UPDATE: Crosscutters close offices based on Gov. Wolf COVID-19 order

Wildcats Weekly For March 23, 2020

Penn College softball video goes viral

The coronavirus may have taken Pennsylvania College of Technology players off the field but it hasn’t stopped them from playing and having fun as a “Virtual Catch” Facebook video posted by coach Angie Hunley is going viral.

Within three hours of its posting Saturday, the compilation (https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=541207856802460&external_log_id=53fb25430864193ff0512c888c2304c6&q=pct%20softball) had more than 6,000 views and in less than 24 hours that number had grown to over 27,000. And the numbers keep going up.

“I asked the team to send me videos to put it together,” Hunley said. “I had seen something on Twitter that a soccer player had done, they had done some juggling with a ball and then kicked it onto the next person, so I thought that is perfect, we should do that by playing catch.”

Hunley then asked her players to send her a short, creative clip of them receiving a ball and then tossing it off the screen.

“The videos slowly started coming in and by (Saturday) morning I had all 19 players and two coaches, so I put it together and posted it,” the first-year coach said.

Two clips that are her favorites show a player popping out of a trash bag, and the ending of the video where the ball plops into a cereal bowl and the player continues eating from it.

“Those two crack me up every time,” Hunley said.

“I had no idea that it was going to take off the way it did. I knew the quality of the video was going to entertain a lot of people, but I think what happened is the world of sports just needs something like that to provide entertainment and just ensure that we’re all doing OK without being out on the field right now,” Hunley said.

And the coach issued a challenge.

“We’d like to challenge any and all other teams to put together their own video. We’d love to see everyone else’s content,” she said.

2 players honored by NEAC

The season was short — just 10 games for the baseball team and nine games for the softball squad because of concerns over the coronavirus — but two Penn College athletes were awarded what may be the only weekly honors handed out by the North Eastern Athletic Conference this spring in their respective sports.

Last Monday, it was announced that senior baseball catcher Brittan Kittle, of Millville, had been named the Player of the Week and junior softball pitcher Morgan Heritage, of New Castle, Delaware, had been named the Pitcher of the Week for the period of March 8-14.

Kittle had a red-hot week at the plate, slashing a .500 batting average, .591 on-base percentage and a 1.222 slugging percentage in six games.

He totaled 12 hits, including four home runs, and drove in nine runs. Kittle picked up multiple hits in three games, including a four-hit, four-RBI, one-home run performance against Catholic University and he fielded from his catcher position with a 1.000 fielding percentage on 33 putouts.

Heritage earned four victories on the mound to go along with a 2.26 ERA and 33 strikeouts.

She hurled 31 innings and completed three games, striking out seven batters in two games, and sat down six batters in two other contests. Heritage highlighted her week with a 10-0 shutout of Cazenovia College by scattering five hits, striking out six, walking two and allowing no runs.

SCHEDULE/RECORDS/RESULTS

Baseball

Final overall: 5-5

NEAC: 0-0

Remainder of season canceled, coronavirus

Softball

Final overall: 5-4

NEAC: 0-0

Spring Break Tournament at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Remainder of season canceled, coronavirus

Archery

Remainder of season canceled, coronavirus

Women’s Tennis

Final overall: 1-5 (1-4 fall season)

NEAC: 0-0

Remainder of season canceled, coronavirus

Men’s Tennis

Final overall: 1-5 (1-4 fall season)

NEAC: 0-0

Remainder of season canceled, coronavirus

Golf

Spring season canceled, coronavirus

For more on Penn College athletics visit: www.pctwildcats.com

For more on the North Eastern Athletic Association visit: neacsports.com

BREAKING NEWS: White House & Governor Wolf COVID-19 Briefings on live

Coming up at 5:30 p.m. Fox Sports 92.7 & 1050 will carry a simulcast of News Talk 104.1 & 1600 WEJS with the White House Coronavirus Task Force Press Conference followed at 6 p.m. by Governor Wolf who will provide an update on COVID-19 efforts in Pennsylvania.

The White House Coronavirus Task Force is available online here.

Governor Wolf press conference is available online here.

 

An Open Letter from Lycoming College Director of Athletics Mike Clark

Dear Lycoming College Community,

As the director of athletics at Lycoming College, I can not tell you how heartbroken I am about the events that have transpired over the course of the last week regarding COVID-19. Nearly all NCAA sporting events scheduled for the months of March to May have already been canceled and the ones that haven’t been will likely be in the course of the next few days.

On Saturday evening, Lycoming College announced that it would move to a distance-learning model for the rest of the academic year. On Monday, the Middle Atlantic Conference canceled the rest of its 2019-20 athletic events. With reports from the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization urgently prompting us to practice social distancing, these are undoubtedly the right steps. These next two months will be like nothing that Lycoming College has witnessed in its 208-year history and nothing like our country has ever had to live through. We are being tasked with a great responsibility to do our best to keep each other healthy and at this time, one way to help prevent the spread of the disease is by not having gatherings of large groups. Having seen the news reports from Italy this weekend, I think we can see the importance of this task and trying not to overwhelm what could quickly become a taxed health system.

All of that is to say, I fully support the decision made by the College and the MAC. It is our intention in the coming months to work with our athletes, the College, the MAC and the NCAA to ensure that our athletes are given the best possible options moving forward with regards to their eligibility and their futures. Myself, our coaches and our administrative staff, including our compliance director, Joe Guistina, will be ready to handle any such queries as they are made.

That does not make the reality that members of our wrestling, softball, golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse and tennis teams will not be able to complete their athletic competitions this year any easier. Some of those teams were just hours away from competing in a national tournament – others were teams that had ambitions and the ability to compete for conference tournament slots and conference championships – still others were groups that had several players that were learning their games, quickly adapting to the pressures of collegiate athletics. We are proud of all of you for competing for Lycoming College.

To the seniors, I say thank you and I would like to take a moment to acknowledge all of you.

To Hadyn Swartwood, I can not imagine a more difficult end to a season than the one that you just endured. To be hours from competing in a national championship and not get that opportunity is something that left many of us in the athletic department speechless. You have handled the situation with grace, and we are so proud.

To Kayla Kline, Madison Brown and Darci Warriner – we have rarely, if ever, had many recruiting classes where all of its members were all-state selections in high school, but we found ourselves in that situation when you joined the softball team in 2017. The mark you left on the program is undeniable. I wish we had the remaining 32 games on the schedule to see how many records you could break. To see Kayla work back from a third knee injury suffered in January to be back on the field to compete in all eight games in South Carolina was an example of exactly the type of resilience that we try to instill in all of our student-athletes.

To Drew Collins, Grant Huff, Sam Pollock, Shain Quigley, Nick Russello and Max Crumlich – to not be able to see the six of you have a chance to compete for another conference tournament slot and a chance to reach the conference final, like you did last year, is painful. The amount of work that you put into the men’s lacrosse program is noticeable, both in the way you have carried yourselves in the past four years and the tremendous leaps that all six of you made as players.

To Bailey Parchesky, Hailey Kimble, Alexis Tchou, Natalie Schroeder, Kayla DiJoseph and Kaylee Long – thank you for your leadership on an incredibly young and inexperienced women’s lacrosse team. I know that it has been a long and difficult season in so many ways for you. We were so excited by the strides that the team was making under Coach Quigley’s leadership and to see the way that the team went out and competed on Wednesday at Albertus Magnus, when in many ways it seemed like chaos was closing in from all around, was exactly why all of us in the athletic department work in athletics. Your focus and resolve will be remembered.

To Hannah Summerson – we are so proud of you, the records that you have achieved, the amount of work that you have put into the sport of tennis. Your talent helped redefine a team that had struggled for several seasons and you were a true role model and a tireless worker. We are so sorry you will not get the chance to surpass 100 wins this year.

To Spencer Pedersen – thank you for your dedication to the men’s tennis team and your quiet and steadfast leadership with a young team this year. It will be remembered.

To Aaron Willsea, Joe Von Culin and Oliver Uy – thank you for joining and being a part of a developing golf team. Your ability to take with ease the challenges of one of the most frustrating games on Earth was welcomed by both your coach and our athletic department.

Thank you all again for the impact that you have made. We will see you all again. We are so proud that you are all Warriors.

In closing, I’d ask all of you to continue to support each other through this difficult time. Lycoming is a special place, but that has nothing to do with the campus.  It has to do with our people. All of you have formed strong bonds and created life-long friendships during your time here. I’m confident that these relationships will only grow stronger as we help each other move forward during this difficult time.

We hope to see you all soon!

Sincerely,

Mike Clark
Director of Athletics

BREAKING NEWS: Crosscutters Close Office Amid COVID-19 Concerns

 

BREAKING NEWS: PIAA PROVIDES COVID-19 UPDATE

March 16, 2020

On Friday, March 13, 2020, Governor Wolf issued a directive to close all schools in the
Commonwealth for 10 business days starting today, March 16, 2020. This means all school
activities including sports practices, plays, musicals, mock trial, field trips, etc.

The intent of this is to limit people gathering together to minimize the potential spread of the
coronavirus. We have been informed that some schools’ sport teams may be organizing captains’
practices or informal workouts offsite. It’s our position this is contrary to the intent of the
Governor’s order and these activities are not permitted.

To illustrate this intent, the Governor has ordered non-essential businesses to close in a 4 county
area and the Department of Community and Economic Development has recommended the
closing of community and recreational centers, gyms, spin facilities, golf courses and sporting
event venues across the Commonwealth. It very clear of the intentions of our state government,
so please assist them in preventing inappropriate off-site practices or workouts.

As we move forward, PIAA will continue to work with the Governor’s office, the Department of
Health and the Department of Education to provide updated information regarding spring sports
and any possible re-start of the winter championships.

This information may change on a day to day basis and some of the qualities that are fundamental lessons of interscholastic athletics are at play here: cooperation, patience, sacrifice, responsibility, respect and teamwork. We will provide more information as it becomes available to us.

BREAKING NEWS: Fox Sports 92.7 & 1050 will air Great Games in Tournament History

Fox Sports Williamsport is proud to announce that March Madness will continue with “Great Games in Tournament History.”

Each game will feature play-by-play as it originally aired, but edited to minimize interruptions.

Additionally, each game will feature interviews and additional perspectives from some of the players and coaches that were involved in the contests.

Starting from Thursday March 19th and running through Monday, April 6th, games will air each day the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament would have been played.

Thurs 3/19 – 8:00 p.m.

1979 NCAA Championship Game Michigan St. vs. Indiana St. (Magic vs. Bird)

Fri 3/20 – 8:00 p.m.

2018 First round UMBC vs Virginia (#16 seed upsets #1 for first time)

Sat 3/21 – 12:00 p.m.

2008 First round Davidson vs. Gonzaga (Steph Curry 40 points)

Sat 3/21 – Airtime TBD

2008 NCAA Championship Kansas vs. Memphis (Mario Chalmers shot to force OT)

Sun 3/22 – 12:00 p.m.

2013 Second Round FGCU vs Georgetown (#15 seed dunks past #2 seed)

Sun 3/22 – Airtime TBD

2016 NCAA Championship Game Villanova vs. North Carolina (Kris Jenkins buzzer-beater)

Thurs 3/26 – 8:00 p.m.

2005 Elite 8 Illinois vs. Arizona

(Illinois rallies from 15 point deficit in the 4th to force OT, win)

Fri 3/27 – 8:00 p.m.

1983 NCAA Championship Game North Carolina State vs Houston

(Jim Valvano squad wins on last second basket)

Saturday 3/28 – 12:00 p.m.

2006 Elite 8 George Mason vs. Connecticut (First Cinderella to get to Final Four)

Saturday 3/28 – Airtime TBD

2010 NCAA Championship Duke vs. Butler (Cinderella almost wins it all)

Sunday 3/29 – 12:00 p.m.

2003 Elite 8 Marquette vs. Kentucky (Dwayne Wade triple-double)

Sunday 3/29 – Airtime TBD

1982 NCAA Championship North Carolina vs. Georgetown (Michael Jordan game-winning shot)

Saturday 4/4 – 12:00 p.m.

2015 Final Four Wisconsin vs. Kentucky (Wisconsin ruins Kentucky’s attempt at undefeated season)

Saturday 4/4 – Airtime TBD

1985 NCAA Championship Game Villanova vs. Georgetown (biggest upset in championship history)

Monday 4/6 – 8:00 p.m.

2019 NCAA Championship Game Virginia vs. Texas Tech (last year’s OT thriller)

BREAKING NEWS: MAC to Cancel All Athletics Events Through Remainder of 2019-20 Academic Year

NCAA Division III announced an additional season/semester of eligibility for spring sports student-athletes

ANNVILLE, Pa. (Conference News) – With further developments in the outbreak of COVID-19, the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Presidents announced their unanimous decision to cancel all spring athletics practices and competition through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

On Thursday, the NCAA announced it was canceling the remainder of its winter and spring championships.

With this news the NCAA Division III Administrative Committee provided flexibility for schools to assist students with travel, lodging and meals as a result of campus displacements. The committee waived all requirements for sports sponsorships for the spring season. It also granted an additional season/semester of eligibility for student-athletes participating in spring sports.

Last updated on March 16 at 12:00 p.m.


MAC Announces Response to COVID-19
Competition will be suspended for two weeks from March 16-30

ANNVILLE, Pa. (Conference News) – Thursday morning, the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Presidents determined it is in the best interest of campus communities to suspend athletic competition over the next two weeks, effective Monday, March 16 through Monday, March 30.

The MAC will be actively monitoring the situation and reassessing this action over the next two weeks to determine if further action is warranted.

MAC institutions will suspend conference and non-conference athletic contests, on or off campus, during those two weeks.

General questions will be addressed through an FAQ document available here.

Questions about the MAC’s response not addressed in the FAQs can be directed to questions@gomacsports.com.


Below are the 17 conference member institution’s updates and information pertaining to COVID-19.

Albright
Alvernia
Arcadia
Delaware Valley
DeSales
Eastern
FDU-Florham
Hood – Announcement
King’s
Lebanon Valley
Lycoming
Messiah
Misericordia
Stevens
Stevenson – Announcement
Widener – Announcement
Wilkes

Other Informational Links

NCAA COVID-19 Panel – http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/ncaa-establishes-coronavirus-advisory-panel
NCAA COVID-19 Resource Page – http://www.ncaa.org/sport-science-institute/ncaa-coronavirus-resources
NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook (page 34) – drive.google.com/open?id=1_sO4WyqJNmuu60HUTx2O6mnFtEl-8C_Q
NCAA COVID-19 Events Checklist – drive.google.com/open?id=1wLkPabiMxDoanvNO9Dvfpss2notc2Quo
CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Confirmed Outbreaks – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html
Pennsylvania State Health Department – https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
New Jersey State Health Department – https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_professionals.shtml
Maryland State Health Department – https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx

Fox Sports 92.7 & 1050 Announces ’19-’20 Greatest Games Replay Schedule

With sporting events being postponed for the foreseeable future Fox Sports 92.7 & 1050 will be re-broadcasting some of the greatest games in recent memory beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through the end of the month.

Tune into News Talk 104.1 & 1600 and follow talkwilliamsport.com for up to the minute coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The game replay schedule is as follows:

 

Tuesday, March 17 – 7:00 p.m.

Loyalsock @ Shikellamy with Todd Bartley & Doug Byerly, from Friday, September 6, 2019

 

Wednesday, March 18 – 7:00 p.m.

Mifflinburg @ Loyalsock with Todd Bartley & Justin Ossont from Friday, October 4, 2019

 

Thursday, March 19 – 7:00 p.m.

FDU-Florham @ Lycoming with Todd Bartley from Saturday, October 26, 2019

 

Friday, March 20 – 7:00 p.m.

Penn College @ Valley Forge (M) with Todd Bartley from Tuesday, November 12, 2019

 

Saturday, March 21 – 12:00 p.m.

Loyalsock @ Montoursville AAA Playoff Game

with John Finn & Mark Mussina from Friday, November 15, 2019

 

Saturday, March 21 – 3:00 p.m.

Hood @ Lycoming (W&M)

with Todd Bartley, Robyn Hannan & Seth Burch from Saturday, February 1, 2020

 

Sunday, March 22 – 12:00 p.m.

Penn College @ Gallaudet (W&M) with Todd Bartley from Tuesday, February 18, 2020

 

Monday, March 23 – 6:00 p.m.

#5 Lycoming @ #4 Stevenson (W)

MAC QUARTERFINAL with Todd Bartley from Monday, February 24, 2020

 

Tuesday, March 24 – 7:00 p.m.

#5 Hood @ #4 Lycoming (M)

MAC QUARTERFINAL with Seth Burch from Monday, February 24, 2020

 

Wednesday, March 25 – 7:00 p.m.

#3 Penn College @ #2 Lancaster Bible (M)

NEAC 1st Round with Todd Bartley from Tuesday, February 25, 2020

 

Thursday, March 26 – 7:00 p.m.

MAC SEMIS Lycoming @ Widener (M)

MAC SEMIFINAL with Seth Burch from Wednesday, February 26, 2020

 

Friday, March 27 – 7:00 p.m.

#2-3 Nanticoke vs #4-1 Montoursville (B)

PIAA-4A 1st Round at Williamsport with Mark Mussina from Friday March 6, 2020

 

Saturday, March 28 – 12:00 p.m.

#12-2 Imhotep Charter vs #4-1 Montoursville (B)

PIAA-4A 2nd Round at Martz Hall with Mark Mussina from Tuesday, March 10, 2020

 

Sunday, March 29 – 12:00 p.m.

Chance Graham career finale & 48 hours before the sports world stood still

#8 UMES vs #9 Coppin State (W) at MEAC Tourney, Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA

with Todd Bartley from Tuesday, March 10, 2020

 

Monday, March 30 – 7:00 p.m. – To Be Announced

 

Tuesday, March 31 – 7:00 p.m. – To Be Announced

BREAKING NEWS: PSAC ANNOUNCEMENT ON COVID-19

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. — In light of the latest news regarding COVID-19, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) has announced that all athletic competition for the remainder of the Spring Semester is suspended, effective immediately.

In addition, all countable related athletic activities (CARA) are suspended until March 30 at which time the Board of Directors will review a proposal from the Athletics Administrators to permit or suspend CARA for the remainder of the semester.

Any non-conference competitions already travelled to are left to the institutional discretion through March 15, at which time all athletic competition must cease.