By Casey Cavanaugh
NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — Penn State New Kensington’s (PSNK) spring 2015 semester comes in with an action packed lineup of sporting events.
PSNK’s Basketball team clinches its first playoff berth since 2008 with a win over Penn State Dubois, 70-57, on Saturday Feb. 7th. Penn State Dubois came into Penn State New Kensington’s gym with tempo on their side after easily sliding past Penn State New Kensington earlier in the season, 93-76, at home.
PSNK came out on fire, thanks to the help of Junior Shaquille Hager, who had a game high of 25 points. Lou Payne, Jordan Williams, and Dorian Broadwater recorded 18, 11, and 10 points each, respectively. Payne also finished the game with nine assists and six rebounds. Penn State New Kensington’s Basketball program has earned the most championships of all the other Penn State branch campuses and hopes to add to that record this year.
PSNK men’s wrestling program hired The University of Pittsburgh graduate, Francis Healy, as this year’s head coach. Healy prepared this recently new program and continues to grow off of last season’s individual successes. Healy wrestled at Pitt and is also a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter. This year’s 10 man roster has a strong outlook for the season after last year representing nationals with three wrestlers from New Kensington.
Finally, to wrap up this spring’s sporting lineup is PSNK’s softball team. The lady lion’s softball team is looking to come out for another strong season after narrowly missing the playoffs last season by one game. The ladies will start on March 7th in Kentucky for their spring training. The girls are in for a change of pace as they have gone to Orlando prior to this year for their spring training. Their season starts March 22nd against Westmoreland County Community College.