Elizabethtown College Online Magazine

Coming Home Again: Chris Morgan, Director of Athletics

Posted by in Fall 2015, Sport Shorts | 0 comments

In the midst of house hunting in Lancaster County and wrapping up at Kean University in New Jersey, Chris Morgan visited the Elizabethtown College campus in mid-June and talked about living the dream: returning to his alma mater after 24 years and having the opportunity to “relive” his E-town experience through the eyes of student-athletes and coaches. After a national search, the new Elizabethtown College director of athletics began his tenure Aug. 1. He succeeds Nancy Latimore who served at the helm of athletics for 20 years. Chris has a quiet and confident air about him. It is apparent that he is “at home” here among the Blue Jays flock. Q: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself—your family, hobbies and pastime interests. A: My wife, Melissa, is a ’97 E-town OT graduate. We have 9 year-old twin...

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Conference Titles Highlight Jays’ First Year in Landmark

Posted by in Fall 2015, Sport Shorts | 0 comments

Elizabethtown College experienced a banner inaugural year as a Landmark Conference member. Men’s and women’s cross country and women’s tennis were crowned conference champions and finished fourth for the Landmark Presidents’ Trophy. The women claimed an eighth-straight conference title and the men’s 14th all-time conference championship, between the Middle Atlantic and Landmark conferences, delivered the College’s first two Landmark crowns. Women’s XC took third at regionals and finished 28th in its seventh NCAA Championship. Dan Gresh ’15 qualified for the national meet as an individual. Women’s soccer and field hockey took second-place finishes in the regular season and Landmark postseason. Women’s indoor track & field took runner-up and men placed third at the conference meet while women’s basketball earned the No. 3 seed in the Landmark Championships at 18-7. Elizabethtown tied Catholic University for the second-highest points average (7.875)...

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Nancy Latimore: End of Season, End of Era

Posted by in Sport Shorts, Spring 2015 | 0 comments

In an ever-changing intercollegiate athletics landscape, stability can be hard to come by and success even more difficult to maintain. In the past two decades, Elizabethtown College has enjoyed plenty of both, under the direction of Athletic Director Nancy Latimore. Last winter, Latimore announced her plans to retire in June 2015, after 20 years of service to the College. Longtime coaches and new additions agree that Latimore provided “strong and unwavering leadership.” Specifically, those are the words of men’s soccer coach Skip Roderick ’74. “She has always been there to guide us [coaches and leadership staff], and her commitment to her staff has help us all evolve into better professionals.” Roderick is one of two coaches who have worked with Latimore during the entirety of her tenure at Elizabethtown. The other is Bob Schlosser, who appreciated the freedom Latimore...

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etownbluejays.com relaunches, adds features

Posted by in Sport Shorts, Spring 2015 | 0 comments

First and foremost is the brighter and more engaging appearance…. After months of collaboration with website partner, SIDEARM Sports, Elizabethtown College Athletics relaunched its official website Feb. 3, 2015. The functionality and flow of the site remains familiar to those who have used it before, but there also is an abundance of new features. “First and foremost is the brighter and more engaging appearance, highlighted by the College’s primary colors of blue and gray,” said Matt Hefflefinger, director of athletics communication. The tabbed menu allows users to view top headlines or photo galleries, or they can head to the BlueJaysTV streaming portal by clicking on the “Game Central” icon. Blue Jays Live, the social media hub for E-town Athletics, aggregates the latest updates from the athletics’ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts. Social media accounts managed by specific teams...

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Mast Honored

Posted by in Sport Shorts, Winter 2015 | 0 comments

Mast Honored for wrestling victories on first national-title anniversary As Elizabethtown College prepares to host the NCAA District III wrestling championships, we reflect on our own history of the sport, and no name is more synonymous with Blue Jay wrestling than that of 1977 graduate Eric Mast. One of only eight men to reach 100 career victories, Mast remains the only Blue Jay grappler to step on the top level of the podium as a national champion—not once, but twice—in 1974 and 1977. Mast was inducted into the Ira R. Herr Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982, the Division III Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1991, and he was chosen for induction into the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame this past May. Coach Ken Ober was a big believer in Mast’s abilities coming out of Mechanicsburg, and Ober...

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Women’s Basketball Reaches 1,000 Victories

Posted by in Sport Shorts, Winter 2015 | 0 comments

In the history of NCAA women’s basketball, only two teams—both Division I schools—had amassed 1,000 program victories. Elizabethtown made that number three last Feb. 18 when the Blue Jays joined the likes of the Tennessee Lady Vols and Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters. E-town is the first Division III team to reach this esteemed mark. One of the first colleges to offer women’s basketball, beginning in the 1928-1929 academic year, Elizabethtown didn’t reach the 100-win mark until the 1944-1945 season, nearly two decades after it started. By the time Hall of Fame coach Yvonne “Yonnie” Kauffman took over in 1970, the program’s win total stood at 307. From there, Kauffman set the school on its path toward 1,000. Sherri Gorman, current co-head coach, who played under Kauffman’s tutelage and became her successor at the start of the 2012-2013 season, was...

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#TrueBlue: Athletics Flocks to Social Media

Posted by in Fall 2014, Sport Shorts | 0 comments

Social media have expanded the reach of Elizabethtown College athletics not only around the United States but also around the globe. Blue Jays Athletics has been tweeting since 2009, keeping followers updated almost instantaneously from live events. Since its first tweet in October 2012, Elizabethtown’s official athletics account has shared more than 3,000 bite-sized updates and now boasts a follower list of more than 1,500. The official Blue Jays Athletics Facebook page went live in September 2009 and, as of July 2014, it had more than 2,300 page likes. Its followers hail from the United States to Canada, Brazil, Mexico, France and Indonesia. The Jays’ YouTube page hosts 57 videos, 13 of which were added during the 2013-2014 academic year. The most watched video of the past year, with 807 views, was the last-minute three-pointers by the men’s basketball...

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New Conference. New Streak?

Posted by in Fall 2014, Sport Shorts | 0 comments

Women’s Cross Country What the Elizabethtown College women’s cross country team has achieved at the conference level in recent years has been unprecedented. The 2013 season marked the program’s seventh straight Middle Atlantic Conference cross country championship. This means you’d have to go all the way back to 2006 to find the last time the E-town women did not triumph. Winning one conference crown, let alone seven straight, doesn’t just happen overnight. While head coach Brian Falk was careful not to spend too much time dwelling on the victories, he knew the streak had become important to the team. “That last win meant a lot to the women,” he said. Ashley Underkofler ’15, for one, didn’t want to be a part of the team that let the streak end. “Knowing that [2013] was our final time competing in the...

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Soccer Teams Hit Milestone Wins in 2013

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It was a special fall season for the Elizabethtown College men’s and women’s soccer teams. The Blue Jay men, coached by 31st-year head coach Arthur ‘Skip’ Roderick ’74, returned to the Commonwealth Conference Final for the first time since 2010. In his third full season, Jason Petronis led the women’s team to 12 wins and an at-large berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament—their first national bid since 2007. Both had individual successes, but one they shared was a century-mark win in the same season. On Oct. 8, at Alvernia, the men became just the third team in NCAA history, across all three divisions, to win 800 games. Later that month, on Oct. 29, at Lycoming, the women notched win No. 300 for their 26-year old program. Elizabethtown has fielded a men’s soccer team since 1938, and it won...

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Blue Jay Athletic Teams Raise Awareness, Serve the Community

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Elizabethtown College athletic teams are renowned for a tradition of excellence within their respective sports. This fall, and for many years past, that excellence has carried into other facets of the College experience. Teams across campus raise awareness and funds for worthwhile causes and volunteer time with community-based organizations. In September, the baseball team, under the direction of head coach Cliff Smith, participated in the Million Mile Run in conjunction with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. To help in the fight against childhood cancer, the Blue Jays solicited donations for every mile that was run during September practices. The team raised more than $1,000 for the cause and, participants in the campaign, worldwide, logged more than 225,000 miles of walking or running. E-town’s field hockey team supported juvenile diabetes in its Oct. 15 home game against Stevenson (Md.) by wearing...

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