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Penn College Has Milestone Week in Men’s Basketball


The Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s basketball team achieved several milestones over the past week as senior Thomas Ross became the sixth Wildcat to reach the 1,000-point career scoring mark, the team won its third consecutive game for the first time since early in the 2010-11 season and it posted its first nine-win season, also since 2010-11.

Ross, of Williamsport, scored 22 points and pulled down 16 rebounds on Saturday as Penn College rallied from a 46-37 halftime deficit for an 88-77 win at St. Elizabeth to hike his career point total to 1,008. Also for Penn College, Erik Eichinger, of Villanova, scored 28 points and Ben Sosa, of Loyalsock Township, chipped in with 20 as the Wildcats improved to 9-12 overall and 7-9 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

Thomas Ross
Thomas Ross

On Wednesday in a double-overtime thriller at Penn State Berks, Jesse White, of Harrisburg, tipped in a shot as time was expiring in a 101-99 Penn College win. Ross poured in 28 points and added 13 rebounds while Sosa added 25 points and White 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Last season, Ross’s sister, Alicia, now a senior on the women’s team, reached 1,000 career points, making them the first Penn College brother-sister combination ever to achieve that. A year ago, Jamie Steer, of South Williamsport, joined her sister, Kierstin, as the only sisters to reach the coveted milestone in Penn College history; joining brothers Craig and Tony Flint, of Port Allegheny, who also hit the mark previously.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week: host Cazenovia College (4-15 overall through Sunday, 4-8 NEAC through Sunday), 3 p.m. Saturday; host Morrisville State College (13-6, 10-3), 2 p.m. Sunday.

Last meeting vs. Cazenovia College: Last Feb. 7, lost 98-84. Delgado scored 16 points.

Last meeting vs. Morrisville State College: Last Feb. 6, lost 86-75. Delgado scored 11 points and dished out 12 assists.

Statistically speaking through Sunday: Delgado was sixth in the NEAC with an average of 4 assists per game, White was eighth with an average of 7.6 rebounds per game and Ross 10th with an average of 7.5 rebounds per game.

NEAC South Division standings through Sunday: Gallaudet University 16-1, Lancaster Bible College 9-7, Penn State Abington 7-7, Penn College 7-9, Bryn Athyn College 6-8, St. Elizabeth 6-10, Wilson College 5-12, Penn State Berks 4-11.

Two Represent College at National Conventions

Tom Zimmerman
Tom Zimmerman
Hanna Williams
Hanna Williams

With full NCAA Division III membership on the horizon this fall for Penn College, two people represented the college and the NEAC at national conventions this academic year.

Hanna Williams, a junior from Marion, New York, represented the NEAC at the NCAA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and Tom Zimmerman, an associate professor of psychology, attended the Faculty Athletic Representative Fellow Institute last fall in Indianapolis.

An industrial design major, Williams is vice president of SAAC and served as its treasurer last year. The soccer and tennis player is a three-year member of the committee (and the first to attend the convention), and has been an All-NEAC Scholar-Athlete selection. She was one of eight selected in the 14-school NEAC.

Zimmerman, who has served as the faculty athletic representative at Penn College for two years, was selected as one of 30 Division III representatives in the nation to attend the institute. The NCAA requires each of its member institutions to appoint a representative who must be a member of the faculty or administrative staff and may not hold a position in the Athletics Department. The representative acts as a liaison between the department and faculty.

Women’s Basketball
On Wednesday at Penn State Berks, Penn College dropped a 73-40 decision. Alicia Ross led the Wildcats offense with 21 points.

Penn College closed out its week with a 68-55 loss on Saturday at St. Elizabeth to drop to 3-17 overall and 3-13 in the NEAC. Herman led the Wildcats with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week: host Cazenovia College (3-16 overall through Sunday, 2-11 NEAC through Sunday), 1 p.m. Saturday; host Morrisville State College (14-5, 9-3), noon Sunday.

Last meeting vs. Cazenovia College: Last Feb. 7, lost 93-75. Ross scored 25 points.

Last meeting vs. Morrisville State College: Last Feb. 6, lost 72-50. Ross scored 26 points.

Statistically speaking through Sunday: Ross was ninth in the NEAC in blocks (1.1 per game) and steals (2.8 per game), 12th in scoring with 17.5 points per game and 18th in rebounds (7.3 per game). Herman was tied for 13th in assists (3.0 per game).

NEAC South Division standings through Sunday: Lancaster Bible College 14-1, Bryn Athyn College 12-2, St. Elizabeth College 11-5, Penn State Abington 7-7, Penn State Berks 6-9, Penn College 3-13, Wilson College 2-15, Gallaudet University 2-15.

Wrestling
Penn College snapped its 10-match losing streak this season on Friday night as a pin at heavyweight by Dylan Otis, of Towanda, lifted it to a 24-21 win at Southern Virginia University. Also winning in contested matches for the Wildcats were Joe Swank, of Shanksville, at 157, and Tanner Leid, of New Holland, at 167, both with decisions. Penn College’s other points came on forfeit wins.

Back in action on Saturday at the Ferrum College Panther Open, Ben Doll, of Glen Mills, at 125 pounds; Zach Fitzsimmons, of Eldred, at 141; and Otis, at 285, all recorded second-place finishes while Chase Andrus, of Mill Hall, at 125, and Matt Zawatski, of Benton, at 197, finished third and Swank was fourth at 157 as Penn College ended sixth in the seven-team event. Otis went 2-1 on the day with a pair of pins.

SCHEDULES/RECORDS/RESULTS
Men’s Basketball
Overall record: 9-12
NEAC record: 7-9
Wednesday, Feb. 1 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC), W, 101-99 (2 OT)
Saturday, Feb. 4 – at St. Elizabeth (NEAC), W, 88-77
Saturday, Feb. 11 – host Cazenovia College (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12 – host Morrisville State College (NEAC), 2 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 17 – at Keuka College (NEAC), 3 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18 – at Wells College (NEAC), 3 p.m.
(end of regular season)

Women’s Basketball
Overall record: 3-17
NEAC record: 3-13
Wednesday, Feb. 1 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC), L, 73-40
Saturday, Feb. 4 – at St. Elizabeth College (NEAC), L, 68-55
Monday, Feb. 6 – at Misericordia University, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11 – host Cazenovia College (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12 – host Morrisville State College (NEAC), noon
Friday, Feb. 17 – at Keuka College (NEAC), 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18 – at Wells College (NEAC), 1 p.m.
(end of regular season)

Wrestling
Overall record: 1-10
Friday, Feb. 3 – at Southern Virginia University, W, 24-21
Saturday, Feb. 4 – at Ferrum College Panther Open, finished sixth among seven teams
Friday, Feb. 10 – host Rochester Institute of Technology, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12 – at East Stroudsburg Warriors Winter Open, TBA
Thursday, Feb. 16 – triangular at Wilkes University vs. Wilkes and King’s College, TBA
Saturday, Feb. 18 – at Ursinus College, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25 – at National College Open, Lancaster, TBA

For more, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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