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.
The third week of the Penn State Coaches Caravan began Tuesday with a sold-out visit to Penn College, where head football coach James Franklin and colleagues met with the media, alumni and fans in the Thompson Professional Development Center and the Field House. Coaches Guy Gadowsky (men’s hockey) and Mark Pavlik (men’s volleyball) joined Franklin on main campus, as did a recent addition to the week’s program: new baseball coach Rob Cooper. Franklin, who is headlining the bus tour for each of its 17 stops across the mid-Atlantic, met with more than 5,000 of the Nittany Nation faithful during the first two weeks of the caravan.
Four Penn College team members made the cut as the Penn State University Athletic Conference announced its Softball All-Conference Team this past week. Sophomore Rachael Shaeffer (Hampstead, Maryland) and freshman Jessica Gmerek (Bellefonte) earned first-team honors, while freshman Arika Stopper (Williamsport) was second-team and sophomore Katie Kratzer (Lynch Station, Virginia) was an honorable mention. The all-conference team is based on athletic performance and voted on by the coaches of the member institutions of the PSUAC. Shaeffer and Gmerek were standouts for the Lady Wildcats. Shaeffer led the team with a .469 batting average totaling 19 RBIs and two home runs. Gmereak was no slouch either hitting .367 with a team-leading 26 RBIs and four home runs. Stopper was the workhorse on the mound for Penn College, leading the team in wins with 11 and in ERA with 2.85. She also struck out 109 batters on the year. Kratzer also had a strong year with a .310 batting average and 11 RBIs.
Somehow, it was only fitting that the Pennsylvania College of Technology softball season ended with its final games being canceled because of rain; after all, that is how much of the Wildcats’ year went: Between March 22 and April 17, the team had games on just three of 12 scheduled playing dates.
But after going 2-1 in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship Small College World Series at Akron, Ohio, and finishing among the top five teams, rain is all that could dampen the team’s spirits.
The Penn State University Athletic Conference announced its All-Conference Baseball team Thursday with five Penn College student-athletes earning the cut. Senior Cody Buterbaugh and junior Zachary Buterbaugh, both of Conestoga, earned First-Team honors, while senior Josh Longsderff (Columbia) and juniors Zachary Weil (Kutztown) and Tyler Cooklin (Rippey, Iowa) earned Second-Team. The conference award is voted on by the coaches of each institution in the PSUAC. Zachary Buterbaugh was the go-to offensive player on the team, hitting .442 with a .542 on-base percentage. On the mound, he racked up a conference-leading four saves with a 1.46 ERA. Cody Buterbaugh had one of his best seasons in 2014, hitting .411 with 31 RBIs. In the field, he committed only one error with 50 putouts and 52 assists. Longsderff totaled six wins on the year and had a 3.35 ERA with a .206 opposing batting average. Weil provided the power at the fourth spot in the lineup, hitting in a team-leading 33 runners while batting .352 with a .580 slugging percentage. Cooklin led the team with 70 strikeouts, a 3.34 ERA and six wins.
Five Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball players earned recognition as the United States Collegiate Athletic Association announced its All-American and All-Academic Team award-winners for baseball Sunday evening with several pulling multiple honors.
All-American honors are based on athletic performance throughout the season and are voted on by the institutions of the USCAA. Junior Zachary Buterbaugh (Conestoga) led the squad, being named First-Team All-American. He was an offensive and defensive standout, hitting .442 with a .542 on-base percentage as a leadoff hitter. He stole 20 bases and hit in 15 runners. On the mound, he racked up four saves with a 1.46 ERA and a .122 opposing batting average.
The United States Collegiate Athletic Association announced its All-American and All-Academic Team award-winners for softball Sunday evening. Five Pennsylvania College of Technology softball players earned honors, with freshman Jessica Gmerek (Bellefonte) being named an All-American Honorable Mention.
To spur interest in the Penn State Coaches Caravan, which began last week and includes a sold-out visit to the Penn College Field House on May 20, the Nittany Lions have released brief videos from head football coach James Franklin and others. The luncheon is one of 17 visits by Franklin and his colleagues; scheduled to join him for the tour’s Williamsport stop are coaches Guy Gadowsky, men’s hockey, and Mark Pavlik, men’s volleyball.