Penn College names its 2021 HOF class
The Penn College Athletics Department announced its 2021 Hall of Fame Class, which features four inductees in James Woodring (baseball), Kendel Baier (archery), Jamie Steer (women’s basketball) and Scott Kennell (former director of athletics).
The inductees will officially enter the Hall of Fame Friday, Sept. 24, in a 6 p.m. ceremony during homecoming weekend.
From fall 2005 to spring 2008, Woodring provided solid defense at second base and was a key cog on Wildcats baseball teams that went 101-55, reaching the postseason all four years while winning Penn State University Athletic Conference championships in 2006 and 2008. As a freshman, he earned All-Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association and All-Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference honors, and in each of the next three seasons he was awarded All-PSUAC honors. As a junior, Woodring hit .417 with 12 RBIs, and as a senior, he hit .402 with 23 RBIs and 32 runs scored. Woodring also earned numerous all-academic honors.
A four-year starter who played at the center and guard positions from the 2012-2016, Steer led the Wildcats in scoring as a freshman with 452 points and was second in scoring during each of her next three years to finish with 1,422 career points. At the time of her graduation, the South Williamsport graduate was the program’s all-time leading scorer. She earned Penn State University Athletic Conference first-team honors, was the PSUAC Newcomer of the Year and was named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II second team as a freshman. Steer earned USCAA second team honors as a junior and was awarded a spot on the USCAA honorable mention team during her senior season.
As a freshman in 2012, Baier was a member of Penn College’s national championship women’s bowhunter team and by the time she graduated in 2015 she added four more national team titles to her resume, while claiming the individual national women’s bowhunter crown in 2013 and placing second as a senior. Additionally, the Jersey Shore graduate was 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 helped the college to one second, two thirds and one fourth-place finish in national competition.
During his five years as athletic director, starting in 2011, Kennell oversaw the transition of Penn College to a NCAA Division III affiliation and membership in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Also during that time, six coaching positions were elevated from part-time to full-time, an athletics-specific website was launched, an Athletics Hall of Fame was established, the number of recruited student-athletes was significantly increased, and many of the college’s athletics facilities and athletics policies were enhanced.
Twice during Kennell’s tenure Penn College captured 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 finish of each conference team.