Turber-Ortiz and Krcic Earn PSAC East Athlete of Week Honors Monday

The Kutztown University football team had two student-athletes earn Athlete of the Week honors from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) on MondayShawn Turber-Ortiz  (Northumberland, Pa./Shikellamy) was named the Eastern Division’s winner on defense, while Dean Krcic(Saylorsburg, Pa./Pleasant Valley) earned the East’s Special Teams Athlete of the Week.

Both Golden Bears are in their first season on the field as redshirt-freshmen, and earn their first career Athlete of the Week honors.

Turber-Ortiz had two interceptions Saturday, including his biggest of the year late in the game to seal Kutztown’s 23-7 win at Bloomsburg. With Bloomsburg driving deep in Kutztown territory in a 3-point game, Turber-Ortiz picked off the Bloomsburg quarterback near the goal-line and returned it 50 yards to setup an ensuing KU touchdown to seal the win.

It was his second interception of the game and his team-leading fifth interception in the last four games.

Turber-Ortiz ranks second in the PSAC and third in Division II with five picks this year, one shy of setting the school’s freshman record. He rates fourth on the team with 36 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss.

Krcic was able to help Kutztown control field possession in its win at Bloomsburg. He averaged 45.6 yards on five punts, including two 50-yarders and one inside the 5-yardline.

He leads the PSAC and ranks fifth in Division II with an average of 45.1 yards-per-punt. Notably, the school-record for a season is 43.02 by KU All-Time Team punter Jon Corson in 2003. Krcic also leads the PSAC with 11 50+ yard punts.

Kutztown returns home next Saturday, Oct. 14, against East Stroudsburg University. Kickoff at University Field at Andre Reed Stadium is set for 12:05 p.m.

Wilkes University Student Pharmacist Alex Ponce Wins Achieving Independence Competition at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Annual Conference

Wilkes University student pharmacist Alex Ponce of Oley, Pa., 19547 was one of three students on the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy team which won the Achieving Independence Competition at the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Annual Conference on Sept. 23. The team was honored with a $1,000 cash prize for their student organization. The conference was held at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, Pocono Manor.

The competition is designed to encourage entrepreneurial pharmacy students to one day own their own pharmacy. Students create a business plan based on either starting up a brand new pharmacy in Pennsylvania or purchasing an existing pharmacy. The business plan is then developed into a poster and the students deliver an oral, ten-minute overview presentation followed by up to five minutes of questioning by the judges.

The faculty advisor was Julie Olenak, assistant dean and associate professor in the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, and their independent coach was Wilkes alumna Stephanie Smith Cooney who earned her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2004.

Following the delivery of all presentations, the five judge panel critiques the presentations and assigns point values in areas such as innovative concepts and creativity, feasibility, and format to determine a winner.

The Wilkes students competed against teams from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and University of Pittsburgh.

Seven Wilson High School students receive National Merit recognition

The Wilson School District is pleased to announce that seven high school seniors have received National Merit recognition. Abigal Durning, Sarah Larkin, Marlayna McArdle and Quinn Spraut were named Commended Students. Marc Chmielewski, Jasper Den Otter and Andrew Allen were named National Merit Semifinalists.

The commended students represent more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT. These students receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Semifinalists represent about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers and are the highest scoring entrants in each state. To be considered for a National Merit ®  Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other
necessary requirements.

In February, approximately 15,000 Semifinalists will be notified if they have advanced to Finalist standing. All winners of Merit Scholarship ®  awards (Merit Scholar designees) are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments.

Lehigh Holds off Colgate, 41-38

Big Raiders Offensive Afternoon Hurt by Penalties; Breneman  Throws for 316 Yards, 2 TDs

Three touchdowns called back because of penalty, a crushing unsportsmanlike flag on the closing drive and then the only turnover of the game.

Those breaks were too much to overcome as Colgate dropped a 41-38 decision to Lehigh in the Patriot League opener for both teams.

The Raiders scored just three points instead of 21 because of the three nullifying penalties. And Colgate was driving to tie or take the lead late when yet another marker set them back.

The first penalty wiped out Owen Rockett’s 93-yard kickoff return that would have made it 35-21 Colgate just before half. The Raiders instead had time for just a few snaps as the quarter ended 28-21.

The second flag took a 32-yard TD completion from Grant Breneman to Thomas Ives off the board early in the third quarter. Colgate missed a field goal six plays later and the score remained 28-21.

The third TD-erasing penalty came just past the midway point of the fourth quarter with the game tied 35-35. Breneman’s 20-yard TD toss to Nick Martinsen was nullified, and Colgate wound up settling for a 27-yard Chris Puzzi field goal and a 38-35 lead with 5:16 remaining.

Lehigh answered with a five-play, 75-yard TD march to take a 41-38 lead, despite missing the PAT, with 3:36remaining.

Colgate quickly drove into Lehigh territory and, on second-and-9 at the Mountain Hawk 40, Breneman hit Martinsen for a 29-yard completion to the 11. But Colgate was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play, backing the Raiders up to the Lehigh 26.

Two plays later, Colgate fumbled the handoff for the game’s only turnover. Lehigh’s Mark Walker made the recovery with 1:49 remaining and the Mountain Hawks converted one first down to ice the game.

Bottom Line
• Lehigh 41, Colgate 38

Won-Lost Records
• Colgate is now 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the Patriot League.
• Lehigh improved to 1-5 and 1-0.

Stats of the Game

  • Lost in the disappointment was the fact that Colgate put together its best offensive showing of the season by far.
    • Breneman completed 18-of-22 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns passing, with one on the ground.
    • He found Brett Gasiorowski from 4 yards in the first quarter and Tre Caine for 66 yards in the fourth.
    • Those were the first career TD receptions for both Gasiorowski and Caine.
    • Alex Mathews also had a career afternoon, carrying 27 times for 147 yards and two scores. All three of those figures are collegiate highs.
    • Ives finished with three catches for 68 – including a highlight-reeler with one hand to set up Breneman’s TD run that gave Colgate its first lead of the game, 21-14.
    • Martinsen posted three receptions for 64 yards and Cain two for 77 and the score.
  • Rockett in his first kickoff return duty finished with four for a 32.8-yard average – not counting most of what would have been the 93-yarder to the house.
  • Colgate as a team returned seven kickoffs for a 27.6-yard average.
  • Nick Ioanilli was the team tackle leader with 11. Jordan Jefferson, Ben Hunt IV and Alec Wisniewski added seven tackles apiece.
  • Nick Wheeler contributed the game’s only sack, a 14-yard loss for his fifth of the season.


Penn St. Berks women net 4-0 NEAC win over Morrisville State

Visiting Penn St. Berks tallied three first-half scores en route to a 4-0 North Eastern Athletic Conference win over host Morrisville State College women’s soccer Saturday afternoon on Drake Field in Morrisville.

The loss drops the Mustangs to 2-8 overall on the season, 2-2 in conference play. Berks improves to 5-4-1 and remains unbeaten in NEAC action at 4-0-0.

Brianna Sorriento (Wynantskill) recorded five saves in the loss, appearing in net for the opening half before being replaced by Brooke Terrier (Hubbardsville) for the final 45. Terrier registered six saves.

Penn St. Berks held the dominating 35-5 decision over the Mustangs in shots on the afternoon, turning four into scores in the victory.

Melissa Martin posted back-to-back goals for the Nittany Lions, in just over a minute’s time, the first at the 10:03 mark, and a second a mere 1:11 later. Martin’s first tally came on a breakaway as she was able to get behind the defensive line for the score. Her second came on a misplayed ball by the Mustang defense.

Caitlin Golden also posted two, including one less than two minutes before the half on the rebound off the initial shot that hit the nearside post. She capped off all scoring in the 56th minute with a tally that got past Terrier.

LVC Announces the Cast of “Nice Work If You Can Get It”

Wig & Buckle Theater Company is proud to present a modern rendition of Nice Work If You Can Get It, featuring the timeless music of George and Ira Gershwin. Set in the prohibition era in New York City, things get a little wild when a bootlegging gang stashes their booze in the cellar of a rich playboy’s beach house, where he happens to be spending his honeymoon with his third (or fourth) wife.

Local students involved with the production include:

Daniel Behler of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music at The Valley. Behler plays the role of Fletcher in the Male Ensemble.

Seth Ravert of Wernersville, a graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in psychology at The Valley. Ravert plays the role of Elliot in the Male Ensemble.


Kutztown University Minority Enrollment at Record Levels

Minority student enrollment at Kutztown University reached 21 percent this fall, a record-high level, according to official figures released this week. Minority student enrollment of the incoming freshman class was 25 percent, also a record for the university.

“I’m so very proud to be a part of a university that welcomes diversity and embraces it,” said Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, university president. “Having students from many different cultures and nationalities enhances the education and environment for the entire KU community. Learning is not only done in the classroom, we can learn from each other and our cultural traditions.”

The university’s 21 percent minority student enrollment is one percent higher than last year. The university’s retention rate also rose one percent to 74, the first increase since 2012.

New students at the university included 1,605 freshman, 602 students who transferred from other institutions and 297 graduate students. Both transfer and graduate students increased over 2016. The quality of the freshman class remained strong as KU accepted 73.9 percent of its 8,088 applicants this year.

Total enrollment at KU is 8,329, a 2.16 percent decline, 184 students, from fall 2016. Of the total enrollment, 7,489 are undergraduate students while 840 are seeking graduate degrees. Graduate school enrollment jumped from 795 students in 2016, a nearly six percent increase.

The majority of students, 88 percent, are from Pennsylvania while 11 percent come from out of state and one percent are international students.

Official data is collected after the university’s fall freeze date in September.

Historical Total Enrollment Data

2017 – 8,329

2016 – 8,513

2015 – 9,000

2014 – 9,218

2013 – 9,513

Devon Merritt of Reading member of 2017-18 JMU women’s basketball team

Devon Merritt of Reading is a member of the 2017-18 James Madison varsity women’s basketball team.

Merritt is a sophomore forward at JMU, enrolled in the biology program.

JMU is coming off a 26-9 season, Head Coach Sean O’Regan’s first at the helm. The Dukes advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association title game for a fourth straight year before making it to the third round of the WNIT, taking down Radford and Virginia at home.

JMU begins the season on Nov. 10 at home against Rutgers, the first of 29 regular-season contests for the Dukes in 2017-18.

JMU Athletics sponsors an 18-sport intercollegiate athletics program that competes within the Colonial Athletic Association at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Kutztown University to Mark National Coming Out Week with Speaker Aneesah Smith

Kutztown University will celebrate National Coming Out Week with social justice educator Aneesah Smith on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in room 183 of the McFarland Student Union. A workshop for student leaders will follow. The program is free and open to the public.

Smith, a recognized speaker and educator within the LGBTQ+ community, will present “Now is Our Time: Creating Change across Difference.” This talk will challenge attendees to critically self-reflect on our privilege and ally behaviors and to acknowledge the part each person plays in improving campus climate and making sustainable change.

Smith, a gay, Christian, woman of color, works with LGBTQ+ students to cultivate and engage campus constituents. She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from West Chester University and spent more than 10 years working in student affairs.

For more information contact Christine Price, director, KU GLBTQ Resource Center, at price@kutztown.eduor 484-646-4111.

Kutztown Borough Police Department report

Sept. 29, 2017

  • Police arrested Shana Hayes, 21, of Manahawkin, N.J., for Violation of the Borough Noise Ordinance following an incident that occurred at 48 Noble St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.
  • After completing their investigation, Police arrested a 15-year-old Fleetwood resident for Purchase, Consumption, Possession or Transportation of Liquor or Malt or Brewed Beverages and for
    Possession/Use of Drug Paraphernalia following an incident that
    occurred at Kutztown Car Wash, 316 Greenwich St.
  • Police arrested Brooke Cerqueira, 20, of Howell, for Purchase,
    Consumption, Possession or Transportation of Liquor or Malt or
    Brewed Beverages following an incident that occurred in the 200
    block of Greenwich St.
  • After completing their investigation, Police arrested Benjamin Faust, 19, of Fleetwood,  for Purchase, Consumption, Possession or Transportation of Liquor or Malt or Brewed Beverages following an incident that occurred at Kutztown Car Wash, 316 Greenwich St.

Sept. 30, 2017

  • Police are investigating the report of Fraud following an incident that occurred at Turkey Hill Minit Market, 50 W Main St.
  • Police arrested Shane Roche, 21, of Huntingdon Valley, for Violation of the Borough Noise Ordinance following an incident that occurred at 169 W Main St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.
  • Police arrested Lavar Hunter, 22, of Philadelphia, for Violation of
    the Borough Peace and Good Order Ordinance following an incident
    that occurred in the 200 block of W Main St.

Oct. 1, 2017

  • Police investigated the report of Vandalism to a window after it was reported to have been broken following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 00 block of N Whiteoak St.

Oct. 2, 2017

  • After completing their investigation, Police arrested Gabriel Rendon, 21, of Allentown, for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance and One Way Roadways following an incident that occurred in the 200 block of Sander Alley.

Oct. 5, 2017

  • After completing their investigation, Police arrested Riley Diehl, 19, of Red Hill, for Disorderly Conduct following an incident that
    occurred in the 00 block of Noble St.
  • After completing their investigation, Police arrested Riley McCluskey, 18 of Greenfield, NY for Minor Presenting False Identification for Liquor following an incident that occurred at Wine & Spirits Shoppe, 45 Constitution Blvd.