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Penn College baseball teams sets high goals

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Williamsport – Pennsylvania College of Technology’s baseball team continues pursuit of its second straight Penn State University Athletic Conference championship when it returns to the field Saturday at 1 p.m. at Penn State New Kensington.”After a long winter, you’re always excited to get those first games out of the way. You get tired of all the batting practice and ground balls. You want to get out there and start playing,” said coach Chris Howard.

“We seem to be coming together pretty good. Our pitching staff is starting to take shape. The hitters are starting to get their timing back. We’ll be ready on Saturday. The guys worked hard over the winter. I know they’re ready to go,” the third-year coach continued.

During the fall portion of its schedule, the Wildcats posted a 14-6 overall record. They were 8-2 in conference games and start the spring two games behind Penn State Brandywine in the standings.

Probable starters in the Wildcats’ pitching rotation are Mark Shaffer (sophomore/Hanover), Adam Thomke (junior/South Williamsport), Harrison Myers (freshman/Elizabethtown) and southpaw Brian Penyak (freshman/Easton). Relievers are Christian Worth (senior/Williamsport), John Burns (freshman/Lansdale), Skylar Gingrich (freshman/Lititz) and P.J. Horn (sophomore/Pittsburgh).

“With the way the playoffs are, you’ve got to have a pretty deep staff or you’re just not going to go very far. You end up playing multiple games in a short period of time and if you don’t have enough pitchers you’re not going to go far,” Howard said.

James Craft (senior/York) returns behind the plate. Also expected to see some catching time is Matthew King (freshman/South Hampton).

Several players will see action in the infield, among them Devon Liquori (senior/Hawley) at first base, Gingrich at first, Garrett Hornung (freshman/Emporium) and Asiell Gonzalez (freshman/Williamsport) platooning at second base, Phil Woodring (senior/Waynesboro) at shortstop and Thomke at third base, along with Gingrich. Tom Hughes (freshman/Easton) will back up Woodring at short and Tyler Rice (freshman/Trumbull, Conn.) could see action anywhere in the middle infield.

Matt Mientus (freshman/Macungie) will open in left field, Dane Glick (sophomore/Belleville) in center field and Justin Crowther (sophomore/Bear, Del.) in right field. Also expected to see time in the outfield are Joe Vassallo (senior/Windsor, Conn.), Brett Braker (sophomore/Northampton) and Alex Gingerich (freshman/York).

“We’ve got a good bunch of seniors. I’ve always been impressed with guys like Phil and Devon and Crafty. They show these younger guys how we do things here. They’re invaluable, not just because of how well they play but the type of leaders they are. They’re passing the torch,” Howard said.

“I’ve got high expectations for this team. We’ve got the pitching staff. We’ve certainly got the offense. We’ve got to come out every single game ready to play.”

Assessing his team’s offense and defense, Howard said, “We’re going to be fine offensively. We’ve got guys who can swing the bat from both sides of the plate. We’ve got some guys who can run. Our offense should never be our problem. Offense should be our strong point.

“Defensively up the middle I think we’re as good as anybody. You want to be strong up the middle to win championships and we’re definitely that. I think we’re going to be rock solid.”

For the first time this season, Penn College is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, which will hold a national championship tournament May 12-16 in Hampton, Va.

“We’re all excited about it. Everybody is ready to go. We’ve got a goal — and that is to defend the (PSUAC) championship — and to move on to the national championship,” Howard continued.

“It is an extra incentive for the guys and they are thinking about it. It’s a great conference we got into and we have a chance for some national exposure. The guys are excited about it and it is the type of thing that keeps a team focused and motivated,” added the coach, who is assisted by Tom Persing.

PENN COLLEGE SCHEDULE

March

28 – at Penn State New Kensington (2), 1 p.m.

April

1 – host Penn State Greater Allegheny (2), 2 p.m.; 4 – at Penn State Fayette (2), 1 p.m.; 9 – at Penn State Beaver (2), 2 p.m.; 13 – at King’s College (2), 1 p.m.; 18 – at Penn State Abington (2), noon; 19 – at Penn State Brandywine (2), noon; 22 – host Penn State New Kensington (2), 1 p.m.; 26 – at Penn State Harrisburg (2), noon.

May

1-2 – PSUAC Championships at University Park, TBA; 12-15 – USCAA Tournament at Hampton, Va., TBA

(NOTE: All games doubleheaders. Home games at Bowman Field.)

Penn College softball team ‘should be tough’

Williamsport – Although roster numbers are down somewhat this year, the optimism for the coming women’s softball season expressed by Pennsylvania College of Technology coach Roger Harris is as high as ever. The Wildcats, Harris’ eighth edition, open their season Tuesday at Penn State Harrisburg.”Last fall and early this spring when I started looking at who we had I was optimistic. I think we’re going to have a good hitting team and I think all-in-all we’re going to be tough. I think our chances of making the playoffs again are very hopeful,” Harris said.

Under his guidance, the program has turned a corner over the last three seasons with a combined 57-19 record that includes a Penn State University Athletic Conference championship two years ago and a second-place finish last year, when the team posted a 21-5 record.

The keys, Harris said, are quality players and more individualized coaching.

“One of the biggest things is that Penn College has a big draw as far as the quality and ability of players coming to the college. Because of the resources, the academic programming, more girls are coming who are just exceptional ballplayers,” Harris said.

“Before, we would get ballplayers who may have played high school ball, or maybe they hadn’t played since junior high. But now, we’re getting girls who have played constantly. They have played travel ball, they have played throughout their high school careers,” he continued.

“I also have a coaching staff that has enabled us to break down our team into individual groups. Now I can have an outfield coach, a pitching coach, a hitting coach. Now we can work with the girls individually to hone their skills,” Harris said.

Harris’ paid assistant is Roseann Walsh. She is joined by volunteers Paul Steppe, Bill Bannon and Jerry Ulsamer.

Tiffany Deihm (junior/Mohnton) returns as the ace of last year’s pitching staff. She will be joined on the mound by Kristin Bernard (senior/Mifflin) and Heather Ball (senior/Mansfield). Bernard also will see action at first and second base and Ball will see some time at second base.

“Our pitching staff is solid. I think we’re going to have a good pitching staff,” Harris assessed.

Lisa Miller (senior/Cogan Station) returns at third base, as does Samantha Mills (senior/Harrisburg) at catcher. Jayme Mease (sophomore/Elizabethtown) will be at shortstop with Lauren Fuller (junior/South Williamsport), Stacey Rupp (freshman/Gettysburg) and Trisha Moser (sophomore/Watsontown) in the outfield.

Also expected to see time in the outfield are Chelsea Emel (junior/Snow Shoe) and Laura Weist (senior/Fredricksburg).

Defensively, Harris said the infield should be “incredible” and he called his outfielders “strong and speedy.”

Hitting normally is a strength and it should continue this season.

“We’ve got a lot of them (good hitters) back,” Harris said, pointing out he plans to work Deihm’s bat into more games this season as a designated hitter.

PENN COLLEGE SCHEDULE

March

24 – at Penn State Harrisburg (2), 3 p.m.; 26 – at Lycoming College (2), 2 p.m.

April

1 – host Penn State Greater Allegheny (2), 2 p.m.; 4 – at Penn State Fayette (2), 2 p.m.; 5 – at Penn State Hazleton (2), noon; 9 – at Penn State Beaver (2), 2 p.m.; 14 – host Penn State Scranton (2), 2 p.m.; 18 -at Penn State Abington (2), 2 p.m.; 19 – host Penn State Schuylkill (2), 2 p.m.; 22 – host Penn State New Kensington (2), 2 p.m.; 25 – host Penn State Mont Alto (2), 2 p.m.

NOTE: All dates doubleheaders. All home games at Elm Park.

Simon earns PSUAC Honorable Mention honors

Pennsylvania College of Technology Logo

Pennsylvania College of Technology Logo

Williamsport – Joe Simon, a junior guard-forward on the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s basketball team, has been awarded Penn State University Athletic Conference Honorable Mention honors.Simon, a business management student from Renovo, scored 382 points during the Wildcats’ 18-12 season that included a sixth-place finish in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association national tournament. For his career, Simon has scored 1,067 points.

Earlier, it was announced that Leroy Joiner, a freshman guard from Williamsport, and Craig Flint, a senior guard from Port Allegany, were named to the 2009 PSUAC All-Conference Team.

Penn College archers close out indoor season in style

Indoor Archery

Indoor Archery

Williamsport – Pennsylvania College of Technology archers closed out the indoor portion of their schedule in grand fashion last weekend, taking one team first, two team seconds and three individual firsts at the U.S. Collegiate Indoor Eastern Regionals in Harrisonburg, Va.

“Overall, we did really well. I’ve got a good team this year. These guys are definitely the real deal. They’re shooting well,” coach Chad Karstetter said.

In team events, the Wildcats took the men’s compound title with 3,462 points (93 better than second-place Penn State University) and finished second in men’s recurve (3,257 points to 3,292 for first-place James Madison University) and women’s compound (3,261 points to 3,308 for first-place Penn State). Competing on the men’s compound team were Dan Wido (Shickshinny), Zach Plannick (Corapolis) and Aaron Lapinski (Bloomsburg). On the men’s recurve team were Martin Smith (Brookville), Tyler Gale (Kennedyville, Md.) and Glen Thomas (Mercer). On the women’s compound team were Lindsey Fackler (Halifax), Cheryl Brooks (Reynoldsville) and Julie Cain (Bellefonte).

Individually, Wido won the men’s compound with 1,175 points, Thomas captured the men’s recurve with 1,157 points and Fackler tied for first in women’s compound with 1,148 points. According to Karstetter, Fackler scored a personal best 573 points on Saturday and then eclipsed that with a 575 Sunday.

The event wrapped up the team’s indoor season, and Karstetter is pleased.

“It was great. I couldn’t have asked them to do much better. The men’s compound team was great, winning every meet we went to, and to close out the season with a win at the Eastern Regionals and having three individual champs … We had a great indoor season. I’m very proud of the group,” he said.

Looking ahead to the outdoor season, which begins April 4-5 at the Adam Wheatcroft Memorial back in Harrisonburg, Karstetter said, “I’m really looking forward to shooting outdoors because, just from our history, we seem to do much better outdoors than we do indoors.

“Because we’ve been winning indoors, hopefully that’s a good sign. We definitely have a strong team this year and we’re going to be one of the top forces in the collegiate archery program this year,” the coach added.

Eastern Regional Indoor Team Results

Male Recurve: 1 – James Madison University, 3,292; 2 – Penn College, 3,257; 3 – Atlantic Cape Community College, 2,641.

Male Compound: 1 – Penn College, 3,462; 2 – Penn State, 3,369; 3 – James Madison University, 3,365.

Female Compound Team: 1 – Penn State, 3,308; 2 – Penn College, 3,261; 3 – James Madison University, 3,119.

Eastern Regional Indoor individual results of Penn College archers

Male Recurve: 1 Glen Thomas, 1,157; 7 – Tyler Gale, 1,082; 10 – Martin Smith, 1,018; 11 – James Fanelli, 1,014.

Male Compound: 1 – Daniel Wido, 1,175; 5 – Brad Ferguson, 1,152; 6 – Zack Plannick, 1,150; 8 – Aaron Lapinski, 1,137; 9 – Brock Smith, 1,135; 11 – Jered Boers, 1,130.

Female Compound: tie 1 – Lindsey Fackler, 1,148; 10 – Cheryl Brooks, 1,063; 12 – Julie Cain, 1,050.

Two Penn College men’s basketball players earn PSUAC honors

Williamsport – Two Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s basketball players have been named to the 2009 Penn State University Athletic Conference All-Conference Team.Leroy Joiner, a freshman guard from Williamsport, and Craig Flint, a senior guard from Port Allegany, were honored by the conference Monday.

Joiner, an early childhood education major, led the team in scoring this season with 492 points. Penn College finished 14-4 in all PSUAC games and reached the Elite Eight.

“Leroy made us go this year with assists, rebounding and scoring,” Wildcats coach Gene Bruno said. Earlier, Joiner was named a United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II All-American.

Flint, a marketing major, ends his career as Penn College’s all-time leading scorer with 1,196 points. This season, while helping the Wildcats to an 18-12 record and sixth-place finish in the USCAA Division II national tournament, Flint scored 359 points.

“(As a four-year player) Flint was part of the building block of the program. We’ve elevated our program and he was a big part of that,” Bruno said.