This IUP sports update was recorded on February 16, 2009:
With a record of 19-4 and recent wins over Clarion, Lock Haven, and Mercyhurst, the men’s basketball team is in first place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West, setting up a showdown with rival California. Julian Sanders earned his fourth recognition as PSAC West Freshman of the Week, and Thomas Young was recently selected as PSAC Player of the Week.
The women’s basketball team enters a huge game against California on February 18, as the two teams are tied for first place in the PSAC West. The winner of that contest will be in sole possession of first place. With five wins in a row, IUP has a record of 20-3—its third consecutive twenty-win season. This is the Hawks’ best three-year record in the history of IUP women’s basketball. Courtnay Rattigan Bryson, assistant coach, and husband Scott are the proud parents of Max Bryson, born February 11.
Despite recent team losses to Clarion and Gannon, Jen Price earned a National Collegiate Athletic Association qualifying time in the 200 freestyle. She previously qualified for the NCAA meet in the 1,000 freestyle. The PSAC meet begins February 19 in Mechanicsburg.
Brianna Leopold is the fifth IUP athlete to qualify for the indoor nationals, as she recently finished fourth in the Akron Invitational. For her record-setting performance at the Penn State meet, Maddy Outman was named PSAC Track Athlete of the Week. A number of IUP athletes have qualified for the PSAC meet, which begins February 28 in East Stroudsburg.
The IUP baseball team has been picked to finish second in the PSAC West preseason poll, voted on by division coaches, and the Crimson Hawks are ranked seventh in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America Atlantic Region poll. The season begins February 28.
Coach Lou Tepper recently announced the addition of fourteen freshmen and two transfer students in the 2009 recruiting class. The Crimson-Gray Spring football game takes place April 17 at 6:00 p.m. in Miller Stadium.
The IUP women’s soccer team has been named a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Ethics and Sportsmanship Award for the 2008 season. The Crimson Hawks were one of twelve teams—out of almost 260 Division II women’s soccer teams in the nation—and one of only two teams from the PSAC to receive the award. The honor is based on the number of yellow penalty cards received for the season. IUP was penalized just six times in twenty-three games, earning the team a bronze medal from the NSCAA.