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Fall Baseball Season Dropped at Penn College

Vol. 8, No. 1

‘Cat Tales While Pennsylvania College of Technology athletes in six fall sports cross-country, golf, team tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball begin preparing for their seasons when the newsemester begins Aug. 17, baseball players will not be among them for the first time since the early 1990s.

“We’re going to(National Collegiate Athletic Association)rules where we’re just using the fall as practice,” coach Chris Howard said. “NCAA rules say you can practice for a month and schedule three days during that month when you can have games with other colleges, so that’s what we are doing.

“The fall is going to be used as practice and in the spring we’re going to have the entire schedule. It’s a little different, but it will be nice in that you don’t have to throw a team together real quick,” said Howard, who has guided the Wildcats to back-to-back championships in the Penn State University Athletic Conference the past two seasons.

The biggest potential negative, Howard said, will be spring weather.

“We all know what it’s like up here in March, April and May. Hopefully, we’re still able to get all of our games in. It going to take a little bit more effort on the parts of the schools to make sure the venues we’re going to are ready to go,” he said. “There are going to be days where you’re going to be playing in some not-so-good weather and you’re going to have to do it if you expect to get the games in.

“I’m looking forward to it. I think it will be fun,” the coach added. “We’re planning a spring trip to Phoenix, Ariz., so we can hopefully kick off good there.”

Upcoming Games Cross-Country Saturday, Sept. 5 at Delaware Valley Invitational, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at Luzerne Community College Invitational, 1 p.m.

Golf Wednesday, Sept. 2 Penn College Invitational at White Deer Golf Complex, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 at Penn State Fayette Invitational, 10 a.m.

Team Tennis Saturday, Sept. 5 host Penn State Brandywine, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at Penn State Brandywine, 1 p.m.

Men’s Soccer Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Lycoming College, 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 at Penn State Brandywine, 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 host Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 host Penn State Abington, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 host Pitt-Bradford, 4:30 p.m.

Women’s Soccer Thursday, Sept. 3 at Davis College, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 host Penn State Abington, 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at Penn State DuBois, 4 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball Friday, Aug. 28 at Penn State Beaver Tournament, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at Penn State Beaver Tournament, TBA Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Valley Forge Christian College, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 at Penn State Brandywine, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 host Penn State Beaver and Penn State Hazleton, 2 p.m.

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