Vulcan Baseball: Conte sets record win win over L-R, 13-9


HICKORY, N.C. (Feb. 13) – Behind a six-run first inning, the No. 19 California University of Pennsylvania baseball team earned a 13-9 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne on Sunday afternoon as head Mike Conte became the winningest coach in program history. With the win, the Vulcans open the season at 2-1 after making their fifth all-time NCAA Tournament appearance last season. Conte moved passed his predecessor Chuck Gismondi (1980-96) with his 396th career victory. In his 15 years with the program, Conte has posted an impressive 396-271-4 overall record with Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament Championships in 2004 and 2010. Meanwhile, Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 2-7 this year after posting a 21-win campaign last season. Sophomore starter Tyler Zimm (Fayetteville, W.Va./Oak Hill) earned the win after yielding just one run on five hits and two walks in 6.0 innings. The Vulcans then used three relievers over the final three innings to secureRead More »

Vulcans quarterback Josh Portis selected to play in NFLPA Game


CALIFORNIA (Feb. 3) – Former California University of Pennsylvania quarterback Josh Portis (Woodland Hills, Calif./William H. Taft/Maryland) will participate in the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Game this Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, at 2 p.m. EST. Portis, who earned All-America Honorable Mention earlier this week, is one of nine players from NCAA Division II programs selected to the NFLPA Game (formerly Texas vs. The Nation). He is listed as one of three quarterbacks for Team Texas, which features a coaching staff including former Dallas Cowboy Bill Bates, eight-time Pro Bowler Kevin Mawae and former Miami Hurricane head coach Larry Coker. A 6-4 quarterback, Portis passed for over 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns in each of his two seasons with the Vulcans. He finished his career as the program’s all-time leader with 69 touchdown passes and ranked fourth in career passing yards. A native of TheRead More »

Vulcan Football: Portis receives All-America Honorable Mention


LIBERTY, Mo. (Feb. 1) – Former California University of Pennsylvania quarterback Josh Portis (Woodland Hills, Calif./William H. Taft/Maryland) received All-America Honorable Mention from on Monday morning. Portis passed for 2,650 yards and completed 61.2 percent (205-for-335) of his passes during his senior season. He led the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and ranked No. 15 in NCAA Division II with a passing efficiency of 156.0 behind 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. The 6-4 quarterback finished his career ranked fourth in school history with 6,072 passing yards and 6,591 yards of total offense in only two seasons with the program. He also established the all-time record with 69 touchdown passes after becoming the first player in school history to twice throw for 30 touchdowns in a season (36, 33). Portis posted a 21-6 record while starting every game over the last two seasons. He was a two-time All-PSAC selectionRead More »

Offensive lineman Dan Jordan earns Football Gazette’s All-American honors


PITTSBURG, Kan. (Jan. 24) – For the second-straight season, California University of Pennsylvania senior offensive lineman Dan Jordan (Tionesta, Pa./Redbank Valley) earned Don Hansen’s Football Gazette Third-Team All-America honors, announced the organization on Monday. The 6-3 offensive lineman started all 12 games for Cal U this past season, anchoring an offensive line that helped the Vulcans average nearly 40 points, 170 rushing yards and 400 yards of total offense per game. Jordan finished his career with 40 starts, including 27-straight over the last two seasons. In November, Jordan was named both ESPN Academic All-District and All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West for the third-straight season. In total, the PSAC featured 11 players on the three All-America Teams, including National Co-Freshman of the Year running back Franklyn Quiteh from Bloomsburg. This marks the 23rd year Don Hansen’s Football Gazette, a recognized authority on small college football, has selected an NCAA DivisionRead More »

Campbell selected to Eastham All-Star Game


CALIFORNIA (Jan. 20) – California University of Pennsylvania senior defensive back Tommie Campbell (Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa/Edinboro) has been invited to play in the inaugural Eastham Energy All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 23, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. Campbell, who started at the Valero Cactus Bowl earlier this month, is one of eight players from NCAA Division II programs selected to the all-star game. He is listed as one of five cornerbacks on the roster for the Stripes, which will be coached by former Kentucky head coach Hal Mumme. A 6-3 defensive back, Campbell played in all 12 games this season and posted 29 tackles (17 solo) and two interceptions – both in the NCAA Playoffs against Bloomsburg. The Aliquippa, Pa., native originally started his college career by playing linebacker and safety at Pitt. Campbell is the only player from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) selected to the EasthamRead More »

Mens’ Hoops: Vulcans post victory over Edinboro, 82-73


CALIFORNIA (Jan. 12) – Junior forward Steve Swiech (Greenock, Pa./Elizabeth-Forward) and sophomore guard Quentin Harding (McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport) each posted double-doubles on Wednesday night, as the California University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team earned an 82-73 victory over Edinboro in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West play. With the win, the Vulcans improve to 8-4 overall this season and 1-0 in league play. Meanwhile, the Fighting Scots suffered their fourth-straight loss to drop to 8-7 this year with a 0-1 mark in divisional action. Swiech led all players with a career-high 20 points on 8-of-13 from the field and four-of-six from the free-throw line. He also added 11 rebounds (six offensive) to register his first career double-double. Harding also posted his first double-double on Wednesday, adding 14 points and a season-high 14 rebounds against the Fighting Scots. Junior Chad Tipton (Hanover, Pa./South Western) finished with 15 points off the bench afterRead More »

Record 240 Student-athletes named to honor roll


CALIFORNIA (Jan. 11) – A record 240 California University of Pennsylvania student-athletes, representing all sports (fall, winter and spring), were named to the Fall 2010 edition of the Athletic Director Honor Roll. For the ninth-consecutive semester, the Cal U athletic programs compiled a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher. To be eligible for the academic honor, student-athletes must earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the semester. Tennis posted the highest team GPA at 3.578 and featured 10 players on the Honor Roll. On the men’s side, the soccer team posted the top GPA of the eight sports at 3.184 with 20 players holding a 3.0 GPA or better. Overall, the Vulcans posted a cumulative GPA of 3.113 last semester. In terms of pure numbers, football led all sports with 46 representatives on the Honor Roll, followed by women’s track & field (38) and women’s cross countryRead More »

Gates receives third honor in five weeks


LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (Jan. 11) – After winning a pair of events at the Citrus Classic, California University of Pennsylvania junior Melissa Gates (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley) was selected the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Women’s Swimmer of the Week on Tuesday afternoon, announced the league office. Competing against talent from all over the country, Gates won the 100 breaststroke and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay last Friday in Arizona. She captured the individual victory in the 100 breaststroke after touching the wall with a NCAA B-time of 1 minute, 6.73 seconds. In the 100 freestyle, the 5-9 junior finished behind only a swimmer from the University of Nebraska with a NCAA B-time of 52.28 seconds. As the second leg of the 200 medley relay, Gates helped the Vulcans win the event by seven-hundredths of a second at 1:49.83 in a field that featured NCAA Division IRead More »

Mens’ Hoops: Vulcans shoot season-best 63.8 percent in win


MANSFIELD, Pa. (Jan. 3) – The California University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team shot a season-best 63.8 percent from the floor and three players scored in double figures on Monday night in a 78-60 victory at Mansfield in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Crossover play. With the win, the Vulcans improve to 6-2 overall after winning five of their last six games. Meanwhile, the Mountaineers have lost two-straight games to fall to 6-3 this season. Junior forward Steve Swiech (Greenock, Pa./Elizabeth-Forward) scored a season-high 14 points on six-of-seven shooting and also added five rebounds in his second-straight start. Over the last two games, the Akron transfer is averaging 13.0 points and 5.5 rebounds. Sophomore guard Quentin Harding (McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport) and senior forward Rashawd Hatten (Clairton, Pa./Clairton) each finished with 11 points. Hatten also collected five rebounds, two assists and a career-high four blocks against the Mountaineers. Juniors Freddy Appiah (Toronto,Read More »