Blue Bell, Pa. - The Montgomery County Community College Mustangs hosted a pep rally Friday in advance of this week’s playoff games.
The pep rally was held for the Mustangs volleyball team and men’s soccer team, both of which qualified for NJCAA Region 19 post season play.
Men’s soccer completed the regular season with a 6-5-3 overall record and a 5-5-2 record in the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC). The EPAC is a subset of Region 19 of the NJCAA, which operates alongside the Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC).
Playoff qualifiers from the EPAC will compete against qualifiers from the GSAC Tuesday, in semi-final action. Winners will advance to the Region 19 finals, from which two teams will emerge as co-champions to attend the NJCAA National Tournament at Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, NY.
For the third year in a row the Mustangs women’s volleyball team will see post-season action. The team went 17-4 overall and 15-3 in the EPAC, tying Harrisburg Area Community College for the No. 2 seed.
On a coin toss, the Mustangs were dealt the No. 3 seed, sending them to face the GSAC No. 2 seed to vie for a spot in the Region 19 Championship game.
The pep rally started off with music, popcorn and ice cream. As the crowd grew, participants were able to win Mustangs gear by answering trivia questions about the four-year old athletics program. Then the teams were introduced and a player from each said a word about the season and upcoming playoff games.
Sophomore Joe Mitsch, of the men’s soccer team, thanked everyone for their support and encouraged his team to “get out there, work hard and bring home a win.”
Then freshman Niki Gass pumped up her teammates on the volleyball team. “We need to capture the title this year to continue our championship tradition.”
The grand finale of the pep rally was a whipped cream pie eating contest. Six participants, including Director of Athletics Bruce Bach, vied for coveted Mustangs gear as they raced to eat a nine inch pie tin filled with whipped cream.
The winner was Montgomery County Community College student Billy Lipkin, who completed the feat in one minute and 14 seconds. Bach came in third place.
“This was a great pep rally for our teams. I didn’t fare so well in the pie eating contest today,” commented Bach as he wiped whipped cream off of his face. “But I know our teams will give it their best in playoffs. This event was a really fun send off for our athletes.”
The soccer team will travel to Union County College to take on the Owls, who finished with a 17-1-2 overall record and captured the No. 1 seed in the GSAC with an 11-1 conference record. Game time is Tuesday Oct. 22 at 3:30 p.m.
Later in the evening the volleyball team will take on the Bergen County College Bulldogs in Region 19 semi-finals at Bergen at 7:00 p.m. The Bulldogs are 11-9 overall, 5-2 in the Region.