The Central Penn College #IAM Campaign

Knightly News Secretary spearheads PSA Campaign for Initiative

By Paul Miller and Sarayuth Pinthong

Knightly News Secretary Sarayuth Pinthong offers a fantastic look at the #IAM campaign from The Office of Diversity and Global Education at Central Penn College as part of a project in his COM225:  Writing for Public Relations course.

The #IAM campaign is in support of their “Our Diversity” messaging in the fall term of 2016.

The campaign informed students and staff members about “going beyond the optics” and understanding our similarities and commonalities. Everyone’s responsible for diversity on campus.

For more information contact: Office of Diversity and Global Education at Central Penn College

Romeo Azondekon: 717-728-2437

romeoazondekon@centralpenn.edu

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A Field of Dreams Exists at Central Penn

But Roadside Tribute to Local Sports Hero Often Goes Unnoticed

 By Keith Gudz

Knightly News Reporter

Every day, students, staff members, visitors and passers-by drive down Valley Road along the north end of the Central Penn College campus.

They drive past a piece of the not-too-distant past that holds a story about a heartbroken town and a hometown hero who was tragically taken from this world far too soon.

On the north side of Valley Road, in a field across from Central Penn’s historic Boyer House and down a bit toward the village of Summerdale, there is a gap where the grass does not grow. In that little circle of dirt are flowers, and baseballs on which the cowhide covers and threaded seams are splitting apart. This often-overlooked circle in a field is a memorial to Tom Sgrignoli, and this is his story.

A memorial to East Pennsboro Township stand-out athlete Tom Sgrignoli, along Valley Road, at Central Penn College. Photo by Keith Gudz

A memorial to East Pennsboro Township stand-out athlete Tom Sgrignoli, along Valley Road, at Central Penn College.
Photo by Keith Gudz

Tom grew up in Enola. The son of Ron and Janet Sgrignoli of Enola, Tom became a sports star on the local scene in 1997, as a standout athlete at East Pennsboro Area High School. While there, Tom excelled in baseball, basketball and golf, and in his senior year, on the Panthers’ varsity football team.

While on the team, Tom was selected and named Most Valuable Player of the 1998 Thanksgiving High School All-Star Football Classic. He had three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.

After high school, Tom went on to play for Enola’s team in the East Shore Twilight Baseball League, and was a highly successful pitcher. His future as the continuous toast of Enola seemed bright and long-lasting. But all that changed in mid-2005.

On June 22, Tom was riding his motorcycle along Valley Road when he was struck by a wire that was jarred loose by a truck that had passed through before he did. Tom crashed in the field across from the Boyer House.  He was taken to Holy Spirit Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Tom was 24 years old.

In a recent telephone interview, Ron Sgrignoli said about his son’s crash: “It was the weirdest thing. He was working at Comcast and got off early from work because he had a baseball game to get to. He was going to meet a friend and if it wasn’t for those sets of circumstances, he would still be here. Really makes you think.”

Tom’s family and friends had left items at the crash site as a makeshift memorial. Ron Sgrignoli called then-president, now Central Penn College President Emeritus Todd A. Milano, to inform him of the memorial on the property. Milano agreed to meet with Tom’s parents and offered his condolences, along with any assistance he could be provide.

Milano and the Sgrignolis met over a light lunch, and Milano offered to allow the memorial to be permanent. The memorial is maintained by the Central Penn College Facilities Department.

Through Milano’s support, and with the memories of Tom’s loved ones and the people of his town, he and his legacy live on in that field of dreams.


To comment on this story, or to suggest one, contact KnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

Edited by Media Club Co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi

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Podcast Episode 21 Features Alumni Events

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News at Central Penn College had the opportunity to have two new guests into the studio, as Episode 21 of the podcast has been released.

In today’s podcast we are joined by Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Blumenschein and Knightly News President Sherri Long to discuss several major alumni events coming in the next few weeks.

Long has a unique perspective in this segment, as she is both a current student and a Central Penn alumna and is an elected member of the Alumni Council.

Blumenschein chronicles three upcoming events:  The Central Penn On Tap:  Young Alumni Happy Hour at Cafe 1500 in Harrisburg on March 23, the CPC Alumni:  Access Granted “Career Transitions” webinar on March 28, and the Alumni Association Easter Bunny Breakfast on April 8.

For more ways to stay in touch with the Alumni Engagement Office, visit their website, find them on Facebook, Twitter @CPCAlumni, or Linkedin.

As always, the Knightly News Media Club would like to thank you for your continued support.

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A Sit Down with Jasmine Harvey, New SGA President

A New Year Presents New Adventures as Students Select New Class President to Lead the Way Forward

By Sarayuth Pinthong

Knightly News Reporter

Nov. 8, 2016, marked another change in our nation. That was the day Donald J. Trump was elected the new President of the United States.

Central Penn College also elected a new representative of the student body. That person was Jasmine Harvey. Knightly News reporter Sarayuth Pinthong had the opportunity to sit down with Harvey as she shared some details about herself and her new position as Student Government Association (SGA) president.

KN: Central Penn College is a very diverse institution. Where are you from and how did you become a student of Central Penn?

JH: I’m from Philadelphia. I became a student because I received a letter in the mail about the school. I just took a chance and got accepted. I decided to come here to see how the campus was. I didn’t know that my cousin was attending (at) the time.  We did a tour and I liked it. I enjoyed that it was a small campus and everything was so close.

KN: How long have you been a student at Central Penn and what do you enjoy about the college?

JH: This is my sixth term here. What I like most about this school is that they give their students opportunities to do what they like to do. If you really want something to be done on campus all you have to do is email somebody and they’ll get right back to you. For example, we have a cheerleading club on campus. We didn’t have that before. That was something (students) really wanted to happen and they did their best to do it.

Jasmine Harvey, student government association president at Central Penn College, poses for a photo in the ATEC building, February 8, 2017. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

Jasmine Harvey, student government association president at Central Penn College, poses for a photo in the ATEC building, Feb. 8.  Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

KN: Central Penn College offers a variety of academic programs. What is your major and why?

JH: I’m a corporate communications major. I selected it as my major because I love writing. I know that in the communications field there’s a lot to do. There’s always an opportunity for you in any field with the major and that’s what I love the most. I like doing and trying new things. I didn’t want to be stuck doing one specific thing for the rest of my life. I want to branch out and learn.

KN: What would be your dream job?

JH: I probably would go more to the public relations side, like marketing. Recently, I’ve found that it’s interesting to me once I took my advertising class. Afterwards, I’ve learned to enjoy the process on marketing a product, how to get it out there and how to sell it.

KN: What does “SGA” stand for and how long have you been affiliated with SGA? What roles did you hold prior to being elected as the new SGA president?

JH: SGA stands for the Student Government Association. I’ve been a part of it for about a year now. Before I became president, I was the vice president.

KN: Individuals in positions such as yours research the actions and qualities of past members so they can develop a plan of action of what works and doesn’t work toward the future. With that in mind, who was your predecessor and any reason why he/she is no longer the SGA president?

JH: Sebastine (Virella) was our SGA president of 2016 and was supposed to be for 2017. Unfortunately, he had to take some time off from school to deal with some other matters in his life. Before I stepped up to the role to take this position, we were very good friends. We had a conversation about how to move forward with SGA, like the plans he wanted to fulfill before he left the school. He has my back 100 percent and I have his. He still helps me out with meetings and event planning. I always go to him to ask questions.

KN: How were you selected as the SGA president? Was there an election of some type held for the student body?

JH: We had Morgan Littleford, our secretary, and Yuli (Sutedjo), our treasurer. Our bylaws state that if our president, or anybody, resigns, the next person up will take control. Since I was vice president, the control was assigned to me. In the fall term we had an election where the students decided who they wanted as class president.

KN: What experiences do have that can help you as the next SGA president?

JH: Being around Sebastine provided the opportunity for him to take me under his wing. I feel like just being around him and seeing how he does everything, from planning to budgeting, gave me the chance to learn how to take on the role.

KN: Can you explain the roles and responsibilities of the SGA president?

JH: If the student body has any concerns, they can come to us with the problem. During our meetings we talk about issues that were brought up to us to find solutions on how to fix them for our students as fast as possible. Recently, we had an issue about the cafeteria. We decided to go and give out comment sheets for the students to fill out which provided us with suggestions on what food and style they wanted the cafeteria to have. We took that and went to the president of Central Penn for a meeting just to discuss issues about the cafeteria and what the students wanted to see. Just from that meeting the cafeteria did change.

KN: What is your view of the Central Penn student body and are their voices being heard?

JH: I would say that the voices of our students are being heard. I feel like the staff here does care about the students. They want things to change for the better. The staff is willing to help out any way they can, as long as you bring the problem to them by stating the problem and what you want to see changed. We have comment boxes that we put out during our events. During that time, we communicate with students by asking if they have any suggestions or comments they want us to present. We have an email address on our Blackboard page as well.  You can even come directly to me if anything is bothering you.

KN: Last term involved some negative incidents that attracted the attention of the staff of Central Penn along with the student body. Would you comment on that?

JH: As far as the past incidents, it just seemed like a bunch of miscommunication and not stating the problems or exactly what you wanted to see changed. It was a lot of stating opinions. When you want to see something changed, instead of opinions, state the facts … and have a plan to implement campus procedures accordingly, and in a better way.

KN: The whole picture of what’s going on isn’t always visible during certain situations. When negative situations develop, how can the SGA positively assist both the students and the staff of Central Penn?

JH: For SGA, we just take action as soon as we can. We go directly to students and staff to see what they want, and talk with both sides to come together to see what we feel needs to be brought up to the president during a meeting. If we handle the situation as soon as it happens, rather than waiting, the outcome could be better.

KN: What are your goals toward the future as SGA president and how can students get involved?

JH: My goals are for SGA to get more involved with all the clubs on campus. We do have a few plans to attend more club meetings to see how we can help other clubs, like trying to get them a budget, help with fundraisers or just be more successful. When it comes to students being involved with us, hopefully, when we go to other clubs they would see that we’re trying to help them out. Other than being the voice of the students, we also help out with community service hours. We do fundraisers to help out with the Education Foundation that gives scholarships to students.

KN: What would you like to say directly to the students of Central Penn College to help them better understand the roles of their SGA?

JH: SGA is here to help you guys out. If you don’t want to address a problem yourself, you can come to us so we can help. If you just want to start a club on campus and you need help, you can come to us. Whatever you need help with, we can help you out with it. That’s what we’re mainly here for – to help the students out in any way possible. We’re here to make your college experience the best one you have. I know that a lot of students want to do similar things that other colleges do. That’s what we’re here for. We’re here to make sure that whatever you want done on this campus, if possible, can be done so you can have that great college experience to share with your kids later in life – making good memories.

More information, inquiries or concerns can be submitted to SGA at sga@centralpenn.edu

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To comment on this story or to suggest a story, contact KnghtlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

Edited by Media Club President Sherri Long and club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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The Knightly News Bids Norman Geary a Fond Goodbye

Geary gives final news podcast before graduation

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

Knightly News Correspondent and former Vice President of the Media Club, Norman Geary, joined the Knightly News Podcast for his final news episode.

In the first segment, Geary discusses the recent Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium (CPEC) job and internship fair, held Feb. 21, at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill.

While attending, Geary discussed some of the students he spoke with regarding the event, as well as giving unique insight to how to approach a job fair such as this.

Discussions also included a recap of the Knightly News’ recent open house and a debate about the feasibility of “Tuition Free” college education.

In the second segment, Romeo Azondekon, Chief Diversity Officer at Central Penn College, reviews the Black History Month Luncheon.

According to Azondekon, this luncheon was one of the most well attended events in the history of the college.

In addition, Azondekon highlights the upcoming Alternate Term Break, where Central Penn College students can venture to Toronto over the break between the winter and spring terms.

In Toronto, students will be immersed in the culture of the city, all while doing community service and offering students a unique opportunity without missing any classes.

The podcast is completed with a special note from the Knightly News Media Club to Geary.


Editor’s Note:  Geary has given a series of news podcasts over his last three terms and hopes to employ this experience at a future position after graduation.

Geary was one of the founding members of the Knightly News Media Club.

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Knights Jousting – and Winning Big Time!

Central Penn moving up in USCAA tourney

By Keith Gudz

Knightly News Reporter

The Central Penn Knights basketball team has become one of the greatest kept secrets in college basketball.

The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) team is currently 24-8 and are 24-3 in USCAA play. The Knights, Division II, have made the USCAA tournament for a sixth straight year, the longest streak by any USCAA school. They received the No. 2 overall seed.

What’s happening now

Central Penn defeated NHTI (formerly New Hampshire Technical Institute), Concord, N.H., Thursday 76-64, in Uniontown, Pa., where the tournament is being held – on the Penn State Fayette Campus. They were led by Tyree Tucker, Tyrie Orosco and Joel Zola – each who scored 18 points.

The Knights are scheduled to play Penn State York at 3 this afternoon. (Follow the stats live here.) If they win, the Knights would face Berkeley College (N.Y.) or Penn State Greater Allegheny for the championship Saturday at 8:45 p.m.

A bit of background

The Knights, in addition to playing in a lower-tier basketball league, are also often overlooked for being part of such a small school that some residents in Central Pennsylvania are only now realizing exists.

However, for being a small school – with an enrollment of about 1,300 – the team is very good, with the 24-3 USCAA record, and the other five losses to NCAA Division I teams.

The losses were Liberty (19-12), Radford (13-17), Maryland-East Shore (11-19), Howard (8-22) and Elon (18-13).  Their closest game against the DI schools was a seven-point loss to the Howard Bison 67-60.

The Knights have hardly been only a one-and-done team. Last season, the Knights made it all the way to the championship game before falling to Berkeley College (NY) 107-88. The previous season 2014-2015, the Knights went to the national semifinals.

Looking forward, moving on

As the college starts to expand its reach and scope on the recruiting trail, upgraded facilities are in the planning stage.

One day there may be a move up to NCAA.

Only time will tell.

But if the Knights do move up, then DI, watch out during March Madness, because these little Knights can dance.


 

To comment on this story, or to suggest a story, contact KnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

Edited by Media Club Co-adviser Prof. Lear-Olimpi and club president Sherri Long.

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Conquering the Fear of Networking Events

CPC Career Services Offers Students Tips on Connecting to Potential Employers

By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

Networking events can strike fear into the hearts of many and send anxiety levels skyrocketing.

Career Services at Central Penn can help people with that fear.

Career Services hosted a networking skills workshop last month in ATEC room 200/202. The purpose of the event, held during the college’s weekly Common Hour — a one-hour leadership or cultural event for students and staff — was “to help students learn and understand the art of networking,” according to the program flyer. Career Services personnel covered “what networking is, how to do it effectively and why it is important.”

Rubina Azizdin, career counselor and part-time faculty member at Central Penn, welcomed attendees and began speaking about networking, and how Career Services can help.

“Please don’t think that you just come visit us only when you are about to graduate. It’s always great to get to know us ahead of time and get to know the resources we have to offer,” said Azizdin.

When attendees were asked, “How many feel nervous when they hear they have to go to a networking event?” most raised their hands.

“Yes, it can be overwhelming sometimes, if you don’t know what it (networking) means, who’s going to be there or what to expect,” said Azizdin. “Once you understand the basics of it, it’s really not that hard.”

Steve Hassinger and Kristin Fike of Career Services demonstrate introduction and networking skills. Career Services offers mock networking and interviewing for students and alumni. Photo by Sherri Long.

Steve Hassinger and Kristin Fike of Career Services demonstrate introduction and networking skills. Career Services offers mock networking and interviewing for students and alumni. Photo by Sherri Long.

The purposes of networking

“The more people you meet, the more connections you make, the more you’ll learn, and also the more opportunity will come to you. If you need a job or internship, you’ll know where to go and who to ask,” Azizdin explained.

Networking isn’t just for getting a job. The connections made can be resources of information for a topic or activity in which you are interested. Azizdin explained that she has found several guest speakers for the college through networking events.

“Networking can be beneficial in a lot of different ways,” Azizdin said. “You just need to know how to do it. You need to be confident in yourselves.”

Azizdin spoke about having a personal network and a professional network. Participants were asked to share who they thought would be in the two networks. Ideas given by attendees were friends, family, professors, co-workers and bosses.

She stressed the need to always be professional because, “You never know who is watching or who’s going to be your next professor, or who is at the administrator level. You always want to have a nice reputation.”

A networking video, which is a part of the online resources of Career Services, was shown. In the video, the speaker noted that “more jobs are filled through networking than any other means,” and that “networking is a life skill that will serve you throughout your careers.”

The elevator speech

A tutorial video Azizdin played about the elevator speech explained what one is and its purpose. Two points from the video were, “Consider it your work-related highlight reel,” and “the goal of an elevator speech is to enter into a higher-level conversation of what you can do for an employer.”

Attendees were given an elevator speech worksheet. Azizdin explained the importance of an elevator speech during a networking event. The three questions on the worksheet were:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I have to offer you?
  • What do I want from you?

“You really need to know yourself. You need to (say) your name, your major, your interests. And why are you approaching them,” said Azizdin. “Are you looking for a job? Are you just looking for information? You are supposed to do this within a minute.”

The etiquette of networking

Audrey Bare, Lancaster campus career counselor, asked the group for their ideas about etiquette for a networking event. Ideas shared were making eye contact, having a confident handshake and professional dress. Even the placement of a name tag is important.

“Your name tag should be on your right-hand side. That’s just familiar for people, because when you give a handshake, they can look at your name when they are introducing themselves,” said Bare.

To help reduce anxiety, Bare suggested taking a friend to the networking event “as long as you’re not standing in the corner with just the person that you took, but making sure that you’re making a plan to divide and conquer, and talk to other people.”

Before attending a networking event or job fair, Bare recommended reviewing the list of participating company representatives create a plan to meet the representatives of businesses in which you are most interested.

Career Services at Central Penn College always has plenty of job listings available in the Career Resource Center.

Career Services at Central Penn College always has plenty of job listings available in the Career Resource Center. Photo by Sherri Long.

Elevator speeches, networking and practice

Light refreshments were served and used during a mock networking exercise in which students practiced sharing their elevator speeches. Bare suggested to stand near the refreshments table because people will come to the refreshments, and the setting is more relaxed.

“This is the perfect place to meet people (and carrying extra napkins can make you very popular),” according to an article on college.usatoday.com.

Attendees networked with other students, professors, Azizdin and Bare. Elevator pitches were shared and several discussions about the networking process ensued.

Shelby Houston, PTA student, shared that she was offered one of her first jobs in her hometown of Roanoke, Virginia, through a friend at church. The employer remembered Houston being a friendly person and hired her on the spot, without an interview. Houston believes in the importance of attending networking events because “if they like you, they remember you.”

More resources

Career Services at Central Penn offers several online resources of networking and interviewing tips. Some are on YouTube; others are part of the OptimalResume resource. The Career Services resource center is in Bollinger Hall, room 53. The resource center is usually staffed Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m. –   6 p.m. Appointments are recommended to ensure someone is there and to allow for sufficient time to help.

The networking Common Hour was given in preparation for the Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium (CPEC) job and internship fair, held Feb. 21, at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill where students applied their networking skills.

For information about the employers participating, visit www.cpec.info.


Sherri Long is president of the Knightly News Media Club.

To comment on this story or to suggest a story, contact KnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

Edited by Media Club Co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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The Knightly News Media Club Releases Podcast Episode 19

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

The Knightly News Media Club is excited to release our newest podcast, as we had the opportunity to welcome several members of the Central Penn College family into our new podcast studio.

In the first segment, we are joined by Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman for her monthly appearance to discuss important events on campus in March.

In “Adrienne’s Featured Three”, Thoman discusses Resources, Education, and Comprehensive Care for HIV (REACCH) coming to campus on March 1, the Central Penn Knights Men’s Basketball team and their trip to the USCAA National Tournament, and the Student Ambassadors’ Big Man on Campus event on March 15.

Thoman also previews the Cram Jam during Finals Week as well as gives students some excellent tips on preparing for their final exams coming up in March.

In the second segment of the show, Knightly News Reporters Darren Greene and Destani Matthews welcome Siani Hunter, coordinator of the recent Central Penn College Fashion Show, held in the Capital BlueCross Theatre on the Summerdale campus at the end of January.

The discussions were focused on the vast success of the show, with Hunter giving us a behind-the-scenes look at some of the trials and tribulations that occurred in putting together her first fashion show.

Hunter went on to discuss future fashion shows on campus and hopes to have another such event in the summer term.

The Knightly News Media Club is proud of Hunter and everyone affiliated with the event for a job well done.


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New Home, New Studio, New Possibilities

Media Club unveils podcast studio, new digs, in Boyer House

 By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

The first snow storm of 2017 could not deter the excitement of the Knightly News Media Club’s open house and new podcast studio celebration.

Despite a snow-day delay, the open house, held Feb. 10, was a great success. Over 30 Central Penn staff, professors and club members enjoyed lunch, conversation and the unveiling of the Knightly News’ studio. Guests tried out the new equipment by recording a Knightly News station identification.

The new podcast studio is inside the historic Boyer House, in the previous office of Dr. Karen Scolforo, president of Central Penn. After Scolforo moved into her new office in the Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATEC), the Knightly News set up the studio and started podcasting during the first week of February.

Upgraded podcasting

The new studio provides a permanent location for the Knightly News podcast equipment, and other equipment to come, in a setting that is comfortable and more conducive for podcast recording than previous locations.

“This is wonderful,” said Kim Bateman, Central Penn LMS administrator. “You all had been coming over and using our facilities, over in the Center for Teaching Excellence, and I know it’s not big enough for having a group in. This is so great that you have your own facilities now where you can bring in guests, and have everyone feel comfortable.”

The podcast studio allows for more training of media club members to record and edit podcasts. Club members weren’t the only ones excited about the opportunities available.

Photographer Sy Pinthong with baseball coach Harry Hitz recording a station identification for the Knightly News with Prof. Paul Miller, club co-adviser. Photo by Sherri Long.

Photographer Sy Pinthong with Coach Hitz (center) making a station ID. Photo by Sherri Long.

Expanded involvement

Dr. Matthew Vickless, dean of the School of Professional Studies and interim dean of the School of Business, is interested in doing several podcasts.

“What I would be envisioning would be a semiregular conversation/interview type podcast, where I would sit down either with a faculty member, or a practitioner in a particular field relevant to the program that we offer,” Vickless said.

Vickless explained that the podcast interviewer could be him, or a mix of students could be the interviewers or a faculty member could lead the discussion.

“Maybe get a group discussion with people sitting around the table,” he said.

Future-focused

The open house ended with a club meeting that focused on upcoming stories and a discussion about the event’s success. Members were encouraged by the positive energy of those who attended, and are looking forward to the Knightly News Media Club’s continued growth.

More information about the Knightly News Media Club is available on Facebook. Podcasts and articles are available on the Knightly News blog.

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Sherri Long is president of the Knightly News Media Club.

To comment on this story, or to suggest a story, email KnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

Edited by Knightly News Co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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The Bases Are Loaded for the Central Penn Knights Diamond Men

Bigger roster, longer season present welcome changes and challenges

 By Norman Geary
Knightly News Reporter

For the first time in Central Penn College history, the Knights baseball team has been recognized in a national poll of coaches in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

Near the end of the last season, the Knights were ranked 16th of 35 teams in the USCAA’s national coaches’ poll, according to the league’s website.

“We have had some disappointing moments, but we have also had some good ones as well; the ranking 16th would be one of those moments,” Head Coach Harry Hitz said.

Play ball!

The Knights have momentum. This year, seven students will return, along with an additional 13 new players, and Hitz is looking for great things from these new players.

“There will be challenges coming our way since our team is very young,” Hitz said.

Speaking of challenges, the Knights will be playing a 40-game season that will include an additional 16 games. When asked about the additional games, Hitz said, “Just come out and give your support, which makes all the difference in the world.”

The first game of this season is scheduled for March 7, and the Knights are looking to improve their record by storming the field and hitting the cover off the ball.

The 9-14-1 record from 2016 doesn’t show the complete picture, according to Hitz, who said, “Our record does not reflect the talent that we really have. We are coming off a season that truly does not show how we really are, and we are out to change that in 2017.”

On March 7, the Knights will play Rowan at Burlington County at 4 p.m. at the East Pennsboro High School baseball field.

“This team is a New Jersey powerhouse and will be a tough challenge for the Knights,” said Hitz.

Playin’ that upside

The upside for the Knights is that seven experienced players will be returning. The returning players are Brandon Casiano, Jonathan Garcia, Braedon Thomas, Drew Myers, Murray Ruggiero, Gabe Arellano and Andrew James; they will complete a 25-player roster. This benefits the Knights because last year, they had only 13 players on the team.

With 25 players and 16 extra games, Hitz and Assistant Coach Matt DeSantis are building a baseball team from the ground up. Both are looking forward to a successful 2017 season.

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Norman Geary covers sports and writes features for The Knightly News.

To comment on this story, or to suggest a story or a podcast, contact KnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

Edited by Media Club Co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi

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