Megan Breidigan named to fall 2018 dean’s list

Megan Elise Breidigan of Douglassville has been named to Eastern Mennonite University’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester.

Students named to Eastern Mennonite University’s Dean’s List have achieved a semester GPA of at least 3.75 with no withdrawn, incomplete, or failing grades for 12 semester hours of standard grades.

PREVIEW: Men’s Basketball Seeks Sixth Straight Over Bloomsburg Saturday

1/4/2019 | Men’s Basketball

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The Kutztown University men’s basketball team has found success against Bloomsburg University over the last four-plus seasons and will look to continue the trend when it travels to Nelson Field House for a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division matchup tomorrow, Saturday, at 3 p.m.

The Golden Bears (8-6 overall, 2-4 PSAC) have won five straight games and eight of the last nine against the Huskies (4-6, 2-4), the lone loss coming in overtime during the 2015-16 campaign. The two teams met three times last year with KU coming out on top in each contest, including 93-79 last Feb. in the first round of the PSAC Tournament.

Kutztown has had an up-and-down first half of the season with half of its games behind it. KU is coming off a 74-61 non-conference road victory over Bowie State this past Wednesday, Jan. 2. It lost its East Division opener to West Chester in the game prior on Dec. 29, so will try to get on the board against Bloomsburg, a team entering on a 77-71 victory over Lock Haven Wednesday, but lost four straight games before.

The KU offense ranks third in the PSAC in scoring at 83.9 points per game (ppg), and has been in the top-three all season. KU is shooting 49.7-percent from the floor, second in the PSAC and the best since the 2016-17 season.

Anthony Lee has scored in double-digits the last 43 games and is second in Division II at 27.6 ppg. He is seventh in the conference in three-point percentage (44.2), first in three-pointers made (46) and second in free-throw percentage (91.2). Lee is one of just two players nationally to net a 50-point game this season. He scored 32 in the win against the Bulldogs and has not scored fewer than 15 points in any game this season.

Moe Williams has five double-doubles this season. He ranks first in the PSAC at 9.5 rebounds per game and second in field-goal percentage (58.9). Ricky Hicks has started 12-of-14 games and is 3rd on KU at 10.6 ppg. His 1.9 assists-to-turnover ratio ranks 10th in the PSAC.

Josh Townsend is fifth in the conference with 14 blocked shots, which leads KU. Kiyon Hardy is fifth on the team averaging 6.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg. Facundo Arens has started all 14 games and is averaging 6.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1.7 assists per game (apg). Freshman Da’Quan Granberry is one-of-six Golden Bears to play in all 14 games this season. He is averaging 5.1 ppg and has scored at least nine points in four of the last five games.

The Huskies are led by Old Dominion transfer Ky Mauras, who has an average of 18.2 ppg. Freshman Travis Elmore is averaging 15.1 ppg and 7.6 rpg.

Bloomsburg is last in the PSAC in scoring defense and rebounding, so look for Kutztown’s high-scoring offense to find a rhythm in this one.

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Groth Breaks School Record in 55m

Several Others Shine in Golden Bear InvitationalGroth Breaks School Record in 55m; Several Others Shine in Golden Bear Invitational

1/11/2019 | Women’s Track and Field Results

Junior Kelly Groth of the Kutztown University women’s track and field team did it again. A little over one month, and just one meet, after she broke the school record in the 60m, she followed it up by setting another new school record, this time in the 55m to lead a number of Golden Bears who saw success Friday afternoon in the Golden Bear Invitational at O’Pake Fieldhouse.

Groth crossed the finish line in 7.23 in the prelim and actually came in just a hair shy in the final, winning the 55m at 7.24. She also placed first in the 200m with a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)-qualifying mark of 7.24.

Five other KU individuals won their respective events and eight new qualifying marks were accomplished in highlighting the Maroon and Gold in action Friday.

Joanne Mason won the triple jump in her first jump event this season with a personal-best mark of 11.34m (37-02.50), which ranks fourth all-time in program history. She also set a new mark in finishing second in the 55m hurdles at 8.64.

The pole vaulters had a successful night. Ally Tama cleared a personal-best mark of 3.40m (11-01.75), ninth all-time. Katie Seegert and Abigail Zeger each collected new PSAC-marks of 3.30m (10-10.00) and 3.20m (10-06.00) respectively. Zeger’s was a personal-best.

The high jumpers also had three qualifiers as freshman Taye Dairo, Becca Hemingway and Shelby Samuels all jumped to PSAC marks. Dairo measured a best of 1.65m (5-05.00), Hemingway was 1.60m (5-03.00) and Samuels had a 1.55m (5-01.00). Dairo and Hemingway also competed in the long jump and recorded PSAC marks, while freshmen Jerenita Sokan (16-04.25) and Kathleen Silverman (14-11.25) both accomplished personal-bests this season.

Ashley Petre came out on top in the weight throw with a qualifying mark of 15.47m (50-09.25), followed by Olivia Morano with a PSAC throw of 13.60m (44-07.50) Staci Jett (33-06.50) and Rebecca Schweitzer (28-06.50) each had season-best throws. Morano had a top-three finish in the shot put at 10.30m (33-09.50).

Kutztown had five runners in a large field in the 400m. Meghan Forsythe and Ashley Stewart finished one-two at 1:00.96 and 1:01.32 respectively, both were new PSAC marks for the duo. Julia Wiemken ran a personal-best time of 1:03.84, while Julie Stratton (1:04.91) and Angela Iaccarino (1:05.08) all finished in the top-seven.

Two KU 4×4 relay teams placed in the top-three. Stewart, Iaccarino, Dairo and Forsythe crossed the finish line in first at 4:16.02 and the team of Wiemken, Kira Solt, Stratton and freshman Devon Montanari were third at a time of 4:25.02.

Sophomore Dootleen Joseph ended at the head of the pack in the 1000m with a personal-best time of 3:24.22.

Montanari was fourth in the 800m at 2:32.50 and classmate Lynne O’Connor competed in her first collegiate meet in the mile, finishing with a time of 5:56.93.

Kutztown is back in action next Friday, Jan. 18 at the NYC Gotham Cup in Staten Island, N.Y.

Kutztown Results

55m Hurdles Prelim
2. Mason – 8.64q (PSAC-new)

55m Hurdles Finals
2. Mason – 8.72

55m Prelim
1. Groth – 7.23q (PSAC-new) (school-record) (personal-best)
5. Sokan – 7.55q
10. Tompkins – 7.85

55m Finals
1. Groth – 7.24
6. Sokan – 7.56

7. O’Connor – 5:56.93

1. Groth – 26.55 (PSAC-existing)
2. Sokan – 27.42
8. Tompkins – 29.00
10. Junious – 31.37

1. Forsythe – 1:00.96 (PSAC-new)
2. Stewart – 1:01.32 (PSAC-new)
4. Wiemken – 1:03.84 (personal-best)
6. J. Stratton – 1:04.91
7. Iaccarino – 1:05.08

4. Montanari – 2:32.50

4×4 Relay
1. Stewart, Iaccarino, Dairo, Forsythe – 4:16.02
3. Wiemken, Solt, Stratton, Montanari – 4:25.02

1. Joseph – 3:24.22 (personal-best)

Pole Vault
2. Tama – 3.40m (11-01.75) (PSAC-existing) (personal-best) (ninth all-time)
3. Seegert – 3.30m (10-10.00) (PSAC-new)
4. Zeger – 3.20m (10-06.00) (PSAC-new) (personal-best)

Long Jump
2. Hemingway – 5.31m (17-05.25) (PSAC-existing)
4. Dairo – 5.11m (16-09.25) (PSAC-new)
7. Sokan – 4.98m (16-04.25) (season-best)
13. Silverman – 4.55m (14-11.25) (season-best)

Weight Throw
1. Petre – 15.47m (50-09.25) (PSAC-existing)
4. Morano – 13.60m (44-07.50) (PSAC-existing)
9. Jett – 10.22m (33-06.50) (season-best)
10. Schweitzer 8.70m (28-06.50) (season-best)

High Jump
1. Dairo – 1.65m (5-05.00) (PSAC-existing)
2. Hemingway – 1.60m (5-03.00) (PSAC-existing)
4. Samuels – 1.55m (5-01.00) (PSAC-existing)
8. Solt – 1.45m (4-09.00)
10. Julsaint – 1.40m (4-07.00)

Shot Put
3. Morano – 10.30m (33-09.50)
8. Solt – 8.91m (29-02.75)

Triple Jump
1. Mason – 11.34m (37-02.50) (PSAC-new) (personal-best) (fourth all-time)
6. Julsaint – 9.64m (31-07.50)

Lebanon Valley College student-athletes named to MAC fall academic honor roll

Eighty-five Lebanon Valley College student-athletes have been named to the Middle Atlantic Conference’s Fall Academic Honor Roll.

Local students recognized include:

  • Nicholas Bentz of Reading, a graduate of Exeter Township High School and member of the football team, is pursuing a bachelor of science in exercise science.
  • Marah Hoffman of Birdsboro, a graduate of Exeter Township High School and member of the women’s cross country team, is pursuing a bachelor of arts in English and creative writing.
  • Charlotte Jones of Fleetwood, a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School and member of the women’s cross country team, is pursuing a bachelor of science in digital communications and art and visual culture.
  • Nicholas Sweitzer of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School and member of the football team, is pursuing a bachelor of science in business administration.

The academic honor roll is comprised of student-athletes who compete in a varsity-level sport and registered a term/semester GPA of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher.

Reading Public Library to present program on the art of making comic books

Reading Public Library will present a program featuring local award-winning illustrator and graphic designer, Craig Schaffer discussing “The Art of Illustration” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Main Library, 100 S. Fifth St., Reading.

Schaffer is a Berks County resident whose artwork appears in the Reading Eagle where he creates news graphics and writes on pop culture and comic books. He has recently published his first comic book, “Backdraft,” which includes a compilation of webcomic series and several short story Berks-centric comics.

The presentation will include prints of comic artwork, original pages and copies of “Backdraft,” “States of Terror Vol. II” and “Cartoon Picayune #7,” which will also be available for purchase.

The event is free of charge and pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Ashly Roman at 610.655.6350 ext. 241.

Family Flicks film series continues at Central Penn with “Smallfoot”

Free Saturday matinees starting in December

Need something to do with the kids that doesn’t break the bank? How ‘bout a free, family-friendly movie? Actually, how ‘bout one every month throughout the winter?

Central Penn College reminds the public that its first-ever Family Flicks film series continues Jan. 19 with “Smallfoot.” The college will show popular (and recent) kid-friendly movies every third Saturday during the winter season.

Parents don’t have to worry about young kids staying up too late either. All shows are matinees; movies will screen 1 to 3 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre, which is located on the college’s Summerdale campus, just five minutes from downtown Harrisburg near Enola.

All movies in the series are open to the public. Admission is free, and so is the popcorn!

The remaining schedule for Family Flicks film series is as follows:

·       Jan. 19 – Smallfoot, 1–3 p.m.

·       Feb. 16 – A Wrinkle in Time, 1–3 p.m.

·       Mar. 16 – Wreck-It Ralph 2, 1–3 p.m.

“We wanted to do something fun for parents and kids of all ages,” said Activities Director Adrienne Thoman. “And we wanted to make it affordable, too, because so many kid-friendly activities aren’t always wallet-friendly.”

Stroudsburg University announces fall 2018 dean’s list

A total of 1,513 students have been named to the dean’s list at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania for the fall 2018 semester of the 2018-19 academic year, according to Joanne Bruno, J.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Among them were:

  • Ashley Diehm of Blandon
  • Rachel Eidson of Douglassville
  • Kailyn Pyle of Temple
  • Clare Davison of Sinking Spring
  • Brittany Long of Birdsboro
  • Chase Ober of Wernersville
  • Elizabeth Hawley of Reading
  • Katelyn Smith of Fleetwood
  • Virginia Higgins of Reading
  • Eric Toth of Douglassville
  • Micayla Bonargo of Sinking Spring
  • Joshua Conrath of Blandon
  • Benjamin Reisenweaver of Leesport
  • Megan Majeski of Douglassville
  • Amanda Rizzuti of Fleetwood
  • Lea Hughes of Blandon
  • Colette Williams of Reading
  • Steven Edmonds of Reading
  • Amanda Eckert of Temple
  • Julia Rickard of Reading
  • Colby Stichter of Mohrsville
  • Kayla Martzall of Wernersville
  • Alex O’Neill of Reading
  • Alexis Schmidt of Bally
  • Adriana Zuniga of Fleetwood
  • Lauren Reightneour of Birdsboro
  • Nicholas Sager of Leesport
  • Kelsey Klinger of Sinking Spring
  • Taylor Mervine of Reading
  • Amy Alderfer of Wyomissing

Students eligible for the dean’s list are those who have attained a 3.50 quality point average or better and are enrolled full-time. The letter grade B earns three quality points per credit, and the grade A earns four quality points per credit.

Reading Public Library receives $20,000 BB&T Economic Growth Fund Grant

Pictured from left are Carey Babczak, vice president and business services officer, BB&T Branch Banking and Trust Company; Maureen Dolan, member, Reading Public Library Board of Trustees; Bronwen Gamble, executive director, Reading Public Library; David Roland, market president, Berks/Northern Montgomery Counties, BB&T Branch Banking and Trust Company.

Reading Public Library was awarded a $20,000 grant from the BB&T Economic Growth Fund of Berks County Community Foundation Friday, Jan. 11. BB&T representatives Carey Babczak and David Roland presented the check at Main Library to Board member, Maureen Dolan and Executive Director, Bronwen Gamble.

The funds will support the library’s entrepreneurial and workforce development programming including the continuation of the successful autumn entrepreneurial workshops. This four-session program provided a platform for the training and development of future Latino leadership through the acquisition of business development skills and networking opportunities.

In addition, the grant will support the Berks Job database on the library’s website and fund resume-writing and computer classes through the library’s computer lab and mobile technology vans.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

Jan. 4, 2019

  • Police are investigating the report of theft after a purse was reported missing following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 300 block of W. Walnut St.
  • After completing their investigation, police arrested Eric Ferko, 19, of Scott Township, for driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession/use of drug paraphernalia, failure to drive on the right side of the road and minor prohibited from operating a motor vehicle with any alcohol in system following an incident that occurred in the 300 block of W. Main St.

Jan. 9, 2019

  • After completing their investigation, police arrested Louis Landis, 49, of Kutztown, for terroristic threats and simple assault following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 00 block of Willow St.

Northampton Community College announces fall 2018 dean’s list

More than 2,000 high-achieving students have been named to the dean’s list for the fall  semester at Northampton Community College.

The honor is reserved for students who have completed a minimum of six credits and achieved at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in the fall 2018 semester.

  • Asher Glynn of Bethel
  • Joshua Esterly of Bowers
  • Jacob Shanley of Douglassville
  • Cynthia Winger of Douglassville
  • Suzanne Zeek of Douglassville
  • Kelly McEllroy of Fleetwood
  • Chelsey Miller of Hamburg
  • Christina Moore of Mohrsville
  • Savanah Stevens of Mohrsville
  • Jenna Castellano of Reading
  • Hayley Kochel of Reading
  • Zachary Testerman of Sinking Spring
  • Kendra Mayers of Wernersville