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Penn College esports coach assesses first full season

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“Amazing.”

That’s how Joshua Young, Pennsylvania College of Technology esports coach, described the college’s recently completed first full season of competition in the National Association for Collegiate Esports.

“We started our first varsity season by competing in one of the top leagues (in NACE). Our teams learned to have confidence in themselves and the team because we were competitive against large traditional sports schools like the University of Michigan, Boise State and Mizzou,” Young said.

“Our main goal was to build the program for a successful future. We competed in Overwatch, Rocket League and Valorant in the NACE Fall Cup. We finished the season exceeding all expectations with our Overwatch and Valorant teams making the postseason, making that two out of our four teams making the playoffs,” he said.

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November 20, 2020
Faculty & Staff Sports Students

Wildcat women’s soccer teams up to fight cancer

Go4theGoalThe Penn College women’s soccer team is partnering with Go4theGoal to raise money for pediatric cancer initiatives. Monetary donations remain in Pennsylvania to benefit children through financial support, research funding, wish-granting and hospital programs. Nearing the fourth and final quarter of its monthlong project, the Wildcats encourage the college community to learn more @pctwsoccer on Instagram and Twitter. Coach Christa Matlack has created inspirational profiles of local superheroes that won their battle with childhood cancer, regularly posting installments on social media and encouraging her players to share across their own platforms. In recent weeks, she has told the stories of Olivia Rogers, of South Williamsport; Vhito DeCapria, of Jersey Shore; and Lia Hart, of Wyalusing. The campaign will close by spotlighting Penn College student Delaney E. Heller, a baking and pastry arts major from Cogan Station whose cancer diagnosis launched a nonprofit foundation.

October 23, 2020
Sports Wildcat Weekly

Eyeing a better new year, student-athletes persevere in ‘preseason’

During a normal October, Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball players and wrestlers are highly anticipating their November season openers.

Not this year.

After the college and the North Eastern Athletic Conference announced that it had postponed all winter sports through the rest of 2020, Wildcat coaches and athletes are taking a different approach while holding out hope that competition can begin after the new year.

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October 19, 2020
Alumni College Relations Sports Students

Idled Wildcats grateful for UPMC Field

On the one-year anniversary of UPMC Field, Penn College student-athletes and coaches give thanks to corporate sponsors and Wildcat Club members. The COVID-19 pandemic canceled all intercollegiate athletic events this fall, but student-athletes remain optimistic about the future, thanks to generous donors’ past support.

(While game footage predates COVID-19 precautions, video interviews were conducted in compliance with the college’s health and safety guidelines.)

October 7, 2020
Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies Sports Students

Penn College student-athlete covers all ‘bases’

Pennsylvania College of Technology student Tyler S. Rudolph, of Hemlock, N.Y., celebrates after winning the Professional Drag Racers Association world finals in the Bracket Bash class. In addition to drag racing, Rudolph, who is majoring in engineering design technology, plays on the Penn College baseball team and recently co-founded a clothing line.

Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball coach Chris Howard didn’t expect the recruit to showcase speed. His years playing professional baseball and coaching the Wildcats convinced him that 6-foot-5, 220-pound first basemen aren’t typically fleet of foot.

Then he saw Tyler S. Rudolph run.

“His power at the plate jumped out at me, but I was surprised and impressed how fast he was for a kid that size,” a delighted Howard said. “Foot speed isn’t essential for what we expect of him, but it’s certainly a plus. He might even get a few stolen bases before he’s done at Penn College.”

From Rudolph’s perspective, the “speed” he exhibited for Howard was turtle-esque. He’s used to being a blur. The native of Hemlock, New York, is an experienced drag racer.

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September 30, 2020
Sports Wildcat Weekly

Loss of fall sports seasons disappoints Penn College coaches

A year of change was in order for most Pennsylvania College of Technology athletes during the 2020-21 academic year with a restructuring of the North Eastern Athletic Conference. And it was compounded when the college’s fall sports also became a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic, being canceled like spring sports a few months before.

The mid-July decision sidelining fall sports athletes in men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and men’s golf, following unanimous action by the NEAC Presidents’ Council and Board of Athletic Directors, left Penn College coaches disappointed, yet understanding.

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August 23, 2020
Faculty & Staff Sports Students

College coach takes part in national esports convention

The Wildcat Den provides a fitting studio for Young's participation in a national esports convention.
The Wildcat Den provides a fitting studio for Young’s participation in a national esports convention.

Joshua D. Young, founding coach of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s esports program and a member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports Board of Directors, remotely participated in the third annual NACE National Convention (July 22-24).

Young – employed as a learning systems administrator in the college’s Office of Instructional Technology – participated in several sessions from the Wildcat Den, dedicated esports space on the second floor of Madigan Library. (While necessitated by COVID-19 precautions for the event, casting from campus also allowed Young to show off the facility to his online colleagues.)

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July 24, 2020
Sports Students

Penn College, NEAC cancel fall sports schedule

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Pennsylvania College of Technology’s fall athletics season was canceled Friday following a unanimous decision by the North Eastern Athletic Conference Presidents’ Council and Board of Athletic Directors.

“Given the current state of the pandemic and the most recent NCAA recommendations, the NEAC Presidents’ Council has unanimously determined that our eight member institutions will not participate in intercollegiate athletic competition during the Fall 2020 season,” the council announced. “NEAC institutions will work together in collaboration with the conference office and the NCAA to seek alternate opportunities to provide a meaningful student-athlete experience throughout the fall season.”

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July 17, 2020
Events Sports

Virtual ‘Wildcat Dash’ set for Aug. 5

Wildcat Dash

The Penn College women’s basketball and soccer teams will host the Wildcat Dash, a virtual 5K run/walk on Wednesday, Aug. 5, as a fundraising initiative for student-athletes. Participants will receive a printable race bib and a T-shirt, and competitive racers can submit their results for a chance at medals and other prizes. The cost is $15 for Penn College students or anyone 18 years old or younger, $25 for non-students older than 18. Register, lace up those running shoes, and get ready to dash with the Wildcats anytime and anywhere on Aug. 5!

July 7, 2020
Sports Wildcat Weekly

Penn College’s challenging athletics season recalled

The 2019-20 school year for Pennsylvania College of Technology athletes will be remembered as much for what took place off the playing field – due to the COVID-19 pandemic and cancellation of the spring sports seasons in mid-March – as what was accomplished on it.

It marked the college’s sixth season as a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference and third as a full-fledged member of NCAA Division III.

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May 24, 2020
Sports Wildcat Weekly

Penn College esports program builds for future

Penn College esports competitors joined the action this spring in the Wildcat Den, an esports facility in Madigan Library. (Photo provided)

The COVID-19 pandemic took a bite out of the competitive aspect of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s first esports season, but progress was made and coach Joshua Young is optimistic about the future.

Last fall, team organization and planning took place on campus for the competitive multiplayer video gaming enthusiasts. Then, during the winter break, Young spent much of his time on weekends and nights putting together the Wildcat Den: Room 203A in Madigan Library, which was converted into an esports facility and includes 14 high-end gaming computers for competition along with a streaming station that allows matches to be viewed online by spectators.

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May 17, 2020