Governor Mifflin joins businesses, organizations for community-wide Homecoming celebration

Who: Governor Mifflin School District, local businesses and organizations

What: This weekend marks the start of a new tradition for the Governor Mifflin School District with a community-wide Homecoming Celebration. The three-part event starts with the inaugural Mifflin Retro Run. This 2.6 mile fun run/walk routes participants through five of the district’s six school buildings. Each building will be decorated to celebrate decades past and runners will be challenged to answer district trivia in a scavenger hunt.

The Retro Run finish line will be located in front of Governor Mifflin High School, where 40 local businesses and organizations will be set up as part of a community tailgate party. The district is providing the space free of charge in an effort to showcase local businesses. Each participating business or organization will have a game or giveaway to help engage visitors of all ages. Members of the Governor Mifflin Marching Band and Governor Mifflin alumnus, Erich Cawalla of The Uptown Band, will be providing strolling music throughout the event. For a complete list of tailgate participants, click here.

The tailgate party will wrap up in time for the kickoff of the Homecoming football game. The Governor Mifflin Mustangs (6-1) will host the Reading Red Knights (2-5) at Governor Mifflin Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Where: Governor Mifflin Stadium (Retro Run starting line)

Governor Mifflin High School (Retro Run finish line and tailgate party)

When: Saturday, October 21 9:00 a.m. – Retro Fun Run

10 a.m. – Tailgate Party

1 p.m. – Football Game

READING PUBLIC LIBRARY TO PRESENT ANNUAL “HALLOWEEN BASH” FEATURING READING PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

On Saturday, Oct. 28, patrons and guests of Reading Public Library can once again listen to the spooky sounds of the Reading Philharmonic Orchestra filling the air.

This annual “Halloween Bash” will begin at noon and include candy, music, and fun for all ages. Halloween costumes are encouraged.

The event is free of charge and pre-registration is not required. Free, secure parking is available behind the main library on Wood Street. For more information, contact 610.478.8977.

For more information, contact 610.478.8977.

Loyola University Maryland welcomes class of 2021

As first-year students embark on their college experience, they will all take part in Loyola’s living-learning program, Messina.

The common text for Messina is Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. The book, a compelling first-hand account of a lawyer who defends the poor and wrongly condemned, speaks to the inequality in the justice system.

The following local students are Loyola’s newest greyhounds and indicated that Loyola can release their directory information:

  • Devon Garner from Birdsboro
  • Sarah Thompson from Douglassville
  • Gianna Walker from Douglassville

Class of 2021 by the numbers:

  • 8%: students who attended Jesuit high schools
  • 10%: legacy students
  • 16%: first-generation college students
  • 21%: students of color
  • 29%: students who enrolled test optional
  • 1,031: total students enrolled

DiGalbo Named PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Week

Football
PSAC Release

KUTZTOWN | Kutztown University redshirt-sophomore quarterback Collin DiGalbo (Secane, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) led the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in passing yards and touchdowns through the air last weekend to earn him PSAC Eastern Division Offensive Athlete of the Week honors for week seven of the regular season.

DiGalbo threw for a career-high 351 yards in a 41-9 victory over East Stroudsburg University on Saturday at Andre Reed Stadium, and he added four touchdowns through the air. The 351 yards through the air topped his previous career-high of 301 yards in Kutztown’s (5-2 overall, 3-1 PSAC East) win over Seton Hill back on Sept. 16. He is the first Golden Bear to throw for more than 300 yards in a game twice in a season since Chad Barton in 2015.

In the win over the Warriors Saturday, DiGalbo tossed a season-long 79-yard touchdown pass and connected with 11 different receivers, which is the most by a quarterback since Josh Luckenbaugh accomplished the same feat in 2012.

DiGalbo earned All-PSAC East Second Team honors and was named the PSAC East Freshman of the Year in 2016.

On the ground, he holds four school-rushing records for a quarterback – touchdowns in a game (3) and season (8), longest run (82) and most rushing yards in a game (126). He has run for 659 career yards with 12 touchdowns. KU’s career QB records stand at 878 yards and 19 touchdowns.

DiGalbo is in the top-ten in program history in career completions (283), touchdown passes (26), and passing yards (3,275).

Kutztown hits the road for a contest against Lock Haven University (1-6, 1-3) on Saturday, Oct. 21. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Kutztown Sharp on Sunday, Wins 7-of-10 Matches over Weekend

Women’s Bowling
 | Individual Standings

READING | The Kutztown University women’s bowling team capped its season-opening weekend Sunday by winning 3-of-5 matches to finish in seventh place on the final day of KU’s Bud Whitman Memorial at Berks Lanes.

The Golden Bears (7-3) went 3-2 on Sunday. KU opened with a 1019-845 win over Saint Peter’s, then dropped two matches against nationally-ranked opponents – No. 25 Duquesne (812-963) and No. 16 LIU Brooklyn (905-1034).

KU averaged 186.6 in its five matches to finish in seventh place. Delaware State went 5-0 with a 204.9 average to win the one-day traditional event. LIU Brooklyn was second and Youngstown State was third.

Kutztown responded with two wins to cap the weekend, a 995-950 win over Caldwell and its second win of the weekend over a nationally-ranked opponent – 934-854 over No. 21 Saint Francis Brooklyn.

Felicia Trievel (Reading, Pa./Wilson) continued her strong start to the season, leading KU for the second day. She posted 200+ scores in 3-of-5 games Sunday, including a high of 256 against Caldwell. She ranked seventh in the field with an average of 205.4.

Angela Kozma (Beachwood, N.J./Toms River South) averaged 198.2 for 16th, including a high of 224 against Caldwell. Jenn Fitts(Birdsboro, Pa./Twin Valley) rounded out KU’s top-three bowlers with a 192.6 average for 22nd in the field. She had three 200+ scores on the day, with a high of 215 against Caldwell.

Freshman Keanna Delp (Mifflinburg, Pa./Mifflinburg Area) saw action in four matches. She opened the day with a 204 against Saint Peter’s and averaged a 177 for the day. Alexis Case (Ocean, N.J./Ocean Township) also posted a 200+ score – a 206 against Saint Peter’s in her two matches of action.

Kutztown returns to action next weekend, Oct. 21-22, at the two-day Pennsylvania Classic in Lancaster.

No. 2 Women’s Soccer Suffers First Setback of the Season

Women’s Soccer

KUTZTOWN | The second-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a 1-0 game Sunday afternoon to Indiana (PA) in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play at Keystone Field.

It was KU’s first setback since a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Western Washington University in the NCAA Final Four back on Dec. 1, 2016. It was also the first defeat in conference play since falling to East Stroudsburg University 1-0 on Oct. 5, 2016.

On a wet playing surface, the Golden Bears (13-1 overall, 11-1 PSAC) had trouble stringing together scoring chances, and the Crimson Hawks (9-4, 8-4) controlled much of the possession.

KU outshot IUP 22-11, but Indiana held an 8-7 advantage in shots on goal, and it needed just one of them to be successful in deciding the game.

McKenna Keffel dribbled past a KU defender and ripped a shot that beat sophomore goalie Jenna Bracken (Wanaque, N.J./Lakeland Regional) to put the Crimson Hawks ahead 1-0 in the 32nd minute.

That was the first deficit Kutztown faced all season, spanning 1,201 minutes where it was either tied or in the lead of the game.

Bracken finished with seven saves.

The Golden Bears threatened much of the second half, firing 17 of their 22 shots during the last 45 minute frame. But IUP goalie Madeline Smakulski (seven saves) came up big time after time, stopping everything that came her way, including open looks right in front of her net.

Kutztown will look to regroup as it travels to take on East Stroudsburg University on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.

Women’s Bowling Opens Season in Record-Setting Fashion at Day 1 of KU’s Bud Whitman Memorial

Women’s Bowling
Saturday Results

READING | The Kutztown University women’s bowling team took a perfect game in the 10th frame of a baker game for the first time in school history on its way to a record-breaking score to highlight KU’s first day of action this season at its Bud Whitman Memorial at Berks Lanes.

The Golden Bears went 4-1 on the day and ranked eighth with a baker average of 186.8. KU defeated Medaille (934-913), Caldwell (917-872), Wilmington (936-845) and No. 24 Youngstown State (1073-1025), and fell to No. 14 Saint Francis (PA) (808-943).

The moment of the day for KU came in its upset-win over 24th-ranked Youngstown State. In a high-scoring affair in which KU won 1073-1025, KU posted nine-straight strikes to setup a perfect-game bid heading into the final frame, a first for the program in baker play. KU posted a nine with its first ball, but closed out the frame with a 279 in the fifth game, a school-record.

Felicia Trievel (Reading, Pa./Wilson) led the way for Kutztown, competing in 50 frames. She held a 19.45 frame average for a strong start to her junior year.

Sophomore Angela Kozma (Beachwood, N.J./Toms River South)held an 18.8 average in 40 frames, and freshman Laura Hartley(Mt Pleasant Mills, Pa./Midd-West) opened her collegiate career with an 18.0 average in 30 frames.

Saint Francis (PA) won Day 1 of the Bud Whitman Memorial with a 198.0 average and a 4-1 record. LIU Brooklyn went undefeated Saturday, but finished second with a 197.8 average.

Action continues at Berks Lanes tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 15, beginning at 9 a.m.

Women’s Golf Gears Up for Postseason with Saturday Win at East Stroudsburg

Women’s Golf Results

STROUDSBURG | Rebecca Graham (Carlisle, Pa./Boiling Springs) and the Kutztown University women’s golf team won the ESU Invitational Saturday for its third-straight win and fourth of the fall season.

Graham shot a 76 to win the event of 29 golfers. It is her first win of the year and second of her career.

The Golden Bears shot a 313 for a 23-stroke victory in the field of five teams. East Stroudsburg finished second, Alvernia was third, Marywood was fourth and Jefferson finished fifth.

Shannon Weber (Kutztown, Pa./Kutztown Area (Millersville)) shot one stroke off Graham with a 77 for second place. Freshman Jillian Jones (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) was third with a 78 as KU posted the top-three finishers in the field.

Caity Leppert (Layton, N.J./Kittatinny Regional) rounded out the top-four golfers with an 82 for sixth place, as Rachel Tarnopoll (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII) rounded out the top-10 with an 87.

Wrapping up Kutztown’s fall season, KU finished in the top-two in all six invites, including four victories.

Next up, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships. KU will travel to Hershey, Pa. for the conference championships on Oct. 21-22.

Three Different Goal Scorers Lead Field Hockey Over Mercyhurst

Field Hockey | Box Score
ERIE | The Kutztown University field hockey team used three different goal scorers and a stout defensive effort in taking down Mercyhurst University 4-0 Saturday afternoon in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) contest.

The victory gives the Golden Bears (8-6 overall, 3-4 PSAC) momentum after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of West Chester University three days earlier.

Sophomore Kyra Wozniak (Plains, Pa./James M. Coughlin) scored just 6:41 into the game, and senior Madison Wampler (York, Pa./West York Area) tallied her first goal of the season during the first half, giving KU a 2-0 lead that it would hold until halftime.

Kutztown had a 16-2 shots advantage overall, and continued its scoring threats in the second half.

Sophomore Mackenzie Fuhrman (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) and Wozniak each had a second half goal.

Wozniak’s ten goals on the season lead the team and is tied for fourth in the conference.

Sophomore Molly Bobjak (New Castle, Del./Padua Academy)recorded her first point on the year, contributing an assist on Wozniak’s first-half goal. Morgan Aldinger (Pennsburg, Pa./Upper Perkiomen) and Fuhrman also had assists in the win.

Fuhrman now has eight assists on the season, which is good for third in the PSAC.

Senior goalie Chardonnay Hope (New Castle, Del./William Penn)made two saves and picked up the win.

The Golden Bears return home to take on Mansfield University on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Andre Reed Stadium.

21-Point Third Quarter Fuels Win Over ESU, Tie for First-Place

Football | Box Score

KUTZTOWN | The Kutztown University football team had a good day both on and off the field. KU used a 21-point third quarter to run away with a 41-9 victory against East Stroudsburg University in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) game Saturday afternoon at Andre Reed Stadium.

Then, about an hour later and 60 miles away, Bloomsburg University lent a helping hand by upsetting previously unbeaten West Chester University on the road.

There is now a four-way tie at the top of the PSAC East Division between Kutztown (5-2 overall, 3-1 PSAC East), West Chester, Bloomsburg and Shippensburg all coming in at 3-1 in the division.

The Golden Bears offense started slow out of the gate. For the second straight week, they failed to score in the first quarter, and that has been a problem redshirt-sophomore quarterback Collin DiGalbo (Secane, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) knows they need to take care of.

“It’s been a problem for us since the West Chester game [two weeks ago],” said DiGalbo about the low-scoring first halves. “We just have to stick together and run the game plan and just take what’s given to us. I think we have just been trying to do too much and that has been hurting us.”

DiGalbo credited the KU defense for keeping them in games and winning the field position battle.

Kutztown’s defense, which came into the game ranked third in the PSAC in scoring defense (19.8 ppg) and first in interceptions (12), helped break a scoring slump late in the second quarter.

Leading just 3-0 with a little over two minutes until halftime and the Warriors (2-5, 1-3) driving, redshirt-junior cornerback Jake Perry(Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) intercepted a pass by Tim DiGiorgio and returned it 27 yards to position KU near midfield. It was Perry’s ninth career interception and fourth this season which is good for third in the conference.

Three plays later, DiGalbo found freshman wideout Amadou Barry(Upper Darby, Pa./West Catholic Prep) for a 42-yard touchdown. It was the first of two connections between the two on the day.

On ESU’s ensuing drive, the Maroon and Gold secondary was at it again. Ahkee Cox-Cowan (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg) came away with an interception and took it back 50 yards to the Warriors 29-yard line, and allowed Alec Rosenfeld (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem)to boom a 40-yard field goal as time expired in the first half and KU could headed to the locker room leading 13-0. Rosenfeld also kicked a 26-yarder earlier in the quarter to open up the scoring.

While Kutztown exploded in the third quarter offensively, it did not start out the way it wanted to.

On the first play of the second half, the Warriors forced a turnover with a strip-fumble recovery run back for a 35-yard touchdown for their first score of the game.

With momentum now on the side of East Stroudsburg, Kutztown could not continue to sputter.

And it didn’t.

DiGalbo picked apart the defense to the tone of three third quarter touchdowns each to a different receiver.

Conor Sullivan (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall)Jack Pilkerton (La Plata, Md./La Plata (Golden West)) and Barry caught touchdown passes of 23, 6, and 79 yards respectively as the Golden Bears lead plummeted to 34-9 after three quarters.

Evan Culver (Hellertown, Pa./Saucon Valley) added a five-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter as the offense tallied a season-high 560 yards of total offense. It is the highest overall total since KU recorded 668 yards against ESU on Oct. 15, 2016.

Lost a little bit in the offensive numbers that were put up, the KU defense gave up just 185 yards of total offense and nine points. It is the second lowest yards total given up this season, the first coming last week against Bloomsburg (166 yards).

Redshirt-junior Tajier Jefferson (East Orange, N.J./Queen of Peace) led the way with 10 tackles (3 tackles for loss), one sack and a forced fumble. Jefferson also collected his 200th career tackle, becoming just the 23rd player in program history to accomplish the feat.

“I go out and play every game for my teammates and my school,” said Jefferson. “It’s a great honor, but I never think about individual accomplishments when all I want is for my team to win. It was a good performance by the guys today.”

Kutztown hits the road for its next game when it travels to Lock Haven Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.