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Women’s Basketball debuts at Penn State Fayette Nov. 28

11/19/2007 —
    The new Penn State Fayette Women’s Basketball team tips off against Penn State Greater Allegheny in its debut match-up Wednesday evening, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. in the Community Center at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The team’s nine players all competed on their high school teams and are excited to take to the court once again.
    The team roster includes: Barbara Gencel (Jefferson Morgan High School), Kimberly Howell (Albert Gallatin High School), Jesse Killosky (South Allegheny High School), Meghan Leary (Fraizer High School), Bethany Novotny (Geibel High School), Abbie Renze (Geibel High School), Tiffany Ritenour (Connellsville High School), Dorothy Rurak (Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, Chicago), and Erica Speeney (Geibel High School). Kurt Mattern of Ligioner is the team’s coach and Penn State Fayette student Melissa Beucher is assistant coach.
    Mattern says, “The girls have worked really hard and have put in the time already to make sure we’re really competitive. They’re a great group of girls—ready to play and enthusiastic.”
    Campus Chancellor Dr. Emmanuel Osagie points out, “Penn State Fayette is very interested in expanding its athletic sports offerings and the interest in women’s basketball is very encouraging. We’re looking toward an exciting season as these young women represent Penn State Fayette in the Penn State University Athletic Conference and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.”
    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is an important partner in the team’s debut, sponsoring door prizes and giveaways all during the game. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society also is encouraging local student, sport and youth organizations to bring their teams to the game as a way to welcome in basketball season. The organization that brings the most students or members will receive gift certificates to Pasta Lorenzo in Uniontown.
    Admission to the game is free. The match-up of Penn State Fayette and Greater Allegheny’s men’s basketball teams follows the women’s game. Food and refreshments will be available for sale.

Girl's Basketball Team
From left, top row: Coach Kurt Mattern, Jesse Killosky, Erica Speeney, Tiffany Ritenour, Kimberly Howell, assistant coach Melissa Beucher.
Bottom row: Barbara Gencel, Meghen Leary, Abbie Renze, Bethany Novotny.
Not shown: Dorothy Rurak.

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