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More memorable Wildcat moments recalled

The loss of the fall and more recently winter sports seasons to the coronavirus pandemic allows time for reflection on some past achievements of student-athletes at Pennsylvania College of Technology and its forerunner, Williamsport Area Community College.

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December 31, 2020
Sports Wildcat Weekly

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
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
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
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
Sports Wildcat Weekly

Penn College golfer grew as a person, laments what could have been

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Shock. Dismay. Anger. Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports athletes experienced myriad emotions March 12 when it was announced that their seasons had been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is the last in a series on the reactions of student-athletes whose careers or seasons were cut short.)

Jordan Wise is a self-described “super-competitive” person. And although he played soccer, basketball and golf in high school, golf is his passion and he was primed for a breakout final season with his Penn College teammates.

After graduating from Midd-West High School in Middleburg, Wise first attended Lock Haven University where he wanted to play on the golf team. As fate would have it, however, Lock Haven was just discontinuing its men’s team, so after one semester, he took eight months off from schooling before deciding to seek a college where he could earn a degree in a health-related field.

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May 3, 2020
Sports Wildcat Weekly

Penn College women’s tennis player looks to future

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Shock. Dismay. Anger. Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports athletes experienced myriad emotions March 12 when it was announced that their seasons had been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is the fifth in a series on the reactions of student-athletes whose careers or season was cut short.)

Alexis Youse views this spring’s women’s tennis season as unfinished business. Fortunately, as a sophomore dual-majoring in baking and pastry arts and applied management, she is among those who will get another shot next year.

Youse played on the varsity tennis team at Pottsgrove High School and said she chose to attend Penn College because of “the vast opportunities that the college has to offer. These opportunities include being able to work at the Kentucky Derby, the large Career Fairs, a wide range of clubs and sports, and many more opportunities that would help me gain connections and even friendships.”

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April 26, 2020
Sports Wildcat Weekly

Penn College archer made great strides

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Shock. Dismay. Anger. Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports athletes experienced myriad emotions March 12 when it was announced that their seasons had been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is the fourth in a series on the reactions of student-athletes whose careers or seasons were cut short.)

First-year coach Dustin Bartron had high hopes for his archery team when its season began in February, and part of that optimism was because of Sidney Alpaugh, whom Bartron said had the potential to place individually (nationally) and the potential of a national championship for men’s bowhunter team.

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April 19, 2020
Sports Wildcat Weekly

‘Lost season’ motivates Penn College men’s tennis player

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Shock. Dismay. Anger. Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports athletes experienced myriad emotions March 12 when it was announced that their seasons had been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is the third in a series on the reactions of student-athletes whose careers or seasons were cut short.)

Tucker Phillippe-Johansson was coming off one of the best seasons ever for a Penn College men’s tennis player.

Last year as a freshman, he won the North Eastern Athletic Conference No. 2 singles championship, teamed to win the No. 2 doubles title, which earned him All-NEAC first-team honors, and was named the NEAC Rookie of the Year.

There was plenty for him to be excited about coming into this spring as the team’s No. 1 singles player.

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April 12, 2020
Sports Wildcat Weekly

Penn College baseball player still in disbelief 

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Shock. Dismay. Anger. Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports athletes experienced myriad emotions March 12 when it was announced that their seasons had been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is the second in a series on the reactions of student-athletes whose athletic careers or seasons were cut short.) 

While he was a student at Danville High School, Colton Riley played football, baseball and basketball, but when he got to Penn College he focused on his favorite sport – baseball.

Riley said he chose Penn College over others because he was “looking for a hands-on school.” He started majoring in automotive technology before switching to heavy construction equipment technology, which sets him up for a career in two much-needed fields.

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April 5, 2020