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.

KU Falls to UPJ in PSAC Play

Women’s Volleyball | Box Score
KUTZTOWN | Less than 24 hours after securing its first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) victory of the 2017 season, the Kutztown University women’s volleyball team fell in straight sets to the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Mountain Cats (25-14,25-19,25-21) on Saturday afternoon.

UPJ’s offense came out firing to open the match, racking up seven kills in its first 12 points to put the Mountain Cats ahead 12-4 early on. Pitt-Johnstown continued to extend this advantage as the set progressed, winning the opening frame by a final of 25-14. UPJ’s high-powered attack had 15 kills and zero attacking errors in the first set, hitting .441 as a team.

Despite a relatively one-sided opening set, the Golden Bears showed no signs of discouragement in a very competitive second frame. KU’s aggressive play from the service line forced the UPJ offense out of system several times to the midway point of set two, as a kill from Alli Henderson (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area)put Kutztown ahead 13-9.

Trailing by four, Pitt-Johnstown found its offensive rhythm at this point, using a 6-2 run to even the set at 15-all. Both sides traded points to the 18-18 mark, but a critical string of four straight tallies from UPJ proved to be the difference in this frame. Ahead 22-18 following this, the Mountain Cats saw this margin to the finish line, defeating the Maroon and Gold in set two, 25-19.

A slow start in the third set put the Golden Bears behind 12-6 in the early stages. However, a resilient KU side clawed its way back, using a 5-1 run which was capped by a block from Brittney Moyer(Orwigsburg, Pa./Blue Mountain (Lock Haven)) and Niki Carpenter(King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion Area) to pull within two, trailing 13-11.

Performing well when it was needed most, Pitt-Johnstown’s offense ripped off five of the next seven points to go ahead 18-13, prompting a timeout from Head Coach John Gump. Down but not out, Kutztown again closed the gap, getting this deficit to one down 22-21, following a Henderson kill and Mountain Cat attacking error.

Three straight kills from UPJ at this point decided the outcome of the third set as Pitt-Johnstown came away with a 25-21 victory, taking the match in three sets.

Offensively, the Maroon and Gold were led in kills by the trio of Moyer, Jessica Howe (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg Area)and Henderson, whom posted eight, seven and five kills respectively. Britney Hewitt (East Stroudsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg (East Stroudsburg)), who added four kills, recorded a team-high .375 attack percentage in the match and chipped in two of KU’s four blocks on the afternoon.

The defensive effort was captained by Sydney Wilson (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty), who racked up 13 digs, posting her 12th-straight match with double-digit digs. Setters Madisyn Kleinfelter(Jonestown, Pa./Northern Lebanon) and Abbey James (York, Pa./West York Area) combined for 25 of Kutztown’s 26 assists in the match.

The Maroon and Gold fall to 6-15 overall and 1-8 in the PSAC while UPJ improves to 17-5 overall and 7-2 in the PSAC.

KU’s next match will be on the road against its arch-rival, the West Chester University Rams, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20.

COLUMN: The Human Condition

Publisher Martha E. Conway

Racism… bias… discrimination… inequality… Alive and well and living in America

by Martha E. Conway

Racism: 1. prejudice or animosity against people who belong to other races. “I am a Muslim and … my religion makes me against all forms of racism.” Malcolm X Speech, Prospects for Freedom. 2. the belief that people of different races have different qualities and abilities, and that some races are inherently superior or inferior (Encarta Dictionary)

Discrimination: 1. unfair treatment of one person or group, usually because of prejudice about race, ethnicity, age, religion, or gender. (Encarta Dictionary)

Inequality: 1. social or economic disparity between people or groups. 2. unequal opportunity or treatment based on social, ethnic, racial, or economic disparity. 3. the condition or an instance of not being equal. (Encarta Dictionary)

Bias: 1. an unfair preference for or dislike of something. (Encarta Dictionary)

I used to make fun of Emily Post. Those rules of etiquette – say for a dinner party – were too extremist for me. I just couldn’t understand who was going to die if someone used the wrong fork or dipped their spoon from the wrong direction. I guess people used to die of humiliation over stupid things.

I get it now. Even though I still think those types of rules are ridiculous, it has never been clearer than during the past year that we need to have basic rules of society. It gives people a framework within which to operate – ground rules for what is socially responsible and acceptable. An algorithm for people who may feel lost in certain situations, giving them a set of instructions to help improve confidence and comfort in unfamiliar circumstances.

In the early ’80s, I read an essay by Colgate alum Andy Rooney. He wrote that our entire society is based on a foundation of trust. For instance, that when we drive, we trust other motorists to stay on their side of the painted line. We trust they are going to stop at intersections. Essentially, we trust they are going to adhere to the laws of society that make it possible for us to interact safely with each other.

Trust that you would be treated fairly in a traffic stop is gone for a huge number of our fellow Americans. It’s been a source of terror for decades, but within – or at least in an accelerated manner – this past year. Civil discourse has disappeared. Long-festering hatred and resentment erupted. Caring and concern about the social or physical comfort of those around us evaporated.

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ICYMI: Annual Bouquets for Books Book Drive aids Berks County Public Libraries

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts and Barnes & Noble join forces for the annual Bouquets for Books children’s book drive occurring Oct. 28 to Nov. 11. Books and funds received benefit Berks County Public Libraries.

Bouquets for Books is an annual children’s book drive by Royer’s Flowers and Gifts benefitting area public libraries. When customers stop by the Reading, Shillington or Wernersville locations to drop off a new children’s book for Berks County Public Libraries, they will receive a free bouquet as thanks. Since the drive first began in 2006, Bouquets for Books has collected nearly 17,000 books from its 15 stores located in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. Berks County libraries have received donated books from the event since the drive’s creation 11 years ago.

This year, Barnes & Noble is working with Royer’s by donating funds from their in-store and online book fair. The bookseller will donate 10 percent of sales to the Berks County Public Libraries when the voucher code 12191144 is used prior to checkout. Stores in Camp Hill, Lancaster and Wyomissing will be having an in-store book fair at their locations on Oct. 28 only. The online book fair will span from Oct. 28 to Nov. 2. Vouchers with more information can be found at your local library.

No. 2 Women’s Soccer Clinches PSAC Berth in Win Over Mansfield

MANSFIELD | The second-ranked Kutztown University women’s soccer team jumped out to an early three-goal lead within the first 16 minutes of play en route to a 6-0 victory over Mansfield University Friday afternoon in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action.

The win clinches a playoff spot in the PSAC tournament for KU (13-0 overall, 11-0 PSAC), which begins Tuesday, Oct. 31.

The 13 straight victories breaks an unbeaten streak record of 12 held by the 2003 Kutztown team.

It took the Golden Bears just 0:41 to open up the scoring against the Mountaineers (0-10-1, 0-10-1).

Junior midfielder Alyssa Ryan (North Wales, Pa./Wissahickon)recorded her third goal of the season and put her team ahead in the first

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ICYMI: Muhlenberg Community Library announces October Event That Cannot Be Named

Muhlenberg Community LibraryThe Muhlenberg Community LIbrary will host its Event That Cannot Be Named from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017.

Organizers are promising fall fun for everyone.

Regular Admission: $5 for any child, teen or adult who will be PARTICIPATING in any of the activities, except for the psychic gallery.

Psychic Gallery Admission: $10 for anyone wishing to attend the psychic gallery with Willowearth only.

Combo Admission: $10 includes all activities for the day plus admission to the psychic gallery.

If a parent is accompanying their child(ren), and NOT participating– They are FREE.

Under two are FREE.

10 am-noon Face painting, “hay bale” maze, kiddie craft and story times available.

11 am Trunk-or-Treat for kids under 10.

11 am-2 pm Hit the Potato Coop food truck for lunch and their signature fresh cut fries! A portion of the money from your food purchases are being generously donated by Potato Coop to the library! Potato Coop will be open to the community, so feel free to grab your lunch at the truck even if you cannot attend the day’s festivities. #cravinthecoop!

12 pm Costume Contest for kids under 10 and prize awarded for the best trunk decorating in the Trunk-or-Treat!

1 pm Adults can join the fun by doing a fun Fall Craft inside the library. Please register for this craft by calling (610)929-0589.

1 pm Ages 10+ undead are welcome to dress the part and participate in a Zombies vs. Vampires capture the prize game.

2 pm Costume Contest for ages 10+. Come dressed as a zombie or vampire and reap the rewards!

2:30 pm Not-so-spooky family movie time.

2:30-3:30 pm Psychic gallery with local medium Willowearth.

For more information, visit berks.lib.pa.us/muhlenbergcl/.

NCAA.com: Young and daring to dream, Kutztown is rising to new heights in DII women’s soccer

Kutztown is coming off a memorable season in 2016. The Golden Bears eclipsed program records for most regular season wins, most Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference wins, most shutouts and most consecutive wins. A program with just one previous playoff victory in program history found themselves in the NCAA DII women’s soccer semifinals, where they would lose to the eventual national champion Western Washington.

Now the Golden Bears are on pace to crush every one of those numbers this season.

Read the entire story, with quotes from sophomore forward Emily Zwiercan (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico), courtesy of Wayne Cavadi, NCAA.com, here:

Kutztown Defeats Lock Haven for First PSAC Victory

KUTZTOWN | In front of a boisterous home crowd at Keystone Arena, the Kutztown University women’s volleyball team downed the Lock Haven University Bald Eagles in four sets (27-25,19-25,26-24,25-23) for its first win of the season in Pennslyvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play.

Set one was a knock-down, drag-out affair with both sides exchanging leads for much of the opening frame. KU opened the first considerable margin of the set when Alli Henderson(Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) delivered a kill from the outside to put the Golden Bears ahead 18-15, prompting a Lock Haven timeout.

Following the break in action, LHU chipped away at this lead, tying the score at 25-all to set the stage for extra volleyball in the first set. In bonus action, the Kutztown offense converted in the critical

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Reading man charged with burglary, theft, trespassing and related charges

On Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at approximately 0138 hours, Hamburg Police Department was dispatched to the Cougle’s Recycling center on SR-61 and Station Road, Hamburg Borough, due to an alarm. Upon arrival

Upon arrival, Officer Tito Loor encountered the defendant Aaron J. Kelly, 40, of Reading, inside the building wearing a red bandana around his face, black long-sleeved shirt and a black skull cap.

Loor confronted Kelly as he was exiting the building. Kelly retreated into the building. Then, with a baseball bat in hand, approached Loor. Loor took custody of Kelly without incident.

Kelly was in possession of stolen copper and brass material and burglary tools, with a total stolen value $400.

Kelly was taken into custody and charged with burglary, theft, trespassing and related charges.

The investigation continues, with additional suspects possibly being charged.

Cougle’s Recycling has been the victim of several burglaries dating back to August 2017. Copper, brass and other scrap material were taken.

Northern Berks Police Department assisted at the scene.