Gabriel Kane of Reading Member of 2019 Kutztown University Women’s Soccer Team

Kutztown University will have 31 student-athletes representing its women’s soccer program for the 2019 season, including Gabriel Kane of Reading, PA (19606).

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The 2019 season will bring a new look to the Kutztown University women’s soccer team. With the renovation of Kutztown Field, KU will have a ton of positive energy around the program, as it continues to compete to achieve its lofty, yearly goals of winning championships.

Not only will the field be different for the Golden Bears this year, but the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) has also changed up its format for women’s soccer. Since 2010, the PSAC has had a single division. With the addition of Shepherd University to the conference, the PSAC is now instituting two divisions (East and West), a first since it last had two divisions in 2009. Each team plays each other twice during the regular season.

Kutztown was recently voted second in the Eastern Division of the PSAC preseason poll, behind defending conference champs and nationally-ranked Bloomsburg. Nationally-ranked West Chester, 2017 PSAC champion East Stroudsburg, and 2018 semifinalist Millersville round out the top-five in a very competitive division featuring a majority of the top teams in the Atlantic Region.

But head coach Erik Burstein, beginning his 13th season as head coach, once again has an experienced and talented team that has played in big, postseason games earlier in their careers.

“I have tremendous faith in this group,” said Burstein. “We have some exceptional athletes who work hard, have great attitudes, buy into our culture, believe in our system and have worked hard to adapt to their new roles and responsibilities. They are an exciting group who truly want to be successful, and I believe they will be. However, we all know this new divisional format will provide some very different and unique challenges. We need to focus on one game at a time and make sure we finish in the top-four in the East. Once that is accomplished, we can start thinking about competing for championships. Stay humble and stay focused; one game at a time.”

KU finished the 2018 season at 14-4-2 overall and qualified for both the PSAC and NCAA Atlantic Region tournaments. It was the third consecutive NCAA berth and eighth in 10 years. Dating back to the 2008 season, Kutztown has earned 11 straight PSAC Tournament appearances.

Kutztown begins its 2019 campaign with back-to-back road games. It will take on the University of Charleston (WV) in the season opener on Thursday, Sept. 5, and then play at Millersville on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The home-opener in the brand-new Keystone Field complex will be Saturday night, Sept. 14, under the lights at 6 p.m., against East Stroudsburg.

Women’s Bowling has eight named to 2018-19 ECC Commissioner’s Honor Roll

8/6/2019 | Women’s Bowling

The Kutztown University women’s bowling team saw eight student-athletes earn recognition as members of the 2019 East Coast Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, representing the 2018-19 season.

KU was represented by Megan Bauter, Keanna Delp, Ashley Fister, Lauren Gudknecht, Laura Hartley, Dana Henry, Angela Kozma and Ella Luzzi.

The eight honorees is the most for the Golden Bears program since 2015.

The Commissioner’s Honor Roll is awarded to student-athletes who receive a 3.25 or better cumulative grade point average.

The octet were also recognized as Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athletes for the 2018-19 academic year, which includes maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher at the completion of the most recent academic year.

Kutztown ended the year with a 74-57 overall record, including eight wins over nationally-ranked opponents. The Golden Bears were one of the last six teams vying for the 2019 ECC Women’s Bowling Championship, and advanced to round six of the double elimination bracket, its deepest run since finishing as ECC runners-up in 2016.

Last Bark in the Park of the season

Join us for the last Bark in the Park of the season. Help us close out this fun summer series!

Grab your friends, family and well-behaved on leash pup and join us for a baseball game, delicious ball park foods and a howling good time.

DATE: Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019

TIME: 5 to 8 p.m.

Free baseball game tickets available for pick up in the lobby of the Humane Society of Berks County during normal business hours.

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Amanda Aulenbach from Fleetwood recognized as award winner by Bloomsburg University athletic department

The Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania athletic department announced its six major postseason award winners, and team MVPs, for the 2018-19 season. The major awards consist of the Danny Litwhiler Underclass Male Athlete of the Year, the Joanne McComb Underclass Female Athlete of the Year, the Robert B. Redman Senior Male Athlete of the Year, the Eleanor Wray Senior Female Athlete of the Year, and the Outstanding Senior Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Aulenbach, from Fleetwood, was named the MVP of the women’s outdoor track and field team.

Academic shining stars

Hofstra University Congratulates Spring 2019 Graduates

About 1,900 Hofstra University students earned their undergraduate, graduate, or law degrees during commencement ceremonies on May 19-20, 2019 at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Watch videos or check out photos from the various ceremonies at hofstra.edu/commencement.

Local students who graduated include:

Emily Baksic of Wyomissing, who earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business.

Sarah Hanlon of Hamburg, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

Julianna Pierdomenico of Temple, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies & Production.

Samantha Meers Named to Adelphi University’s Spring 2019 Dean’s List

Samantha Meers of Birdsboro has been named to the Adelphi University spring 2019 Dean’s List.

Meers was among a select group of outstanding students named to the spring 2019 Dean’s List. The Dean’s List comprises full-time students-registered for 12 or more credits-who have completed at least 9 graded credits and achieved a GPA of 3.5 or above for the semester. This recognition becomes part of the student’s academic record and is entered into the individual’s transcript.

Bloomsburg University has 164 student-athletes recognized as Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athletes for the 2018-19 academic year

A total of 164 Bloomsburg University student-athletes have been recognized as Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athletes for the 2018-19 academic year the league announced on Tuesday afternoon. The 164 Huskies join a PSAC-record 3,117 student-athletes from the league’s 17 institutions being named to the list. In order to earn PSAC Scholar-Athlete recognition, each student-athlete must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.25 throughout the year.

The field hockey team led all of Bloomsburg’s squads with 20 selections. Women’s soccer added 19 with women’s lacrosse following right behind with 17. Women’s cross country and track & field (15), softball (10), and women’s volleyball (10) also finished in double figures among female sports. On the men’s side, football led the way with 13 scholar-athletes while cross country / track & field and men’s soccer added nine apiece. A complete list of Bloomsburg’s scholar-athletes can be found below.

Amanda Aulenbach of Fleetwood was named a PSAC Scholar-Athlete.

Quintin Bucheit of Shoemakersville was named a PSAC Scholar-Athlete.

Miller, Zwiercan named 2019 women’s soccer team captains

5/16/2019 | Women’s Soccer

Kutztown University women’s soccer and head coach Erik Burstein have announced rising seniors Kristina Miller and Emily Zwiercan as team captains for the upcoming 2019 season.
Miller was also voted as a captain last season, while Zwiercan will be a first-year skipper this fall. Over the last three years, the duo has helped lead the Golden Bears to a ton of success, including earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament all three seasons. KU has played in NCAAs in eight of the last 10 years and has qualified for PSACs in each of the last 11 seasons.
“I am very excited to announce that Emily will join Tina as our team captains for the upcoming season,” said Burstein. “Both of these players have shown a strong commitment to our program, and they wholeheartedly believe in our culture and the standards and expectations we have set. They are also both fully aware that we have a fantastic group of upperclassmen who fully buy into our culture and who can also help provide leadership and insight to the entire squad, especially the incoming freshman; Tina and Emily are not threatened by that; they embrace it, which is important.
“Next year will be a very challenging year for us, especially with PSAC women’s soccer moving to a divisional format. It is absolutely critical that we begin the season with the proper leadership and there is no question we will have that with Tina and Emily.”
Miller started all 20 games last season and has 62 games played under her belt, starting 57 of them. She scored a career-high three goals as a junior and played in the center of a defense that allowed a program-low nine goals all season and recorded 12 shutouts, third-most in KU history.
On the field, the Lansdale native received a number of different accolades including All-Atlantic Region First Team and All-PSAC First Team. Miller is also a standout in the classroom, earning a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and Dean’s List Honors.
Zwiercan has had a knack for finding the back of the net during her first three years in Maroon and Gold. She started every game last season and has appeared in 66 career games, making 44 starts. As a junior, Zwiercan finished fourth in the PSAC with 11 goals and sixth with 25 points. She ranks fourth all-time in KU history with 30 goals, fourth with 18 assists and tied for second with 78 points.
The Reinholds native earned All-Atlantic Region and All-PSAC First Team honors last year and was also a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and Dean’s List.
Kutztown opens its 2019 campaign with back-to-back road games. The season-opener is Thursday, Sept. 5, at Charleston (W.Va.), followed by a trip to PSAC foe Millersville on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The home-opener is slated for Saturday, Sept. 14, at the newly renovated Keystone Field against East Stroudsburg.

Coach Shari Bucklin-Webber to be inducted into 2019 Middle States Tennis Hall of Fame

5/16/2019 | Men’s Tennis

Official Release

Kutztown University men’s and women’s tennis head coach Shari Bucklin-Webber will be inducted into the 2019 Middle States Tennis Hall of Fame in October, as announced by the United States Tennis Association.

The 24th Middle States Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Auction will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

Since its inception in 1994, 107 of tennis’ most influential players, coaches and volunteers have been inducted into the prestigious institution.

Webber has been at the helm for the Golden Bears for four years with this Fall being her fifth season. She came to KU after eight years as the head coach at Millersville University. She also coached at her alma mater, Marshall University, and Albright College.

In 2017, she won her fifth national doubles title by winning the National Grass Court Doubles Championship in the Women’s 45 bracket. This year, her team in the 40-and-over league won the Philly-based league, qualified for and won the district tournament, and then won sectionals on Sept. 9. She competed at both singles and doubles and went unbeaten (12-0) throughout the season and postseason, going 5-0 at sectionals on hard-court play, mostly competing at No. 1 doubles. She competed in the Nationals Team Competition in Las Vegas, Nev. in Oct.

She was inducted to the Berks County Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.

Quote by USTA: “Bucklin-Webber has been a tennis leader and pioneer for 30-plus years. She began her career as a standout junior and collegiate player, continuing to play competitively after leaving school. Since then she’s stood out in USTA Tournaments (local and national) and through Intersectional play. Bucklin-Webber shares her expertise on the tennis court with the many players she coaches. She was the first woman to be named PSAC Men’s Coach of the Year. She most recently took over the Kutztown University tennis program.”

Reynolds inks NFL free agent deal with Washington Redskins

5/13/2019 | Football

The National Football League’s Washington Redskins announced the signing of Kutztown University running back Craig Reynolds and four others to free agent contracts on Monday afternoon.

“We’re extremely proud of Craig and excited for this opportunity for him,” said Golden Bears head coach Jim Clements. “This is a tremendous chance for him to get acclimated to professional football, train and impress an NFL team. He left his mark on KU football and we look forward to seeing him excel at the next level.”

Reynolds certainly impressed Washington head coach Jay Gruden and his staff during Redskins Rookie Minicamp this past weekend at the team’s headquarters, becoming one of the first tryout invitees to ink a deal.

The Willow Grove, Pennsylvania native will join the Redskins for three weeks of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), beginning May 20-21. OTAs continue May 28-30 and wrap up June 10-12. Washington will also hold its mandatory minicamp from June 4-6.

Reynolds led the Golden Bears in rushing with 823 yards and 15 TDs on 172 carries last season, and moved atop KU’s all-time rushing touchdown list with 35.

The all-purpose threat also caught 40 passes for 472 yards and three scores. He produced 1,675 all-purpose yards, including 380 in the return game, and threw for a score on his only pass attempt of the season.

A three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division First Team and Don Hansen Gazette All-Region honoree, Reynolds was named honorable mention All-America by the Don Hansen Gazette following the 2018 season. He ranked fourth in the PSAC and 16th in NCAA Division II with 152.27 all-purpose yards per game. Reynolds capped his Kutztown career second in career all-purpose yards (5,277) and third in rushing yards (2,650).

Reynolds is the second former Golden Bear to sign an NFL free agent contract this offseason. Guard Jordan Morgan, who played for KU between 2013-16, signed with the New York Jets back in February.

Ryan and Baukman Recognized as 2019 KU Senior Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Kutztown University women’s soccer player Alyssa Ryan and men’s track & field student-athlete Caleb Baukman earned the distinction of being named the 2019 Senior Scholar-Athletes of the Year on Wednesday night at KU’s annual All-Sports Celebration, held at Schaeffer Auditorium.

Ryan is the first women’s soccer player to win the award since 2014, and just the second member overall. Baukman is the third member of KU T&F to earn the distinction and first since 2013.

A two-year team captain, Ryan finished her senior season starting in 17-of-20 games and appearing in 82 games in her career, second-most in program history. She was voted to the All-Atlantic Region Second Team by United Soccer Coaches and to the All-PSAC Second Team for the second straight season.

A biology/pre-med major, Ryan holds a 3.93 GPA, earning Dean’s List honors seven times. She is a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) scholar-athlete, a two-time D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner and was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District team.

Baukman earned All-Atlantic Region and All-PSAC honors in the high jump during the indoor season this year. A social work major, Baukman has accumulated a 3.94 GPA and is a seven-time Dean’s List honoree. He is a three-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete and ranks seventh all-time at KU in the indoor high jump and 10th in outdoor.

Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Year Winner
2005 Greg Fulkerson, Swimming
2006 Michael Baldwin, Football
2007 Jeff Craig, Baseball
2008 Tom Cressman, Football
2009 Scott Thomas, Swimming
2010 Ben Loht, Track and Field
2011 Jared Haas, Football
2012 Josh Smith, Football
2013 Kori Meshaw, Track & Field
2014 Rushi Amin, Tennis
2015 Brandon Martinez, Baseball
2016 Chad Barton, Football
2017 Ryan Connolly, Basketball
2018 Gabriel Nogara Souza, Tennis
2019 Caleb Baukman, Track & Field

Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Year Winner
2005 Erin Livingston, Field Hockey/Softball
2006 Colleen Healey, Field Hockey
2007 Sarah Brandon, Volleyball
2008 Stephanie Williams, Cross-Country/Track
2009 Kelley Healey, Field Hockey 
2010 Rohini Das, Tennis
2011 Lindsay Confer, Volleyball
2012 Stephanie Kearns, Swimming
2013 Brianna Risch, Volleyball
2014 Katie Oliveri, Soccer
2015 Colleen Smith, Softball
2016 Emma Sullivan, Track & Field
2017 Kelsey Watson, Basketball
2018 Courtney Konowal, Field Hockey
2019 Alyssa Ryan, Soccer

Football set to host Maroon & Gold Game Friday evening

Coming off the third winningest season in program history, anticipation and excitement surround the Kutztown University football team in 2019. The Golden Bears wrap up spring practice with the annual Maroon & Gold Game at Andre Reed Stadium on Friday, April 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Backed by a high-powered offense that averaged 38.0 points per game –second most in the PSAC and 18th nationally– KU produced a 9-2 record last fall and qualified for the NCAA Division II Championship tournament for the third time. The Golden Bears were tops in the conference in red zone efficiency on both sides of the ball and head into 2019 looking for a sixth consecutive winning season under head coach Jim Clements.

Clements’ .673 win percentage (37-18) over his first five seasons with the Bears is the highest in program history. Kutztown has improved its win totals in each of the last two seasons and three of the last four.

Friday’s game format will follow that of recent seasons with 15-minute running clock quarters, full officiating crew and unique scoring system that rewards offensive, defensive and special teams performance.

At halftime, Clements and his coaching staff will recognize Most Improved Players on offense and defense.

Admission to the Maroon & Gold Game is free.


2019 MAROON & GOLD GAME INFO AND SCORING BREAKDOWN

Kutztown’s Gold Team (offense) has won four of the last six matchups over the Maroon Team (defense), but the games have been highly competitive and close. The defense will wear maroon jerseys, while the offense and kickers sport white jerseys. Quarterbacks don red jerseys, designating no contact during the game.

While standard scoring for touchdowns, field goals and PATs remains the same, each unit accumulates points based on the following:

OFFENSE
Touchdown = 6 pts
Field Goal = 3 pts
Big Play (15+ yard play) = 2 pts
Two Consecutive First Downs = 2 pts
Two-Point Conversion = 2 pts
PAT = 1 pt

DEFENSE
Touchdown = 7 pts
Turnover without a TD = 6 pts
Missed Field Goal = 3 pts
Missed Extra Point = 1 pt
Sack, Tackle for loss, Three-and-Out, Fourth-Down Stop, Safety = 2 pts

Multiple scores may occur one play.