Penn College Archers Headed to Nationals

Published 05.17.2015

Wildcat Weekly

On April 25-26 at the Outdoor Eastern Regional Intercollegiate Archery Championships, Pennsylvania College of Technology archers took five firsts and five second-place finishes in their final tune-up leading into this week’s U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championship at James Madison University in Virginia.

At regionals, hosted by Columbia University in Bloomfield, New Jersey, first-place finishes were recorded by Tyler Schoonover, of Bradford, in men’s bowhunter; Courtney Deshong, of McConnellsburg, in women’s bowhunter; Schoonover and Kendel Baier, of Jersey Shore, in mixed bowhunter team; Baier, Deshong and Holly Neely, of Lebanon, in women’s team bowhunter; and Justus Leimbach, of Westminster, Maryland, Matt Cummings, of Mountville, and Markus Weber, of La Plata, Maryland, in men’s team compound.

Earning second were Baier in women’s bowhunter; Chelsea Douglass, of East Greenville, in women’s compound; Leimbach and Nicole Lapinski, of Bloomsburg, in mixed compound team; Schoonover, Andrew Rupp, of Dayton, and Cody McCracken, of Loyalsock Township, in men’s bowhunter team; and Lapinski, Douglass and Abigail Hricko, of Nicholson, in women’s compound team.

Lapinski was third in women’s compound and Hricko fourth, Foust was third in men’s recurve, Leimbach was fourth in men’s compound, and the men’s recurve team of Foust, Ron Ferreri, of Waldwick, New Jersey, and Brandon Lonaberger, of Shillington, was fifth.

As a result of those scores, combined with earlier indoor regional competition, Schoonover, Lapinski and Baier earned No. 1 rankings in the East. Lapinski totaled 1,777 in the women’s compound, Baier scored 1,778 in women’s bowhunter and Schoonover had 1,777 in men’s bowhunter. Leimbach is second in men’s compound with 1,825 and Deshong second in women’s bowhunter with 1,704.

“It was our biggest event to date for outdoor activities and overall I was very pleased in how we placed. We did well against the other colleges and universities that were there and I think we are right on par for heading into nationals,” coach Chad Karstetter said.

At nationals, official practice and opening ceremonies will be held Thursday. Friday’s schedule has practice and a 72-arrow qualification round from 8 a.m. to noon with the mixed team rounds from 1 to 5 p.m. On Saturday, practice and the second half of the 72-arrow qualification rounds will be held from 8 a.m. to noon with team rounds following from 1 to 5 p.m. On Sunday, practice and individual elimination rounds are scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon with head-to-head quarterfinals, semifinals and finals from 1 to 4 p.m.

Since 1997, 33 Penn College archers have earned All-American status 70 times as a result of their indoor and outdoor national results. Going into this season, Lapinski is a three-time All-American and Baier and Cummings are two-time All-Americans. Karstetter, a three-time All-American himself from 1997-99, believes several of his archers could earn that coveted status again this year, among them Lapinski, Baier, Cummings, Schoonover, Deshong, Leimbach and Weber.

Teamwise, Penn College placed as high as second in the nation three times (each year from 2010-12) and was fourth last year. Because this year’s national competition is a week later than normal, the Wildcats won’t field men’s and women’s recurve teams as some of the archers have other commitments.

“I think we’re going to have a pretty good showing in the men’s compound. (But with no) men’s or women’s recurve teams … it’s going to hurt us in the overall points,” said the coach, in his 13th season.

Yet his hopes remain high.

“If the way we shot at Eastern Regionals is any indication of how we’re going to do at nationals, we should do very well,” Karstetter added.

Junior Ryan Hostrander, of Williamsport, was named USCAA Honorable Mention All-America, it was announced last week. Hostrander also joined teammates sophomores Darien Ebersole, of Pequea, and Cole Weachock, of Pottsville, on the USCAA All-Academic team. To be eligible for the USCAA National All-Academic team students must be of sophomore standing or higher with a 3.5 GPA.

Hostrander was one of the top pitchers in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, ranking tied for second in wins (4), fourth in ERA (2.72) and No. 1 in strikeouts (60). He finished his season with a complete-game win in the first game of the NEAC Championship and recorded a save in the Wildcats championship win. Weachock finished the season with a .319 batting average, with 38 hits and 23 RBI. He was named NEAC tournament MVP after going 6 for 12, with five extra-base hits. Ebersole finished the season with a .318 batting average, with seven hits.

Three Penn College softball players received United States Collegiate Athletic Conference honors last week as sophomore Macie Lucas, of Reedsville, was named an USCAA Honorable Mention All-American and she was joined by teammates Jessica Gmerek, of Bellefonte, and Katie Kratzer, of Selinsgrove, on the USCAA All-Academic team. To be eligible for the USCAA National All-Academic team students must be of sophomore standing or higher with a 3.5 GPA.

Lucas sported a .303 batting average with 33 hits, eight doubles, two triples and was 11thin the North Eastern Athletic Conference with 27 RBI. Gmerek hit .324 with 33 hits, six doubles, one home run and 19 RBI. At her catcher's position, she was eighth in the NEAC in putouts with 158.  Kratzer finished the season with a .331 batting average, a team-high 41 hits -- including a NEAC-best 16 doubles -- and a team-high 28 RBI. Gmerek and Kratzer both earned USCAA All-Academic honors last season. All three also were named to the NEAC second team this spring.

May 21-24 – USNOCC championships at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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