could throw pies at their favorite Wildcat administrators or coaches.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Mother Nature Big Winner Against Penn College

Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports teams went 3-2 last week, but the real winner was Mother Nature, which forced postponement of nine scheduled events.

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Penn College Spring Sports Teams Go 3-6

All five Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports teams saw action last week and together they posted a combined 3-6 mark.

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Penn College Golf, Men’s Tennis Teams Opening

By the end of the week, all of the Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports teams should be in action as the golf and men’s tennis squads get underway, the softball team resumes play after a 21-day layoff, and baseball and women’s tennis continue their seasons.

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Wildcat Baseball Team to Resume Play; Women’s Tennis Wins

The Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s tennis team got off to a great start in its spring season opener Saturday, the archery squad had another good showing last weekend and the college’s baseball team is set to resume its season.

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Penn College Weightlifters Break State Records at York Competition

Cusatis (left) and Sevrin at the York Barbell Club ...

... and, in reverse order, hold their well-earned trophies.

Two members of Penn College’s Power Lifting Club team turned in record performances during this month’s state championships at the York Barbell Club. Aubin I. “A.J.” Sevrin, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Lehighton, and Aaron B. Cusatis, an aviation maintenance technology student from Collegeville, competed in the Junior (ages 20-23), Raw, Amateur Division, 165- to 181-pound Weight Class. Their results were: Sevrin, 415 pounds squat, 315 pounds bench press and 475 pounds deadlift for a 1,205-pound total; and Cusatis, 485 pounds squat, 320 pounds bench press and 515 pounds deadlift for a total of 1,320 pounds. Both men broke the state record for deadlift, which was 472.5 pounds, as well as the 1,200-pound record for total. Cusatis broke the 415-pound record for squat and set records in deadlift and total.
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Penn College Women’s Tennis Team Set to Open

The Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s tennis team is scheduled to begin its season this week while the college baseball and softball teams went a combined 7-10 as they got their seasons underway south of the border last week.

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