The Behrend College collegian. (Erie, Pa.) 1993-1998, April 30, 1998, Image 11

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    Women’s softball team
finishing up turnaround
Lions heading in the right direction for the future
by Dylan Stewart
sports editor
The 1998 Penn State-Behrend
women’s softball team had their
AMCC title hopes come to a halt last
weekend, as they bowed out to rival
Frostburg State in the semi-finals of
the AMCC championship tournament
by a score of 2-5.
Although not winning the AMCC
title was no doubt a tough pill to swal
low for the Lions, the team would
have to consider the 1998 season a
success and a big turnaround from the
dismal showing of last year, where the
Lions won only a handful of games
all season long.
First year head coach Cindy
Jacobelli was very upbeat about the
future of Behrend softball as she
stated, “Behrend softball is back on
track. We have drastically improved
our program from the last few years.
With our returning players and great
group of recruits coming in, our pro
gram is looking to be very competi
Slavonic slugs his way to ATW
by Dylan Stewart
sports editor
Freshman second baseman Matt
Slavonic of the Penn State-Behrend
baseball team used a hot bat this past
week to land himself Athlete of the
Week honors.
Slavonic currently has the second
highest batting average on the team
at a clip of .373 (31-83), while also
being third on the team in base hits.
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Cheryl Ramsdell-Anderson Female Athlete of the Year Award
Beth Calhoun
The four year letter winner and captain of the softball team is currently hitting over .500 and
owns several school records. Calhoun also played two seasons of volleyball
James Frye Male Athlete of the Year Award
Marc Burchanowski
The captain and catcher for the 21 -10 Lions is a four year letterman from Franklin.
John Zahniser Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Award
Ryan Ruta
Ruta was a midfielder for the men’s soccer team.
John Zahniser Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Award
Mishic earned all-conference honors in women's cross country.
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tive in the years to come,” finished
Jacobelli took home the clean
sweep of coaching awards this year,
as she won AMCC Coach of the Year
in both women’s volleyball, and most
recently in women’s softball.
Other softball players receiving
AMCC awards include Beth
Calhoun-AMCC MVP and pitcher of
the year, Mandy Bodnor-AMCC new
comer of the year and third baseman
of the year, and last but not least Lisa
Fox-AMCC centerfielder of the year.
The team currently is posting a
record of 15-17, with four games re
maining in their schedule to improve
“Our team had a lot of heart this
year,” said Jacobelli. “We came back
from a tough start at the beginning of
the year, not to mention having many
of our players play through tough
injuries all year long,” added
One player ending her softball ca-
Besides that, Slavonic currently
leads the team in RBl’s with thirty,
while also having the second most
extra-base hits with seven.
Finding the ball with his body also
happens to be a Slavonic specialty, as
he leads the team in HBP(hit by pitch)
with four.
“Matt has been swinging a great bat
all year,” said senior captain Marc
Burchanowski. “Besides contributing
Sandy Mishic
reer on an extreme high note was se
nior captain Beth Calhoun. Calhoun
ended her Behrend career winning her
second consecutive Behrend Female
Athlete of the Year Award, while also
setting career records for batting av
erage, hits, and doubles.
The Lions most recently played
Frostburg State in the AMCC semi
finals, where they suffered a four run
seventh to fall by a score of 2-5.
Beth Calhoun was strong on the
hill, as she pitched seven innings, giv
ing up five earned runs on seven hits,
while also striking out seven.
Leading the offense was Mandy
Bodnor, as she went 2-4, with a triple
and one run scored. Chipping in was
Becky Rishel, Beth Calhoun, and
Tanya Deats, with all three contribut
ing a base hit in the losing effort.
The Lions will finish up their 1998
campaign with two doubleheaders on
the road at the end of this week.
on offense, he has provided us with
solid defense at second base game in
and game out,” added Burchanowski.
Slavonic hails from Pittsburgh, PA,
where he has modeled his game after
his Pirate idol Jose Lind.
The Lions of 21-10 will finish up
their regular season with two double
headers, before maybe having a
chance to continue in the ECAC play
offs in a few weeks.
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Garin, Mike, Shawn, and Lisa,
Have a great summer; make lots of
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The women’s softball team in action, looking to pick up their next win at home
Track and field to become a varsity
sport in Spring of 1999
by Dylan Stewart
sports editor
Track and Field has just recently
finished going through its first trial run
as a club sport in the spring of 1998.
Track is the latest addition to the
Penn State - ehrend athletic pro
gram, and wi be looking to spread
its wings next ear, as it takes off as a
full time varsi sport in the spring of
The club te; i went through a sue-
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Say hi to your friend from the bus
Prom night revisited no more.
-the other juggler
To everyone on SGA,
Great work this year!
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cessful experimental season this past
spring, as they competed in different
meets with various other .division 111
and division II teams from around the
The team managed to be competi
tive despite being only a club sport
and first year team, and will look to
be a force to be reckoned with in the
next years to come, as the sport will
no doubt become more competitive
each and every year as it gains mo-
Did you write your paper yet?
I’ll miss you
To all the editors this year,
Great job this year!
Gina Bina,
Your a great friend; don’t ever
change. I hope you have a wonder
ful summer-can’t wait to see you.
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mentum and starts recruiting.
Anybody interested in competing in
track and field should contact cross
country and track coach John Drew
at the beginning of next fall.
The track season starts with some
conditioning in the fall before the
competitive season begins at the be
ginning of the spring semester.
Cross country will also be offeretj
once again as a varsity sport, compet-.
ing in the fall semester. :>
Get better soon. Have a wonderful
time in State College and make sure
to stop by some time. (I’m sure our
dogs have a lot in common). PS:
Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.
Remember, cool people don’t take
Jenna, Smitty, Matt, Amy, Missy,
See ya at UP!
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photo by Jason Blake