SPORT SNIPPETS by Bill Byham

Sports announcer, writer Bill Byham and famous for "That's 30" signoff

Sports announcer, writer Bill Byham and famous for "That's 30" signoff

The championship Lycoming College football team held its annual post season banquet this past Saturday. It marked the 33rd year of the event and the evening was chaired by first year head coach, Mike Clark.

Clark graduated from Lycoming and played four years of championship football for the Warriors as an undergraduate. He was an assistant at D-1 Davidson when tapped for the Lycoming job.

The Warrior won the 2008 Middle Atlantic Conference championship when they finished tied with Albright and Delaware Valley, Lycoming defeated both of those teams in regular season play and gained the title by the tie breaking rules. Clark was named Coach of the Year by the MAC.

At the banquet it was remembered that the program was now a 14 time MAC champion and that the program played in the NCAA D-3 national tournament for a 13th time.

Clark handed out awards to all of his 14 seniors and followed that by issuing individual awards to: Ryan Godec (Special teams),Offensive back (Josh Kleinfelter), Offensive lineman (Pat Taylor), Nick Reese (Defensive back), Ted Geurd (Defensive lineman), Kyle Murren (Dave Busey Award, Academics) and to Best Team players (Ben Rosa, Andy Marino and Ed Grambo)

JIM CARPENTER SAYS – It was time to get the Penn College Wildcats back to school and the courts after their semester break. Both teams were 3-1 in conference play with the men at 5-5 overall. the women were 6-5 overall. Since getting back both teams have defeated PSU DuBois and PSU Greater Allegheny in non conference games. The Wildcat men have really opened the second half strong with a 94-89 win over Du Bois and came back a couple of nights later with a 116-86 win over Greater Allegheny. The women played well in defeating Du Bois 66-51 and had enough to hold on to beat Greater Allegheny 72-66.

Both teams will be on the road for their next three games. At PSU Scranton Wednesday, at PSU Wilkes Barre Saturday afternoon and at PSU Schuylkill a week from this Wednesday.

Penn College is celebrating Craig Flints becoming a 1,000 point scorer in his Wildcat uniform. He had scored 21 in the Du Bois win and needed 18 to get his goal versus Greater Allegheny. He scored 24 in that game to reach 1,000. The side bar story here is that Flint’s older brother Tony played at Penn College and scored 1,043 points for the Wildcats.

On the girl’s side the story is Erica Lorson (Montoursville) who opened 2009 running. A team high 17 points versus Du Bois and followed that up with a game high 27 versus Allegheny.

JON HOLTS SAYS the “hot team” at Lycoming College are the swim teams. On Saturday (1-16) Lycoming swept Lebanon Valley at the Dutchman pool. The Warrior men won 146-107 and the Lady Swimmers won handily 141 to 88. It was a case of the Lycoming swimmers raced the pool and against each other in dispatching of a MAC opponent.

The very next day, in a home match the two Lycoming teams were able to defeat Ursinus but with much closer scores. The men won 122-90 while the women came in with their victory by posting a 107.5-97.5 win. In all Lycoming swam four dual meets in what amounts to as week of competition. A good example of how close this meet was to check on the 200 yard freestyle. Lycoming won the event with a time of 1.46.75 to the Ursinus time of 1.47.46. The Lycoming men swam the event in 1.33.77 which was just three seconds better that Ursinus.

Saturday (1-24) Lycoming will host Arcadia starting at 1 PM. This will be Senior Day so there will be a special ceremony added to the regular swim routine. The Lycoming swimmers, under the coaching of Jerry Hammaker, have winning records thus far in their schedule.

The Lycoming basketball teams are both trying to find the right path now that they are playing conference ball. Both teams dropped their conference opening games versus visiting Elizabethtown. Then they both bounced back with wins over visiting Widener to even up their Commonwealth records at 1-1. Allison Mock and Jessica Zerbee combined for 13 points in the last 1:25 of their game. Mock scored on a 3-pointer to give Lycoming a 59-58 win. Zerbee then hit four straight fouls and Mock scored on a 6 of 6 run off the foul line to ensure the win. Zerbee was the game high scorer with 21. The men used a dramatic 3-pointer from Will Kelly with 31 seconds left to gain a lead and the win over the Pride.
The teams traveled to Glenside for games against new conference member Arcadia. The Lady Warriors, in their best start in over a decade, used ten different scorers in posting a 52-41 winning score. The win raised their over all record to 10-3 and a league mark of 2-2. Andrea Cooper, the only senior on the team, led Lycoming with 12 points, 7 boards, 6 steals and 5 assists.

They play Wilkes (non-conference) Wednesday night at 6 PM.

The Warrior men had what appeared to be a win as they held a 10-point lead came into the second half. They even opened the second half with an 8-0 run but some how “lost” their game as Arcadia started pecking away and finally won the game 61-56. Eric Anthony led Lycoming with a game high 18 points as Lycoming came home with an overall mark of 8-6 and 2-2 in the conference.

They will step out of conference play Tuesday, (1-20) at 7 PM when they play Carnegie Mellon.

Roger Crebs mat team is gearing up now for post season and in so doing they will be home for matches with Kings College (which Lycoming won Monday by a 27-9 score) and high ranked Ithaca plus a season ending tournament up in Jamestown, New York.

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