Thursday, July 10, 2014
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has announced its 2014 All-Academic Teams. The Westminster College men's and women's teams both earned the ITA All-Academic Team award, while six Titans earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status.
Junior Lauren Fling (Norton, OH / Norton), senior Caitlin Hosler (Lititz, PA / Manheim Central), freshman Maria Pallone (New Kensington, PA / Valley), and freshman Christijana Vucenovic (West Middlesex, PA / West Middlesex) earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status for the women, while junior Mark Andino (Norwalk, CT / Norwalk) and sophomore Ethan McCarthy (New Castle, PA / Neshannock) earned the honor for the men.
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Longtime Westminster Coach Scott Renninger Retires
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College coach Scott "Scooter" Renninger has retired after 36 years serving as a coach, teacher, or an administrator at Westminster.
Renninger finished his 15th year as head coach of the men's tennis team and his ninth as head coach of the women's squad. He owned an 80-145 (.356) record as the men's coach and a 120-43 (.736) mark as the women's coach.
"The contributions made and the lives touched by Scott Renninger over the past 36 years here at Westminster are countless," Director of Athletics Jim Dafler said. "He leaves a legacy in athletics and physical education as an exceptional coach and teacher and also one as a mentor and an inspirational leader for every student he came in contact over the years. He will no doubt be missed and we wish him and his wife, Phyllis, all the best."
Renninger, the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Tennis Coach of the Year for three straight years from 2006-08, led the Titan women to their first PAC Championship in school history in the 2012-13 season and their first trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament this past season after winning their second-straight PAC Championship. Over the past five years, the women have won 90% (82-9) of their overall matches and 93% (41-3) of their conference matches.
As the Titan men's coach, Renninger led the team to an improvement in wins in each of his first three seasons including the 2002 team that went 10-6, a win total that was duplicated by the 2004 team that went 10-9. Two of Renninger's men's teams (2004, 2006) placed second in the PAC.
Renninger has served on the Titan coaching staff since arriving in New Wilmington in 1978. He served as an assistant coach for the Titan football team from that time until 2004. In 1999, he served as interim co-head football coach. Renninger also served as head baseball coach for 21 seasons from 1979-99, compiling a career record of 253-284-3 (.471).
Renninger, who was also a professor of physical education at Westminster, has been granted faculty emeritus status.
Westminster Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Jayme Thiem has been named as the head coach of the Titan women's tennis team. An announcement will be forthcoming concerning the new head men's tennis coach.
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Women’s Tennis: Titans Finish Historic 2013-14 Season at NCAA Regionals
CHICAGO, Ill. - The Westminster College women's tennis team fell to Carleton College 5-0 in the opening round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships Thursday afternoon.
The University of Chicago, ranked 12th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III national poll, is hosting the seven-team regional event at the Stagg Field Tennis Courts.
Carleton (19-2), the 2014 champions of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), entered the regional championship ranked 24th.
The Titans, the 2014 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) champions, were making the program's first-ever appearance in the Division III Championships, while Carleton is participating in the team portion of the NCAA Championships for the sixth time in school history.
Westminster Celebrates 2013-14 Athletic Accomplishments at WESPY Awards
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of Athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the 11th Annual WESPY Awards (Westminster Exceptional Sports Performances of the Year) Tuesday night at Orr Auditorium. The WESPYs honored team MVPs for all 18 varsity sports teams, as well as several annual awards and recognition of top athletic achievements throughout the 2013-14 academic year.
Highlighting the event was the awarding of the David B. Fawcett and Marjorie A. Walker Awards, given annually to honor and acknowledge those individuals who best exemplify the qualities of fairness, sportsmanship, leadership, determination and competitiveness. The Fawcett Award was given to senior men's track & field and basketball Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) and the Walker Award was presented to senior women's track & field Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City).
Thomas, a four-year letterman in basketball and track & field, was a four-year starter and three-time All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Honorable Mention in basketball where he scored his 1,326 career point (14th all-time) this past season. Thomas, a member of four PAC Track & Field championship teams, earned All-PAC First Team in 2013 and 2014, was the PAC Championship Field Event MVP in 2013, and holds two school records. Thomas, a communication major, has volunteered with the Special Olympics bowling and has helped with his Alma Mater, Union High School, at youth basketball camps.
Gabor, a four-year letterwinner in track & field, was the PAC Track Athlete Co-MVP, All-PAC First Team, and PAC Champion in the 200m and in the 1600m relay at the 2014 PAC Outdoor Championship. Gabor was also the gold medalist in the 200m and in the 1600m relay at the 2014 PAC Indoor Championship. Gabor, an All-PAC First Team honoree in Outdoor T&F in 2012 and 2013, was named the PAC T&F Championship MVP in 2012. Gabor holds five school records and was the high point scorer on two PAC Championship T&F teams. Gabor, a chemistry major, was a three-year SAAC representative and also represented Westminster at the PAC SAAC banquet. Gabor volunteered for Special Olympics bowling and was a recipient for an exceptional leadership scholarship.
The WESPY award, given for the top single-event athletic performance by a Titan male and female student-athlete, was voted on by the entire campus community via e-mail ballot.
The men's WESPY went to junior swimmer Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman). At the PAC championship meet, Brooks was the overall high point scorer to win the Meet MVP, the PAC Swimmer of the Year award, and was All-PAC 1st Team. He won seven gold medals (four individual and three relay) at the meet and set new school records in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events. He also qualified in two events for the NCAA D-III National Championship Meet.
For the second-straight year, the women's WESPY went to track and field sophomore Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg). Kalsey finished in second place at the NCAA D-III Indoor Track & Field Championships to earn her third track & field All-American citation. She cleared 3.95 meters (12' 11 ½"), just .05 meters off her school record and personal best. Her second place performance is the highest finish in Westminster history by any track & field athlete, male or female, in national competition.
The Senior Scholar Athlete awards are given annually to the graduating senior male and female student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade-point averages. The men's award went to baseball senior Nick Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield) and the women's award went to volleyball senior Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon).
The following is a list of all other awards presented at Tuesday's ceremony:
Women's Tennis: Titans Head to Chicago For NCAA Tournament
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Westminster College women's tennis team was one of 50 teams that the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Committee selected to compete in the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships. The Titans earned an automatic bid after winning their second-straight Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship in October.
Westminster, earning its first trip to Nationals in school history, will play the Knights of Carleton College from Minnesota in the first round starting on Thursday, May 8 (12:00 PM) at the University of Chicago.
The Titans, under the guidance of veteran head coach Scott Renninger, are led by senior Caitie Hosler (Lititz, PA / Manheim Central) who won the PAC Most Valuable Player award by winning the no. 1 singles championship and by finishing second at no. 1 doubles with freshman Mariah Turiano (Hollidaysburg, PA / Hollidaysburg). Hosler won all three championship matches in the no. 1 singles flight in dominating fashion, winning each match in straight sets and losing only eight games out of a total of 44 played to lead Westminster to the PAC Championship.
The teams will play a single-elimination tournament with the first, second and third rounds played at regional sites, Friday through Sunday, May 9-11 or Thursday through Saturday, May 8-10. Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges will host the team championship finals, which will be held May 19-21 at Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California. Student-athletes selected to the individual championships will be announced Wednesday, May 7.
The championships provide for a 50-team tournament. Automatic qualification (AQ) is granted to 39 conference champions, which form Pool A. Two teams are selected from true independents and schools from conferences that do not have an automatic bid for their champions (Pool B). The remaining nine teams are selected from those teams in conferences with automatic bids that did not win their conference's AQ and the remaining Pool B institutions (Pool C). The teams are geographically paired, whenever possible.
Go here for the Regional website that includes a link to the live stats.
***Updated 5/6/14 2:52 PM
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Westminster Prepares for NCAA's Third Division III Week
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster will be joining nearly 450 other NCAA Division III institutions to celebrate Division III Week this week, April 7-13. This is the third year that a week has been set aside by the NCAA to recognize those member institutions whose intercollegiate athletic programs compete in D-III.
Division III Week provides each school and conference with the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the well-rounded collegiate experience enjoyed by the Division III student-athlete. The event is part of Division III's Identity Initiative, which was introduced in 2010 to sharpen the division's identity and to enable schools and conferences to more effectively explain why they prefer to compete in Division III. The initiative has been guided by a strategic-positioning platform, describing Division III as a place where student-athletes can "follow your passions and develop your potential," within an approach that combines rigorous academics, competitive sports and an opportunity to pursue other interests.
Here is a list of DIII Week activities on Westminster's campus:
Women's Tennis: Titans Win, 8-1, Against Heidelberg in Final Day of Spring Trip
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - The Westminster College women's tennis team won, 8-1, against Heidelberg in its final day of its Spring Trip on Thursday. The Titans improved to 18-1 overall, while the Student Princes dropped to 2-4.
Westminster swept the doubles competition paced by senior Caitlin Hosler (Lititz, PA / Manheim Central) and freshman Mariah Turiano (Hollidaysburg, PA / Hollidaysburg) who won, 8-1, at no. 1. Westminster freshman Sydney Sterner (Imperial, PA / West Allegheny) battled hard at no. 3 singles for a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 victory.
Westminster, the 2013 PAC Champion, earned the PAC's automatic qualifying bid to the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships, which will take place in Claremont, California on May 19-24.
Recent Women's Tennis Results
||@ Carleton (2014 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Regional (Chicago, Ill.))||L, 5-0|
||@ Heidelberg (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)||W, 8-1|
||@ Shepherd (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)||W, 8-1|
||@ PS-Harrisburg (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)||W, 9-0|
||@ Juniata (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)||L, 3-6|
||@ PAC Championship – Erie, PA||1st/9|
* - Presidents' Athletic Conference games
Home Games in Bold CAPS