'Opening Night' Heralds Wildcat Basketball Season

Published 11.21.2013


Wyatt J. Decker, a business administration: management concentration major and an intramural student assistant, serves hot dogs with intramural assistant Jeremy R. Bottorf (off-camera).Intramural student assistant Timothy J. Stasulli (left) and Presidential Student Ambassador Rafael Correa – both information technology: information assurance and security concentration majors – distribute throw balls ...... one of which is wedged in the stands as a courtside talisman.Returning student Jamie L. Steer makes it count from beyond the paint, launching a $200 winner.The Dance Team takes the court for halftime entertainment.Although both teams began play earlier this month, the Penn College Wildcats officially opened their 2013-14 men's and women's basketball season Thursday with back-to-back losses in Bardo Gym. The women’s team fell to Alfred (N.Y.) State, 69-34, and the men lost to Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, 63-55, in the home doubleheader. Hot dogs, soda and chips were given away, and free mini-basketballs – a half-dozen of them numbered and randomly distributed to students – provided the opportunity for someone to win a $200 declining-balance meal plan from Dining Services. Jamie L. Steer, a former Lady Wildcat who re-enrolled as a general studies major for the Spring 2014 semester, did just that when she handily sunk a 3-pointer at halftime of the women's contest. The nightcap brought a free-throw challenge in which Lorenzo A. Marefka, a business administration: management concentration major, won a $20 gift card from The College Store, and the Dance Team performed during both games.