Penn College’s Athletics Department has announced its Hall of Fame 2021 class, which includes four inductees to James Woodring (baseball), Kendel Baier (archery), Jamie Steer (women’s basketball) and Scott Kennell (former director of athletics).
Inductees will formally enter the Hall of Fame on Friday, September 24 in a ceremony at 6 p.m. during Reunion Weekend.
From the fall of 2005 to the spring of 2008, Woodring provided strong second base defense and was a key cog for the Wildcats baseball teams that went 101-55, reaching the playoffs all four years while winning the championships. from the Penn State University Athletic Conference in 2006 and 2008. A freshman, he won honors from the All-Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association and the All-Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference, and in each of the following three seasons, he received All-PSUAC honors. As a junior, Woodring reached 0.417 with 12 RBIs and as a senior he reached 0.402 with 23 RBIs and 32 RBIs scored. Woodring has also won numerous academic honors.
A four-year-old rookie who played center and guard from 2012 to 2016, Steer led the Wildcats in scoring as a rookie with 452 points and was second in each of her next three years to finish with 1 422 career points. By the time of graduation, the South Williamsport graduate was the program’s all-time top scorer. She won first team honors from the Penn State University Athletic Conference, was the PSUAC Newcomer of the Year, and was named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Second Team as a first year student. Steer won USCAA Second Team honors as a junior and earned a spot on the USCAA Honorable Mention Team during his senior season.
As a freshman in 2012, Baier was a member of the Penn College National Championship women’s archery team and by the time she graduated in 2015, she added four more titles from the national team to her resume, while also winning the National Individual Women’s Archery Crown in 2013 and finishing second as a senior. Additionally, the Jersey Shore graduate has been a three-time All-American archer, three-time Academic All-American, and was named the college’s female athlete of the year in 2014. During her career, Baier has helped the college to win a second, two thirds. and a fourth place in national competition.
During his five years as athletic director, starting in 2011, Kennell oversaw Penn College’s transition to NCAA Division III affiliation and membership in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Also during this period, six coaching positions were changed from part-time to full-time, an athletics-specific website was launched, an Athletics Hall of Fame was established, the number of students- Athletes recruited has grown dramatically and many of the college’s athletic facilities and athletic policies have been improved.
Twice during Kennell’s tenure, Penn College won the prestigious Penn State University Athletic Conference Chancellor’s Cup, which is awarded to the member school with the highest number of points based on the result of each team in the conference.