22 NFL teams, including Steelers attend Cal U’s Pro-day


The California University of Pennsylvania football program welcomed representatives from 22 NFL teams and one CFL team to Adamson Stadium on Tuesday morning, as nearly two dozen players from Pennsylvania schools participated in Pro Day. The Vulcans had 11 seniors participate at their annual Pro Day: defensive backs Shawn Anderson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills),Erik Harris (New Oxford, Pa./New Oxford),James Nixon (New Haven, Conn./Hyde Leadership) andPatrick Swearinger (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone); defensive linemenMarcus Cook (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods),Kevin Crawford (Brooklyn, N.Y./Gar-Field (Va.)),Thomas Mulabah (Sterling, Va./Parkview) andSteve Santia (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield); offensive linemanRishaw Johnson (Hammond, La./Hammond); and wide receiversChedrick Cherry (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) andThomas Mayo (Reston, Va./South Lakes). Cal U also welcomed nine additional players from across the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) schools and a pair of FCS players to Adamson Stadium: defensive backs Herschel Thornton (East Stroudsburg) and Gary Tillman (Millersville); defensive linemen Randy Colling (Gannon) and Keir Jeter (Edinboro); linebacker Ian Wild (Mercyhurst); offensiveRead More »

Four Vulcans on NFL Active Rosters to open 2011 Season


CALIFORNIA (Sept. 5) – With the start of the NFL regular season only days away, an impressive four former California University of Pennsylvania football players – Tommie Campbell (Tennessee Titans), Dominique Curry (St. Louis Rams), Terrence Johnson (Indianapolis Colts) and Josh Portis (Seattle Seahawks) – were selected to the 53-player active roster with their respective teams. Campbell (No. 37) was selected in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Titans and is listed as the second-string right cornerback behind All-Pro Cortland Finnegan, who was a seventh-round selection in 2006. In four preseason games, Campbell posted eight tackles (seven solo), registered two interceptions and defended four passes. On Aug. 27, the 6-3, 205-pound rookie returned his first career interception 90 yards for a touchdown in a 14-13 victory over the Chicago Bears (video). Curry (No. 15) made the active roster with the Rams for the second-straight year. LastRead More »

Vulcan Hoops: Smith named to WBCA All-American Team


Smith named to All-America Team California University of Pennsylvania senior forward Kayla Smith (Elkins, W.Va./Elkins) was recently named to the State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team as selected by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Smith posted a career year this season, leading the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in scoring at 18.5 points and finishing fourth in the country with 12.4 rebounds per game. She also ranked among the league leaders with a .549 field-goal percentage (200-of-364) and averages of 2.4 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. A four-year starter, Smith finished her career ranked third in Cal U history and ninth in conference history with 2,096 points. She broke the school’s all-time record for rebounds this season and finished her career ranked second in PSAC history with 1,309. In her career, Smith was a four-time All-PSAC West First-Team selection, capped by receiving Player of the Year honors this season.Read More »

Cal U Athletics: Latest Vulcans Sports Headlines


Sunday March 20, 2011 Cal U falls twice by one run at Slippery Rock The Vulcans were swept by Slippery Rock in a pair of pitchers’ duels on Sunday afternoon in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West action at Jack Critchfield Park, losing 3-2 and 2-1. With the losses, the California University of Pennsylvania baseball team falls to 11-8 overall and 1-3 in divisional play. The Vulcans lost the three games to The Rock this weekend by only a combined four runs. Meanwhile, Slippery Rock improves to 10-8 this season with a 3-1 mark in league action. In Game 1, The Rock broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the seventh when catcher Derek DiRuscia scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch. Senior Sean Welsh (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) suffered the loss in his first start of the year after allowing three runs (all earned) on six hitsRead More »

Vulcan Hockey: Cal U claims 5th straight CHE Championship


Congratulations to the California University Mens’ hockey team in winning their 5th straight College Hockey East Championship on Sunday night, defeating Robert Morris 7-1 in the final game of the best three series. Ryan Jones was named MVP of the playoffs. The Vulcans will enter the ACHA National Championships this week in Holland Michigan as a No. 1 seed out of the Atlantic Region. It will be their fourth appearance in the ACHA D-III National tournament in the last five years. The Vulcans were ACHA National Champions in 2008. The Vulcans run to a 2nd National Title in four years can be follwed at http://caluhockey.blogspot.com/

Cal U earns at-large bid to NCAA Tournament


INDIANAPOLIS (March 6) – The California University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team received an at-large bid to its 10th-consecutive NCAA Tournament on Sunday night and will open play against fourth-seeded Charleston (W.Va.) of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). Edinboro earned the first seed and hosting rights for the NCAA Atlantic Regional Tournament, which will be held at McComb Fieldhouse. The opening-round games are set for March 11-12 with the regional championship game scheduled for March 14. Cal U (22-7) and Charleston (24-7) have previously met three times (2004, 2005, 2009) in the NCAA Tournament with the Vulcans winning twice. However, the Golden Eagles posted a 68-63 victory over the Vulcans earlier this season on Dec. 30. The game will feature two legitimate All-America candidates in Cal U forward Kayla Smith (Elkins, W.Va./Elkins) and UC guard Lindsey Kentner. Smith is one of only eight players in PSAC history withRead More »

NFL Combine Buzz: Cal U QB Josh Portis met with 13 teams


Portis meets with 13 teams Former California University of Pennsylvania quarterback Josh Portis improved his draft stock with a strong performance at the NFL combine in what was a big day for Portis and the Cal U football program. Portis was among the top performers in drills on Sunday, and according to sources, fared well during the interview process as character issues have followed Portis from his time with Florida University and Maryland. There is some intrigue surrounding Portis and at the combine he was right up there with the likes of Cam Newton in drills, breaking the QB vertical jump record (40.0) and tying Newton for first place in the broad jump at 10.6. Portis, the cousin of NFL star Clinton Portis, met with 13 teams at the combine. “He met with thirteen teams and performed very well in the testing, ” a high ranking official from the CalRead More »

Mens’ Hoops: Vulcans top Lock Haven 82-68


LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (Feb. 26) – The California University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team had five players score in double-figures on Saturday afternoon to earn an 82-68 win at Lock Haven in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West action. With the victory, the Vulcans finish the regular season at 15-11 overall with an 8-6 mark in league play. Having clinched the fourth seed in next week’s conference tournament, Cal U will travel to IUP to play the Crimson Hawks in the PSAC Quarterfinals on Tuesday, March 1. Meanwhile, the Bald Eagles finish the season winless in divisional action at 0-14 and just 1-24 overall. Senior forward Rashawd Hatten (Clairton, Pa./Clairton) scored a team-high 17 points after making a perfect nine-for-nine from the free-throw line and 4-of-10 from the field. He also registered a team-high nine rebounds and five steals on Saturday. Juniors CJ Townes (Joppatowne, Md./Joppatowne) and Chad Tipton (Hanover,Read More »

Cal U Hoops: Vulcans earn double header wins at Hamer


Mens’ Hoops: California 53 – Gannon 50 Behind 17 points from senior forward Rashawd Hatten (Clairton, Pa./Clairton), the Vulcans held off Gannon, 53-50, in the final regular season game at Hamer Hall in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West action Saturday evening. With the win, the California University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team improves its conference mark to 6-6 and its overall record to 13-11. Meanwhile, Gannon drops to 13-11 overall and 4-8 in the league this year. The Vulcans complete the season sweep of the Golden Knights this year, having won both contests by a combined five points. Hatten led Cal U with 17 points behind two treys and five-of-six from the free-throw line. The 6-7 senior also pulled down seven rebounds (three offensive), collected five steals and recorded two blocks. Junior forward Steve Swiech (Greenock, Pa./Elizabeth-Forward) added 12 points off the bench on 6-of-10 from the field andRead More »

Cal U: Softball tops PSAC West Preseason Poll


LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (Feb. 17) – After winning its second-straight divisional title and advancing to the NCAA Super Regional last year, the California University of Pennsylvania softball team was picked first in the preseason Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West poll, announced the league office on Thursday morning. The Vulcans were the unanimous favorite in the division, receiving all five of the first-place votes. Mercyhurst was chosen second followed by Edinboro at third, while Gannon and Slippery Rock were tied for fourth place in the preseason poll. Cal U returns 10 players, five positional starters and one pitcher, from its 2010 PSAC West champion squad that went 37-14 and 18-1 in divisional play. The Vulcans return three of the most dangerous hitters in the region in senior third baseman Danielle Easton (Hanover, Pa./South Western), junior catcher Alyson Johnson (Waynesburg, Pa./Waynesburg Central) and junior shortstop Jillian Russell (London, Ontario/St. Thomas AquinasRead More »