Wildcats Weekly #35

Penn College golfers set for conference championships

Despite another up-and-down week weather-wise, most Pennsylvania College of Technology athletic teams saw action and for the golfers the season is about to conclude.


Competing last Monday in the Dutchmen Spring Invitational at Lebanon Country Club, the Wildcats placed seventh in a 14-team field. Individually for Penn College, Corey Teeple, of Lake Ariel, fired a 79 on the 6,272-yard par 72 course and finished tied for 16th among 74 players. Also for Penn College, Calvin Foust, of Palmyra, carded an 82; Sam Bubb, of Williamsport, shot an 83; Mike Saccoman, of Kingston, New York, shot an 89; and Jordan Hillegas, of Lancaster, shot a 96. Messiah College, led by medalist Austin Galaska who shot a 72, topped the team scoring with a 298 and was followed by PSU Harrisburg with a 312, Neumann 313, Elizabethtown 316, Albright 320, Alvernia 328, Penn College 333, Lebanon Valley 334, Widener 338, DeSales 339, Delaware Valley 353, PSU Berks 359, Lycoming College 373 and FDU-Florham 374.

On Wednesday, the Wildcats are scheduled to play in the Keuka Spring Invitational and then they wrap up their spring season Saturday and Sunday in the North Eastern Athletic Conference championships at Pennsauken, N.J., Country Club.


“It’s been an interesting season so far. The weather hasn’t cooperated not only for us, but for all of our sports,” said coach Matt Haile. “The guys are making some strides, they’re finding their swing, but it’s been slow-going with the weather.

“I was pleased with their last match. Most of our lineup was under 90 on a course that we had never played, so I think they are coming along,” the sixth-year coach continued.


“We have a match (Wednesday) that I think will be a good practice round for them for the weekend championships,” Haile added.

Golfers will have a practice round on the 6,250-yard Pennsauken CC course on Friday.

“They will get a feel for it (on Friday) and then it’s go-time on Saturday and Sunday (with 18 holes being played each day.

“I think the key is staying patient … staying within themselves, not getting down on bad shots and just staying within their game,” Haile added.

In addition to Penn College, seven other teams are expected to compete. They are Keuka College, Morrisville State, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, host Rutgers-Camden, SUNY Cobleskill and Wilson College.



A three-run home run in the seventh inning by Zach Weil, of Kutztown, lifted Penn College to a 5-3 non-conference win at Elmira College on Tuesday, extending the Wildcats’ win streak to three. Also for Penn College, Carlos Rodriguez, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, went 3 for 4 and scored twice. Kyle Fox, of Fleetwood, picked up the win with four innings of scoreless relief pitching and Zach Junk, of Cabot, earned his second save.

At the University of Scranton on Thursday, Scranton scored five runs in the first two innings and added five more in the fourth en route to a 10-8 non-conference win. James Simasek, of Landenberg, and Noah Esposito, of Williamsport, each had three hits in the loss while Jeremy Rall, of Williamsport, had two hits and scored two runs and Rodriguez had two hits and drove in three runs.

On Saturday in NEAC action at Penn State Berks, the Wildcats split, winning 4-2 and losing 3-1. In the win, Ryan Hostrander, of Williamsport, pitched seven strong innings, striking out nine while walking just one and giving up one run in improving to 2-1. Deric Ellerman, of Landisburg, went 3 for 4 at the plate. In the nightcap, Berks made a three-run third inning stand up for its win. Noah Esposito, of Williamsport, had two hits for Penn College as it dropped to 5-10 overall.

After Saturday’s games in the NEAC, Penn State Abington was 4-0, Cazenovia College and SUNY Poly both 2-0, Penn College 1-1, Lancaster Bible, Gallaudet and Penn State Berks all 1-3 and Keuka College 0-2.



Playing at home for the first time this season, the Lady Wildcats took two NEAC games from Cazenovia College on Saturday by scores of 11-10 in 11 innings and 8-0 in six innings. In the first game, Katie Kratzer, of Lynch Station, Virginia, went 4 for 6 with four runs batted in and three runs scored, but it was her last hit – a single to center – that drove in the winning run. Macie Lucas, of Reedsville, ended 3 for 5 at the plate with three RBI. Pitcher Arika Stopper, of Williamsport, went the distance on the mound, striking out 11 and walking two. In the second game, Shelby Lyter, of Allensville, pitched five shutout innings and helped her own cause by driving in three runs while Lucas went 4 for 4, including a double, drove in three runs and scored twice as the team improved to 5-11 overall.

After Saturday’s games in the NEAC, SUNY Cobleskill was 4-0, Cazenovia 4-3, Penn College 3-3, Keuka College 2-2, Morrisville State 2-5 and SUNY Poly 0-2.


Women’s tennis

Hosting Wells College in NEAC action at the West Branch Tennis Club on Thursday, Penn College lost, 8-1. Melissa Stabley, of Cogan Station, was the lone Lady Wildcat winner at No. 1 singles.

On Saturday at St. Elizabeth College, Penn College won, 9-0. Winners in both singles and doubles for the Wildcats were Stabley; Morgan Blackwell, of Beech Creek; Rachel Gordon, of Greencastle; Rachel Walker, of Lewisburg; Erin Jacob, of Royersford; and Mikaila Lugo-Schlegel, of Lebanon, as the team went to 2-8 overall.

After Saturday’s matches in the NEAC West Division, Penn State Abington was 4-0, Keuka College 2-0, Wells College 3-1, Penn College 2-2, Penn State Berks 1-1, Lancaster Bible and Bryn Athyn both 0-2 and St. Elizabeth 0-4.


Men’s tennis

After Saturday’s matches in the NEAC West Division, Penn State Abington was 3-0, Penn College, Penn State Berks and Lancaster Bible all 1-1, Keuka College 0-1 and Bryn Athyn 0-2.




Overall record: 5-10

NEAC record: 1-1

Tuesday, April 7 – at Elmira College, W, 5-3

Wednesday, April 8 – at King’s College, ppd.

Thursday, April 9 – at Scranton, L, 10-8

Saturday, April 11 – at Penn State Berks, W, 4-2; L, 3-1

Sunday, April 12 – at Penn State Abington (2), noon and 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15 –host Baptist Bible College at Bowman Field (2), 2 and 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 18 – host Gallaudet University at Bowman Field (2), 1 and 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 19 – host Lancaster Bible College at Bowman Field (2), noon and 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 25 – host Cazenovia College at Bowman Field (2), 1 and 3 p.m.


Overall record: 5-11

NEAC record: 3-3

Tuesday, April 7 – at Misericordia University (2), ppd.

Wednesday, April 8 – at Keuka College (2), ppd. to Monday

Saturday, April 11 – host Cazenovia College, W, 11-10 in 11 innings; W, 8-0

Sunday, April 12 – host Morrisville State College at Elm Park (2), 1 and 3 p.m.

Monday, April 13 – at Keuka College (2), 3 and 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14 – host Alfred University at Elm Park (2), 3 and 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 16 – host Lycoming College at Elm Park (2), 3 and 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 18 – host Keuka College at Elm Park (2), 1 and 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 19 – at Misericordia University (2), noon and 2 p.m.

Monday, April 20 – at Alfred State (2), 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 21 – at SUNY Poly (2), 4 and 6 p.m.

Men’s tennis

Overall record: 4-3

NEAC record: 1-1

Wednesday, April 8 – host Wilkes University, ppd.

Wednesday, April 15 – host Keuka College, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 17 – host Lancaster Bible College, 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 18 – host Penn State Berks, 10 a.m.

Sunday, April 19 – host Wilkes University, 1 p.m.

Monday, April 20 – at Rutgers-Camden, 4 p.m.

ThursdayFriday, April 23-24 – NEAC Tournament, TBA

Women’s tennis

Overall record: 2-8

NEAC record: 2-2

Thursday, April 9 – host Wells College, L, 8-1

Saturday, April 11 – at St. Elizabeth College, W, 9-0

Wednesday, April 15 – host Keuka College, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 17 – host Lancaster Bible College, 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 18 – host Penn State Berks, 10 a.m.

SaturdaySunday, April 25-26 – NEAC Tournament, TBA


Monday, April 6 – Dutchmen Spring Invitational at Lebanon Country Club, finished seventh in a 14-team field

Wednesday, April 15 – Keuka Spring Invitational at Lakeside Country Club

SaturdaySunday, April 18-19 – NEAC Championship at Pennsauken, N.J., Country Club