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Penn State York’s Basketball Teams Open Season

11/11/2009 —

Penn State York’s women’s and men’s basketball teams start their season this week with the women at Valley Forge Christian School on Thursday, Nov. 12 and the men at York College of Pennsylvania’s White Rose City Classic tournament on Sunday, Nov. 15.

The Lady Lions take on Valley Forge Christian School in Valley Forge at 6:30 p.m. Their first home game is set for Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. when they play Lancaster Bible College at Penn State York.

The 2009-10 Lady Lions of York look to make it four consecutive seasons of continued improvement under fourth-year head coach Eric Leese. The squad seeks another opportunity to return to the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) playoff picture. Returning from last year’s playoff team include senior Tiffany Mummert (York, Pa.) junior Kait Toomey (Dover, Pa.), and sophomore Samantha Noel (Hallam, Pa.). Leese will look to those three returning players, a promising freshman recruiting class, and experienced newcomers to lead the way.

This year’s freshman class includes Amanda Ball (Mclean, Va.), Abbie Forry (Manchester, Pa.), Jennifer Fink (New Oxford, Pa.), and Laura Hoffman (New Oxford, Pa.). The Lions also welcome sophomore Amber Royster (Baltimore, Md.) and junior Ariane Grove (Spring Grove, Pa.).

Leese believes his squad is well balanced and ready to handle PSUAC league play as well as a challenging nonconference schedule that includes Valley Forge Christian School, Bucks County Community College, Lancaster Bible College, Christendom College, and Trinity University. The York Lady Lions also look forward to playing in the Gallaudet University Holiday Tournament in Washington D.C. over Thanksgiving. The Lions will face Gallaudet University in the first game and a possible match-up with Goucher College or Penn State Altoona.

The Penn State York men’s basketball team takes on York College of Pennsylvania at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15 at York College in the White Rose City Classic. Penn State York is hoping for a “white-out” and asks their fans to wear white in support of the team. Penn State York will return to the basketball court at York College on Monday to continue in tournament play with game time and opponent to be announced.

Under the direction of Parrish Petry, new head coach for the team, Penn State York returns just two players from last year’s team that captured the Southern Division Championship of the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) and earned a berth in the conference final four at the Bryce Jordan Center. Gone to graduation are All-Conference players Eric Hudak and Cody Corel.

According to Petry, this year’s success will depend almost exclusively on the new group of lions. Only shooting guard Eric Aspril (Hampstead, Md.) and junior guard Russ Englebert (East Berlin, Pa.) return from last year’s team that was the only conference team to defeat champion and United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) national runner-up, Penn State Beaver. They will be joined this year by three transfer students and six freshmen. Chase McGowan (Dallastown, Pa.), Eddie Ward (Dallastown, Pa.) and junior Josh Czerski (Baltimore, Md.) will be looked upon to bring some experience and maturity to this young 2009-10 squad. Freshmen joining the team are Durant Harvin IV, Baltimore, Md; Horace S. Jackson, Georgetown, S.C.; Ryan Klunk, Hanover, Pa; Jae Pugh, Lancaster, Pa.; Xavier Smith, Killeen, Texas; and Lavoi Wilder, Baltimore, Md.

The team will face a brutal non-conference schedule opening up the season at York College followed by tournaments at Dickinson University in Carlisle and Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. The Penn State York Lions also have a date with Messiah College in January.

For more information on Penn State York’s basketball teams, visit their Web site at www.yk.psu.edu/basketball

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