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Hoops Teams Post 6-2 Week; Simon Tops Career Scoring List

Joe Simon receives congratulations (and a game ball) from Wildcat men's coach Gene Bruno.

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Pennsylvania College of Technology went 3-1 during the past week, the men improving their overall record to 8-8 and the women to 7-6. Each team is 6-1 in Penn State University Athletic Conference games.

Joe Simon in action against Penn State Mont Alto on Jan. 23.Men’s Basketball
Monday, in an 84-70 home win over Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Joe Simon (Renovo) scored 21 points and became the college men’s team all-time leading career scorer with 1,197 points. The mark eclipsed the record of 1,196 set last year by Craig Flint, of Port Allegany. Also in that game, Leroy Joiner (Williamsport) scored 23 points and had 13 rebounds.

Simon scored 20 points in an 86-75 loss at Penn State York on Wednesday.

At home Friday, Greg Solyak (Lancaster) scored 24 points and Joiner 21 in an 86-72 win over Penn State Fayette.

Again at home on Saturday against Penn State Mont Alto, Simon was honored for breaking the men’s college career scoring record and the Wildcats went on for a 98-80 win with Joiner scoring 22 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.

During the week, it was announced that Joiner, a sophomore guard, had been named the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Player of the Week for Jan. 10-17. In two victories, Joiner averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

In PSUAC-North Division play, the Wildcats hold a half-game lead over Penn State Wilkes-Barre. In the Week 7 USCAA Coaches’ Poll, Penn College is ranked No. 9 among Division II colleges.

Women’s Basketball
The Wildcats opened the week Monday with a 69-55 win at home over Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Kierstin Steer (South Williamsport) led the way with 18 points and Lindsay Wiegand (Watsontown) added 17 points.

In a 51-47 win Wednesday at Penn State York, Casey Braun (Hughesville) erupted for 19 points and Steer added 11 points and had 13 rebounds.

A five-game win steak was snapped at home Friday by previously winless Penn State Fayette, 72-71, on a last-second, 3-point goal. Jess Hohman (South Williamsport) scored 18 points in the loss.

At home Saturday against Penn State Mont Alto, Penn College had a big second half and won 62-43 with Steer and Wiegand each scoring 15 points.

In PSUAC-North Division action, the Wildcats lead Penn State Wilkes-Barre by 1 1/2-games.

On the Horizon
Basketball
Both the men’s and women’s teams step outside the PSUAC for games this week. Monday night, the women travel to Misericordia University and, on Saturday, they host Davis College. Tuesday night, the men host crosstown rival Lycoming College.

Archery
With six All-Americans and seven athletes who participated on three national championship teams last season returning, this year’s team is, in a word: loaded. The Wildcats begin their 10th season under coach Chad Karstetter in the annual Early Bird Sports Expo Thursday through Sunday at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

Men’s Volleyball
Under coach Wes Strayer, who is starting his seventh season, the Wildcats are coming off a 10-10-1 campaign. They open their season at home at 2 p.m. Sunday hosting Penn State Mont Alto.

Recent Results/Upcoming Games
Men’s Basketball
Overall record: 8-8
PSUAC record: 6-1
Monday, Jan. 18 – host Penn State Wilkes-Barre, W, 84-70
Wednesday, Jan. 20 – at Penn State York, L, 86-75
Friday, Jan. 22 – host Penn State Fayette, W, 86-72
Saturday, Jan. 23 – host Penn State Mont Alto, W, 98-80
Tuesday, Jan. 26 – host Lycoming College, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 28 – at Penn State Schuylkill, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30 – host Penn State New Kensington, 3 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 1 – at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 8 p.m.

Women’s Basketball
Overall record: 7-6
PSUAC record: 6-1

Monday, Jan. 18 – host Penn State Wilkes-Barre, W, 69-56
Wednesday, Jan. 20 – at Penn State York, W, 51-47
Friday, Jan. 22 – host Penn State Fayette, L, 72-71
Saturday, Jan. 23 – host Penn State Mont Alto, W, 62-43
Monday, Jan. 25 – at Misericordia University, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 28 at Penn State Schuylkill, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30 – host Davis College, 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 1, at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 6 p.m.

Archery
Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 28-31 – at Early Bird Sports Expo, Bloomsburg Fairgrounds

Men’s Volleyball
Sunday, Jan 31 – host Penn State Mont Alto, 2 p.m.

Coed Bowling
Wednesday, Feb. 10 – EPCC Tournament at Northampton Community College (Summit Lanes), 2 p.m

(Complete rosters and season schedules are available on the college’s Athletics Web site. For more information on the PSUAC, visit on the Web; more about the USCAA also is available online.)

Vol. 8, No. 24

Photos by Jessica L. Tobias, student photographer

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