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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to congratulate graduating sophomore Tony Acrie on his recent signing with Carlow University to play basketball for their institution.

“Ever since high school, my dream was to keep playing basketball,” stated Tony Acrie. “Penn Highlands made that dream possible. I am excited to continue my schooling and basketball career at Carlow University. They have given me the opportunity to continue my journey, and I plan on proving my worth to them.”

In his two seasons with the Black Bears of Penn Highlands, Tony earned many accolades. During his freshman season, he was first, nationally, in the NJCAA in rebounds per game (15.1) and 27th in the nation in points per game (19.8). His sophomore campaign had him finishing second in the nation in rebounds per game (15.8) and 15th in points per game (22.0).

Tony made 2nd Team All-Region XX and WPCC All-Conference in his first season, and was 1st Team All-Region XX and WPCC All-Conference this past year.

“Tony is the hardest working player I have ever coached. He set the tone every day in practice with his energy and attitude,” commented Penn Highlands’ Head Basketball Coach Landon Loya. “He is a great example to young players in our area of how to get it done in the classroom, on the court, and in the community. Everybody will miss him, but we are all so proud of him.”

In his two seasons with the Black Bears, Tony amassed 713 career rebounds and 963 points. Both are all-time records for Penn Highlands Community College. He also broke the school record for rebounds in a single game with 32.

Tony credits his successful two-year stint at Penn Highlands to many people within the Black Bears family including Loya, volunteer assistant Justin Harris, and Director of Student Activities and Athletics Sue Brugh. He would also like to thank Quan Brit, Xavier Thomas, and Greg Nash for their time, effort, and energy in pushing him to become the player he is today.

“I couldn’t have done this without everyone who has helped me along the way,” Acrie said. “It’s been a great journey, and I cannot wait to return and give back to this community in the future. I’ll always be a Black Bear.”

Graduating Sophomore Tony Acrie is accompanied by Sue Brugh (Athletic Director) and Landon Loya (Head Coach, Men’s Basketball) on Monday, May 1st as he signs his letter of intent to play basketball at Carlow University.

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The NJCAA national office has announced that Penn Highlands freshman forward Tim Biakapia (Northwest HS, Germantown, MD) has been named the Division III National Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of February 6th – 12th.

During the week, Biakapia averaged 25.5 points per game, 10.5 rebounds per game, 4.5 assists per game, and 2.5 blocks per game. In two games, Biakapia shot 79.2% from the field (19-24) and made every free throw taken (13-13). Penn Highlands went 2-0 over that span with both wins coming against conference opponents.

“Tim has made such a huge impact on our team this year as a freshman,” Black Bears Head Coach Landon Loya said. “He is extremely versatile, has a good attitude, and most importantly, is a great teammate. He has truly been a pleasure to coach this year.”

Currently, Biakapia is ranked 11th in the nation in rebounds (11.1 RPG), 17th in the nation in FG% (59.5%), and 25th in the nation in points (21.6 PPG).

“With Tim stepping up and playing big minutes as a freshman, combined with a talented group of sophomores led by Tony [Acrie, Altoona HS] and Jake [Lushko, Richland HS], it has been a great year for our team,” Loya said.

Penn Highlands recently finished their regular season with a 12-10 record, including a 9-3 conference record. The Black Bears received a first round bye and will host a second round home conference playoff game on Saturday, February 18th, at the East Hills Recreation gym at 2pm. They face the winner of the Western Pennsylvania Athletic Association first round matchup between Westmoreland County Community College and CCAC-Boyce.

For additional information, please contact Sue Brugh, Director of Athletics, at 814.262.6463 or


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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is teaming with the East Hills Recreation Commission to host a “Fill the Gym” Benefit Basketball Game on Monday, February 6th, at 6pm. The game will take place in the East Hills Gymnasium, with all proceeds benefiting the Laurel Highlands Alzheimer’s Foundation.

The benefit basketball game will feature our Pennsylvania Highlands’ Black Bears in their next to last home game. The team will face off against the Community College of Allegheny County – Boyce in a highly anticipated WPCC matchup.

The Laurel Highlands Alzheimer’s Foundation will use the proceeds (from donations at the door, concession sales, and other game day events) to help provide free services to those impacted by the disease in our local area. These services include trained respite care, monthly support groups, and annual screenings.

Doors open at 5pm.

About Laurel Highlands Alzheimer’s Foundation
The Laurel Highlands Alzheimer’s Foundation is a group dedicated to providing information and support to those afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease, or to those providing care for person’s with Alzheimer’s Disease. The group has two focus areas: early screening for dementia and respite care for caregivers.



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The 2016 home schedule for our Lady Black Bears women’s volleyball team at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College kicks off this Thursday, 9/1. The Lady Black Bears will take on Penn State Dubois at 6pm.  All home games take place in the East Hills Recreation Gymnasium. We encourage all to come and support your Lady Black Bears.

Home games this year include:

  • 9/1 Penn State Dubois (6pm)
  • 9/9 Butler County Community College (6pm)
  • 9/12 Pitt-Titusville (6pm)
  • 10/7 vs. Lord Fairfax Community College (6pm)
  • 10/10 Community College of Beaver County (7pm)
  • 10/18 vs. Garrett College (6pm)
  • 10/25 vs. Alleghany College of Maryland (6pm)

For the complete 2016 women’s volleyball schedule and more information on the players, click here to visit the College’s Athletics section.


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The NJCAA national office announced the Men’s Basketball Players of the Week of all three divisions last Wednesday for games played between Jan. 5-11. Last week’s honors were earned by sophomore guard Kevin Mickle of Broward (Fla.), freshman guard Danzel Wright of Johnson County (Kan.) and sophomore guard Delonte Fennell of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

Delonte Fennell averaged 25 points, 14.6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and .6 blocks in the three games played that week.  Currently, he is ranked 39th in the nation in points per game with 17.8 and is ranked 25th in the nation in rebounds per game with 10.2.  He is also averaging 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Westmont alumnus, sophomore, Brianna Trentini, was recently named to the NJCAA Region XX Division III, First Team, and to the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Team for her efforts on the volleyball court during the 2014 season.  She led the WPCC in digs per set with 7.68 and was second in the country in NJCAA Division III with 6.24 digs per set.  She led the team in kills (112), digs (287), and points (126) in 15 matches played.

Central Cambria graduate, freshman, Krysta Ziesman, was also named to the WPCC All-Conference Volleyball Team.

Selena Blough (Greater Johnstown), Desarae Margucci (Ferndale), and Dominic Williams (Cambria County Christian) were all named to the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Academic Honors Team. Thomas Connor, of the basketball team, was named to the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Academic High Honors Team for the Fall 2014 Semester.

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Sprint2014-1Pennsylvania Highlands Community College held its 7th Annual Black Bear Sprint to Success 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 12th, at the Sprint2014-2College’s Richland Campus.  Over 100 people registered for this year’s race.

Organizers would like to thank Wessel & Company for serving as the event sponsor and recruiting such a large number of participants.  Proceeds from the race will help the Pennsylvania Highlands Foundation provide funding for student scholarships, faculty development, and program support.

Results are as follows:


Top Three Overall
1. Shane May, 17:34
2. Jacob Polca, 17:41
3. Conor Mulcahy, 17:47

14 And Under
1. Reed Uhlar, 20:49
2. Bradley Gearhart, 41:46
3. Errett Kaedan, 50:25

1. Collin Layton, 23:00
2. Nick Felton, 23:35

1. Matthew Adamczyk, 20:16
2. Vinnie Mulcahy, 22:08
3. Ben Long, 22:27
4. Evan Sakmar, 23:40
5. Sean McCool, 24:42
6. Kevin Merriman, 27:34
7. Raymond Weible, Jr. , 29:55
8. Derek Sheaffer, 46:38

1. Brad Eshelman, 18:29
2. Sam Schilling, 19:31
3. Brian Bell, 21:12
4. Ben Wadsworth, 23:35
5. Keith Lenhard, 24:04
6. Tom Newcomer, 25:48
7. Albert Rummell, 27:00
8. Tom Mitchell, 33:15
9. Christopher Bearer, 42:34
10. Charles Porath, 47:34

1. Michael Puruczky, 20:59
2. Mike Kick, 24:39
3. Dwayne Kaufman, 25:16

1. Greg Winger, 21:49
2. Paul Baron, 27:32
3. Ed Dreikorn, 29:42

1. George Hancock, 23:15
2. Roger Haney, 26:04
3. William Haney, 27:17
4. Eric Rummell, 27:55
5. James Cook, 31:57
6. Bob Layton, 34:07

1. Doug Bradley, 36:40


Top Three Overall
1. Catherine Muchesko, 20:22
2. Elizabeth Rummell, 22:32
3. Brenda Szelong, 23:58

14 And Under
1. Allyson Black,  29:02

1. Amber Easterbrook, 26:22
2. Sammy Jo Podrastsky, 28:30

1. Jess Petro, 24:37
2. Tiffany Sakmar, 25:36
3. Kasey Hatfield, 28:36
4. Marlissa Bearjar, 32:53
5. Janelle Mowery, 34:09
6. Kaktelyn Mouser, 46:38
7. Danni Porath, 47:34

1. Danielle Miller, 25:59
2. Michelle Maksymik, 26:33
3. Jennifer Stanek, 27:51
4. Amanda Noon, 28:43
5. Kaye Black, 29:07
6. Kristy Richardson, 29:56
7. Jill Mitchell, 35:05
8. Amber Lenhard, 39:01
9. Kristi Titus, 41:14

1. Robin Hughes, 27:21
2. Sandra Miller, 29:18
3. Tracee Stinson, 29:39
4. Amy Leventry, 29:57
5. Jan Layton, 30:27
6. Karen Teklinsky, 30:46
7. Tisha Phillips, 32:16
8. Leah Spangler, 40:44
9. Michele Rice, 41:54

1. Johanna Felton, 30:57

1. Carol Rummell, 32:34
2. Ruth Ferchalk, 36:14
3. Susan Davis, 37:13
4. Sue Hunt, 37:31


Top Three Overall
1. Michael Pasierb, 37:33
2. Patrick Lehman, 40:06
3. Frank Stohon, 42:17

14 And Under
1. Donovan Lenhard, 50:27

1. Britt Williams, 50:53
2. Chad Gontkovic, 52:04

1. John Zlater, 51:41
2. Michael Benford, 54:42

1. Doug Gilpatrick, 52:22
2. Larry Brugh, 53:06


Top Three Overall
1. Allison Kick, 36:12
2. Kaydee Swires, 42:12
3. Stephanie Stohon, 42:17

14 And Under
1. Abigail Lenhard, 44:05

1. Ashley Wray, 51:27
2. Alyssa Gilpatrick, 52:22

1. Kali Gilpatrick, 51:26
2. Allie Byrne, 51:28
3. Jill Parkins-Gontkovic, 52:08

1. Angela Novak, 42:23
2. Samantha William, 50:55
3. Stephanie Zlater, 51:52
4. Jill Gontkovic, 52:05
5. Jennifer Biggs,  54:40

1. Sharon Swires, 43:44
2. Melissa Nagle, 44:52
3. Paula Byrne, 51:29
4. Stacey Gilpatrick, 52:24

1. Kim Asonevich, 48:39
2. Brenda Orr, 52:50
3. Mindy Nitch, 53:07

1. Hope Slusher, 46:53
2. Susan Babalonis, 50:58
3. Deborah Cook, :57
4. Sharon Custer, 52:58

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The PennsAthletics Logoylvania Highlands Community College Black Bears  Men’s Basketball team will be playing the Westmoreland County Community College Wolfpack in the first round of the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) tournament this Friday, February 14, 2014, at 6:00pm.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be entering as the #2 seed in the tournament, with Westmoreland County Community College being the #3 seed. The game will be played on the Black Bears’ home court, the East Hills Recreation Gymnasium.

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