Written by Jim Lewis
He pitched the Penn State Harrisburg baseball team to its most memorable post-season victory ever. She led Penn State Harrisburg women’s basketball team in rebounds and earned the squad’s first all-conference honors.
Pitcher Mark Artley and three-sports athlete Kiara Carter were named Penn State Harrisburg’s Student-Athletes of the Year on Friday, May 20.
The honor is awarded to the two athletes who have excelled beyond normal standards both academically and athletically and demonstrated strong leadership.
Artley, a sophomore pitcher from Milton, was instrumental to the baseball team's success and a big reason why the Lions (19-23) earned their first-ever Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) playoff berth in 2016. He won three games last season and received a no-decision in a forth game against opponents who were nationally ranked in the NCAA’s Division III.
First, he pitched a complete game against Frostburg, who was ranked No. 8 in the country at the time. After getting down 3-0 in the first, Artley pitched eight innings of shutout baseball and finished with 14 strikeouts. Next was Mary Washington, ranked No. 18. Artley pitched 7.2 innings with 10 strikeouts, but did not earn the win, an extra-inning victory.
In Penn State Harrisburg’s game against Christopher Newport, ranked No. 14 at the time, Artley pitched eight shutout innings, and struck out 12 Captains in a 3-0 win.
Finally, in the first round of the CAC playoffs, Artley pitched seven shutout innings, striking out 11, to lead the Lions to their first-ever conference post-season win, a 14-0 victory over top-seeded Frostburg St.
Artley finished the year with an overall record of 4-3, surrendering 52 hits and striking out 85 batters in 70.2 innings. His ERA was 2.67.
He was named a first team CAC All-Star and is currently in the running for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Pitcher of the Year Award.
Artley is a team captain and an education major with a GPA of 3.2. He is respected by all teammates for his leadership on and off the field.
"Artley is one of those guys who also spends time with other players helping them with academics and helps makes everyone around him better,” said Coach Ryan Bown.
Carter, a Bronx, N.Y. native and Milton Hershey graduate, finished her senior year participating in not only volleyball and basketball as a dominate player the past four years, but also in tennis, joining the women’s tennis team in 2016.
She was captain for both the volley and basketball teams, and was named most valuable player for the basketball squad last season.
Carter led the Lion women (10-15) in rebounding and finished second in rebounding in the CAC. She also led the Lions in field goal percentage – placing third in the conference – and finished the season as Penn State Harrisburg’s second-leading scorer.
In volleyball, she was second on the Lion squad in blocks and fourth in kills this past season.
Even though Carter only joined the tennis team in the spring, she pulled out a couple of victories to help the Lions be competitive.
Carter's most impressive recognition came in basketball, where her contributions on the court earned her a spot on the CAC All-Star second team. She is the first women's basketball player to receive that nomination since Penn State Harrisburg joined the CAC in 2013.
Off the court, Carter was a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. She is a double major, in marketing and management, with a 3.8 GPA and is set to graduate this fall.
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Carol Stiff, vice president of content programming and integration at ESPNW, will lead a discussion on women in sports, followed by a film screening of the documentary “Venus Vs.” on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Olmsted Building auditorium at Penn State Harrisburg.
The discussion will include the affects of Title IX - a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.
Stiff is recognized as one of the most influential people in women’s college sports, particularly in basketball, where ESPN has held exclusivity on the NCAA tournament since 1996. She focuses on integrating the content and stories from the comprehensive multi-platform ESPNW initiative, and elevating its presence across the ESPN network.
Stiff was inducted into the Connecticut Basketball Hall of Fame in April 2005; was named the “Top Advocate for Women’s Basketball” by the Tampa Tribune in 2008; in 2009 Sports Business Journal recognized her as one of the most influential executives leading the way in women’s sports; and she was awarded the 2011 WBCA Mel Greenberg Media Award for her commitment to women’s basketball and advancing the role of media in the game.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 March 2016 10:55