Devon Sanders hopes to work in Major League Baseball or as a college-level athletic director.

Molding Champions

Published December 6, 2018

NCAA
division iii athletics
15
Varsity athletics teams
3.06
average
student-athlete GPA
49
student-athletes named conference scholar-athletes
For the third straight year, women’s soccer leads all Penn College teams with nine scholar-athletes
123
student-athletes earn a GPA over 3.0

On the field

Penn College became a full member of the NCAA on Sept. 1, 2017. In its first year as member of NCAA Division III, the Wildcat baseball, men’s cross-country and women’s soccer teams took second place in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, while men’s golf finished third.

Men’s soccer went to the final four, and a wrestler took fourth place in the region.

In the classroom

Academics are the primary focus for Division III student-athletes. The division minimizes the conflicts between athletics and academics and helps student-athletes to progress toward graduation through shorter practice and playing seasons and regional competition that reduces time away from academic studies.

National champion archer

Nathaniel A. Haefka, an applied management student from Wyalusing, was the 2018 USA Archery Outdoor Collegiate Champion in men’s bowhunter. As a team, Haefka, Justin Rinehimer and David Fox took bronze in the Men’s Bowhunter team field.

Four archery team members were named All-Americans based on their combined performances in indoor and outdoor nationals. Six earned Academic All-American status, which goes to archers with a minimum 3.0 GPA who finished in the top 25 percent at the indoor national tournament.

Student Profile

Devon Sanders, baseball

sport and event management

Sanders hopes to work in Major League Baseball or as a college-level athletic director.

“The motivation to do well on the field also pushes me to work just as hard, or even harder, in the classroom,” he said.