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‘Opening Night’ Heralds Wildcat Basketball Season

Wyatt J. Decker, a business administration: management concentration major and an intramural student assistant, serves hot dogs with intramural assistant Jeremy R. Bottorf (off-camera).
Wyatt J. Decker, a business administration: management concentration major and an intramural student assistant, serves hot dogs with intramural assistant Jeremy R. Bottorf (off-camera).
Intramural student assistant Timothy J. Stasulli (left) and Presidential Student Ambassador Rafael Correa – both information technology: information assurance and security concentration majors – distribute throw balls ...
Intramural student assistant Timothy J. Stasulli (left) and Presidential Student Ambassador Rafael Correa – both information technology: information assurance and security concentration majors – distribute throw balls …
... one of which is wedged in the stands as a courtside talisman.
… one of which is wedged in the stands as a courtside talisman.
Returning student Jamie L. Steer makes it count from beyond the paint, launching a $200 winner.
Returning student Jamie L. Steer makes it count from beyond the paint, launching a $200 winner.
The Dance Team takes the court for halftime entertainment.
The Dance Team takes the court for halftime entertainment.

Although both teams began play earlier this month, the Penn College Wildcats officially opened their 2013-14 men’s and women’s basketball season Thursday with back-to-back losses in Bardo Gym. The women’s team fell to Alfred (N.Y.) State, 69-34, and the men lost to Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, 63-55, in the home doubleheader. Hot dogs, soda and chips were given away, and free mini-basketballs – a half-dozen of them numbered and randomly distributed to students – provided the opportunity for someone to win a $200 declining-balance meal plan from Dining Services. Jamie L. Steer, a former Lady Wildcat who re-enrolled as a general studies major for the Spring 2014 semester, did just that when she handily sunk a 3-pointer at halftime of the women’s contest. The nightcap brought a free-throw challenge in which Lorenzo A. Marefka, a business administration: management concentration major, won a $20 gift card from The College Store, and the Dance Team performed during both games.

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