Pirates Classic – 1991 NLCS Game 1 tonight at 8 p.m.

Tonight’s Pirates Classic takes us back to 1991 with NLCS Game 1 at 8:00 p.m. on FOX Sports 92.7 & 1050.

Happy National Student Athlete Day

Former Loyalsock Lancers quarterback Connor Watkins, now playing for the Villanova Wildcats.

EXCLUSIVE: MiLB set to announce April games will not be played

On Monday, it is expected that Minor League Baseball will make a formal announcement that all games scheduled in April will not be played.

This comes as most states have stay at home or shelter in place orders in place issued by Governors and with the federal guidance of slowing the spread of COVID-19 through April 30, 2020.

It also happens as the White House Coronavirus Task Force has spoken publicly about the peak mortality rate in the United States happening over the next few weeks.

Most if not all minor league teams fall into a non-essential business category based on federal guidelines requiring teams to temporarily close their forward facing retail and front offices.

Prior to the pandemic full season teams were set to begin play this week.

On Saturday President Trump had a conference call with most of the professional sports commissioners or representatives and discussed guidance for restarting seasons at a yet to be determined date in the future.

The major professional sports leagues remain in a holding pattern as to when they will resume their current seasons.

In the meantime, the boys of summer will have to wait until at least May to start the season.

Stay tuned to News Talk 104.1 & 1600 WEJS and Fox Sports 92.7 &1050 for further developments.

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)