Smith, defense leads Cal U past Clarion

 

CLARION, Pa. (Sept. 25) – Sophomore running back Lamont Smith (Penn Hills, Pa./Central Catholic/Phoenix) rushed for 185 yards and the defense forced four interceptions and allowed only 133 yards of total offense on Saturday night, as the No. 4 California University of Pennsylvania football team claimed a 24-9 victory over Clarion in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West-opener for both teams. With the win, the Vulcans start the year at 4-0 overall for the third time in nine years under head coach John Luckhardt (2002, 2007). Cal U also has now won its last six and eight of its last 10 PSAC West-openers. Meanwhile, after posting their best record since 1996 last year, the Golden Eagles remain winless this year at 0-4 overall and 0-1 in divisional play. For the third-straight week, Smith established season highs in both rushing yards and attempts, finishing 189 yards on a gaudy 39Read More »

Cal U features 205 student athletes on AD Honor Roll

 

CALIFORNIA (June 3) – A total of 205 California University of Pennsylvania student-athletes, representing all sports (fall, winter & spring), were named to the Spring 2010 edition of the Vulcan Athletic Director Honor Roll. For the eighth 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. Women’s cross country posted the highest team GPA at 3.75 and featured 15 runners on the Honor Roll. On the men’s side, the cross country team posted the top GPA of the eight sports at 3.46 with six runners holding a 3.00 GPA or better. Overall, the Vulcans posted their highest cumulative GPA since Fall 2005 by posting an overall 3.18 mark this semester. In terms of pure numbers, women’s track led all sports with 35 representativesRead More »

Cal U Finishes Second in PSAC Dixon Standings

 

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (May 18) – After winning its first-ever Dixon Trophy last year, California University of Pennsylvania nearly claimed the trophy for a consecutive season after winning three spring championships before finishing in second place in the 2009-10 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Dixon Trophy standings, where were released by the league office on Tuesday. The Vulcans finished second in the team standings with 159.5 points after winning four conference titles, including three during the spring season. Shippensburg earned the Dixon Trophy for a conference-record sixth time after totaling a Dixon Trophy-record 161.5 points, breaking the previous mark set by Cal U last year (160.0). Following Shippensburg and Cal U in the Dixon Trophy standings was Kutztown in third place with 152.5 points, while Bloomsburg (148.5) and West Chester (146.0) rounded out the top five. The Vulcans totaled 73 of their points during the spring season and amassed 92Read More »

Cal Baseball: Vulcans eliminated by West Chester

 

WEST LAWN, Pa. (May 15) – Facing their fourth nationally-ranked team in seven games, the No. 33 Vulcans suffered a 7-2 loss to No. 16 West Chester on Saturday night at Owls Field to be eliminated from the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament. With the loss, the California University of Pennsylvania baseball team finishes the season with a 34-18 overall record following a 6-2 post-season mark in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and NCAA Tournaments. The 34 victories rank as the second-highest single-season total in program history. Meanwhile, West Chester improves to 39-12 overall and will face host Kutztown tomorrow, Sunday, May 16, for the Atlantic Regional Championship.

Cal: Baseball advances with win over Seton Hill

 

WEST LAWN, Pa. (May 15) – Leading by one run with the tying and game-winning runs on base, the No. 33 California University of Pennsylvania baseball team edged Seton Hill, 6-5, at Owls Field on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament. With the victory, the Vulcans improve 34-17 overall this season with a 2-1 mark in the double-elimination tournament. Cal U advances to play No. 16 West Chester in the third and final game on Saturday’s schedule with the game starting at approximately 6 p.m. Meanwhile, Seton Hill finishes the season with a 36-21 record after going 1-2 at the regional tournament. “Our hitting was better today than the other days,” said sophomore center fielder Troy Handza (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler), who blasted a solo homer in the victory. “I think we are ready to go tonight, we have a lot of energy and we don’t want toRead More »

Vulcans win PSAC Championship with walk-off, 10-9

 

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (May 1) – Freshman third baseman Evan King (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) delivered the game-winning, walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday afternoon, as the California University of Pennsylvania baseball team won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship against No. 14 Kutztown, 10-9, to secure the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. With the victory, the Vulcans improve to 32-16 overall this year and claimed the third PSAC title in school history and first since 2004. The win also guaranteed Cal U a place in the upcoming NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history. Meanwhile, Kutztown falls 37-12 and will likely receive an at-large bid to the six-team regional tournament after entering the week ranked second in the Atlantic Region. After Kutztown took an 8-6 lead entering the bottom of the eight, Cal U countered with three runs in theRead More »

Cal’s A.J. Jackson accepts tryout with New York Giants

 

CALIFORNIA (April 27) – Former California University of Pennsylvania wide receivers Dominique Curry (Philadelphia, Pa./George Washington) and AJ Jackson (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Lehigh) were recently invited to tryouts with the St. Louis Rams and New York Giants, respectively. Last year, Curry and Jackson helped lead the Vulcans to an 11-4 record, a fifth-straight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West title, a consecutive appearance in the PSAC Championship and a third-straight NCAA Super Regional One Championship. Curry played in 11 games last season after playing three seasons in the PSAC East at Cheyney. A former three-sport star for the Wolves, he showcased his athleticism on special teams this year by making 13 tackles (nine solo) and blocking two kicks Over his four-year football career between Cheyney and Cal U, Curry posted over 2,200 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. The Philadelphia native represented the Vulcans at the Valero Cactus Bowl, an all-star gameRead More »

Terrence Johnson signs with Patriots; Willie Walker signs with Browns

 

Two Californina University of Pennsylvania football players have signed with NFL teams. Cornerback Terrence Johnson has signed with the New England Patriots and defensive end Willie Walker has signed with the Cleveland Browns. Johnson is an intriguing player who some thought would be drafted in the 6th or 7th round. A player who has the ability to contribute right away on special teams as he is a standout on coverage teams. Johnson is going into a very good situation. Vulcans star wide receiver A.J. Jackson has not signed with anyone at this point. According to a university source, Jackson quit his workout training regiment which caused a red flag with NFL teams. Jackson met with the Philadelphia Eagles last month and was also drawing interest from the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers. The 6-6, 238 pound receiver had 101 receptions for the Vulcans in 2009.

Vulcans introduce former Pitt coach Walt Harris as offensive coordinator

 

CALIFORNIA (April 19) – A veteran head coach at the NCAA Division I level, Walt Harris was introduced as the offensive coordinator for the California University of Pennsylvania football team at a news conference on Monday morning. Harris will work with a Vulcan program that has captured five-consecutive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West titles and appeared in three-straight NCAA National Semifinals. Harris most recently served as the assistant head coach and passing game coordinator at Akron last season. He previously served as the head coach at the University of Pacific from 1989-91, the University of Pittsburgh from 1997-04 and Stanford University from 2005-06. “It’s an honor to be here at Cal U and a great opportunity for me because I like to work with young people,” said Harris. “I’ve been very impressed with what Head Coach John Luckhardt and President Dr. Angelo Armenti, Jr., have done in rebuilding thisRead More »

Myers provisionally qualifys for NCAAs

 

INDIANA, Pa. (April 17) – The California University of Pennsylvania men’s track & field team won three events on Saturday at the IUP Ed Fry Invitational, highlighted by junior two-time All-American Brice Myers (Pittsburgh, Pa./McDowell) provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 110-meter hurdles. Myers won the event by seven-tenths of a second with a personal-best time of 14.64 seconds, which improves his Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)-leading seed time. Competing for only the second time this outdoor season, Myers’ time ranks him among the top 20 nationally this season. Freshman Toby Oduho (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep) gave the Vulcans a 1-2 finish in the 110-meter hurdles, as he crossed the finish line in 15.34 seconds. In the 400-meter dash, senior Frank Ehrensberger (Saint Marys, Pa./Elk County Catholic) posted a time of 48.34 seconds to win the event by three-tenths of a second. Sophomore Vince Wilson (Bear, Del./Middletown) finishedRead More »