Monthly Archives: August 2008

Lycoming cross country opens season at Delaware Valley Invitational

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. – The Lycoming College men’s and women’s cross country teams opened the season on Saturday at the Delaware Valley Invitational. The men’s team finished 12th with the women’s squad placing 18th.

The Warrior men placed 12th out of 18 teams in the 8,000-meter race with a combined score of 381 points. Gwynedd Mercy College won the event with a team total of 86 points.

Lycoming was led by junior Stephen Brown, who finished in 54th overall with a time of 32:13.43. The second Warrior across the line was sophomore Robert Holmes in 75th (33:24.45). Freshman Robert Wiechecki (90th, 34:21.95), senior Tim Miller (102nd, 36:04.28) and freshman Anthony Pilla (114th, 37:32.43) rounded out the scorers for the Warriors.

The Lady Warriors finished 18th out of 20 teams in the 6,000-meter race with a team total of 510 points. Ursinus College won the meet with a score of 53 points.

Junior Kari Smith led the way with a 77th-place finish in a time of 29:39.35. Freshman Alexandra Rinaldi was the next across the line, placing 130th in 33:34.32. Junior Holly Andrews (146th, 35:10.77), senior Gillian Robbins (153rd, 37:26.71) and junior Chelsea Holbert (166th, 43:54.87) also scored for the Lady Warriors.

Both teams will travel to Ursinus next Saturday, Sept. 6. The men’s race is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with the women following at 11 a.m.


Shipe sets scoring record in Lycoming women’s soccer opener

Senior Bekah Shipe became the all-time leading scorer

Senior Bekah Shipe became the all-time leading scorer

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Senior Bekah Shipe became the all-time leading scorer in Lycoming College women’s soccer history on Saturday, Aug. 30, in the season opener against Mary Washington. The game ended in a 2-2 tie after two overtimes at the Susquehanna Kickoff Classic.

Shipe entered the game needing one goal to tie the all-time record for goals and three points to tie the record for career points. She scored two dramatic penalty kicks in the second half, including one in the final 30 seconds, to rally the Lady Warriors from a 2-0 deficit, sending the game into overtime.

Mary Washington opened the game with two goals in the first half, scoring in the 22nd and 34th minutes.

“We kept fighting today,” said head coach Joe Balduino. “I’m really proud of the way our team fought back and stayed in the game when we were trailing.”

Shipe tied the all-time record for career goals when she connected on a penalty kick in the 67th minute and then broke that record and the all-time career points mark when she landed her second penalty kick in the final minute of the game, with only 31 seconds remaining on the clock. Her career numbers now stand at 27 goals and 67 points.

Mary Washington held a 19-9 advantage in shots while Lycoming held a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks. Freshman Chelsea Powers made her collegiate debut in goal, earning the tie while recording five saves.

The Lady Warriors will travel to Susquehanna again on Sunday, Aug. 31, for the final day of the Kickoff Classic. Lycoming is set to face York College at 12 p.m.

Lycoming men win Kickoff Classic

Lycoming College Logo

Lycoming College Logo

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The Lycoming College men’s soccer team defeated Marywood 4-0 on Saturday, Aug. 31, to claim the title at the Kickoff Classic. The Warriors finished the weekend tournament at 1-0-1.

“We looked like a different team today,” said head coach Scott Kennell. “We seemed a little flat yesterday in our tie with Centenary, but the guys really shook off the rust today.”

Lycoming got on the board in the seventh minute when junior Chris Lorenzet beat the keeper to the right side of the net from 15 feet out. Fellow junior Mike Coates was credited with an assist on the play.

The Warriors would add three more goals in second half, including two from senior captain Matt Frey. Frey first connected on a header in the 57th minute, catching the keeper out of position after a previous shot deflected off the crossbar and back into play. His second, a penalty kick goal, came in the 82nd minute.

Lorenzet added his second goal of the match in the final minute of play, shocking the crowd by dribbling between four defenders and beating the keeper for the unassisted tally.

Junior goalkeeper David Bald earned his first win and first shutout of the season while being credited with three saves.

Lycoming held a 16-6 advantage in shots, a 9-3 advantage in shots on goal and a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

The Warriors claimed the team title for the third-consecutive year, edging Centenary in a tie-breaker based on goal differential. Both teams finished at 1-0-1 on the weekend. Both teams allowed one goal during the tournament with Lycoming scoring five and Centenary scoring two. Marywood placed third at 1-1-0, followed by Alfred at 0-2-0.

Frey and Coates were joined by senior captain Joe Pusateri on the all-tournament team.

The Warriors will hit the road this weekend, traveling to Waynesburg on Saturday, Sept. 6. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

2008 Lycoming College Kickoff Classic All-Tournament Team

Matt Frey Lycoming
Mike Coates Lycoming
Joe Pusateri Lycoming
Damien DiBuono Centenary
Josh Spivack Centenary
Chris Hill Centenary
Lee Powers Marywood
Sean O’Day Marywood
Jonathan Tejada Marywood
Elliot Thorpe Alfred
Kevin Morgan Alfred
Nick Schneider Alfred

Penn College women prep for volleyball opener

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Pennsylvania College of Technology Logo

Even though its personnel changes each year by 50 percent or more, the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s volleyball team consistently is among the best in the Penn State University Athletic Conference.Under coach Bambi Hawkins, who is entering her ninth season, the Lady Wildcats took top honors in 2004 and have placed second during each of the past three seasons.

“There are a lot of young ladies who come here to get a good education, but they also need a means of letting loose once in awhile and volleyball is a healthy way to do that — to take out aggression when you’ve had a bad day or a really tough week,” Hawkins said.

“I think these young ladies greatly appreciate that opportunity, and so they work extra hard at playing hard and jelling as a team. Yes, their academics come first. But they also still have to play as a team; they are still responsible to each other as a team. They seem to adopt that. No matter what team I’ve got, they seem to work toward that end goal. No matter what team I’ve got, they have that goal in mind; they want to be in those playoffs,” the coach continued.

This year, Hawkins is working with a 10-player roster. Three of her players return from last year’s team that finished 18-8 overall and another played for her two years ago. Penn College opens its season at 7 p.m. Thursday hosting Penn State Harrisburg at Bardo Gym on West Third Street.

Back from last season are outside hitter Courtney Barton (junior/Liberty) and middle hitters Alyssa Covas (junior/Pottsville) and Karlee Shubert (sophomore/Hanover). Outside hitter Jennifer DeLosa (sophomore/Bellefonte) is back from a 2006 team that went 20-3.

The four returnees, along with outside hitter Kristin Bernard (freshman/Hastings) and setter Lyndsey Smith (freshman/Mechanicsburg) will start.
Also on the squad are Nicole Sheesley (freshman/Lewisburg), libero Sasha Deimler (freshman/Middletown), outside-middle hitter Suzahnna McGee (freshman/Bushkill) and middle-outside hitter Kate Todorich (freshman/Mountain Top).

“Smith has great hands as a setter, so I look forward to watching her connect, especially with our middles because we’re going to get some power out of Shubert and Covas,” Hawkins said.

“Barton is always solid, but we’ve added some other solid players with DeLosa and Bernard,” the coach said.
“They are such a quiet team and in volleyball communication is so key. In a (recent) scrimmage they started getting a little more comfortable, talking to each other a little more. But, ultimately, they are still quiet. Inherently, a lot of them are quiet to start with, so it’s going to take even longer than usual to get them to mesh.

“I think they recognize each other’s strengths. They’ve just got to work with each other to realize those strengths,” Hawkins said.

“I can’t make any predictions (on how the season will go) until I see them start working that defense a lot more.

“Last year we had a team that never let anything touch the floor, and they were 5-foot-5 average. This year we have a taller team and need to learn to get low and pick up the ball. That’s going to be our struggle this year, but we’re going to work on overcoming that real quickly.”

Despite the challenges that are ahead, Hawkins is emphatic about one thing.
“We want to go to that national (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) tournament. When I’m recruiting, I say ‘come play with us because here’s what we want to do,’ ” the coach added.

Of course, first the Wildcats must capture the PSUAC title.

“I’m looking forward to when this team does connect; when we get that pass and can utilize the setting abilities of Smith and she connects with our hitters. We have some hitters that have some real potential with power and they’re going to be putting the ball down on the other side when we make that connection,” Hawkins said.

4 – host Penn State Harrisburg, 7 p.m.; 6 – host Harrisburg Area Community College, 1 p.m.; 9 – at Penn State Schuylkill, 7 p.m.; 11 – at Penn State Scranton, 7 p.m.; 16 – at Penn State Hazleton tournament with Penn State York and Penn State Mont Alto, 6 p.m.; 18 – host Valley Forge Christian Academy, 6 p.m.; 22 – host Penn State Scranton, 7 p.m.; 25 – at Penn State Hazleton, 7 p.m.; 27 – at Pitt-Bradford tournament with Mt. Aloysius, 3 p.m.; 29 – host Penn State Hazleton, 7 p.m.

4 – at Penn State Beaver tournament with Penn State DuBois and Penn State Fayette, 2 p.m.; 5 – at Penn State Greater Allegheny tournament, 11 a.m.; 7 – at Penn State Hazleton tournament with Penn State Abington and Penn State Brandywine, 6 p.m.; 9 – host Penn State Schuylkill, 7 p.m.; 16 – host Lycoming College, 7 p.m.; 18-19 – PSUAC playoffs, TBA; 23-24-25 – USCAA National Championships at Ft. Wayne, Ind., TBA

Penn College Aviation Student Awarded Industry Scholarship

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Pennsylvania College of Technology Logo

A senior in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s aviation maintenance technology major has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Aircraft Electronics Association.

Benjamin M. Thompson, of Conestoga, is this year’s recipient of the association’s Plane & Pilot Magazine/Garmin Scholarship, which is available to high school, college or vocational/technical school students who are attending (or who plan to attend) an accredited institution in an avionics or aircraft-repair program.

The scholarship is a competitive one in which each student must submit an essay that is evaluated against those written by other applicants.

“Far too often, I hear about people that can’t stand their job, or wish that they went back to school,” Thompson wrote. “I refuse to be that person. I am confident that, just as I have succeeded so far in school, my personal life, and my enjoyment and appreciation of nature, I shall also succeed in a career in aviation. Aviation has provided the ability for me to be fluid in my long-term plans and still stay within the bounds of the field.”

In the short term, Thompson said, he believes avionics in the business-jet sector will provide him with the most valuable experience when he first enters the workforce. Where his skills take him from there is uncertain, but he is confident that aviation will be a major driving force for the rest of his life.

“There are many activities in my life that I’ve tried: sports, music, and even a brief stint on stage,” he added. “And though I enjoy doing all these things very much, I realize that a career in professional aviation is the direction that I want to go.”

Thompson received his check at the college’s Lumley Aviation Center from Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of avionics and co-department head of Penn College’s aviation department. Thompson is a student ambassador and was among members of the college’s first Honors Program, in which high-achieving students study abroad, participate in a campus colloquium and perform community-service projects.

Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association represents more than 1,300 aviation businesses, including repair stations that specialize in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft.

For more information about aviation maintenance technology and other academic majors offered by the college’s School of Transportation Technology, visit or call (570) 327-4516.

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