Wildcat Athletes Honored After Phenomenally Successful Fall

Published 11.11.2003


Pennsylvania College of Technology is coming off one of its most successful fall sports seasons ever, during which two teams won state championships and 25 individuals have been awarded post-season all-state or all-conference honors.

Earning all-Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association accolades were:

Baseball Ted Kirner (sophomore/Central Bucks West).

Cross Country (Men's) Paul Merces (sophomore/Seabright, N.J.), William Dillingham (sophomore/Northern Lebanon), Joe Adesso (freshman/Exeter), Dan Arminavage (freshman/Annville-Cleona), John Foltz (freshman/Lewistown), Nate Sayre (sophomore/Wellsboro).

Cross Country (Women's) Rachel Dalby (freshman/Annapolis, Md.).

Golf Matt Haile (sophomore/Shikellamy), Jeff Kerr II (freshman/Bloomsburg), Christian Scheller (sophomore/North Pocono).

Soccer (Men's) Mike Angell (freshman/Central York), Jason LaPenna (sophomore/Conwell Egan).

Soccer (Women's) Melissa McKee (freshman/Milton), Sarah Tietbohl (freshman/West York).

Volleyball (Women's) Holly Rau (freshman/Tunkhannock).

Claiming all-Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference honors were:

Baseball Kirner, Andy Roth (sophomore/Catasauqua), Richard Cooper (freshman/Brandywine, Del.).

Cross Country (Men's) Adesso, Arminavage, Dillingham, Foltz, Merces, Sayre, Tyler Hoffman (freshman/Carlisle).

Cross Country (Women's) Dalby, Iris Butler (freshman/Wellsboro).

Golf Haile, Kerr, Scheller, Kyle Renn (sophomore/Shikellamy), Brandon Smith (freshman/Wellsboro).

Soccer (Men's) Angell, LaPenna, Scott Ribarchik (sophomore/Bristol).

Soccer (Women's) McKee, Tietbohl, Nicole Crouse (sophomore/West York).

Volleyball (Women's) Rau, Amber Geckle (sophomore/Indian Valley).

State Championships Penn College teams claimed PCAA and EPCC championships in golf and men's cross country.

In golf, where the Wildcats went 45-0, Haile captured the individual state championship after finishing second one year earlier. Scheller was third in the state, Kerr fifth and Smith 11th. Coach Chet Schuman was named "Coach of the Year."

In men's cross country, where the team went 22-16, Merces won the individual state championship, while Dillingham, last year's titleist, was third, Foltz fourth, Arminavage fifth and Sayre sixth. Coach Mike Paulhamus earned "Coach of the Year" honors for the second time in four seasons.

Penn College's baseball, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball and cross country teams also all reached the post-season playoffs.

The baseball team, coached by Mike Stanzione, finished 15-10 overall; the men's soccer team, under coach Andy Richardson, was 16-3; the women's soccer team, led by coach Dan Hibbs, was 7-6, and the women's volleyball squad, guided by coach Bambi Hawkins, was 10-5.

Athletes and coaches were honored at a sports banquet earlier this week.