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Penn College Baseball, Softball Teams Set for Division III Play

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.

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Amid Winter’s Chill, Hotly Contested Game Goes Students’ Way

Students triumph as hardwood rivalry continues

Students triumph as hardwood rivalry continues

The MVP heads for the hoop.

The MVP heads for the hoop.

Students ride offensive surge to victory.

Students ride offensive surge to victory.

Faculty/staff fall shy of making it two in a row.

Faculty/staff fall shy of making it two in a row.

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

Season Ends for Penn College Basketball Teams

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.

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Basketball ‘Red Out’ Supports Heart-Health Awareness

The "Blue Crew" changed its color for the night ... but not its Wildcat loyalty.

The “Blue Crew” changed its color for the night … but not its Wildcat loyalty.

Alicia Ross, who scored 15 points on the night, defends her home court.

Alicia Ross, who scored 15 points on the night, defends her home court.

The Wildcat Dance Team, properly accessorized (as always)

The Wildcat Dance Team, properly accessorized (as always)

The appropriately clad team mascot cheers the men's team, as James Boylan (33) and Thomas Ross (22) go to work.

The appropriately clad team mascot cheers the men’s team, as James Boylan (33) and Thomas Ross (22) go to work.

A banner at the gym entrance spreads the word.

A banner at the gym entrance spreads the word.

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

Karate Club Hosts Weekend Camp, Tournament in Field House

Weekend karate event draws an impressive array of participants ...

Weekend karate event draws an impressive array of participants …

... who learned from a visiting instructor (left) and George T. Vance, Penn College coach/part-time faculty, fitness and lifetime sports ...

… who learned from a visiting instructor (left) and George T. Vance, Penn College coach/part-time faculty, fitness and lifetime sports …

... and put their personal best on display.

… and put their personal best on display.

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

Jamie Steer Tops 1,000 Points in Wildcats’ Playoff Run

Jamie Steer

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.

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Penn College Wrestlers Headed to Postseason

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.

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Penn College Basketball Teams Have 2-3 Week

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.

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Penn College Archers Ready to Open

The Pennsylvania College of Technology archery team is set to open while the college’s basketball and wrestling squads continue their seasons.

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Penn College Teams Taste Victory

Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling and women’s basketball teams each scored victories over the past week.

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Baier Latest ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Kendel F. Baier

Kendel F. Baier, of Jersey Shore, a senior in the building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration, has been chosen as the December/January Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Exemplifying both academics and athletics, Baier maintains a full course load and is a national bowhunter champion on the Penn College archery team.

Among her accomplishments, she was selected as the college’s 2014 Female Athlete of the Year.

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Penn College Wrestlers Ready for Stretch Run

Following a 40-day layoff for the semester break, the Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling team resumes its season Saturday. The college’s basketball teams, meanwhile, stepped back into action last week after nearly three weeks off.

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Penn College Basketball Teams Set to Return to Action

Idle since Dec. 14 for the semester break, Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams prepare to step back onto the court Wednesday for the second half of their seasons.

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Twenty-Two Honored as ‘Athletes of the Week’

Twenty-two student-athletes were named Pennsylvania College of Technology Wildcat Athletes of the Week during the fall semester.

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‘New’ Bardo Gym Court Levels Penn College Playing Field

One interesting facet of life is how many times things come full circle. A small example was the Dec. 14 Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s home basketball games against Lycoming College.

During the 2010-11 season, word came from Lycoming College, whose athletic director at the time was Scott Kennell, that its teams no longer would play at Bardo Gymnasium because the court, originally built in 1939 as part of the Williamsport High School campus, wasn’t regulation size for NCAA Division III schools such as Lycoming.

However, Kennell moved from Lycoming to Penn College and, under his leadership, the Wildcats now are in their first year as provisional members of NCAA Division III, which meant some changes were in order.

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