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Holiday Week for Athletes Offers Additional Cause for Celebration

Vol. 8, No. 16 (Through Sunday, Nov. 29)

Penn College Wildcat Tales Fall Sports Athletes Honored at Banquet With the Thanksgiving Day holiday, it was a short week at Pennsylvania College of Technology but a festive one nonetheless: Athletes who participated on seven fall sports teams celebrated with an awards banquet and the men’s basketball team, which had lost to Wilkes University by 41 points in tournament action just two days earlier, dug in hard at home Monday and fell to the Colonels byonly 11.

Flashback Fall Banquet In his welcoming remarks, Douglas Byerly, director of athletics, said to the athletes present, “This night is all about you “¦ You had a very successful fall season.”

Athletic scholarships aren’t offered at the college, but that doesn’t keep those who compete from working hard and doing their best. A good example of the competitive spirit was shown by the women’s volleyball team, which won only four of its first 13 matches but closed by winning 11 of 12 and reaching the Penn State University Athletic Conference semifinals. Special honors handed out by coach Bambi Hawkins went to Alyssa Millard (Sayre) and Kelsey Brown (Derry), most improved; sisters Ashley and Kara Matson (Troy), most inspirational; Tara Powell (Burgettstown), rookie of the year; and Alyssa Covas (Pottsville), most valuable.

Commenting on the second-place finish by his men’s cross-country team in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships, coach Mike Paulhamus said the season proved “we can compete nationally.” Paulhamus said he wants his athletes to run for fun; and added “we just happen to be competitive.”

Tennis coach Aimee Plastow, whose team went 17-1 and won its second straight PSUAC title, heaped praise on her players’ parents, whom she called “our No. 1 fans.”

Also honored were the women’s cross-country team, men’s and women’s soccer teams and golf team.

The banquet was No. 17 and the last in an official capacity for Michael Stanzione, associate director of athletics and former athletic director, who is set to retire Jan. 25.

Men’s Basketball Leroy Joiner (Williamsport) poured in a game- and personal season-high 29 points and snared 14 rebounds as the Wildcats put together a solid effort, especially on the defensive end, against NCAA Division III Wilkes. Nico Italiani (Easton) added 11 points.

Still Running Although their cross-country season is over, several Penn College runners continue their passion. In the first Turkey Trot in South Williamsport Nov. 21, Mark Cordeiro (Canton) won the 3.27-mile race in 17:22.On Sunday in the Philadelphia Marathon, Jeff Faherty (Sussex, N.J.) covered 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 56 minutes; teammate Seth Beckman (Linden) finished in 3:35.

On the Horizon In their last games before the semester break, the men’s basketball team will face NCAA Division II foes Mansfield (Tuesday) and Clarion (Saturday) universities, while the men and women get their first taste of PSUAC play at Penn State DuBois on Friday. In a preseason coaches’ poll of men’s teams, Penn State DuBois is ranked No. 2 and Penn College No. 3. Among the women’s teams, Penn College is No. 5 andPenn StateDuBois No. 6.

Recent Results/Upcoming Games Men’s Basketball Overall record: 2-3 Monday, Nov. 23 host Wilkes University, L, 71-60 Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Mansfield University, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 – at Penn State DuBois, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at Clarion University, 8 p.m. (Idle until Jan. 2)

Women’s Basketball Overall record: 1-5 Friday, Dec. 4 at Penn State DuBois, 6 p.m. (Idle until Jan. 14)

Coed Bowling Wednesday, Dec. 2 at Northampton Community College (Town and Country Lanes), 3 p.m. (Idle until Jan. 21)

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