Wildcats Men’s Soccer Hosts Hornets

The Penn College Wildcats men’s soccer team hosts the Shenandoah Hornets Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at UPMC Field on stream 2 and News Talk 104.1 & 1600 WEJS.

Wildcats Host Pioneers Sunday in Women’s Soccer

The Penn College Wildcats women’s soccer team hosts the Alfred State Pioneers Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at UPMC Field on stream 2 and News Talk 104.1 & 1600 WEJS.

Wildcats Open Tri-Meet With Pioneers

The Penn College Wildcats host a tri-meet Saturday in Bardo Gymnasium against the Alfred State Pioneers at 10:00 a.m. on stream 2 and News Talk 104.1 & 1600 WEJS. Followed at 2:00 p.m. with a match against the Cairn University Highlanders.

Never Forget 9/11 And Our Brave Soldiers

Photo Courtesy: Cronomer Valley Fire District

By: Todd Bartley, Managing Member, News Talk 104.1

As we honor those we lost on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 so many memories of that day come flooding back to me having lived in Eastern North Carolina at the time.

The one memory that has resonated with me is the effect it had on our friends and staff serving at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and so many military families across the globe.

The memory is of the call I received from one of our radio station staff members a short time after the first plane hit the World Trade Center, he said, “we’re going to war.”

You see, he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina home to some of our nation’s finest fighting men and women. Proudly serving as the “Home of Expeditionary Forces in Readiness” which means they willingly, bravely and courageously go first into battle.

Goldsboro is west of Kinston where my wife and I called home and hearing the thunder of military aircraft engines from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base still loudly echoes with me today.

Cherry Point Air Station is due east on Highway 70, they had aircraft roaring and soaring nearly immediately. Camp Lejeune came alive with activity since no one knew where the next attack would be coming from.

Having previously lived in the Tidewater Virginia area; the same types of activities were simultaneously going on there with the naval fleet and all the military aircraft in that region.

On that day just like every other day, soldiers who we and so many other Americans and those around the globe have great respect for; selflessly ran toward and into an unknown darkness and evil this country had never seen or experienced on its own soil before.

Those soldiers, many of whom were first responders, including fire firefighters, police officers, port authority police officers, medical personnel, veterans, active duty military and civilians running to the aid of others to try and rescue them. Others were trying to provide aid and comfort to those in need.

Instinctively, they ran toward burning buildings, injured co-workers and folks they had never met before. Complete strangers forged a bond on a flight that ended in a field in this very Commonwealth fighting for their very lives until giving their last full measure for each other.

For anyone to even attempt to misappropriate the term “soldier” is offensive to not only this author but to the countless markers at Arlington National Cemetery and every single family that has laid a loved one to rest for giving their full measure in service to this great nation.

For those that have served, you have my utmost respect and that of a grateful nation.

For those that have been wounded in service to our great nation, you also are the bravest among us. The radio stations proudly stand in support of you daily and with our relationship of the Wounded Warrior Project.

For those in my late grandfather’s generation who served in World War II (Indian, Burma China theater) and the Korean War, indeed you are the greatest generation.

We will never forget those who were sent to Vietnam and your sacrifice as well as those called to serve in the Gulf Wars and Afghanistan and the conflicts past and present all over the globe the United States leads the way in every day.

Those Expeditionary Unit Marines from Camp Lejeune are a special bunch; they go where others fear to go. They serve like no other. They set quite an example for the rest of the military.

Make no mistake, this author has had the good fortune to know those that have accepted the honor of accepting the call to West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy and yes the crucible of Marine Corps University and to know, work and play alongside those who CHOSE to serve this nation.

That staff member was indeed correct, after the unspeakable carnage of this day, 9-11-01 the country unified as one in grief which quickly turned to resolve to find those responsible and our brave soldiers went to war.

From the Marine Corps University archives, 29 October 2001 – The 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Anti-terrorism) was reactivated after nearly ten years. Operating out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the unit, built around an existing infantry battalion, will combine elements of the Marine Security Guard Battalion, Marine Security Forces Battalion, and Chemical/Biological Incidence Response Force (CBIRF). A Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST) will also be formed to strengthen the 4th MEB (AT). Quickly responding to the need for such a force in the wake of the 11 September attacks, the Marine Corps formally announced plans to create an anti-terrorism brigade 4 October.

Those Marines knew their missions and carried them out faithfully, while looking after the brother to their left and their sister in arms to their right. These brave fighting men and women did so and do so now; as so many generations before them. Serving God, Country and each other while keeping us and millions more around the globe safe.

In that conflict, we lost some of our greatest treasure, our soldiers who gave their full measure. Others came home battered and broken in more ways than just physically. They all need our unrelenting care and support today and every day going forward.

Never forget, our freedom is not free; generations of soldiers have paid it forward and those serving today pay for it every day. We must never forget that.

Visiting Jacksonville, North Carolina this past summer, our family drove past so many homes of our precious Marines along with countless men and women who serve in our Armed Forces. While on the way to the beach we went past the Cherry Point Air Station and those roaring echos came back.

Thinking back on that day and the days that followed September 11 nearly 20 years ago now, with oversees deployments it made my heart sink. Knowing that almost certainly some would not be coming home alive.

A soldier is one who is selfless among so many other amazing traits.

Anyone using the word soldier to describe anyone who has not served in the military is being disrespectful to those who have served, fought, bled and died in the service of this nation.

It is quite simply ignorant and it disgraces the person doing it and the person referred too with that term.

It is shameful!

We call those who have served Veterans and they ironically enough have just two National Holidays when in reality it should be every day we thank them.

Veterans Day we honor those who serve and who have served.

My father has given more Memorial Day addresses in our hometown cemetery to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our nation.

Today especially, to those who experienced loss on this day in 2011 you are forever in our thoughts and prayers.

Today and every day going forward, when you see a soldier, a veteran or a family member of those who serve show them the respect they deserve.

They have obviously earned it.

We must Never Forget our soldiers as well as those we lost on September 11,, 2001.

Battle For The Lumber Wednesday Night

Penn College hosts Lycoming in Men’s Soccer in the Battle For The Lumber at 7 p.m. on Wednesday Presented by the Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships right here on NewsTalk 104.1 & 1600 & Stream 2.

Colts With No Luck Face Chargers

The Colts begin the season after Andrew Luck retired and face the Chargers at 4:00 PM Sunday on News Talk 104.1 and 1600 WEJS.

Pirates Wrap Home Series With Cardinals

The Pirates wrap an early September home series with the Cardinals on Sunday, coverage begins with The Neal Huntington Show at 12:35 pm on NewsTalk 104.1 & 1600.

Wildcats Weekly For September 8, 2019

Penn College golf, women’s tennis teams set to open

The last two of eight Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports teams are scheduled to start their seasons this week as golfers go Wednesday at the Keuka College Invitational and women’s tennis opens Saturday hosting Elizabethtown College on the Elm Park courts.



With just three of his top nine players returning from last season, coach Matt Haile is hopeful that work and improvement this fall will pay dividends during North Eastern Athletic Conference play in the spring.

Senior Austin Moscariello of New Columbia and juniors Sean McNamara of Lancaster and Jordan Wise of McClure are expected to be among the starters when the Wildcats open their five-match fall season, according to Haile.

Others with an inside track in the early going are freshmen Kohltin Bartlow of Montgomery, Alex Acree of Brookville, Eli Francic of Franklin and Mikey Miller of Montgomery.

“Kohltin is a local player from Montgomery who had a lot of success in high school and has a very good attitude and all-around good game, shooting in the low to mid-70s. Acree is a transfer who played at Penn State Dubois and had success in the Penn State University Athletic Conference, with scores averaging in the 70s to low 80s,” said Haile, who is starting his 11th season.

“I’m hopeful to build upon our success from last season (Penn College finished third in the NEAC the last two years), and continue to work toward getting better than the day before and striving to meet our goals we set at the beginning of the season,” Haile said.

“We have a young team with only one staple of our lineup returning (Moscariello, who was an all-conference second team honoree and tied for 10th individually). I’m looking for our players to go out this fall season and get a feel for collegiate play and managing their class schedules and practice schedules. With a young squad, this is always a concern the first semester — getting them to manage their time accordingly and then managing their mental game during this difficult transition while they are competing in a match,” Haile said.

“Our team’s strengths will be the drive they have to get better. All of the guys on the team love to compete and I can see that drive when we are at practice working on different aspects of their games. With a little coaching and more reps, I’m confident that we can get them headed in the right direction toward success,” the coach said.

“With two weeks of practice under our belts, I see the need for better short game and course management. I see a lot our freshman not having the confidence on the greens when presented with a difficult putt/chip. We will need to work a lot on building that confidence and working on our techniques to make better attempts at salvaging pars and bogeys,” Haile said.

“Keys to our success this season will be how consistent we can be each match at new courses that most of the team will be playing for the first time. The players will need to adapt quickly to the green speeds and trust their swings on unfamiliar courses,” Haile continued.

“My outlook for the fall is to build confidence in each of the players by working on the areas that we need to improve in. By working on the areas of their games that they struggle in, will hopefully build the confidence they need when they are presented with shots in competition. I hear a lot of them set themselves up to fail before they even hit the shot. If we get the reps in and change the mindset that they CAN hit the shot, I think this will serve us well for the future,” Haile said.

Over the summer, Haile teamed with Ed Gunkle of Selinsgrove to win the Williamsport Country Club Invitational.

Women’s tennis

When Jessica Bower took over as coach last spring she inherited a team that had gone winless the previous fall. Although the spring season produced just one win — against six losses — valuable experience was gained as the rebuilding process continues.

Returning players include junior Cassie Shook of Westport at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles and sophomores Alexis Youse of Pottsville at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles, Marcie Harman of Nescopeck at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles and Deirdre Satterly of Shippensburg at No. 3 doubles.

Newcomers who will add some much-needed depth to the lineup are freshman Olivia Eisenhauer of New Columbia at No. 1 singles and doubles, sophomore Tijana Mrkalj of Pittsburgh at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles and freshman Taylor Shipman of Cogan Station at No. 5 singles.

“We are going to be a stronger team this year,” Bower said. “Our team is young and we will be building on our skills to become stronger and more consistent throughout the fall.

“Our strengths are that these are a group of ladies who are working very hard to improve skills and have the desire to get better and win matches.

“Since we are a young team, we need to continue to play together to get to know each other’s playing style, especially in doubles. Some of the ladies have challenging class schedules, which makes it difficult to pair them together during practice. We still have time to work that out before our first match and we will continue that work during the fall nonconference season.”

The key to success, according to the coach, will be “experience. Gaining playing and match experience will be the key to improving this season. The freshmen are great additions to the team but we will continue practicing, playing matches and the experience will come.

“We will be a competitive force this year. We have some very consistent players and that works well in tennis. You don’t have to hit the ball hard, but you do have to hit it in bounds to keep the point going. All of our lineup is able to be consistent and we will keep building on that during the season. I am really excited to improve our record from last year and see this great group of ladies improve.”

Conference play takes place in the spring.


Men’s soccer

In its home opener Tuesday on its new synthetic turf field, Penn College fought back from an 0-2 first-half deficit to tie the match before Keystone College had the final say in the 71st minute for its 3-2 win. The nonconference loss dropped the Wildcats to 0-3. Scoring for Penn College were Colton Wartman of Ellicott City, Maryland, unassisted and Josiah Potts of Brooklyn, New York, on an assist by Dylan Snyder of Northumberland. Keystone led in shots, 14-11 (9-6 on goal, and in corner kicks, 8-5.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (records through Sunday): At Penn State Harrisburg (2-3 overall, 0-0 NEAC), 1 p.m. Saturday.

Last meeting vs. Penn State Harrisburg: First-time opponent.

Women’s soccer

At St. Joseph’s College Saturday, the Wildcats scored late (88:31) on a goal by Erica Gallagher of Wyoming, assisted by Dominique Brown of Benton, to tie the match at 1 and, after two overtime periods, that’s the way things ended. Penn College led in shots, 19-15 (St. Joseph’s led in shots on goal, 9-8), and St. Joseph’s led in corner kicks, 7-4. Wildcats’ goalkeeper Taylor Gonzales of Lititz made eight saves.

Right back in action Sunday at College of Staten Island, Penn College fell behind 2-0 after the home team scored twice in the first 5:47. The Wildcats got on the board at 47:49 on a goal by Morgan Brooks of Bellefonte before Staten Island made it 3-1 in the 64th minute. Brown then got Penn College’s final goal in the 82nd minute to end the scoring in a 3-2 Wildcats’ loss that moved them to 0-2-1 on the season. Penn College led in shots, 15-14, but Staten Island led in shots on goal, 7-5, and corner kicks, 7-5.

In North Eastern Athletic Conference action this week (record through Sunday): At Penn State Harrisburg (1-4 overall, 0-0 NEAC), 3 p.m. Saturday.

Last meeting vs. Penn State Harrisburg: Lost 2-0 last Sept. 19. (0-5 lifetime).

Women’s volleyball

Hosting Fairleigh Dickinson University Florham in its home opener Wednesday, Penn College lost, 3-0, to drop to 0-4 on the season. FDU led in points, 47-30; kills, 34-26; aces, 13-3; and assists, 31-25. The Wildcats led in digs, 49-48. Coryn Oswald of Langhorne led Penn College with 14 kills, Hannah Burnett of Middlebury Center was tops with 12 assists and Emalie Marnati of Canton was the leader in digs with 10.

Men’s tennis

In its season opener Saturday against Susquehanna University, Penn College lost, 9-0.

Men’s-women’s cross-country

Running at the Steven A. Ward Invitational at SUNY Cobleskill Saturday, Penn College ended sixth in an 11-team field. Matt Leiby of Danville topped the Wildcats with a 12th-place finish in a field of 96 over the 8K course in 29:08.

The Penn College women finished last in a 10-team field. Katie Plankenhorn of Montoursville led Penn College runners of the 6K course by finishing 49th with a time of 31:26.


Men’s soccer

Overall: 0-3

NEAC: 0-0

Tuesday, Sept. 3 – host Keystone College, L, 3-2

Wednesday, Sept. 11 – host Lycoming College, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14 – at Penn State Harrisburg (NEAC), 1 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 15 – host Shenandoah University, 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21 – host Gallaudet University (NEAC), 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 25 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC), 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Penn State Abington (NEAC), 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 1 – at King’s College, 7 p.m.

Women’s soccer

Overall: 0-2-1

NEAC: 0-0

Saturday, Sept. 7 – at St. Joseph’s College, T, 1-1, 2 OT

Sunday, Sept. 8 – at College of Staten Island, L, 3-2

Saturday, Sept. 14 – at Penn State Harrisburg (NEAC), 3 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 15 – host Alfred State, 2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19 – host Keystone College, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21 – host Gallaudet University (NEAC), 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 25 – at Penn State Berks (NEAC), 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Penn State Abington (NEAC), 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 2 – host Lycoming College (Battle for the Lumber), 7 p.m.

Women’s volleyball

Overall: 0-4

NEAC: 0-0

Wednesday, Sept. 4 – host Fairleigh Dickinson Florham, L, 3-0, 25-13, 25-17, 25-20

Wednesday, Sept. 11 – vs. Marywood University at Misericordia University, 6 p.m.; at Misericordia University, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14 – host Alfred State, 10 a.m., host Cairn University, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 18 – at Alfred State, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19 – host Penn State Berks (NEAC), 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21 – at Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 11 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 26 – at Penn State Harrisburg (NEAC), 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Hood College triangular vs. Lycoming College, noon; vs. Hood College, 2 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5 – host Gallaudet University (NEAC), 11 a.m.; host Elmira College, 3 p.m.

Men’s cross-country

Saturday, Sept. 7 – Steven A. Ward Invitational at SUNY Cobleskill, finished 6th in an 11-team field

Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Cazenovia College Invitational, 11 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5 – Bud Smitley Invitational at Penn State Harrisburg, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 12 – at DeSales Invitational, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19 – at Gettysburg College Invitational, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 2 – NEAC Championships at SUNY Cobleskill, 11 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 16 – NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships at Bethlehem, TBA

End of season

Women’s cross-country

Saturday, Sept. 7 – Steven A. Ward Invitational at SUNY Cobleskill, finished 10th in a 10-team field

Saturday, Sept. 28 – at Cazenovia College Invitational, 11 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5 – Bud Smitley Invitational at Penn State Harrisburg, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 12 – at DeSales Invitational, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19 – at Gettysburg College Invitational, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 2 – NEAC Championships at SUNY Cobleskill, 11 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 16 – NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships at Bethlehem, TBA

End of season


Wednesday, Sept. 11 – at Keuka College Invitational, 10 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 23 – host Williamsport Country Club Invitational, noon

Monday, Sept. 30 – at Penn State Hazleton Invitational, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 8 – at Gettysburg College Invitational, 12:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 21 – at Lebanon Valley College Invitational, noon

End of season

Men’s tennis

Overall record: 0-1

Saturday, Sept. 7 – host Susquehanna University at Elm Park, L, 9-0

Saturday, Sept. 14 – host Elizabethtown College at Elm Park, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21 – at Marywood University, 11 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 3 – host Lycoming College at Elm Park, 4 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 6 – at King’s College, 2 p.m.

End of season

Women’s tennis

Overall record: 0-0

Saturday, Sept. 14 – host Elizabethtown College at Elm Park, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21 – at Marywood University, 11 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 2 – host Lycoming College at Elm Park, 4 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 6 – at King’s College, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 13 – host Berkeley College at Elm Park, 2 p.m.

End of season

Warriors and Bulldogs Try To Stay Unbeaten

Jersey Shore heads to Montoursville in the Week 3 Fairfield Auto Group High School Football Game of the Week on News Talk 104.1 FM, 1600 AM and stream 2 of

Congressman Keller Visits with News Talk 104.1

Congressman Fred Keller visited with Todd Bartley, General Manager of News Talk 104.1 yesterday in Lewisburg regarding issues facing (PA 12).