Six Penn College Spring Athletes Earn All-Conference Honors

Published 05.17.2006


Six Pennsylvania College of Technology spring-sports athletes four in baseball and two in softball have earned Penn State University Athletic Conference all-conference honors.

Baseball players cited include Jordan Staib of Williamsport; twin brothers Phil and James Woodring, both of Waynesboro; and Mike Daciw of Sun Valley.

Softball players honored are Marley Sampsell of Julian and Ann Marie Prosser of Elizabethtown.

During the season in which the Wildcat baseball team went 32-11 overall, 22-4 in the PSUAC including winning the conference championship, Staib, a sophomore, was the workhorse of the pitching staff. In 45 innings, he struck out 38, walked 13, went 5-0 and boasted a 2.80 earned run average.

"He did a great job for us," coach Rees Daneker said in praise of his ace.

Phil Woodring, a sophomore shortstop, hit .520 for the season with 36 singles, 11 doubles, two home runs, two triples and 19 runs batted in while his brother James, a sophomore second baseman, hit .413 with 15 RBI.

"What a year Phil had. He just had an unbelievable year. Defensively, he was great (too)," Daneker said. "In the Western Division playoffs, he went 9-for-10 (at the plate). If something needed to happen, he would make it happen."

"James had a fantastic year, also. As a double-play combination, they were awesome. James, in the Western Division playoffs, made an absolutely extraordinary catch. I never saw anyone jump so high," the coach continued.

Daciw, a senior right fielder, hit .462 with six doubles, two triples and 14 RBI.

"He played a great outfield for us," Daneker said.

Sampsell, a freshman third baseman/catcher, hit .427 on the season with 25 RBI, and Prosser, a junior first baseman/outfielder, hit .340 with 17 RBI.

"Ann Marie meant a lot to the team. She picked up her game 10 times what it was last year. She was a team leader and her aggressive playing style and dedication to the team was terrific," coach Roger Harris said.

"Marley, stepping up at the end of the year, showed much dedication to the team in leadership and sportsmanship. She was a great inspiration to the team," he continued. "We'll get both of them back next year and they both promised me that we'll make the playoffs again, but go further."

The Lady Wildcats went 13-8 overall this season and were 11-8 in the PSUAC, losing in the first round of the playoffs.