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Penn College Cross-Country Men Run for Championship

Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s cross-country teams have won 10 consecutive conference championships and 11 of 12, and they seek continued success in Saturday’s 12:45 p.m. Penn State University Athletic Conference Championships at Penn State Scranton.

In action last Saturday at the DeSales Invitational, junior Dan Flynn, of Blairstown, N.J., ran a 31:40.69 to place 185th; freshman Nathan Mashack, of Bloomsburg, was 212th with a 32:39.22; and freshman William Cox, of Ebensburg, was 268th with a 40:05.60. Those three, along with senior Ed Knyff, of Ocean Gate, N.J., and freshman Tyler Pecora, of Drums, are expected to compete this weekend.

“Their times have dropped from last year. Dan Flynn and Nate Mashack will be in the top 10. … They were dedicated and that’s why you saw their times drop,” first-year coach David Mendez said.

An opening-round 73 by junior Corey Teeple, of Lake Ariel, and a team score of 329 Monday had the Wildcats in a position to win their first PSUAC championship since 2008.

“Corey Teeple, coming out hot with a 73 and tied for the overall national lead, it was fun to watch him play that great,” observed fifth-year Penn College coach Matt Haile.

Despite dropping nine strokes with an 82 on the tournament’s second day on Penn State’s Blue Course, Teeple captured the PSUAC individual championship, but scores from several other Penn College also rose and an 11-stroke first-day lead over Penn State Mont Alto and 14-stroke lead over Penn State DuBois evaporated as DuBois claimed the team trophy, 667-670.

“It (the first-day lead) was a cushion, but it wasn’t a cushion that left them (DuBois and Mont Alto) out of it. … Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out the way we had hoped. … You have to hand it to Penn State DuBois; they were a first-year program … They played great and they peaked at the right time,” Haile continued.

The last time Penn College had an individual conference champion was in 2006 when Matt Winder and T.C. Reynolds tied, both with 73s in a rain-shortened event. The Wildcats also had individual conference champs in 2005 (Shaun McQuay), 2004 (Brandon Smith), 2003 (Haile) and 1982 (Dan McKean).

Joining Teeple on the All-Conference team were senior Alex Howe, of Lake Ariel, who shot rounds of 85-86 – 171, and sophomore Calvin Foust, of Palmyra, with rounds of 84-83 – 167. Rounding out the Wildcats’ top four was Bryce Petersheim, of Birdsboro, with an 87-90 – 177. Also for Penn College, Sam Bubb, of Williamsport, had an 89-93 – 182 and Nick Krupka, of Allentown, had a 95-93 – 188.

“It was probably one of my toughest losses so far as a coach. … It was tough to see, but I told them it’s a learning experience. You learn from your wins, but I think you take more away from your defeats, and hopefully, they can learn from it and it makes them stronger,” the coach added.

In the United States Collegiate Athletic Association portion of the championships, Penn College placed ninth and Teeple was 16th. Daemon College was the USCAA team champ with a 588. Ben Hunter, of The Apprentice School, won the national individual title in a playoff after shooting rounds of 73-73 – 146.

At the awards banquet held after the tournament, Petersheim was named to the USCAA All-Academic Team.  The team is comprised of golfers with at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Men’s Soccer
Christopher Brennan, of New Hope, scored two goals and had an assist as Penn College blanked Penn State Scranton, 6-0, on Wednesday. Malcolm Kane, of Glenside, was perfect in goal, totaling five saves.

At home on Saturday, Brennan and Luke McFalls, of New Oxford, each scored two goals in a 5-3 win over Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

On Sunday at Penn State Greater Allegheny, Penn College won 5-0 to go to 8-1 in the PSUAC and 13-4 overall. Brennan scored two goals and goalie Dave Munn, of Athens, had seven saves.

Women’s Soccer
Robyn Beddow, of Lancaster, scored two goals and had three assists as Penn College stopped College of St. Elizabeth, 5-0, on Thursday. The Lady Wildcats outshot Saint Elizabeth 19-1.

Squaring off against NCAA Division III Alfred (N.Y.) State, freshman goalkeeper Colleen Bowes, of Wayne, had 17 saves as Penn College recorded a 1-1 tie on Saturday.  Beddow scored the lone goal for Penn College. Alfred outshot Penn College, 39-15.

On Sunday at Penn State Greater Allegheny, the Lady Wildcats won, 13-0, to improve to 8-4-1 on the season. Madilyn Walters, of Lewistown, had two goals and two assists while Kelsea Robbins, of Milton, also had two goals. Colleen Bowes, of Wayne, recorded the shutout in goal with two saves.

Women’s Volleyball
In their most dominant performance of the season, the Lady Wildcats crushed Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 25-7, 25-4, 25-2, on Thursday. Courtney Gernert, of Palmyra, and Kaitlyn Klein, of Lock Haven, each recorded eight service aces in the win with Gernert also getting 11 kills. Also for Penn College, Catie Aviles, of Robesonia, had 10 assists.

On Saturday, Penn College swept a PSUAC quad match, beating Penn State Beaver, 25-15, 25-17, 25-23, and Penn State New Kensington, 25-15, 25-19, 25-7. Against Beaver, the team totaled 40 kills with Gernert and Loralee Lindemuth, of Tidioute, combining for 20. Against New Kensington,  Gernert had 18 kills.

Back in action on Sunday, the Wildcats split, losing to Penn State Fayette, 9-25, 25-19, 10-25, 19-25, and beating Penn State Greater Allegheny, 26-24, 25-22, 25-17, to go to 10-5 in the conference and 11-17 overall. Against Fayette, Rachel Heller, of Allison Park, led the team with 25 digs and she added 23 against Greater Allegheny.

Class of 2013
During Homecoming Weekend activities, six former athletes, coaches and administrators were inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night. They are Shawn C. Naylor (Penn College Class of 1999), of Coalport; Dennis L. Dunkleberger, of Woolrich; Adam N. Waigand (’05), of Cranberry Township; Matthew R. Haile (’06), of Lewisburg; Michelle L Wright (’07), of Kendall, N.Y.; and Maria Bova Strohl (’07), of Bethlehem.

Saturday, Oct. 12 – at DeSales Invitational,
Saturday, Oct. 19 – PSUAC Championships at Penn State Scranton, 12:45 p.m.

Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 7-8 – PSUAC/USCAA championships at University Park, Penn College placed second in the PSUAC and ninth in the USCAA. Wildcat Corey Teeple won the PSUAC individual championship with a 73-82 – 155.
Men’s Soccer
Overall record: 13-4
PSUAC record: 8-1
Wednesday, Oct. 9 – at Penn State Scranton, W, 6-0
Saturday, Oct. 12 – host Penn State Wilkes-Barre, W, 5-3
Sunday, Oct. 13 – at Penn State Greater Allegheny, W, 5-0
Tuesday, Oct. 15 – at Penn State Hazleton, 4 p.m.
Monday-Saturday, Oct. 21-26 – PSUAC playoffs, TBA

Women’s Soccer
Overall record: 8-4-1
Thursday, Oct. 10 – at College of St. Elizabeth, W, 5-0
Saturday, Oct. 12 – host Alfred, N.Y., State, T, 1-1
Sunday, Oct. 13 – at Penn State Greater Allegheny, W, 13-0
Tuesday, Oct. 15 – host Maine-Fort Kent, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 16 – at Susquehanna University, 4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18 – at Valley Forge Christian College, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 20 – at St. Thomas Aquinas College, 2 p.m.

Women’s Tennis
Overall record: 2-7
PSUAC record: 1-2
Saturday, Oct. 12 – at Penn State Mont Alto, ppd., TBA
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 19-20 – PSUAC Championships, canceled

Women’s Volleyball
Overall record: 11-17
PSUAC record: 10-5
Wednesday, Oct. 9 – vs. Penn State DuBois, W, forfeit
Thursday, Oct. 10 – host Penn State Wilkes-Barre, W, 25-7, 25-4, 25-2
Saturday, Oct. 12 – vs. Penn State Beaver at Penn State Hazleton, W, 25-15, 25-17, 25-23
Saturday, Oct. 12 – vs. Penn State New Kensington at Penn State Hazleton, W, 25-15, 25-19, 25-7
Sunday, Oct. 13 – host Penn State Fayette, L, 9-25, 25-19, 10-25, 19-25
Sunday, Oct. 13 – host Penn State Greater Allegheny, W, 26-24, 25-22, 25-17
Thursday, Oct. 17 – host Penn State Scranton, 7 p.m.
Tuesday-Saturday, Oct. 22-26 – PSUAC playoffs, TBA

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