Penn College archers, golfers have great week

Published 04.14.2019

Wildcat Weekly

Pennsylvania College of Technology golfers continued to hone their skills as they gear up for the end-of-the-month North Eastern Athletic Conference championships while the college’s archery team had its final tuneup before nationals in May.

Competing over the weekend in the Adam Wheatcroft Memorial/U.S. Archery East Regionals at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Penn College finished second overall and had six archers named to the All-East team.

Earning All-East honors, as a result of their combined indoor and outdoor regional scores, were Rylee Butler, of Milesburg, in female bowhunter; Sapphire Naugle, of Jersey Shore, in female compound; Trevor Quarry, of Lebanon, in male recurve; Sidney Alpaugh, of Pennsdale, in male bowhunter; Nathan Haefka, of Wyalusing, in male bowhunter; and David Fox, of Coburn, in male bowhunter.

“We had a great showing, placing six archers on the All-East team. It takes many arrows to get there. It’s a great honor and l was proud to see so many Penn College archers up there,” coach Chad Karstetter said.

Individually, Butler and Zach Williamson, of Mill Hall, in male compound, placed third, while in team rounds, Alpaugh, Haefka and Fox were second in male bowhunter; Butler and Alpaugh were second in mixed bowhunter; Burk and Quarry were second in mixed recurve; and Sabrina Toplovich, of Spring Creek, and Williamson were third in mixed compound – all of which helped contribute to the Wildcats’ second-place finish to James Madison.

In all, 14 teams and 105 archers competed.

“It was a short weekend of shooting due to the weather,” Karstetter explained.

“The weather stations were calling for severe thunderstorms on Sunday so the tournament was cut in half. This means that, instead of having 72 arrows to qualify, you get 36, and also less arrows for the elimination round and team rounds. We also shot the qualification round, mixed team rounds and eliminations on Saturday, which made a long day. I felt it hurt us a little because just when you start getting into a rhythm, the round was over. We were pleased with the team rounds. They were close in scores when we were knocked off. If we had full rounds, the results could have much different,” the coach added.

“There were many talented teams competing this weekend, and even though we did not field all the events, we shot strong enough for a second-place overall finish. Coaches and archers were very pleased,” said Karstetter, who is assisted by Dustin Bartron.

Next up will be the U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championships at Darree Fields Park in Dublin, Ohio, May 16-19.

On Wednesday in the Keuka College Spring Invitational at Lakeside Country Club, Penn College finished second in an 11-team field. Utica College took team honors with a 316, followed by Penn College 330, SUNY Cobleskill 335, Hobart 336, Oswego State 336, Medaille College 338, Utica College “B” 339, Keuka 343, Nazareth College 343, Morrisville State College 357 and Keuka College “B” 396. Utica’s Patrick Coughlin medaled with a 72 while individually for Penn College, Tyler Marks, of Beachwood, New Jersey, tied for fourth with an 80; Austin Moscariello, of New Columbia, tied for seventh with an 81; Ned Baumbach, of Elizabethtown, tied for 17th with an 83; and Sean McNamara, of Lancaster, and Brian Whelan, of Cresco, tied for 30th with 86s.

On Tuesday in nonconference action at Penn State Altoona, Penn College lost by scores of 10-9 and 16-7. In the opener, the Wildcats led 4-0 after the top of the first inning only to see the home team go on top with seven runs after two frames and it never trailed again. Alex Zelger, of Red Lion, was one of five Penn College players with multiple hits – he had a team-high three – in a 15-hit attack that included a home run by Sam Zeigler, of Palmyra. Connor Burke, of St. Clair, ended with three runs batted in. Wildcats’ starting pitcher Cody Nelson, of South Williamsport, went 1⅔ innings and took the loss. In the nightcap, Penn State Altoona had two six-run innings to put the game away. Jacob Carles, of Bernville, homered and plated two runs for Penn College. Wildcats’ starting pitcher Luis Rodriguez, of Bronx, New York, dropped to 0-1.

After losing two one-run North Eastern Athletic Conference games on April 7 to Keuka College, the Wildcats returned to New York state on Wednesday to complete their three-game series and came home with a 9-4 win. Penn College built an early 5-2 lead after two innings and added two more runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to make a winner out of starting pitcher Bradley Walter, of Williamsport. Relief pitcher Trevor Dolin, of New Bloomfield, got the save with four innings of work. Alex Flicker, of Topton, led the Wildcats’ offense with four hits, three runs scored and an RBI. Burke ended the game with three RBIs.

Facing nemesis Penn State Berks on the road Saturday, Penn College lost by scores of 8-3 and 13-12. In the first game, the Wildcats out-hit Berks, but stranded seven base runners. All three Penn College runs were scored in the sixth inning, including a home run by Brittan Kittle, of Millville. Zelger paced the offense with three hits. Nathan Holt, of Shippensburg, went the distance on the mound for Penn College and dropped to 2-4. In the second contest, the Wildcats built an 8-1 lead after the top of the fifth inning, but Berks erupted with 12 runs over the next four frames before Penn College made it close at the finish with a four-run ninth. Carles hit home runs in the first and third innings for the Wildcats, plating four runs. Kittle also homered in the third frame and Ethan Ketterman, of Biglerville, drilled a three-run homer in the ninth. Hunter Jordan, of Middleburg, the second of four Penn College pitchers, dropped to 0-1 with the loss.

Hungry for a victory after seven losses in their last eight games, the Wildcats bolted to a 7-2 lead over Penn State Berks after three innings on Sunday behind starting pitcher Walter in the weekend series finale. But defending conference champ Berks rallied for 15 runs over the next three frames en route to its 18-12 win as Penn College dropped to 6-17 overall and 4-5 in the NEAC. Carles had three hits for the Wildcats and Richard Lennon, of Morgantown, homered and was one of four Penn College players who drove in two runs each. Dolin, the second of five Penn College pitchers, dropped to 0-2 in taking the loss. Lifetime, Penn College is 4-13 against Berks.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (records through Sunday): Host Penn State Abington (15-12 overall, 8-1 NEAC), 2, 3 p.m. Friday; host Penn State Abington, noon Saturday.

Last meeting vs. Penn State Abington: Won 9-4 on May 12.

NEAC standings through Sunday: Penn State Abington 8-1, Penn State Berks 7-2, SUNY Cobleskill 6-3, Keuka College 6-3, SUNY Poly 4-4, Penn College 4-5, Lancaster Bible College 4-5, Wells College 4-5, Cazenovia College 1-7, Gallaudet University 0-9.

Statistically speaking in the NEAC Top 10: Sanders is No. 1 with a 1.62 earned run average, Carles is tied for No. 3 with five home runs, Holt is tied for No. 5 with 31 strikeouts, Dolin and Gilbert are tied for No. 5 with one save, Kittle is tied for No. 7 with four home runs, Carles is No. 8 with a .402 batting average, Flicker is No. 9 with a .389 batting average, Holt is No. 10 with a 4.42 ERA.

In nonconference play on Tuesday at Susquehanna University, the Wildcats lost 16-4 and 8-2. In the first contest, Susquehanna jumped on Penn College starting pitcher Morgan Heritage, of New Castle, Delaware, early and coasted from there. Olivia Hemstock, of Northford, Connecticut, led the Penn College offense with two of the team’s four hits. In the second game, the home team again led early, this time against Wildcats’ starter Kyla Benner, of Bethlehem, and went on for the sweep. Hemstock had two more hits and scored twice while teammate Kylie Shreiner, of East Petersburg, had two hits and drove in two runs.

On Saturday in NEAC play at Cazenovia College, Penn College won, 5-3 in five innings, and lost, 6-5 in eight innings, going to 12-12 overall and 4-4 in the conference. In the opener, Penn College took control early with a seven-run first inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Maddie Wenk, of Biglerville. Taylor Brooks, of Cogan Station, went 3 for 3 hitting with three RBIs and one run scored to back the six-strikeout pitching of Benner, who improved to 5-3. In the nightcap, Penn College led 4-0 early before the home team tied the score after six innings and pulled out its win with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth after Penn College had gone ahead 5-4 in the top half of the inning. Taylor Krow, of Mechanicsburg, had four hits in the game and Brooks drove in two runs. Heritage went the distance on the mound for Penn College, striking out seven, but dropped to 3-7 with the loss.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (records through Sunday): Host Gallaudet University (10-16 overall, 2-10 NEAC), 2, 3 p.m. Friday; host Lancaster Bible College (11-17 overall, 5-7 NEAC), 2, 1 p.m. Saturday.

Last meeting vs. Gallaudet University: First meeting.

Last meeting vs. Lancaster Bible College: First meeting.

NEAC South Division standings through Sunday: Penn State Abington 4-0, Penn State Berks 2-0, College of St. Elizabeth 3-1, Lancaster Bible College 1-3, Penn College 0-2, Gallaudet University 0-4.

NEAC North Division standings through Sunday:  SUNY Cobleskill 3-1, Keuka College 3-1, SUNY Poly 2-2, Cazenovia College 1-1, Morrisville State College 1-1, Wells College 0-4.

Statistically speaking in the NEAC Top 10: Brooks is tied for No. 3 with 23 runs batted in, Heritage is No. 3 with 66 strikeouts and No. 9 with a 3.18 ERA, Benner is tied for No. 1 with one save, No. 8 with 44 strikeouts and tied for No. 9 with five wins.

Men's tennis
Hosting Marywood University in nonconference play on Saturday, Penn College won, 9-0, to improve to 5-4 overall. Winning both their singles and doubles matches for the Wildcats were Tucker Phillippe-Johansson, of Mattituck, New York, at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles; Blake Whitmire, of Shickshinny, at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles; Will DeMarco, of Glen Mills, at No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles; Joe Morrin, of Morrisville, at No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles; and Stephen Helminiak, of Williamsport, at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles.

Early last week, it was announced that Helminiak, a senior, was named North Eastern Athletic Conference men’s tennis player of the week. Helminiak finished the week with a 2-0 record in both singles and doubles against NEAC teams.

NEAC standings through Sunday: Lancaster Bible College 4-0, Penn State Abington 2-1, Penn College 2-2, Penn State Berks 1-2, College of St. Elizabeth 0-4.

Women's tennis
In nonconference home action on Saturday with Marywood University, the Wildcats lost, 9-0, to drop to 1-7 overall.

NEAC standings through Sunday: Penn State Abington 3-0, Lancaster Bible College 3-1, Penn State Berks 2-1, Penn College 1-3, College of St. Elizabeth 0-4.

Overall: 6-17
NEAC: 4-5
Tuesday, April 9 – at Penn State Altoona (2), L, 10-9; L, 16-7
Wednesday, April 10 – at Keuka College (NEAC), W, 9-4
Saturday, April 13 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC, 2), L, 8-3; L, 13-12
Sunday, April 14 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC), L, 18-12
Wednesday, April 17 – host Mt. Aloysius at Bowman Field, 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 18 – host Cabrini University at Bowman Field, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, April 19 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC) at Bowman Field, 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 20 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC, 2) at Bowman Field, noon
Tuesday, April 23 – at Mansfield University (2), 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 – at Gallaudet University (NEAC, 2), 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 28 – at Gallaudet University (NEAC), noon
Tuesday, April 30 – host Juniata College (2) at Bowman Field, 1 p.m.
Friday, May 3 – host SUNY Poly (NEAC) at Bowman Field, 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 4 – host SUNY Poly (NEAC) at Bowman Field, noon
Tuesday, May 7 – NEAC playoffs begin, TBA
Friday, May 10 – NEAC Championship Tournament, TBA

Overall: 12-12
NEAC: 4-4
Tuesday, April 9 – at Susquehanna University (2), L, 16-4; L, 8-2
Saturday, April 13 – at Cazenovia College (NEAC, 2), W, 11-3 in 5 innings; L, 6-5 in 8 innings
Sunday, April 14 – at Wells College (NEAC, 2), ppd.
Friday, April 19 – host Gallaudet University (NEAC, 2) at Elm Park, 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 20 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC, 2) at Elm Park, 1 p.m.
Friday, April 26 – at Penn State Abington (NEAC, 2), 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 – at College of St. Elizabeth (NEAC, 2), 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30 – NEAC playoffs begin, TBA
Friday, May 3 – NEAC Final Four, TBA

Men’s Tennis
Overall: 5-4 (1-2 fall)
NEAC: 2-2
Saturday, April 13 – host Marywood University, W, 9-0
Monday, April 15 – at Misericordia University, 4 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, April 25-26 – NEAC Championships at Birchwood Tennis Center, Clarks Summit

Women’s Tennis
Overall: 1-7 (0-3 fall)
NEAC: 1-3
Saturday, April 13 – host Marywood University, L, 9-0
Monday, April 15 – at Misericordia University, 4 p.m.
Wednesday April 17 – at Susquehanna University, 3 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, April 26-27 – NEAC Championships at Birchwood Tennis Center, Clarks Summit

Wednesday, April 10 – Keuka College Spring Invitational at Lakeside Country Club, finished 2nd in an 11-team field
Tuesday, April 16 – Gettysburg College Spring Invitational at Hanover Country Club, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23 – Elmira College Spring Invitational at Elmira County Club, 11 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28 – NEAC Championships at Foxchase Golf Club, Stevens

Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14 – Adam Wheatcroft Memorial/U.S. Archery East Regionals at James Madison University, finished 2nd among 14 teams
Thursday-Sunday, May 16-19 – U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championships at Darree Fields Park, Dublin, Ohio.

For more about NEAC, visit the conference website.

For more information, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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