Potomac State College Volleyball Team Makes Second Trip to Nationals

PSC’s Volleyball Team. Photo courtesy of PotomacStateCollege.edu

Congratulations to the Potomac State Volleyball team for earning their second trip in the college’s history to the National Conference.

After winning the regional championships with a 3-0 victory over top-seeded Northern Virginia Community College at the Region XX Division II Women’s Championship, the team competed in Charleston as the #15 seed.

The Catamounts fell 3-0 to #2 Seed Parkland CC and lost to #10 Seed Iowa Central 3-0.

View photos of the Catamounts’ match against Howard on the college’s Flickr.

Potomac State College Runner Smashes Record

emily pylesEmily Pyles plans to beat the 5k record next.

by Staff and Christopher Hackney

Potomac State College runner Emily Pyles beat the previous women’s 6K time by nearly five minutes at the Frostburg race at Maplehurst.

  The WVU-PSC Catamount cross country team is looking to continue rolling through the 2017 slate after finishing third and seventh in the Barbour County Skirmish and the Westmoreland CCC Invitational respectively, although they had failed to place in the Shenandoah University Invitational. At press time, the team is headed to the Hood College Invitational.

  The Catamount cross country team consists of an all-freshman team of Kole Bennett of McHenry, Maryland, Joshua Kincaid of Parsons, West Virginia and Shane Yutzy of Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. The Catamounts are led by first-year head coach Kurtis Wildman. 

Equine Club Brings Back Trophies

Amanda Weist and Tory Layton showed weanling mare PSCSmoothSummerDaze and brought two trophies and ribbons back from the PQHA Nittany Classic and Futurity in Centre Hill, Pennsylvania.

Weist was champion in the Vickie Zipperline Memorial Weanling Filly Futurity class.  Layton was champion in the Okie Wyatt Memorial Non-Pro Weanling Filly class.

“Our goals are to increase our participation in our Spring show and give students the opportunity to learn about the equine industry through tours, shows and conventions,” said Equine Studies Instructor Jared Miller.

Potomac State College’s Equestrian Department and Equine Club hosted two horse shows last month as a part of their four-show Catamount Series.

The September shows saw an increase in participation from folks in the surrounding area.

In addition to upcoming shows, the club will be assisting with the Agriculture and Forestry Club’s Haunted Barn on Oct. 26-28 at PSC’s Upper Farm.

The Haunted Barn will be open from 8-10 p.m. on Thursday and 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $5, $3 ages 10 and younger.


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Take me out to the ballgame. Potomac State College baseball team is wrapping up this season with just three more games left.

Out of the 40 games played this season so far, the team has won 26. They have had 23 home runs, 1187 at bats, 266 runs, 359 hits, 80 doubles, seven triples and 221 strikeouts. The team’s batting average is .302. Their on-base percentage is .394 and their slugging percentage is .440.

Tanner Lambert, number 44, said this past season has gone well. “Looking back at where we came from, we have made big strides as a team and are currently playing the best we have all season,” Lambert said.

Lambert believes the team is competitive with Harford Community College. Harford is considered to have one of the top baseball teams in the country and went to the Junior College World Series last year. “Two weekends ago we split our doubleheader with them; proving that we can compete with some of the top teams in the country,” Lambert said. Both PSC and Harford are in Region 20.

The baseball team practices six days out of the week.

Women’s Lacrosse Wrap-Up


The PSC Women’s Lacrosse team had 5 games this season. They had one win and four losses. Their win was 19-17 against the College of Southern Maryland. They made a total of 28 goals over the course of the season. The girls made an average of 5.6 goals per game and a 4.6 average shots per game. Their shooting percentage is 121.7%. They had two assists and eight turnovers.

PSC Softball Team Prepares For Season

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Do you have your bat and glove ready? The ladies of Potomac State College’s softball team sure do.

After completing last season 32-9 and making it to the National Championships for the second straight season, the Catamounts are ready to take on the 2017 year.

Carly Nixon, number 22, can’t wait to start one of her favorite sports. “I feel that this is one of the better teams that I have played on, so I’m looking forward to see what we have to offer and how far we go,” Nixon said.

PSC takes on Chesapeake College on April 7 for a home event you do not want to miss. “Our best game last year was against them and that advanced us to the regional championship,” Nixon said.

The girls are currently practicing Monday through Friday and occasionally on Saturday to prepare. Their first game is scheduled for March 6 in Myrtle Beach. As of right now, their last game is set for April 23 at Lakeland Community College.

Student Brings Downhill Skateboarding to PSC

With cigarette in mouth, Brandon Pringle patiently waits for cars to clear at the top of a local hill. His curly black hair is pushed back, replaced by his full-faced helmet. Four yellow wheels finally meet the pavement; Pringle sets his feet. Zoom. Like a kid going down a jungle gym slide, Pringle seemed to be overwhelmed by joy, never acknowledging the ever-present danger of falling.

Pringle, a student at Potomac State College, has an unusual way of entertaining himself in this small mountain town –longboarding.

“A longboard is essentially a skateboard but larger and built for stability,” Pringle said.

Pringle races down hills at upwards of 50 miles an hour, geared with a helmet, gloves, and pads on top of his longboard. To most this would not be a good idea; however, Pringle can’t help himself.

“I am out there whenever I can be. Everyday problems disappear for the time I share with the road,” said Pringle after returning up the hill.

Pringle explained that he understood the dangers of his sport, just as a football player would understand the dangers of concussions.

“Never trade the thrills of living for the security of existence,” Pringle said.

Those “thrills of living” would be described by police as “obstructing traffic.” A $200 traffic ticket is issued to skaters.

“Those of us just having a good time usually get left alone; it’s the ones running stop signs and skitching on the back of moving cars that find a ticket,” Pringle said.

However, tickets don’t seem to be stopping Pringle from skating down hills, especially the one by the police station–his personal favorite.

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