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PSU women bid adieu to 4 seniors, including all-time leading scorer

web psu womenPenn State Harrisburg seniors Katie Schwenk, Ana Edmondson, Precious Shirk and Kaitlyn Carmo are joined by the Nittany Lion and head coach Ross Patrick as they mark their final game Saturday. Photo by John Diffenderfer


The Penn State women’s basketball finished up a tough season over the last week, splitting a pair of games to end the season at 7-18 overall, 5-13 in the Capital Athletic Conference.

The Lions failed to qualify for the CAC playoffs.

The team also said goodbye to four seniors, including guard/forward Kaitlyn Carmo, the leading scorer in program history, who registered more than 1,150 points in her career. 

Carmo is from Palmyra and attended Palmyra Area High School. She played in 99 games in her career, starting 88. She averaged 11.8 points per game overall, including 13.2 this season along with 7.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. She scored 31 points in a home win against Southern Virginia on Jan. 5, her season high. 

The other three seniors are:

• Guard Ana Edmondson of Lancaster (J.P. McCaskey High School). She played in 53 games in her four years, averaging 3.2 points per game.

• Guard Precious Shirk of Hyattsville, Maryland (Bladensburg High School). In her two years with the Lions, she played in 46 games, starting 18. She averaged 3.6 points per game.

• Center Katie Schwenk of Lykens (Upper Dauphin High School). She played in 67 games over her career, averaging 0.7 points per game.


Penn State Harrisburg 66, Wesley 57 

Penn State Harrisburg cruised to its second straight conference win on Wednesday, Feb. 15, with a 66-57 home win over visiting Wesley. 

The Blue and White dominated the first three quarters to build a 15-point lead.

Penn State started to pull ahead early thanks to a 3-point jumper from Alexis Nolan followed by two layups from Tessa Dolce.

Wesley cut the Lions’ first half lead to two with under five minutes to go in the second quarter before Harrisburg fought back with its own 6-0 run. Harrisburg led at the half 34-26.

Shanique Mattis came out hot in the third quarter, sinking three straight baskets of her own to establish a 40-28 lead. The Lions’ largest lead of the night came with 3:36 to go in the third as Tessa Dolce finished her jumper to put Harrisburg on top 48-31. 

Wesley outscored the Lions 19-13 in the final quarter but Harrisburg's early lead proved to be too much.

Dolce paced the Blue and White with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals. Kaitlyn Carmo was close behind with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Mattis added 12 points and 7 rebounds.

Harrisburg forced 24 turnovers and finished with 28 points in the paint.


Marymount (Virginia) 63, Penn State Harrisburg 47

The Penn State women dropped their final game of the season to No. 25 Marymount, 63-47, on Saturday, Feb. 18. Seniors Kaitlyn Carmo, Ana Edmondson, Precious Shirk and Katie Schwenk all started the home game.

The Lions fought for an early 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. Penn State had pulled ahead with less then one minute to go as Schwenk made a layup and Raven Ransom sank a free throw to gain the lead headed into the second quarter.

The momentum shifted in the second quarter as Marymount cruised to regain the lead by outscoring Harrisburg 15-3. The visitors led at the half 25-15.

In the third quarter, the Lions rallied back to get within three of the Saints, 33-30. Janel Brown sank a 3-pointer with 4:56 to go in the third. With less than two minutes to go in the quarter, the Saints were back up by 9. Penn State was able to outscore the visitors 21-20 in the third quarter. 

Carmo posted 8 of her 12 points in the third quarter.

Marymount outscored the Lions 18-11 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Carmo led for the Blue and White in her last game as a Lady Lion with 12 points and 4 rebounds. Precious Shirk also posted 10 points of her own and 7 rebounds. Tessa Dolce had 7 rebounds. Schwenk scored 7 points and had 4 rebounds in her final game. Edmondson had 5 points.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 11:41

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Penn State men’s basketball drops two games, says goodbye to seniors

web family 1Marquese Daniels and family, along with the Nittany Lion.


web family 2Jazmon Harris and family, along with the Nittany Lion.


The Penn State men’s basketball team ended the season on a five-game losing streak, dropping its two final contests in the last week to finish at 9-16 overall and 6-12 in the Capital Athletic Conference.

The Lions failed to qualify for the CAC playoffs.

The team said goodbye to two key seniors, guards Jazmon Harris and Marquese Daniels.

Harris, of Baltimore (Patterson High School), played two seasons at Penn State, averaging 12.6 points. He started 48 of the 49 games. His best scoring game this season was a 26-point effort on Dec. 10 at St. Mary’s (Maryland). 

Daniels, of Philadelphia (Philadelphia Electric and Technology Charter), averaged 5.4 points over his four years, starting 43 of the 94 games in which he played. His best season scoring-wise was as a freshman, when he averaged 7 points a game. His best game this season was a 20-point effort vs. St. Mary’s (Maryland) on Jan. 21.


Wesley 77, Penn State Harrisburg 58

Kahlil Williams led Penn State with 17 points, Khalil White added 14, and Gbolahan Alliyu pulled in 10 rebounds to go with 7 points, but it wasn’t enough to earn a win as Penn State Harrisburg fell to the Wesley Wolverines, 77-58, on Wednesday night, Feb. 15.

The contest remained close for the first nine minutes of the game, with the largest lead for either team staying within four.

With the game tied at 13, Wesley went on a 22-2 run that lasted almost seven minutes that blew the game wide open for the rest of the half.

Wesley collapsed on the post players during the first half, forcing the Lions to take more shots from outside, but the ball would not drop. The trailed 45-28 at halftime.

The Lions were able to close the lead slightly once Wesley began playing their reserves, but by that point, the game was already out of reach. The Wolverines outscored Penn State 32-30 in the second half.

Jazmon Harris had 5 points and 5 rebounds.

The loss eliminated Penn State Harrisburg from the CAC playoff race.


Marymount (Virginia) 66, Penn State Harrisburg 53

The Penn State Harrisburg men’s basketball team lost its final game of the season Saturday, Feb. 18, falling at home to the Saints.

Both teams exchanged buckets in the first eight minutes before the Lions pulled ahead with 12:55 to go in the first thanks to a jumper by Davis Luethke and two baskets from John Ukpaiama. Penn State pulled ahead to lead by eight with 7:39 to go in the first.

Marymount responded with a 12-2 run to take the lead at 26-24. The visitors added eight more in the final minutes of the first to lead at halftime 34-26.

Penn State Harrisburg struggled throughout the first five minutes in the second half as Marymount added 7 straight points to lead 41-28 before Kahlil Williams and Khalil White began to slow them down with two buckets each

Williams had 12 points and 2 rebounds for the Lions with White close behind with 11 points and 2 rebounds. Gbolahan Alliyu didn’t score but had 6 rebounds and three assists. Ukpaiama had 10 points and 4 rebounds off the bench.

In their final games, Harris had 3 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals while Daniels had 6 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.


web shotKendall Beard goes in for a layup vs. Marymount (Virginia) on Saturday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 11:39

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Penn State’s Williams sets CAC record in 60-meter hurdles

Ashley Williams won the women’s 60-meter hurdles and set the conference record as the Penn State Harrisburg men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Newport News, Virginia, last weekend for the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship.

For the men, Derrick Young placed in several events.

Williams placed first with a time of 8.95 seconds. Williams’ time placed her eighth nationally for the 60 meter hurdles.

Veronica Repetz placed 12th in the women’s 1-mile run with a time of 5:48.58.

Young placed 8th in the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7.22 seconds. Young also placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.71 seconds.

Young set four new personal records and contributed points for the men’s team in three events

Vladhimir Theophile, in the men’s 400-meter dash placed 5th with an overall time of 51 seconds.

Alex White placed third in the men’s high jump with a distance of 1.96 meters.

The women's side finished seventh with an overall score of 12 points. The men’s team also placed seventh with an overall score of 31 points

Head coach Danielle Lynch stated, "I am extremely proud of many of our team members for rising for our CAC championship. Several individuals improved their individual performance records contributing to our 7th place team finishes. We did have some injuries plaguing us but were still about to get some nice things done. We are hungry for ECAC and NCAA Championships in March!"

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 11:31

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Penn State Harrisburg women's basketball team picks up tough road victory

The Penn State Harrisburg women’s basketball team split a pair of games last week and stand at 6-17 on the season overall, 4-12 in the Capital Athletic Conference.

They battled back from a 16-point deficit Wednesday evening, Feb. 8, to force the match into overtime at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. But they eventually fell to the Sea Gulls in overtime, 64-55. 

Penn State struggled throughout the first half, scoring a combined total of 10 points throughout the first two quarters. The Sea Gulls led at half time 26-10 before the Lion’s came out hot in the second and dominated offensively

The Lion’s started off the second half with a 9-0 run to cut the home team’s lead to 10. Kaitlyn Carmo sank two straight layups late in the third quarter to bring Harrisburg within 5 of Salisbury before they scored four points of their own to lead by 9 heading into the final quarter.

With four minutes to go in regulation, Shanique Mattis finished a three to put the Lions only three points behind. Mattis sank a second 3-pointer with 1:04 to go to tie the game up for the first time all night. Both teams stayed strong defensively for the final minute to force the game to overtime.

Salisbury pulled away in overtime, outscoring Harrisburg 17-8 to hold on for their eighth conference win.

Carmo led for the Blue and White with 15 points and 6 rebounds followed by teammate Tessa Dolce, who posted 14 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. Mattis had 9 points and 7 rebounds.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Carmo scored 13 points, Mattis sunk a key last-second free throw, and the Lions found a way to win their toughest road matchup of the season against Mary Washington. 

It was only the Eagles’ second loss of the season.

It took a few minutes at the beginning of the game for Penn State Harrisburg to shake off the rust and get going on offense, allowing Mary Washington to quickly build a 7-0 lead out of the gate.

Soon the Lions started to find their groove at both ends of the court, spurring a 13-2 run from the 4:09 mark in the first quarter through the 4:14 mark of the second quarter — almost 10 straight minutes in which Mary Washington managed only 2 points.

Both teams struggled offensively for long stretches over the first 20 minutes. Penn State Harrisburg went into halftime shooting only 28.6 percent from the field, while going 1-7 at the charity stripe. Mary Washington did not fare much better, also shooting only 28 percent from the field and doing slightly better from the stripe, connecting on five of their 12 attempts.

The largest lead in the first half for the Lions came on a Carmo 3-point basket with 2:51 to go before halftime, putting them up five, 22-17.

Mary Washington scored the final four points to close the close Penn State's lead to 22-21 at the half.

The second half was a highly competitive, well-balanced back-and-forth between both teams, resulting in six lead-changes and 12 ties from start to finish. No team ever led by more than five points.

The contest was up in the air until the final seconds. Penn State Harrisburg was provided opportunities in the final minute of the game to create some cushion, but missed three of their four free-throw attempts. The one that did go in, compliments of Mattis with 9 seconds left, would turn out to be the final point of the game.

Carmo added 10 rebounds for a double-double. Mattis also pulled in 10 rebounds. Precious Shirk had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists.

Penn State Harrisburg will return home Wednesday, Feb. 15, to take on the Wesley Wolverines (9-13, 7-8 CAC). Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. On Saturday, they will play host to Marymount at 1 p.m. They are out of the CAC playoff race.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 09:08

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Penn State men’s basketball team still in running for CAC playoffs

The Penn State Harrisburg men’s basketball team lost two road games last week, putting a spot in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament in jeopardy.

Penn State now stands at 9-14 overall and 6-10 in the CAC.

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Kahlil Williams scored a double-double in his return to the rotation, but the Lions fell to the Salisbury Sea Gulls on the road for their second straight loss.  

Williams’ 15 points and 11 rebounds were not enough to overcome the nationally ranked defense.

Khalil White also made his return after a one-game absence to lead the Lions with 17 points. He added 7 rebounds.

The Lions missed their first six shots of the game, but finally got on the board on a layup by  Gbolahan Alliyu. Salisbury, ranked No. 12 nationally in Division III men’s basketball, also struggled in the first couple of minutes to get going, missing three 3-point shot attempts in the first three minutes.

A 6-0 run about five minutes in gave Penn State Harrisburg what would become their largest lead of the game at 15-10.

The first half was a tight contest, with each team going cold and hot offensively at around the same time. From the 7:20 to the 3:15 mark, both teams combined to score 6 points.

The Lions were only 1-12 from 3-point range in the first half. They trailed 36-28.

Penn State Harrisburg came out of the locker room with some more energy and was able to keep pace with Salisbury for the early going in the second half. Trailing by 12 at the 9:33 mark, the Lions began to create some good looks that led to a 7-0 outburst that brought the contest back within five.

Salisbury’s talented starting five proved too much for Penn State Harrisburg in the final 10 minutes. Defensively, the Sea Gulls are one of the toughest teams the Lions have faced this season, allowing fewer than 63 point per game during conference play.

Marquese Daniels added 14 points .

In Fredericksburg, Virginia, on Saturday, Feb. 11, the team struggled in a 91-56 loss against Mary Washington. Jazmon Harris led for the Lions with 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals in the 91-56 loss.

Throughout the first 10 minutes of play, both teams exchanged baskets with the Lions trailing by one. Harris scored 9 straight points for the Lions before the Eagles went on an 8-0 run to lead 25-18 with 6:11 to go in the first half.

The Blue and White struggled to slow the Eagles down in the remaining 6 minutes. The home team led at half 37-24. Mary Washington opened the second half with back-to-back threes to extend their lead.

Kahlil Williams posted 12 points. Ryan Bollinger had 8 points and Nelson Jones had 7, both off the bench. Jones had 6 rebounds, one fewer than Alliyu’s team-leading 7.

Penn State Harrisburg will play host to Wesley at 8 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 15, then play host to Marymount at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, on Senior Day and Alumni Day. It’s their last game before any potential CAC playoffs.


CAC tourney picture

Third-ranked Christopher Newport and 12th-ranked Salisbury each continued their winning streaks in Saturday’s CAC men’s basketball action, locking up the top two seeds and first-round byes in the CAC postseason. 

Meanwhile, York secured the No. 3 seed and a first-round home game with a win of its own, while St. Mary’s and Mary Washington picked up key victories for playoff positioning. 

With two games remaining the regular season, CNU (21-2, 15-1) has now won 15 straight games and will host a semifinal game on Thursday, Feb. 23, while Salisbury (19-4, 14-2) has won five straight and will also host a semifinal. As the No. 3 seed, York (15-8, 11-5) will host a first-round contest on Tuesday, Feb. 21. 

Seeds four through six remain up for grabs, with St. Mary’s (12-11, 7-9), Marymount (10-13, 7-9), and Wesley (9-14, 7-9) in a three-way tie for fourth followed by Mary Washington (11-12, 6-10) and Penn State Harrisburg (9-14, 6-10) one game back in a tie for seventh. 

Key matchups for playoff positing this week include Wesley at Penn State Harrisburg (Wednesday), Mary Washington at Marymount (Wednesday), Salisbury at St. Mary’s (Wednesday), Marymount at Penn State Harrisburg (Saturday), and Mary Washington at Wesley (Saturday). 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 09:07

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