Record-Setting Effort Among 'Wildcat Weekly' Highlights

Published 10.23.2006

Wildcat Weekly

Vol. 6, No. 10

Schedule/Results/Records Through games of Sunday, Oct. 22

BaseballFinal overall fall record: 13-7 Final PSUAC fall regular season record: 8-1 Final overall PSUAC fall record: 11-1

Cross CountryOverall record: Men 24-15 Final PSUAC regular season records: Men 10-0, Women 2-3

Saturday, Oct. 21 at Albright Invitational (men only), Penn College finished third in a six-team field

Women's VolleyballOverall record: 16-1 PSUAC record: 15-0

Monday, Oct. 16 at Lycoming College, L, 3-0 Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Penn State Hazleton, W, 3-0 Friday, Oct. 20 at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, W, 3-0 Saturday, Oct. 28 PSUAC divisional playoffs at Bardo Gym, TBA

GolfFinal overall PSUAC record: 30-0

Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 16-17 at PSUAC Championships (Penn State Blue Course), won team championship and freshmen T.C. Reynolds (Muncy) and Matt Winder (Montgomery) shared medalist honors with 73s.

Men's SoccerOverall record: 11-1-2 PSUAC record: 11-1

Monday, Oct. 16 at Penn State Hazleton, W, 3-2 OT Thursday, Oct. 19 host Penn State Schuylkill, W, 6-0 Saturday, Oct. 21 host Penn State Scranton, W, 7-0 Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 4 p.m.

Women's SoccerOverall record: 7-1 EPCC record: 2-0

Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Reading Community College, 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 host Penn State Abington, 1 p.m.

Team TennisOverall, PSUAC record: 7-2

Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Lehigh County Community College, ppd. rain Thursday, Oct. 19 at Lehigh County Community College, W, 5-3 Saturday, Oct. 21 host Penn State Hazleton, W, 8-1 Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 28-29 PSUAC Tournament at University Park

'Cat TalesGolf A good work ethic is important in all facets of life, and because the Pennsylvania College of Technology golf team took care of business on Monday, it won yet another conference title on Tuesday.

Paced by freshmen Matt Winder (Montgomery) and T.C. Reynolds (Muncy) who shared medalist honors by shooting 73s, the Wildcats captured the season-ending Penn State University Athletic Conference championship in a rain-shortened final at the Penn State Blue Course. By beating seven other teams, they also improved their four-season win streak to 130-0.

"They peaked at the right time," Wildcat coach Chet Schuman said. "You have to keep in mind that these young men were playing courses blind (for the first time). In Division I, they play a practice round and then they play the match. Our kids went in playing blind. It shows the skill level of these kids. They're good golfers."

Good weather Monday helped produce some great scores. In addition to Winder and Reynolds' 73s, Gibby Balliet (junior/Watsontown) shot a 78, Len Nicholas (sophomore/Hollywood) shot a 79, defending individual champ Shaun McQuay (junior/Watsontown) recorded an 81, Craig Flint (sophomore/Port Allegany) had an 82, Tony Stopper (junior/Jersey Shore) shot an 84 and Ryan Nornhold (sophomore/Enola) shot an 85 for Penn College. Penn College's top six golfers earned all-conference honors.

Teamwise on Monday, Penn College had a season-low 305, while Penn State Mont Alto was second with 339. Scores of Winder, Reynolds, Balliet and McQuay were used to determine the Wildcats' team score.

Play began Tuesday, but heavy rain and cool temperatures, and a forecast for more of the same throughout the day, brought action to a halt midway through the round. Scores from Monday were used to decide the final outcome.

"All the kids came off the course, and they wanted to come off because of the terrible weather, but all were playing very well. The fact that they came off the course playing very well made me feel good that we would have done even better the second day," Schuman said.

"They did a great job.... The college is very proud of the young men they put out on the golf course. They represent us very well," continued the coach, in his seventh season.

Of the players on the Wildcats roster, none is a senior, which could bode well for the future.

"A lot of things can happen over a year, but, if they come back and are ready to play, we should have a very competitive team next year," Schuman said.

The PSUAC crown was the second straight for the Wildcats. They won Commonwealth Conference Athletic Conference and Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association titles in 2004 and the PCAA championship in 2003. Penn College teams were champions in the Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference in 1994, 1995 and 1998.

This also marked the fourth straight year that a Penn College golfer has been a conference individual champion. Matt Haile did it in 2003, Brandon Smith in 2004 and McQuay last year. The college's only other individual conference champ was Dan McKean, in 1982.

Women's Volleyball The Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season at Lycoming College, a NCAA Division III school, falling 17-30, 14-30, 26-30.

Maria McNett (Canton) had 15 digs and Janell Thompson (Westfield) five kills and two blocks. The win was Lycoming's 14 th of the year.

One night later, Penn College rebounded against Penn State Hazleton. In that match, Melani Grady (Youngsville) was 15-of-15 on her serves with two aces and Thompson had six kills and three blocks. Courtney Worthington (Liberty) had five aces and Courtney Eisenhofer (Leesport) six kills as the Lady Wildcats closed out a perfect conference regular season with a win over Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

Cross Country The Wildcat men closed out their season with a third-place finish at the Albright Invitational in a six-team field that included five NCAA Division III schools. But even more significant was the fact that Penn College freshman Greg Kammerle (Willow Grove) won the meet in an 8-K (4.9-mile) course-record 28 minutes, 15 seconds.

"We didn't get the exact results we were looking for, but we were OK with them," coach Mike Paulhamus said afterward. Paulhamus noted that his top seven runners are freshmen, and, with a new recruiting season about to begin, he's ready to begin loading up for next year.

Men's SoccerA goal by Brendan Kemmerer (Quakertown) in overtime lifted Penn College to victory over Penn State Hazleton at Hazleton. Travis Russ (Effort) and Zach Yoder (Milton) also tallied goals for the Wildcats.

Against Penn State Schuylkill, six different players scored goals. Sean Kowalik (Red Lion) had a goal and an assist while Derick Hunter (Williamsport) had two assists. Kemmerer and Renny Walker (Lewisburg) each had a goal and an assist in the team's shutout of Penn State Scranton.

Team TennisIn beating Lehigh, Matthias Back (Wuerzberg, Germany) and Jonathan Hurr (Franklin) were winners in both their singles and doubles matches. Back, Craig Collier (East Stroudsburg) and Sarah Bastian (Mansfield) were winners in singles and doubles in Penn College's victory over Penn State Hazleton.

(Complete rosters and season schedules are available on the college's Athletics Web site .)