2016 Pitt-Bradford Hall of Fame Class Inducted
BRADFORD, Pa. - Former student-athletes Jerry Lawson, Matt Rowles and Cassandra Walker were inducted into the Pitt-Bradford athletics Hall of Fame Saturday evening during a ceremony on campus.
The 15th Hall of Fame class was honored during the annual Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association dinner in the Mukaiyama University Room, and was a part of the university’s Alumni and Family weekend festivities.
Lawson, who starred on the men’s basketball team from 1982-1986, is a member of the 1,000-point club at Pitt-Bradford. The Philadelphia native was a first-team All-District NAIA selection as a junior and ranks among program leaders in total assists for a season and career. He was introduced by former Pitt-Bradford professor Dr. Michael Stuckart.
Rowles played on the men’s basketball team from 2000-04 and led the Panthers to consecutive AMCC championships and NCAA tournament appearances, the latter being the first in program history. The Clearfield, Pa., native ranks 16th all-time in school history with 1,123 points and was introduced by former teammate Chris Wuest.
Walker was a dual-sport athlete, starring on the women’s basketball team from 2002-05 and softball from 2004-05. She led Panther softball to consecutive AMCC titles and the team’s first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. The Towanda, Pa., native, who is best remembered for making the game-winning catch against Frostburg State in the 2004 AMCC championship game, was introduced by Tina Phillips, Pitt-Bradford’s softball coach who coached Walker.
Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association president Karen Costello-Pecht emceed the event, university president Dr. Livingston Alexander gave remarks and Danielle Munksgard gave the invocation. Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Bret Butler spoke as well prior to the new Hall of Fame members being formerly inducted.
The Pitt-Bradford Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 2002 to honor former student-athletes at Pitt-Bradford who displayed athletic prowess, while maintaining and providing leadership, integrity, teamwork and excellence.
Moonan, Gardner Lead Men's Golf to Fifth-Place Finish
ERIE, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford men’s golf team finished fifth at the James Bowen Invitational hosted by Penn State Behrend Monday.
Penn State Altoona captured the team title with a score of 313, eight shots clear of runner-up La Roche. Penn State Behrend finished three shots behind the Redhawks for third (322), and Behrend’s “B” team finished fourth with a score of 325.
Pitt-Bradford posted a combined score of 332, its lowest team total since hosting its 15th annual Fall Invitational to open the season.
The Panthers were led by the duo of Matt Moonan and Brett Gardner. Both players fired an 82 to finish tied for 14th, seven shots behind the medalist. Jamie Rook and Sam Marchini posted identical rounds of 84 to tie for 24th, and John Bedford posted a 100.
The Panthers will compete in the AMCC Championships starting Sunday in Warren, Ohio.
Women's Tennis Falls in Final Match of 2016
FREDONIA, N.Y. - The Pitt-Bradford women’s tennis closed out is season Monday evening, dropping an 8-1 decision to Fredonia.
The Panthers only win came in singles action, where Ashley Stoltz won her No. 4 match 7-5, 6-3. Stoltz finishes the year with a team-best seven wins in singles play and won her final three matches.
Both Maya Bingaman and Rebecca Jordan suffered 6-0, 6-0 defeats in singles play. Ava Young fell 6-1, 6-0 and Aaliya Smith suffered a 6-2, 6-2 defeat.
Pitt-Bradford finishes the season with a 3-8 record and 2-6 mark in the AMCC.