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An Honor for John Beale

Watching WarmupThe terrific photographs in our story on Penn State baseball and the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism’s joint trip to Cuba came via Penn State photography instructor John Beale. If you missed the story, you can find it in our March/April issue.

Today, we learned that one of John’s pictures from the trip (and our story) took first place in a competition judged by the National Press Photographers Association. John’s photo, which shows a young Cuban boy on a wall watching a Penn State pitcher throwing in the bullpen, was named the best feature/single photo in the Mid-Atlantic Region for February 2016.

Congratulations, John!

Bill DiFilippo, online editor


April 14, 2016 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

Penn State Baseball Experiences Cuba

Photo via Kelsie Netzer

Photo via Kelsie Netzer

Penn State baseball had quite the Thanksgiving break, as the team became the second American squad at any level to play baseball in Cuba. It made history on the eight-day trip, as its 9-3 win over Mayabeque marked the first time that an American team has ever beat a Cuban National Series club.

“We talked all along on the lead up to this trip that I felt like it was gonna be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them,” head coach Rob Cooper said at a press conference at the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday. “I think it was all that and more. The people of Cuba could not have been nicer to us, more accommodating to us. The baseball experience was great, but just to really to be able to see Cuba and the history and the culture and to get to know some people down there is something that I think everyone associated with the program will take with them for the rest of their lives.”

In four games, the team compiled a 1-3 record and played in three cities – Havana, San José de las Lajas, and Matanzas. The level of competition was quite high, as Cooper pointed out that one of the teams that the Nittany Lions played is Cuba’s version of the New York Yankees.

This trip wasn’t just about playing a few baseball games. As two members of the team explained, seeing how little the people of the Pearl of the Antilles had was a culture shock.

“Seeing the look on a kid’s face when you give them a ball, a t-shirt, a hat, or even, like, a pair of spikes, like I know some of the teammates did, that was probably the best experience,” junior outfielder Nick Riotto said. Riotto also commented on how surreal it was to get off of the plane in Havana and take in the country for the first time.

“You could get a feeling for how little they really had,” junior pitcher Tim Scholly said. “A lot of them were asking for baseballs, anything, to shoes to belts to hats, anything you could possibly take, they were asking for.”

The team wasn’t the only group of Penn Staters on the trip. It was joined by eight students and three faculty members from the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. According to the Curley Center, 10 places published pieces by students on the trip, including

If you’d like more information on the trip, stay tuned – we’ll have a lot more on it in the March/April edition of the magazine.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

December 3, 2015 at 2:15 pm Leave a comment

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