Archive for the ‘Athletics’ Category.

Panko ’99 Helps Light ’18 Pursue Professional BB Career

Former LVC men’s basketball star Sam Light ’18 is pursuing a dream of playing professional basketball after recently signing with Araberri of the Spanish professional league LEB Oro, one of the top pro leagues in the world. In a recent Lebanon Daily News article by Pat Huggins, Light thanked fellow grad Andy Panko ’99 for assistance and mentorship. Panko has played professionally throughout the world for two decades.

Andrew Kruter ’14 Competes for Team Israel in World Championships    

Former standout lacrosse player Andrew Kruter ’14 competed for Team Israel in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in July in Israel. He is one of just 13 Jewish diaspora players from the U.S. and Canada selected to the 30-man roster. Kruter has competed for Israel since the 2014 FIL World Championships and helped lead the team to the country’s first-ever gold medal in any sport when the squad won the 2017 European Box Championship.

Thomas Yantis ’22 Featured on ABC News

Thomas Yantis ’22, an incoming business administration major and one of the College’s first-ever esports recruits, was recently featured in a WHTM TV 27 (ABC) news story. Yantis is one of six members of the newly established eSports Coalition, only the second such coalition in the U.S. According to its executive director, the eSports Coalition has three objectives: “advocacy, education, and promotion.” The other five members are gaming, government, and technology professionals from across the state.

Makenzie Kelley ’19 and Marhsal Kiessling ’18 Featured in Hometown Newspaper

Makenzie Kelley ’19, women’s lacrosse, and Marshal Kiessling ’18, baseball, were noted in their hometown newspaper The Sun, for their athletic accomplishments. Kelley, a double major in early childhood and special education, was named to the IWLCA All-Region Second Team and Kiessling, a business administration major, was recognized for being named to the Middle Atlantic Conference’s spring 2018 Sportsmanship Team.

Ron Gassert ’78 Inducted into Berks County Football Coaches Hall of Fame

Ron Gassert ’78, who starred in football and track & field at LVC, was one of eight inductees into the Berks County Football Coaches Hall of Fame. He had NFL tryouts with the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles and was inducted into the LVC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.



Anthony Calabrese ’73 Inducted into Geneva Sports Hall of Fame

Anthony Calabrese ’73, psychology, a three-sport star in high school and a football and lacrosse star at LVC, was inducted into the 2018 class of the Geneva Sports Hall of Fame. In 1989, he was inducted into the LVC Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2013 Calabrese was named to the Middle Atlantic Conference All-Century Lacrosse Team.

Lindsey Yeiser Hibshman ’01 Inducted into MAC Hall of Fame

Lindsey Yeiser Hibshman ’01, elementary education, one of the greatest defenders in the history of LVC field hockey, was inducted into the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame. She was a three-time All-American and in 1999 was named MAC MVP.


LVC Esports Joins Arizona, UCONN, and Georgia Tech in Offering Official Gear

Lebanon Valley College, the first intercollegiate varsity esports program in Pennsylvania, now offers official esports gear through Akquire, which also supplies merchandise for institutions such as the University of Arizona, University of Connecticut, and Georgia Tech University. Valley esports fans can purchase t-shirts, game jerseys, hoodies, and flags on the Akquire site of through the esports link on

Nicholas Pollak ’18 and Ben Witmer ’19 Interviewed by MTVU

Nicholas Pollak ’18, a chemistry and physics dual major with a minor in mathematics, and Ben Witmer ’19, digital communications, were recently interviewed by MTV–U. Nick and Ben are part of LVC’s intercollegiate varsity esports program, the first in Pennsylvania.


WPMT Highlights Newest Member of Men’s Lacrosse Team

John Haus, head coach of men’s lacrosse, signed 15-year-old Freddy Romero-Cabrera to an official letter of intent, which means that he will be part of practices, games, team dinners, events, and more according to a report on WPMT FOX 43. In 2011, Freddy was diagnosed with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. His signing was made possible by Team IMPACT, “a Boston-based non-profit that connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams.”