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Penn College Hoops Teams Return to Conference Play

Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams return to Penn State University Athletic Conference action this week after a week during which they each went 0-3 against non-league opponents. Barring the unforeseen, senior Greg Solyak (Lititz) should eclipse the college men’s career scoring record some time during the week.

Men’s Basketball
Monday at NCAA Division III Wilkes University, the Wildcats fell, 99-63. Leroy Joiner (Williamsport) scored 18 points and Solyak added 16.

Facing its second DIII team in a row Wednesday, Penn College played tough, but fell at King’s College, 83-79. Nico Italiani (Easton) scored a personal season-high 22 points while Joiner added 19 and Solyak 15.

On Saturday at Valley Forge Christian College, Joiner scored 15 points in a 99-61 loss that dropped the team to 6-11 overall. Solyak tallied two and now is 13 behind the college’s all-time scoring leader Joe Simon (1,425).

Women’s Basketball
Penn College played tough at NCAA Division III Elmira (N.Y.) College before losing, 69-64. The Wildcats led by as many as 16 points in the first half and were up 37-32 at halftime. Elmira went ahead for good at 48-46 and led the rest of the way. Tosha Stover (Bellefonte) topped the Wildcats with 22 points, Keiosha Cooksey (Harrisburg) scored 13 and Kierstin Steer (South Williamsport) added 10.

Wednesday at Pitt-Titusville, Steer poured in a personal season-high 30 points, but a last-second 3-point shot lifted the home team to a 67-64 victory.

Cooksey led the Wildcats with 12 points Saturday in a 75-50 loss at Valley Forge Christian College.

The Wildcats closed out their regular Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference season with the top teams in both the men’s Blue Division and women’s Gold Division. In four matches, the men’s No. 1 team finished with 7,450 pins 211 more than second-place Northampton Community College and the Wildcat women’s No. 1 team knocked down 5,603 pins 885 more than runner-up Lehigh Carbon Community College. In the regular-season ending event hosted by Johnson College, the Penn College No. 1 men’s team, led by a 665 series by Aaron Smith (Waynesboro), placed third among five teams with 2,254 pins. Penn College’s No. 1 women’s team topped a four-team field with a 1,730, led by Rebecca Rudy (Lancaster) who had a high 624 series and 250 single. Next up will be the EPCC tournament Feb. 16.

Men’s Basketball

Overall record: 6-11
PSUAC record: 5-2
Monday, Jan. 24 at Wilkes University, L, 99-63 Wednesday, Jan. 26 at King’s College, L, 83-79 Saturday, Jan. 29 at Valley Forge Christian College, L, 99-61 Tuesday, Feb. 1 at Penn StateHazleton, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 host Penn StateWilkes-Barre, 8 p.m. Saturday Feb. 5 host Penn StateDuBois, 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7 host Penn StateBrandywine, 8 p.m.

Women’s Basketball
Overall record: 7-9
PSUAC record: 5-2
Monday, Jan. 24 at Elmira (N.Y.) College, L, 69-64 Wednesday, Jan. 26 host Pitt-Titusville, L, 67-64 Saturday, Jan. 29 at Valley Forge Christian College, L, 75-50 Tuesday, Feb. 1 atPenn StateHazleton, 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 host Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 host Penn StateDuBois, 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7 host Penn State Brandywine, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 16 EPCC Tournament at Summit Lanes, Pocono Summit, 3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 28 at Bloomsburg Early Bird Sports Expo Sunday, Jan. 30 at Bloomsburg Early Bird Sports Expo

Men’s Volleyball
Sunday, Feb. 6 triangular at Harrisburg Area Community College with Shippensburg, 1:30 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. 9, No. 24

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