PREVIEW: Men’s Cross Country Prepares for PSAC Championships

Men’s Cross Country
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KUTZTOWN | The Kutztown University men’s cross country team is looking for another strong finish at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships this Saturday, Oct. 21, at California University (PA) at 11 a.m.

Last year, the Golden Bear squad finished with a fifth-place finish out of 16 teams in the field, the program’s best since 2002.

Sophomore Nick DeGennaro (Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove) is the top returning finisher from the 2016 Championships, finishing 42nd out of 134 overall runners with a time of 27:29.1. He qualified as the 10th-best freshman in the field.

KU heads into the weekend’s competition coming off a seventh-place finish at the Bulldog Invitational at DeSales University on Oct. 7.

Freshman Andrew Sulon (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg Area) led the way for the first meet this season, crossing the finish line in 22nd place out of 268 overall runners with a time of 27:06.1. It was the  Continue reading “PREVIEW: Men’s Cross Country Prepares for PSAC Championships”

No. 4 Women’s Soccer Shutout at East Stroudsburg

Women’s Soccer | Box Score | EAST STROUDSBURG | The fourth-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team has not had much luck lately against East Stroudsburg University. And that didn’t change Wednesday night, as KU dropped a 1-0 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) game to the Warriors in what has been a rivalry consisting of tightly-contested contests over the past few years.

Since 2012, Kutztown and East Stroudsburg have played each other eight times during the regular season and in the conference playoffs combined. Each of those eight games were decided by one goal.

ESU has also gotten the better of KU the last three games, and three in a row at Eiler-Martin Stadium. The last time KU won at East Stroudsburg was a 1-0 decision in game one in Sept. of 2014.

The 1-0 defeat Wednesday night is also the first time the Golden Bears (13-2 overall, 11-2 PSAC) have lost back-to-back games since Oct. of 2015.

The teams traded scoring chances on net during the first 45 minutes, with neither team successful in their attempts to break through.

Both goalies were stout, and made saves that were bound for the back of the net, but kept them out.

Sophomore Jenna Bracken (Wanaque, N.J./Lakeland Regional) had a career-high night in goal, posting 10 saves.

Each save seemed to force Bracken in a different direction. She dove to the turf, moved left and right and even batted balls high up in the air.

But in the 59th minute there was a scramble in front of her goal. ESU’s Nicole Abbott found the ball at her feet and poked one past Bracken, which proved to be the game-winner for the Warriors (10-3-2, 10-3-1).

Kutztown had its chances in a late flurry with under 5:00 left, but were unable to find netting.

KU will look to stop the two-game skid on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at Keystone Field for Senior Day.

Trio of Golden Bears Name to NFHCA Division II Senior Game Roster

Field Hockey
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KUTZTOWN | Kutztown University field hockey seniors Morgan Aldinger (Pennsburg, Pa./Upper Perkiomen)Courtney Konowal (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) and Chardonnay Hope (New Castle, Del./William Penn) have been announced as members of the 2017 Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division II Senior Game team. The game will be held on Nov. 18 at Bellarmine University as part of the Division II Field Hockey Championship weekend in Louisville, Ky.

46 student-athletes (34 participants, 12 alternates) were selected to compete in the game.

Aldinger has been a staple on the KU backline in her four-year career in Maroon and Gold, playing strong defense, but also being the go-to penalty corner specialist for the Golden Bears. The Pennsburg, Pa.-product has tallied 11 points this season with three goals and five assists.

For her career, Aldinger has started in 67 total games and has a combined 37 points with 13 goals and 11 assists from her defensive position.

Academically, the Upper Perkiomen High School graduate was named to the 2016 NFHCA National Academic Squad in addition to being honored as a two-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete and earning a D2ADA Academic Achievement Award for the 2016-17 school year.

Konowal has been the team captain for Kutztown each of the last two seasons and has registered eight points in her senior campaign, with three goals and two assists from her midfield position.

Konowal has started all 70 games she has played in her career with 12 career goals and 11 assists, posting a combined 35 points. On the field, the Plymouth-Whitemarsh graduate has received All-PSAC honors in each of her three seasons, earning a second-team selection in 2014 and third-team selections in both 2015 and 2016.

In the classroom, the Plymouth Meeting, Pa.-native has earned a litany of academic awards, being named a three-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete and two-time D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner.

Konowal has also received national recognition for her academic efforts as a member of the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.

Hope, also a two-time team captain, has been the steadying force in between the pipes for KU during the last two seasons. This season, the New Castle, Del.-native has a minuscule 1.20 goals against average and 66 saves with a 9-6-0 overall record. Hope ranks in the top-three in the PSAC in goals against, saves and save percentage.

In her career, Hope has played in 46 games, logging over 2,700 minutes in net for Kutztown with a career 1.50 GAA and 190 saves. Her career record sits at 21-16-0 with nine shutouts.

On Tuesday night, Hope was tremendous in the Golden Bears 2-1 victory over Mansfield, stopping six of seven shots on goal, helping to secure an important win for KU field hockey’s playoff push.

Graham Nabs Second PSAC Golfer of the Week Honor of Season

Women’s Golf
PSAC Release

KUTZTOWN | Four days after firing the low-round at the East Stroudsburg Invitational, Kutztown University’s Rebecca Graham (Carlisle, Pa./Boiling Springs) was honored by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) as its Golfer of the Week, as announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Graham not only secured the individual win at ESU with a 76 in the one-round invitational, but also led her team to victory, as KU shot a combined 313, 23 strokes ahead of second-place East Stroudsburg.

The win for Graham was her first of the 2017 season and second of her career, finishing tied for first at last year’s Alvernia Invitational. Graham has posted three top-three individual finishes this season for a Golden Bear squad that has won four of its six team competitions. Graham’s scoring average of 79.2 is a career best, down 6.7 strokes from last season.

The PSAC Golfer of the Week Honor is the third of the season for the Maroon and Gold, as Graham and teammate Shannon Weber (Kutztown, Pa./Kutztown Area (Millersville)) received co-Golfer of the Week Honors for Week 2 of the season. Weber also earned an individual honor for Week 4.

The Golden Bears are gearing up for the PSAC Championships, which will be held on Oct. 21-22 at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa.

Field Hockey Holds on to Beat Mansfield

Field Hockey | Box Score
KUTZTOWN | The Kutztown University field hockey team tallied two first half goals and then held firm defensively late in taking down Mansfield University 2-1 Tuesday night in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) game at Andre Reed Stadium.

Senior forward Madison Stewart (New Castle, Del./William Penn)found the back of the net less than two minutes in.

Then in the 21st minute, sophomore Kyra Wozniak (Plains, Pa./James M. Coughlin) deflected in a shot in front of goal off an assist by Stewart giving the Golden Bears (9-6 overall, 4-4 PSAC) a two-goal advantage midway through the first half.

It was Wozniak’s team-leading 11th goal on the season, which is also good for a tie for third in the conference.

The KU defense and senior goalie Chardonnay Hope (New Castle, Del./William Penn) came up big to close out the half. Hope finished the game with five saves, but made a couple of big stops to keep the Mountaineers off the scoreboard.

It continued to follow along that trend into the second half until Mansfield forward Dana Evans beat Hope with 2:18 remaining to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Mansfield held an advantage in shots on goal (7-6) and penalty corners (8-5), but the Golden Bears defensive unit held firm.

Hope and Kutztown were able to milk the rest of the clock without much trouble, and held on for an important PSAC victory.

Kutztown sits in sixth place in the league standings, one-half game ahead of West Chester University (9-6, 3-4) and a game in hand in the conference.

KU travels to #1 Shippensburg (12-2, 7-0) for a showdown on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 12 p.m.

Fall Book Sale at Muhlenberg Community Library Nov. 8 through 11

The Muhlenberg Com-munity Library will host its fall book sale Nov. 8 thorugh 11; the hours are as follows:
  • Nov. 8, 10a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and fill a bag for $5.
Pricing guidelines: Children’s books and paperbacks are 50 cents each or three for $1. Hardbacks, CDs and DVDs are $1. Saturday is fill a bag for $5.
REMINDER – Oct. 21: Event That Cannot Be Named! $5
10am-12pm “Hay Bale” Maze, Face Painting, Kid’s Craft and Story
11am-2pm Potato Coop food truck lunch! #cravinthecoop!
11am Trunk or Treat for ages 10 and under
12pm Costume contest for 10 and under and trunk decorating contest
1pm Zombies vs. Vampires capture the prize game for ages 10+ undead
1pm Adult fall craft
2pm Costume contest for ages 10+ undead
2:30pm Not-so-spooky movie time for families
2:30pm Psychic gallery with Willowearth: $10.00 or pay $10.00 for the whole day + the gallery


Reading Public Library will feature a program exploring the history and culture of Pennsylvania’s Lenape Native Americans at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Main Library, 100 S. Fifth St.

The program, entitled “Lenape Lifeways,” will be presented by Carla J.S. Messinger, Cultural Educator and Director of Native American
Heritage Programs.

The program will present a true picture of the peaceful, nature-centered lifestyle of the Lenapes, the first inhabitants of eastern Pennsylvania.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
For more information, contact the Library Reference Department at 610.655.6355.

Fiber Festival comes to Berks County; Features Local Farmers, Artists

The Pennsylvania Llama & Alpaca Association will host its annual Fall Fiber Festival Nov. 18 and 19, 2017, at the Leesport Farmer’s Market, bringing fiber artistry to Berks County.

Dozens of local fiber artists and crafters from Pennsylvania and surrounding states will be present featuring their fiber blends and hand-made finished products. Visitors will find various blends of alpaca, llama, wool, angora, and unusual products that include yak, camel, and beaver.

The Pennsylvania Llama and Alpaca Association is a cooperative group of llama and alpaca breeders and enthusiasts from Pennsylvania and neighboring states. This will be PLAA’s second year holding the festival at the Leesport Farmer’s Market grounds, it’s fourth overall since adopting the annual event under the association’s name in 2014.

To celebrate, hundreds of dollars’ worth of products will be awarded as door prizes to attendees on both days. On-site spinning and weaving demonstrations will be held during the two-day festival while hands-on beading and felting classes are available on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Pre-registration is required–class size is limited.

Twin Valley 7th graders team up with Keystone Military Families for 17th Annual Cookie Bake Oct. 27

Pictured from left are seventh-graders Evan Gould, Sam Schillermann, Sarah Miller, Kylee Wheatley and Alexa Duke, posing with a portion of donated supplies for Oct. 27 event.

This is the 17th year that TVMS seventh-grade students have participated in the Cookie Bake project. It was started in 2001 by Mrs. Lisa Thiry, who was a seventh-grade math teacher at the time.

Over the years, TVMS seventh-graders have baked, packaged and shipped literally tens of thousands of cookies to soldiers who are stationed overseas. Last year they baked and packaged more than 9,000 cookies!

This is an interdisciplinary activity in which students take a recipe for chocolate chip cookies and calculate the quantities of ingredients necessary for every seventh-grade student to mix a batch of cookies with a partner.

An army of parent and community volunteers assist the students with mixing the batter, portioning onto sheet trays and transporting them to our kitchen where our adult volunteers handle the baking process.

Once baked and cooled, the cookies are then packed to be sent to military members who are stationed abroad. Included with each box of cookies are letters that students write in their language arts classes.

The boxes are shipped with the assistance of Keystone Military Families with funds collected from selling cookie coupons to our fifth-, sixth- and eighth-grade students. The coupons are redeemed on the day of the Cookie Bake for a fresh chocolate chip cookie.

This year’s Cookie Bake will be held Friday, Oct. 27. Students begin baking around 7 a.m. and wrap things up at 11 a.m. In that time, students rotate through a baking station, work on an art project and get an opportunity to listen and ask questions of soldiers (active and retired) who volunteer to come share their experiences.

“This activity is a great example of an interdisciplinary community service project that involves the entire seventh-grade learning community, including parents and members of the Armed Forces, many of whom live in the school district,” said Dr. Jerry Catagnus, TVMS principal. “It has truly become a yearly ‘event’ for our staff and students. It is an honor for us to serve and connect with those who serve our country.”
“This is the 17th year of our Cookie Bake project – each year it seems to get bigger and better,” said Jerry Wilczynski, seventh-grade math teacher. “This project serves as a small way that we as teachers and students can say thank you to those who protect and serve our country.  It also is a reminder that, in a time when we are surrounded by negative news, there are a lot of people who are doing good things to serve their communities.”