Bill Byham (WOL File Photo)

Bill Byham (WOL File Photo)

PENN COLLEGE SOCCER MAKES NATIONAL NEWS – It was announced this week that the two Pa. College of technology teams are nationally ranked by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.This is the very first year that Penn College has been a part of the USCAA and already they have two teams ranked Number 1` and Number 2 in the nation.

In the second USCAA poll released late last week the Wildcat women, with a perfect 3-0 start are ranked Number 1 and the Penn College men, who have win their first four games, are ranked Number 2.

USCAA uses a point system to make its weekly ratings. The Penn College men have a rating of 4.50 after defeating Penn State Beaver (3-0), Penn State Abington (1-0), Penn State Scranton (2-0) and Pitt-Bradford (3-1. The Wildcats are tied in second place Briarcliffe, NY. The Number 1 ranked men’s team is Columbia Union, Md.

The Number 1 rated Lady Wildcats have defeated Penn State Abington 2-0, Elmira College J-vees 5-0, Columbia Union 4-0 for a rating of 5.00 in the poll. Warren Wilson,N.C. and Robert Morris of Springfield, Ill are tied for second with a rating of 4.00.

Mike Stanzione, Wildcat AD said, ” In our initial year in the USCAA, it’s extremely exciting for our programs to get this kind of national recognition that I think they have deserved for a long time. It’s a really, really positive thing for the Penn College athletic program.”

THE STREAK IS OVER – With coach Chet Schuman ill at home, the Wildcat golfers headed for a 6 team invitational at PSU Kensington Tuesday and came home with a 6-year record of 158-1.

THE STREAK IS OVER! – Penn College came in second in the one day event played on the home course of PSU Kensington as the host team posted a low score of 317 while the Wildcats finished second with a team score of 322.

Wildcat athletic director, Mike Stanzione, was the substitute coach for the ailing Schuman and noted that the Wildcat team “worked as hard as they could to preserve the amazing Penn College record over the past five years plus the play in this 2008 season.”

In fact, the last time out in another invitational New Kensington and Penn College ended up tied in team scoring so the run had a dent in it. This time New Kensington golf team held Penn College off and won their home invitational.

There is one more team event left on the schedule for penn College and that will be at PSU Mt. Alto who placed third at New Kensington.

Following that event will be the PSUAC state championships on early October. Penn College has captured that title the past five years

WILDCAT ATHLETES OF THE WEEK – Hannah McCracken, a Williamsport native, and Kimberly Daly of Springfield, Pa. were named the Wildcat athletes of the Week for last week.

Both are strikers for the Lady Wildcat soccer team. Each earned the weekly accolade by scoring goals plus at least one assist in each h of the games played.

LYCOMING WEEKLY ATHLETES – Lycoming College also has weekly AOW and this past Week it was sophomore running back Josh Kleinfelter who ran wild versus the Susquehanna Crusaders 28-16.

Kleinfelter broke TIm Deasey’s record of 39 (2001) carries in a single game as he rushed the ball 42 times for a career best 229 yards and three touchdowns. His yardage was very close to the single game record also held by Deasy.

Kleinfelter was also honored by the Middle Atlantic Conference as their chosen Offensive Player of the Week. He was joined there by the Warrior’s Chuck Belitto who led the Lycoming defense with 11 total tackles including seven solo hits. He intercepted a Crusader pass and followed that with a 32 yard return that set up a Warrior score.

FOURTH WEEK OF HIGH SCHOOL BALL SHOWS POTENTIAL POST SEASON TEAMS – The Lycoming County high school football scene is four games into their 10-game season and there are teams who are beginning to surface toward the post season playoffs.

Lewisburg is an undefeated team with a 4-0 record and this past weekend they hung a solid 27-0 loss on the Hughesville Spartans who came into the game undefeated.

Meanwhile Southern Area, PIAA Class A state champions in five of the last six years, have taken care of Montoursville and Loyalsock Twp in raising their record to 4-0.

Another familiar name is showing up every week. The Mt Carmel Red Tornado team has that ability to score and score big as evidenced by their 4-0 record to date.

In key games this weekend Berwick will come over to Selinsgrove, Loyalsock will be on the road again as they tangle with Bloomsburg and Central Mountain will be out at DuBois

GO MOOSE!!! – It was another Mike Mussina gem last night versus the Toronto Blue Jays as the New York Yankees, now officially out of the American League playoff race, won by a 3-1 score.

It was the 19th win of this season for Mussina at 39 years of age. It was a most important step toward the Montoursville native gaining a 20th win – something he has never been able to celebrate over his illustrious career with Baltimore and New York.

This 19th win came tough when he was hit on the right elbow off a line drive. The elbow swelled up but he chose to remain in the game.

It is known that Mussina is in the last year of his current contract with the Yankees. The New York team could negotiate with him to a new contract offer or he could take his talents, now at 40 years of age, to some other ball club. It is widely known that he has long wanted to remain with an East coast team so he can easily get back to his family in Montoursville.

Mussina has had 19 game seasons before but there has always been a circumstance to keep him from getting to the 20-win level. Author John Feinstein, in his book entitled Living On The Black notes that in the strike shortened season of 1991, Mussina finished 19-9 for Baltimore whose season was 18 games short of the 162 game regular season so the figuring was that the righthander would get more starts that season. At the end of the 1996 season he had 19 wins and pitched eight great innings in the season finale. He was leading 2-1 when he left the mound as Armando Benitez came on in relief. Ed Sprague hit a homer off Benitez to tie it at 2-2 so Mussina’s chance to win 20 games that season was gone on one pitch.

Yankee starters are on a five day rotation so Mussina will get at least one more start.

WARRIORS PREPPING FOR BRIDGEWATER – The Lycoming College football team, now 1-1 after its 28-16 win over Susquehanna last week, are getting ready for Game 3 of their season when Bridgewater, Va. College comes to David Person Field for a 1 P.M. kickoff Saturday.

The weather forecast indicates the ball game could be played in wet weather.

The two schools last met in the NCAA D-3 playoffs in 2003 at Lycoming with Bridgewater winning a very close game by a score of 13-9. That was at the end of a very tragic week for all of the Lycoming family plus countless other numbers of people.

It has all been joy as Lycoming, after an 8-1 regular season, had met and defeated highly favored East Texas Baptist in a 13-7 overtime thriller at David Person Field. As the team went into practice for the Bridgewater game, wide receiver Ricky Lannetti became ill. As the week progressed the senior’s conditioned worsened. After being hospitalized all of his functions ceased to function and he passed away from MURS.

To add to the sadness and confusion the West Branch Valley was hit hard by a major winter storm. The field was turned into an ice palace much so that the NCAA’s representative monitoring the game chose to postpone the game from Saturday to Sunday so that the Lycoming groundskeepers could work ,all night if needed, to get the field in some kind of playing condition. It was to be the first ever decision of that kind by the NCAA.

The game was not over until the very last play when a Lycoming pass went into the end zone only to knocked away by an Eagle defender.

Last week, the Eagles lost 21-14 to Ferrum. Ferrum, who played post season ball at Lycoming in 1989 (won 49-24) opened a 21-3 lead before Bridgewater battled back to trail 21-14 after scoring on a 65 yard pass play on the first play of the second half.

That was it for both teams who play out of the old Dominion Athletic Conference. Bridgewater played to a 7-2 record a year ago but only have six starters back (3 offense-3 defense).

Lycoming used the running of Josh Kleinfelter behind a large and aggressive offensive line plus a stubborn defense to defeat Susquehanna University 28-16 last week to even their record at 1-1 and hand first year head coach Mike Clark his first ever head coaching win.

That’s 30

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