***On March 19, I stepped away from the
EVENT OF MARCH 16
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for: boys/girls track scrimmage vs. Wood, Holy Ghost Prep, SCH
Academy, Nazareth Academy.
The very cold temps
and stuff winds were back again Friday, but Penn Charter's girls lacrosse squad
was unable to repeat its first-game success (17-1 over Friends' Central).
In a game at Agnes Irwin, the Quakers fell, 13-1. The halftime score was
Junior Emma Wilson scored PC's goal and eighth grader Darcy Felter earned
the assist. Soph Hayley Hunt, faced with numerous challenges, made 10 saves.
LOOK AT BASEBALL
these days (or weeks -- smile), the weather will be decent enough for Penn
Charter's baseball team to play its first game of the 2018 season.
Like always, the goal will be to rack up an impressive
record and contend, strongly, for the Inter-Ac championship.
While waiting to see how things turn out, you can pass
the time by checking out
PC's baseball history
as far back as 1928.
Included are league/overall records for teams/coaches
as well as results against all I-A members, present and past.
LOOK BACK OF MARCH 15
make the case that participation in multiple sports is quite the wise choice, we
give you Daryl Worley OPC '13.
Worley, a cornerback out of West Virginia, has already
played for two seasons in the NFL. Now, thanks to a trade with the Carolina
Panthers, he'll be suiting up for our Philadelphia Eagles.
During his Quaker days, one could argue, quite
persuasively, that Daryl was even better in track, as coached by
Doc Stephen Bonnie, than he was in football.
Through his sophomore, junior and senior years, Worley
went 12-for-12 in attempts to win gold medals in the Inter-Ac championships.
Competitors are limited to four events, so we're talking perfection. He won the
100, 200 and 400 in all three years while also running a leg for the winning
He anchored the quartet in 2013 (following James
Biggs-Frazier, Charlie Hoyt and Tre Williams) that set a record at 3:24.32. In
that year he also posted his best times in the 100 (10.87), 200 (22.0) and 400
The meet records in those events go back to 1992, '92
again and '99, respectively. Since those marks were set, only one guy has
performed better than Daryl in the 400 and just eight have eclipsed his times in
the other events (three 200, five 100).
Doc Bonnie feels Daryl Worley
was one of -- if not THE -- greatest performers in the history of Inter-Ac
track, which dates back to 1887.
Terrific legacy for a guy in his "other" sport.
EVENT OF MARCH 13
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for girls lacrosse vs. Friends' Central (in reverse order -- sorry).
are nice starts to a season and then . . . there are incredible starts.
Tuesday, accompanied by chilly temps and occasionally
wicked winds, Penn Charter's girls lacrosse squad warmed hearts by cruising to a
17-1 victory over visiting Friends' Central.
Here's an impressive nugget: Eight of the goals were
scored by players in no higher than ninth grade.
"It was a great start to the season," said coach
Colleen Magarity. "We showed a ton of potential, and also a lot of things to
"I loved to see so many girls on the scoreboard and I
thought the defense played very well."
Junior Emma Wilson and eighth grader Darcy Felter
scored three goals apiece. Members of the two-goals club were eighth grader Lane
Murray, frosh Kaylee Dyer, soph Leax Sax and senior Greer Guyer. Frosh Mia
Ferraro, soph Lizzie McLaughlin and junior Molly Visco contributed one apiece.
Soph Hayley Hunt recorded nine saves.
INDOOR TRACK BREAKDOWN,
track teams have moved outside to run and jump and throw, etc., and here's
hoping good vibrations from the indoor season can be repeated, even exceeded.
The two major local championships -- Philadelphia area, state -- were
held recently at Lehigh and Penn State universities, respectively, and the
Quakers gave it their best.
At Penn State, in the most recent event, sophomore Akeel Blake claimed a
medal by clearing 6-4 in the high jump while ninth grader Emma Zwall was ninth
in the 3000 with a school record 10:16.36 and junior football franchise Edward
Saydee placed 15th over 60 meters. Also, the 4x800 relay team (soph Sara Shipon,
junior Mary McDavid, junior Abby/Emma Zwall) finished in 10th place.
At Lehigh, a shade earlier, Blake bounced 44-6 1/2 in the triple jump to
seize second and his 5-9 effort in the high jump landed him in 10th. Junior
Patrick Gabor cleared 6-1 in that event, thus earning fifth. Saydee was 10th in
the 60 (7.18) while the 4x200 relay team (Blake, Saydee, senior Kieran Smith,
junior baseball player Demetrius de Ramus) was eighth in 1:35.42.
On the girls side, the qualifers were the aforemenionted 4x800 relay;
McDavid in the 800 and mile; Shipon, Emma/Abby Zwall and soph Jalynn Johnson in
the distance medley relay; Emma in the 3000; and junior Ainyae Holmes in the 60.
There will be one last event, the New Balance Nationals, March 9-11, at
the Armory in New York City.
The girls distance medley and 4x800 quartets have qualified, as have
Saydee (60) and Blake (HJ/TJ) for the boys.
The DMR -- McDavid, Shipon, E. Zwall and Johnson -- will compete in the
championship section, which is open to roughly the Top 20 groups in the country,
regardless of enrollment. The 4x800 will be found in what's called the emerging
elite (second tier).
Good luck on the biggest stage!
EVENTS OF FEB. 23-24
Penn Charter's wrestling team concluded its 2017-18 season by competing over two days in the National Prep Championships at Lehigh University, in Bethlehem.
Off their performances one week earlier in the Easterns, five Quakers qualified for Nationals -- seniors Jordan Steinhouse (138 pounds), Alex Koenig (160) and Luke Mattice (HWT), junior Wayne Derkotch (182) and soph Jess Anderson (113).
Koenig saw the most action, going 2-2 in four matches. He was PC's lone winner in the opening Round of 32. Steinhouse posted a 1-2 mark and recorded his win with a pin.
SPECIAL POSTING FOR FEB. 21
Mason Williams finished his Penn Charter career with the school's third highest one-season average in this century.
He scored 529 points in 28 games for an 18.9 norm, trailing only 22.9 by Sean Singletary in 2004 and 19.7 by Sean Knitter in 2000.
His highest output was 31 points in an overtime win over Shipley. He forced that extra session by hitting two late treys Mason, who earned first team All-Inter-Ac honors, scored 30 points in one game and 25 in two.
| Name || Year || G || Pts || Avg |
| Sean Singletary || 2004 || 27 || 617 || 22.9 |
| Sean Knitter || 2000 || 25 || 493 || 19.7 |
| Mason Williams || 2018 || 28 || 529 || 18.9 |
| Sean Singletary || 2003 || 28 || 520 || 18.6 |
| Sammy Zeglinski || 2007 || 30 || 556 || 18.5 |
| Sean O'Brien || 2014 || 23 || 426 || 18.5 |
| Rob Kurz || 2003 || 30 || 530 || 17.7 |
| Rob Kurz || 2004 || 27 || 471 || 17.4 |
| Sammy Zeglinski || 2005 || 25 || 432 || 17.3 |
| Sammy Zeglinski || 2006 || 28 || 455 || 16.3 |
| John Moderski || 2012 || 24 || 366 || 15.3 |
| Sean O'Brien || 2013 || 25 || 376 || 15.0 |
EVENTS OF FEB. 17
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here for basketball vs. Haverford School in PAISAA quarterfinal.
Most people take a bath to start and/or finish the day.
Brian Hecker and his assistants with Penn Charter's girls swimming program did so early Saturday evening in the pool at Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, to celebrate—with MAJOR joy—a first place finish in the Eastern Swimming and Diving Championships.
This was a two-day competition and the Quakers impressed throughout. Girls swimming totaled 578 points—boys finished 13th with 153.
One highlight occurred in the 500 freestyle. Frosh Camille Weiss placed second at 4:58.03 while sophs Gabby Lopez-Ona (third at 5:06.32) and Sabrina Shaffer (seventh at 5:12.0) were in the ballpark.
In another individual event, 100 breaststroke, PC notched first and fifth thanks to soph Sally Foley (1:02.54, good enough for All-American status) and Marissa Lopez-Ona (1:06.62).
There was also a special group moment. Foley, G. Lopez-Ona, senior Madison Freeland and Weiss sped to 3:29.40 and second in the 400 free relay.
And let's not forget about senior Reece Whitley.
Understandably, he did not grab today's headline and he was as thrilled for the girls as anyone. But he AGAIN broke a national record with a time of 51.16 in 100 breaststroke. And he was honored as Swimmer of the Meet.
The wrestlers again traveled to Malvern for Day 2 of the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Tournament. End result? Fifth of 20 teams with 103 points.
Senior Alex Koenig led the way with a second place finish at 160 pounds. Classmate Jordan Steinhouse was third at 138. Soph Jess Anderson (113) and junior Wayne Derkotch (182) were fifth, senior heavyweight Luke Mattice was sixth, junior Sam Shemtov (152), soph Matt McGlinchey (195) and freshman Andre O'Neal (220) were seventh, and frosh Tone DeMarco (145) was eighth.
The basketball teams dropped road decisions in the quarterfinal round of the PAISAA Tournament, thus completing their seasons.
The boys fell at Haverford School, 66-46, to finish 17-11. Seniors Mason Williams (19) and Will Samuel (14) were the top scorers and the former finished his PC career with 1,204 points, the No. 6 total in school history.
The girls were outdone by Germantown Academy, 60-44. Junior point guard Emma "Meadowlark" Maley scored nine points.
EVENTS OF FEB. 16
Some guys experience thrills if they wind up being the best at something in gym class.
Then there's Penn Charter senior swimmer Reece Whitley . . . He prefers to be the best in the COUNTRY in his non-classroom endeavors.
The Eastern Interscholastic Championships, a two-day event at Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, began Friday. And Whitley was his ever-dominant self.
He not only won the 200 individual medley by almost seven seconds, his time of 1:43.55 represented a national record.
Also finishing first was the girls 200 medley relay. Junior Annika Murray, soph Sally Foley, junior Ayana Opong and frosh Camille Weiss clocked 1:46.64.
The girls had other strong performances.
Weiss finished second in 200 free at 1:51.18 . Foley did likewise in 200 IM at 2:04.16 while soph Gabby Lopez-Ona matched their feat in 100 butterfly at 56.34.
Fourth-place efforts were posted by Boyes in 50 free (24.38) and the 200 free relay team of Boyes, Lopez-Ona and the Murray sisters, eighth grader Lane and the aforementioned Annika. That time was 1:38.09.
Marissa Lopez-Ona (she and Gabby are part of triplets) placed fifth in the 200 IM (2:09.62).
The wrestling team found itself a shade closer to home, at Malvern Prep, for the Pennsylvania Independent Schools tournament. This is also a two-day event.
Senior Alex Koenig (pin at 160 pounds) and classmate Jordan Steinhouse (decision at 138) were triumphant in quarterfinals. They're assured of finishing no lower than sixth. These guys will wind up no lower than eighth -- soph Jess Anderson at 113, frosh Tone DeMarco at 145, junior Sam Shemtov at 152 and soph Matt McGlinchey at 195.
EVENTS OF FEB. 14
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for girls/boys games vs. Friends' Central in first round of PAISAA Tournament
Penn Charter's basketball teams earned respectable seeds in the PAISAA Tournament and that meant a pair of first round home games.
Friends' Central turned out to be the opponent for both and -- hey, why not? -- a doubleheader was played Wednesday afternoon/night in "The Doon."
The girls went first, stormed to a 15-0 lead and wound up winning, 54-41. The boys also triumphed, 63-55.
Sophs Carmen Williams (23) and Kait Carter (13) scored in double figures for the girls. Soph Hayley Hunt (10) and frosh Kait "Katchy" Hnatkowsky (eight) were the top rebounders. The former also had nine points.
For the guys, senior Mason Williams, thanks to six treys, racked up 24 of his 30 points in the first half. In all, he shot 10-for-12 from the floor and his lone floor attempt in the second half was a breakaway dunk off a pass from junior Ryan "Zingy" Maloney (nine rebounds). In another oddity, senior Will Samuel missed his only two shots in the first half yet finished with 19 points. Soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes distributed six assists.
For the first time in 14 seasons, and ninth in 35, at least three Penn Charter boys basketball players averaged double figures in Inter-Ac League games.
This season's qualifiers were seniors Mason Williams (17.8) and Will Samuel (11.6), and sophomore Ryan "Pooch" Holmes (11.5).
Once in the last 35 campaigns, four Quakers averaged at least 10. That feat was accomplished in '03 thanks to Rob Kurz (18.3), Sean Singletary (16.1), Zack Zeglinski (13.5) and Matt Ryan (11.4).
Kurz and Singletary played in the NBA. Ryan is the Atlanta Falcons' long-time quarterback.
This year's boys and girls squads take on Friends Central this afternoon in the first round of the state tournament; both games are in Dooney Field House, girls at 4 pm, boys at 5:30 p.m.
| YEAR || G || Points || Avg. |
| 2017-18 || || || |
| Mason Williams || 10 || 178 || 17.8 |
| Will Samuel || 10 || 116 || 11.6 |
| Ryan Holmes || 10 || 115 || 11.5 |
| 2003-04 || || || |
| Sean Singletary || 10 || 213 || 21.3 |
| Rob Kurz || 10 || 181 || 18.1 |
| Zack Zeglinski || 10 || 110 || 11.0 |
| 2002-03 || || || |
| Rob Kurz || 10 || 183 || 18.3 |
| Sean Singletary || 10 || 161 || 16.1 |
| Zack Zeglinski || 10 || 135 || 13.5 |
| Matt Ryan || 10 || 114 || 11.4 |
| 2001-02 || || || |
| Mike McGarvey || 10 || 159 || 15.9 |
| Zack Zeglinski || 10 || 147 || 14.7 |
| Matt Ryan || 10 || 115 || 11.5 |
| 1997-98 || || || |
| Brett Storm || 10 || 188 || 18.8 |
| Aaron Carter || 6 || 100 || 16.7 |
| Sean Knitter || 10 || 124 || 12.4 |
| 1987-88 || || || |
| Matt Guokas || 9 || 157 || 17.4 |
| Dave Nanni || 9 || 136 || 15.1 |
| Chris Nanni || 10 || 105 || 10.5 |
| 1986-87 || || || |
| Pete Jacquinto || 10 || 144 || 14.4 |
| Matt Guokas || 10 || 122 || 12.2 |
| Leon Caldwell || 10 || 102 || 10.2 |
| 1984-85 || || || |
| Tom Burke || 10 || 141 || 14.1 |
| Joe Gleason || 10 || 127 || 12.7 |
| Abe Dunmeyer || 9 || 94 || 10.4 |
| 1983-84 || || || |
| Carl Arrigale || 10 || 180 || 18.0 |
| Marv Dunmeyer || 10 || 136 || 13.6 |
| Drew Meyers || 10 || 111 || 11.1 |
Over the last three seasons, Penn Charter's boys basketball team has shot as many as 33 free throws three times.
Meanwhile . . .
In the 1970-71 season, star senior guard Billy Harris launched that many in one game.
On Dec. 30, 1970, Harris shot 29-for-33 at the line (88 percent) and finished with 51 total points as the Quakers blasted Springfield Montco, 106-60, to win the championship in the Oreland Lions Tournament.
Harris led the state in scoring that season with a 33-point average and his high game was a school-record, 65-point outburst vs. long-closed Germantown Lutheran Academy.
That effort eclipsed a 63-pointer by Bill Soens vs. Germantown Academy in 1963. That's still the Inter-Ac record.
By the way, the at-least-33-FTs feats have all occurred this season. PC went 27-for-34 vs. Shipley, 24-for-33 vs. GA and 18-for-33 vs. SCH Academy. Those first two games required one overtime session.
EVENTS OF FEB. 9
for wrestling vs. Episcopal (in Graham AC), then a few JV basketball pics followed by varsity vs. Haverford School.
It takes a village to turn a basketball court into a wrestling venue.
Assorted Penn Charter folks accomplished that feat Friday in the Graham Athletic Center and coach Pete Shaifer's grapplers made the experience extra enjoyable for all by winning not one, but two matches as part of, let's call it, Senior Afternoon Then Night.
Long-time coaches Chuck Hitschler and Val Erdmanis served as honorary captains.
The most important tussle, vs. Inter-Ac foe Episcopal Academy, took place first and the Quakers, despite having to hand over 12 quick points due to forfeits, won that one by a 45-27 count. Lawrenceville School (NJ) was topped in the nightcap, 45-21.
Winners by pin vs. Episcopal, in order, were soph Jess Anderson, freshman Max Lentz, seniors Jordan Steinhouse and Alex Koenig, junior Wayne Derkotch and soph Matt McGlinchey. Along the way, triumphs by decision went to frosh Tone DeMarco and seniors Dante DiStefano and Luke Mattice.
To make things even better, all four seniors also bested their Lawrenceville foes.
The basketball teams experienced a 1-1 split. The girls traveled to Agnes Irwin and coasted, 60-34. The boys hosted Haverford School on their Senior Night and could not muster quite enough firepower while falling, 79-66.
Soph Carmen Williams led coach Joe Maguire's team with 17 points. Junior Emma "Meadowlark" Maley and frosh Laila Hamiter halved 16 points. Soph Hayley Hunt (seven) and frosh Kait Haughey (six) were right behind.
Senior Mason Williams, Carmen's brother, led the boys by scoring 22 points and hitting five three-pointers. Senior Will Samuel (14) and junior Ryan "Zingy" Maloney (11) also notched double digits. The all-seniors starting lineup included Ryan Dickson, Jake Nicastro and Christopher "Floater" Thomas aside from Williams/Samuel.
EVENT OF FEB. 7
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It's still early February and Penn Charter's boys squash team likely wishes the season could continue for a couple more weeks, if not a month.
It's called mojo and these guys have it . . . Oops, had it.
Wednesday, coach Damon Leedale-Brown's crew ended the 2017-18 campaign by clipping SCH Academy B, 7-2, to win the championship in Division 2 of the Mid-Atlantic Squash Association Tournament.
"Really proud of the performance by the boys," Leedale-Brown said. "Great way to end the season with a win in the MASA Division 2 final."
Leading the way, in the first and second slots, were senior captains Marco Rodriguez and Marker Angelakis. Their winning scores were 3-0 and 3-2.
Eighth grader Hyun Su Price and soph Jack Kennedy posted shutout victories. Eighth grader Oliver Leedale-Brown (Damon' son) and juniors Tom Bradbeer/Rohan Bhambhani needed four games to earn W's.
Also part of PC's lineup were frosh Ryan Yeatman and soph Eli Kestenbaum. Senior Ben Swanson, the usual competitor in the No. 3 slot, was unavailable due to a college interview.
"That potentially made things a little tougher for us going into the match," the coach noted.
EVENTS OF FEB. 6
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In the indoor racquet sport, there's nothing like squashing the opposition.
Penn Charter did exactly that Tuesday in the Mid-Atlantic Squash Association Tournament.
The girls snuffed nearby Germantown Friends, 7-2, to conclude their season with a sixth place finish in MASA while the boys dominated St. Andrew's (DE), 8-1, to set up Wednesday's Division 2 final vs. SCH Academy B.
Junior Elisabeth Ross powered the girls with a 3-0 win that enabled her to finish the season, as coach Damon Leedale-Brown described it with a perfect record "across all competitions, including Nationals."
Also impressive was freshman Nezzie Alexanian, who surrendered just five points in her win. junior Hatti Specter and senior Charlotte Murray won in three games. Junior Mia Bezar, senior Chloe Master and junior Alexa Lenfest did so in four.
In the Nos. 1 and 2 boys slots, captains Marco Rodriguez and Marker Angelakis dropped just six points apiece in three-game wins. Other three-game wins were recorded by soph Jack Kennedy and junior Tom Bradbeer. Junior Rohan Bhambhani and eighth graders Oliver Leedale-Brown and Hyun Su Price won in four games. Frosh Ryan Yeatman toughed out a five-gamer.
The basketball teams went 0-2.
The girls were topped by visiting Episcopal Academy, 51-46, though three players -- soph India Barnes (13), frosh Kait "Katchy" Hnatkowsky (12), soph Carmen Williams (10) -- scored in double figures.
Major shooting woes from the floor (11-for-63) doomed the boys in a 55-37 setback at Germantown Academy. Junior Ryan "Zingy" Maloney claimed 11 rebounds.
FEB. 5 (No varsity events)
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EVENTS (SQUASH) OF FEB. 2-3-4
Penn Charter's girls squash team was proud to be placed in the top-level portion, The Patterson Cup, of the US National Championships, held at seven sites (including PC) this past weekend in Philly and the suburbs.
Understandably, the challenges were many and the Quakers wound up posting a 1-3 record.
Friday, they fell to Deerfield Academy (MA), 5-2, in the Round of 16, then defeated Hotchkiss (CT), 4-3, in the first of the consolations. They lost to Greenwich Academy B (CT), 6-1, on Saturday and to Pingry (NJ), 4-3, on Sunday.
Overall, they placed 12th out of 80 teams.
Junior Elisabeth Ross, like always, was a whirlwind. Playing in the No. 1 slot, she triumphed in all four of her matches and posted three shutouts while remaining unbeaten this season. Against Deerfield, she stormed back from a 2-1 deficit to win the last two games by identical 11-2 scores.
Juniors Hatti Specter/Mia Bezar won two matches. Seniors Gwen Davis/Charlotte Murray won one.
The boys, who were placed in the second of seven tiers, also went 1-3.
Their win came against Phillips Exeter Academy (NH) by a 6-1 count. They lost to Westminster (GA) and Andover (MA) by 6-1 scores and to Tabor Academy (MA), 4-3.
Senior Marker Angelakis led the win parade with three. Eighth graders Hyun Su Price and Oliver Leedale-Brown were next with two apiece. These guys won once: senior Marco Rodriguez, freshman Ryan Yeatman, junior Rohan Bhambhani and junior Tom Bradbeer.
The boys finished No. 29 among 110 teams.
EVENTS OF FEB. 3
for boys JV/varsity basketball vs. Phelps.
Penn Charter's boys basketball team enjoyed two wonderful runs in Saturday's non-league game against visiting Phelps.
Twenty-one of 23 points in the middle and nine straight at the end. That second spurt left behind a 54-54 tie and enabled the Quakers to triumph, 63-54.
PC's biggest gun was wielded by senior Will Samuel, who shot 12-for-20 from the floor (four treys) en route to 28 points. He also dished four assists. Classmate Mason Williams added 18 points.
Coach Jim "Flip" Phillips' squad is now 16-8 with two Inter-Ac League games and the PAISA Tournament remaining. The 2005-06 team won 18 games, so matching/eclipsing that feat is possible.
The wrestling team posted a 1-3 record in a dual meet invitational at Martin Luther King.
The Quakers beat Valley, of Western Pennsylvania, 35-34, and were topped by Westtown, Wallenpaupack and Academy Park.
EVENTS OF FEB. 2
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Penn Charter did not merely win Friday's wrestling match against visiting Haverford School. The Quakers racked up more than twice as many points, at 51-24.
Coach Pete Shaifer was thrilled by the performance of his kids. He also loved the contributions of two adults.
Seniors are now selecting honorary captains for each home match. The new tradition began with this tilt. Pat Noonan, the director of the math center, and Travis Larabee, head of the upper school, joined the ref and captains of both schools for pre-match pleasantries and sat right with PC's kids/coaches during the action.
"They did really well," Shaifer noted. "We may need to bring them back."
In what "Shaif" viewed as toss-up matches, the Quakers received pins from senior Luke Mattice and frosh Tone DeMarco and a decision from junior Sam Shemtov. Also, soph Matt McGlinchey, wrestling up to 220 pounds, almost made it 4-for-4 in either-ors, incurring a narrow setback.
"He has gotten so much better," Shaifer said.
Senior Jordan Steinhouse likewise was impressive in a 3-1 defeat.
"He knew that his opponent had beaten him soundly just a month ago," the coach noted. "He also knew that it was in the team's best interest to take on this opponent . . . Man, has Jordan improved over the three years he has wrestled."
Though officially not part of the match, Andre O'Neal also drew raves.
Just in the last two weeks, the frosh football player decided to give wrestling a whirl. He took to the mat twice against HS for exhibition matches. And twice won by pin! A debut to remember forever.
Boys basketball headed up to SCH Academy and claimed a 64-53 win.
The Quakers shot 10-for-22 from beyond the arc. Seniors Mason Williams (25 points) and Will Samuel (16) nailed four apiece and the former added 11-for-12 marksmanship at the foul line. Senior Jake Nicastro and junior Dylan Topaz combined to limit SCH's most reliable scorer to 11 points.
EVENT OF FEB. 1
for boys middle school JV basketball vs. Germantown Academy, girls varsity/JV basketball vs. Notre Dame.
Having to play without franchise soph Kait Carter, who's out with a broken finger, Penn Charter's girls basketball team faced a difficult task Thursday against visiting Notre Dame.
The end result was a loss -- 51-45, in overtime -- but the Quakers had many reasons to feel good about their performance.
Soph Hayley Hunt totaled 10 points and eight rebounds and her aggressive three-point play helped to extend the game to the extra session.
Meanwhile, soph Carmen Williams and frosh Kait "Katchy" Hnatkowsky halved 22 points. The former added four apiece of rebounds/assists and the latter snagged six boards. Also, soph India Barnes (eight) was a big factor on the glass.
EVENT OF JAN. 31
for boys Inter-Ac League swimming championships at Malvern
Reece Whitley's domination of Inter-Ac League swimming has ended.Reece has obviously had an amazing Inter-Ac career, putting his name on record boards all around the league," coach Brian Hecker noted. "We are sad that his Inter-Ac career has come to an end, but look forward to his final swims for Penn Charter's high school team at Easterns in two weeks."
And, yes, of course, with a bang.
The I-A championships were held Wednesday at Malvern Prep and Whitley, Penn Charter's nationally famous senior, like always was in a record-setting mood.
His time of 1:38.29 in the 200-yard freestyle did double duty. It broke Malvern's pool record AND PC's team record of 1:41.66 by Brian Walters ('95). Then, in the 100 butterfly, he lowered his team mark from 51.82 to 49.21 . . . and got to enjoy seeing soph teammate Zion Weeks place fifth at 55.96.
EVENTS OF JAN. 30
for boys varsity/JV basketball vs. Episcopal.
Penn Charter's girls swimmers largely performed in sensational fashion through a perfect Inter-Ac League season.
Tuesday at Episcopal Academy, they sparkled again on Day 2 of the I-A championships.
Leading the way in top-dog territory for coach Brian Hecker's crew was the 400-yard freestyle relay, which set a school record of 3:34. 92 (seven-plus seconds better than its seed time) thanks to senior Madison Freeland, sophs Gabby Lopez-Ona and Sally Foley and freshman Camille Weiss.
Meanwhile, Foley claimed a pool record by clocking 1:04.69 in the 100 breaststroke.
Other winners were Weiss in the 100 free (52.83) and the team of eighth grader Lane Murray, Foley, junior Ayana Opong and Weiss in the 200 medley relay (1:49.63).
The following competitors finished second: soph Marissa Lopez-Ona in 100 breaststroke (1:09.25), Foley in 200 IM (2:08.29), Weiss in 100 backstroke (1:00.30) and the team of soph Sam Boyes, Freeland, G. Lopez-Ona and junior Annika Murray in the 200 free relay (1:41.91).
And these girls were third: Freeland in 200 free (1:57.82) and 100 free (55.21), Boyes in 50 free (25.34), G. Lopez-Ona in 100 butterfly (1:00.39) and L. Murray in 100 backstroke (1:00.96).
Monday, soph Avery Myers placed third in diving.
Also Tuesday, PC's squash teams competed in the first round of the Mid-Atlantic Squash Association Tournament. The boys blanked Haverford School's JV, 9-0 (all by 3-0 sweeps), while the girls fell to Episcopal's varsity, 8-1.
Eighth grader Hyun Su Price and junior Tom Bradbeer were the boys' leaders. Each allowed just eight points. The former recorded a shutout in his final game and the latter allowed his foe to score just one point in the first game.
Junior Hatti Specter kept the girls from being shut out. Her win was especially notable because she lost the first two games and then turned to assistant coach Kira Murasco-Blank and said, "I am not losing this match." Later, she even rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the fifth game.
The basketball teams were bested by opponents they'd beaten the first time around.
The boys were topped by visiting Episcopal, 63-51. The girls lost at Baldwin, 31-28.
EVENTS OF JAN. 29
for Middle school boys JV-B basketball vs. Germantown Academy, varsity wrestling practice.
Penn Charter's Avery Myers is only a sophomore. But thanks to small splashes, she's already creating big waves as a diver.
Monday at Germantown Academy, Myers claimed third place in the Inter-Ac League's championship diving competition with 261.2 points and that total is a PC record.
"Avery reached deep within herself and did a spectacular job," said Pat Marsh, who mentors the divers for coach Brian Hecker. "As this is my fourth season coaching Avery, I would have to say that today was the best she has ever been."
He added, "Her back dive was just short of perfect. Yes, it was crushed. Her reverse dive was also crushed and then we threw in a new dive, an inward 1 1/2 somersault that was nailed."
On the boys side, frosh Henry Langford, who's only in Year No. 2 of diving, placed eighth in what Marsh called "a very crowded and talented field."
EVENTS OF JAN. 27
for girls JV/varsity basketball vs. West Catholic.
Penn Charter wrestling coach Pete Shaifer wasn't sure what to expect after a rough weekend, but he knows what he received -- a positive response for the ages.
"Leaving the gym," he noted, "I asked one of the seniors if we needed a day off to recover and to come back hungrier. His response spoke volumes of the leadership that these seniors have brought to the team. He said, 'We only have 12 days of practice left. We need to make the most of these.' "
PC's next match will take place Friday at home, 4:30, versus Haverford School.
Friday, the Quakers were dominated by Germantown Academy, then spent Saturday in Maryland. They lost to St. Benedict's (NJ), 64-6, and to Good Counsel (MD), 51-18. They beat St. James (MD), 60-12, but as "Shaif" acknowledged, all of that school's prime performers were sick or injured.
Senior Alex Koenig posted the win vs. GA and owned a takedown just 11 seconds into the match. Though senior Dante DiStefano lost, the second-year wrestler continued to impress his coach, as did frosh Max Lentz and junior Sam Shemtov.
Soph Matt McGlinchey earned a pin vs. St. Benedict's.
Girls basketball hosted West Catholic Saturday afternoon and wound up on the wrong side of the hyphen, 59-35. The deficit was only five points at halftime.
Soph Kait Carter managed 21 points while classmate Carmen Williams claimed seven rebounds. Junior Emma "Meadowlark" Maley picked up a new nickname after her fancy ballhandling almost broke defenders' ankles.
EVENTS OF JAN. 26
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JV/varsity basketball vs. Malvern.
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basketball vs. Germantown Academy, girls middle school/varsity
swimming vs. Notre Dame (PC won outright championship!)
The swimmers weren't the only ones who got wet Friday as Penn Charter's girls participated in their final Inter-Ac League meet of the season.
So did coach Brian Hecker . . . For the best possible reason!
Hecker was doused moments after the Quakers used a 106-65 win over visiting Notre Dame Academy to complete a 6-0 march through the league and claim their FIRST outright championship. (SCH Academy does not offer girls swimming, thus the 6-0 record.)
PC won seven individual events and three relays.
Sophomore Sally Foley was the top performer in the 500-yard freestyle and 100 breaststroke, posting respective times of 5:04.08 and 1:04.78.
Also recording individual wins were junior Annika Murray in 200 free (2:05.17), soph Sam Boyes in 50 free (25.76), soph Avery Myers in diving (236.80 points), freshman Camille Weiss in 100 butterfly (58.35) and soph Sabrina Shaffer in 100 backstroke (1:03.59).
The relay wins: 200 medley in 1:51.51, 200 free in 1:47.16 and 400 free in 3:49.99.
And here are the quartets, in order: eighth grader Lane Murray, Foley, junior Ayana Opong and Weiss . . . A. Murray, soph Alicia Newman, Opong and senior Greer Guyer . . . soph Gabby Lopez-Ona, junior Natalie Driscoll, Newman and senior Madison Freeland.
The basketball squads dropped home games by seven-point margins -- the girls to Germantown Academy by 61-54 and the boys to Malvern by 76-69.
Different path to those results, however. The girls won the fourth quarter, 18-9, while the boys fell by 26-12.
Sophs Carmen Williams and Kait Carter scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, while frosh Laila Hamiter claimed eight rebounds. Soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes (23) and senior Mason Williams (16, Carmen's brother) topped the guys.
Wrestling visited Germantown Academy and lost by 58-9.
EVENTS OF JAN. 25
for: middle school, boys JV-B basketball vs. Episcopal and coed
swimming vs. Germantown Academy.
Sometimes a loss resembles a victory. That was the case Thursday as Penn Charter's boys squash squad suffered a 5-4 defeat.
How so? Well, the opponent was nationally ranked SCH Academy and two of PC's four winners were the Nos. 1 and 2 players.
Seniors Marco Rodriguez and Marker Angelakis triumphed in three and five games, respectively. Eighth grader Oliver Leedale-Brown -- his dad, Damon, heads the squash program -- and soph Jack Kennedy pulled off three-game sweeps in the sixth and ninth slots and the latter won his final game by 11-1.
EVENTS OF JAN. 24
for: Girls squash vs. Lawrenceville (NJ) on Senior Day, head shots of boys varsity basketball players.
The good vibrations created by Senior Day could not last deep into the afternoon for Penn Charter's girls squash team.
The powerful visitor was Lawrenceville School (NJ) and the result for PC was an 8-1 loss.
Not surprisingly, junior Elisabeth Ross continued her winning streak in the No. 1 slot and the score was 3-0.
Junior Mia Bezar extended her match to five games at No. 5 and classmate Alexa Lenfest was next best with a four-game effort at No. 4.
"Lawrenceville was a tough opponent for us," reported coach Damon Leedale-Brown. "They have great depth throughout their lineup."
PC's honored varsity seniors were Meredith Bernstein, Gwen Davis, Chloe Master and Charlotte Murray.
EVENTS OF JAN. 23
for varsity/JV basketball vs. Haverford School.
Quite the day for Penn Charter's swimming program in meets at archrival Germantown Academy.
Though the boys fell, 118-65, senior Reece Whitley broke two pool records and they'd been held for lengthy stints by GA guys who wound up competing in the Olympics. The girls triumphed, 106-77, and need just one more win (Friday vs. Notre Dame) to capture their first outright Inter-Ac championship.
Whitley clocked 1:48.32 in the 200 individual medley and 54.28 in the 100 breaststroke. Dave Wharton and Nelson Diebelhad held those marks since 1986 and '89, respectively, according to PC coach Brian Hecker.
For the girls, frosh Camille Weiss led the way by posting first-place times in the 100 and 200 freestyle (54.00 and 1:55.24).
The other winners of individual swimmingevents were sophs Gabby Lopez-Ona (59.39 in 100 butterfly), Sally Foley (2:08.84 in 200 IM) and Marissa Lopez-Ona (1:10.82 in 100 breaststroke). Gabby and Marissa are two-thirds of a triplet trio.
In relays, the 200 and 400 frees posted the fifth-best girls times in PC history. The time for 200 was 1:40.99 thanks to Sam Boyes, Foley, G. Lopez-Ona and Weiss. The 400 quartet (3:38.75) included Boyes, senior Madison Freeland, G. Lopez-Ona and Weiss.
There was one very satisfying cross-meet moment as frosh Henry Langford (169.60 points) and soph Avery Myers (234.30) won the diving events by a total of 65 points.
Basketball split road games and the girls' result created major joy.
The Quakers nipped SCH Academy, 51-48, in overtime, as soph Lizzie McLaughlin, scoreless beforehand, nailed two three-pointers in the final 30 seconds. The game-winner was hit at 0:04.
Sophs Carmen Williams and Kait Carter halved 32 points and 16 rebounds. Williams added three assists and four steals while Carter had four assists. Soph Hayley Hunt and frosh Laila Hamiter grabbed five boards apiece.
The boys lost at Haverford School, 60-48, despite a 22-point effort by senior Mason Williams, Carmen's brother.
Boys squash hosted Shipley and lost by 6-3.
Soph Jack Kennedy, in the No. 9 slot, notched PC's strongest performance with a 3-0 shutout. The other winners, by 3-1 scores, were frosh Ryan Yeatman and eighth grader Oliver Leedale-Brown.
Girls squash fell at Agnes Irwin, 8-1, and that win enabled AI to win the Inter-Ac championship.
Junior Elisabeth Ross, in the No. 1 slot, claimed her match by a 3-1 score.
EVENTS OF JAN. 22
for: Middle school JV/varsity girls basketball vs. Episcopal.
No varsity events.
EVENT OF JAN. 21
for girls basketball's visits to practice at Saint Joseph's (Saturday) and the UConn-Temple game (Sunday).
(Provided by coach Joe Maguire)
The weekend for Penn Charter's girls basketball team included much more than playing.
On Sunday morning, the Quakers were dealt a 48-38 loss by Mount St. Joseph -- soph Carmen Williams earned PC's team MVP honors -- in a showcase event at University of the Sciences.
But from there, the girls rode a bus to Temple's McGonigle Hall and were able to watch the Owls host THE long-time national power, UConn.
They sat as a group in the third and fourth row of the lower deck, across from Temple's bench.
Wait. That's not all. Saturday, the girls attended practice at Saint Joseph's University.
Noted PC coach Joe Maguire: "A lot, if not all, of the girls have aspirations of playing a sport in college, so they got to see firsthand the commitment, effort and work that go into it whether it’s for basketball, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey . . . It was pretty cool to see how hard UConn works, competes, and pays attention to detail regardless of opponent and the score."
EVENTS OF JAN. 20
for JV/varsity boys basketball vs. Central.
Though letdowns are never acceptable, one might have been expected for Penn Charter's boys basketball team.
Friday night before a large, energetic crowd, the Quakers topped visiting SCH Academy as senior Mason Williams raised his career point total to 1,009.
Saturday, in front of almost no one (medium exaggeration), PC hosted Central and managed to mostly stay focused en route to a 64-48 triumph.
Williams offered 22 points and four steals while senior Will Samuel collected 15 points and three blocks. For the third time recently, a JV player also dressed for the varsity game and this guy, junior Jayce Dyer, had two points.
The wrestlers traveled to Great Valley and racked up a 1-2 record in an invitational dual meet.
Church Farm was the victim by 48-27. Losses were suffered against GV, 36-33, and Cherry Hill West (NJ), 51-18.
"That match was much closer than the score indicated," coach Pete Shaifer noted. "Two wrestlers were winning when they got caught and pinned. Those two matches were at least an 18-point swing."
Freshman Max Lentz, senior Alex Koenig and soph Jess Anderson rolled to 3-0 records. Junior TJ Henry went 2-0 before having to step aside due to a shoulder ding. Soph Matt McGlinchey and juniors Wayne Derkotch/Sam Shemtov went 2-1.
EVENTS OF JAN. 19
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Senior guard Mason Williams now can be found in Penn Charter's 1,000-Point Basketball Club and he gained entry in quite unusual fashion.
With 2:38 remaining in the third quarter of what became an 81-56 blowout of visiting SCH Academy, his point total stood at 996.
SCH then was hit with two technical fouls, Williams planted himself at the line and one, two, three, four swishes later, the cherished number was his!
Mason finished with 19 points and his total now stands at 1,009. He scored nine of his points in the Quakers' outrageously dominant third quarter (28-5).
Senior Will Samuel (19) and soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes (13) also posted double figures. All 14 varsity members saw action and 10 scored.
In game one of the doubleheader, the girls swept past Agnes Irwin, 60-30. Ten players also scored.
Soph Hayley Hunt and frosh Kait "Katchy" Hnatkowsky (12 apiece) were joined in double-digit territory by soph Kait Carter. Hnatkowsky (seven) was the leading rebounder, junior Emma Maley had four assists and five steals, soph Carmen Williams (Mason's sister) had six boards, four dishes and five thefts, and classmate India Barnes had five/four/four in the same categories.
Wrestling fell at Malvern, 71-3. Senior Alex Koenig was PC’s winner.
EVENTS OF JAN. 18
for: Middle school boys squash warmups before match vs. Shipley, middle school wrestling combo practice with Episcopal, head shots of girls varsity basketball players.
No varsity games.
EVENTS OF JAN. 17
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Gotta love a nice, next-day bounceback, right?
Hey, how 'bout two!?
After suffering defeats Tuesday, Penn Charter's girls basketball and boys squash teams hustled their way into the victory column Wednesday.
The hoopsters topped visiting Baldwin, 53-31. Across School House Lane, the racquet guys edged Lawrenceville School (NJ), 5-4.
Soph Kait Carter was dominant with 19 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Carmen Williams (10) also scored in double figures while Hayley Hunt (six) and India Barnes (five) helped on the boards; they're all sophs as well. Barnes (four) and junior Emma Maley/Williams (three apiece) combined for 10 more assists.
Abby Manion, a wildly popular junior sub, created a big-time stir when she powered for a late, three-point play.
Squash, which had been humbled by Conestoga, 9-0, showed nice early life by seizing three of the first four matches. Those winners were soph Jack Kennedy (No. 9), junior Tom Bradbeer (No. 7) and eighth grader Hyun Su Price (No. 5).
"All three showed excellent discipline and determination," noted coach Damon Leedale-Brown.
Senior Marker Angelakis stormed to a 3-0 win at No. 2, then freshman Ryan Yeatman clinched the win with what Leedale-Brown called a "very competitive and entertaining" four-game triumph at No. 4.
EVENTS OF JAN. 16
for boys/girls swimming warmups vs. Episcopal, boys varsity/JV basketball vs. Gtn. Academy.
Beating your archrival is always enjoyable. Avoiding a 14th consecutive loss to that same opponent is even better.
Penn Charter's boys basketball team hosted Germantown Academy on Tuesday and toughed out a 72-65 overtime win. The Quakers won the extra session, 10-3, after being outscored, 26-18, in the second half.
Senior Mason Williams led the way with 25 points and now needs just 10 to reach 1,000 for his career. Soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes added 19. They combined to go 20-for-26 at the line. Junior Ryan "Zingy" Maloney (eight) and senior Ryan Dickson (seven), who mostly share the same spot, combined for 15 rebounds.
Girls basketball headed to Episcopal Academy and returned with a 50-36 loss.
Soph Lizzie McLaughlin used long-distance sniping to score 16 points.
On Senior Day, the swimming squads hosted Episcopal. The girls triumphed, 101.5-81.5 while the boys were bested, 109-71.
The major highlights were provided by soph Sally Foley and senior Reece Whitley. In identical events, the 200 individual medley, they claimed school records. Foley's time was 2:07.97 and Whitley's was 1:49.14. The latter won his race by almost 14 seconds!
Foley also won the 100 breaststroke and was part of two winning relays -- 200 medley and 200 free. Whitley also captured the 100 breaststroke (by 18 seconds!) and was part of winning 200 medley and 400 free relays.
Soph Sam Boyes joined Foley in the aforementioned relays.
In the boys relays, sophs Cooper Berkoff and Bret Brogan swam with Whitley.
Boys squash was blanked, 9-0, by host Conestoga.
Senior Marco Rodriguez extended his match to five games. Freshman Ryan Yeatman and eighth grader Hyun Su Price fought through four.
EVENTS OF JAN. 13/14
for girls basketball vs. Ursuline Academy (DE) in showcase event.
Kait Carter added to her wardrobe Sunday.
The talented sophomore combined 16 points with 10 rebounds and two assists, thus winning team MVP honors and getting a free T-shirt, as Penn Charter topped Ursuline Academy, of Wilmington, DE, 48-38, in a basketball showcase event at down-the-street Jefferson University.
Carter's primary help came from soph Carmen Williams, who totaled 15 points and five assists. Frosh Laila Hamiter offered five apiece of points and rebounds.
After roaring back from a 22-point deficit to defeat SCH Academy on Friday, wrestling spent Saturday at Springfield Montco to compete in an invitational tournament.
Junior T.J. Henry and senior Alex Koenig highlighted a satisfying outing by winning their weight classes with 5-0 records. Soph Jess Anderson came close at 4-1 while senior Dante DiStefano went 3-0 before leaving early to support the Eagles and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (OPC '03).
Also faring well were the heroes of the SCH match -- senior Luke Mattice at 4-1; junior Wayne Derkotch and soph Matt McGlinchey (Ryan's first cousin) at 3-2.
PC's swimming squads hosted Lawrenceville Prep (NJ). The girls won, 102-77, while the Reece Whitley-less boys were bested, 120-55.
The girls' best moment came when PC earned first AND second in the 200 medley relay thanks to eighth grader Lane Murray/soph Marissa Lopez-Ona/soph Sam Boyes/senior Greer Guyer and junior Annika Murray/soph Alicia Newman/junior Ayana Opong/frosh Camille Weiss.
Sally Foley rolled to victory in the 200 free (1:58.08) and 100 backstroke (1:03.55) and led off the winning 400 free relay. Her partners were senior Madison Freeland, Weiss and soph Gabriella Lopez-Ona.
Want more highlights? Here ya go . . . The Quakers went 1-2-3 in the 100 free and 100 backstroke. The respective trios: Freeland, Weiss and G. Lopez-Ona . . . Foley, Boyes and soph Sabrina Shaffer.
For the boys, soph Zion Weeks captured the 200 IM (2:04.48) and 500 free (5:00.51). Cooper Berkoff placed second in the 100 fly and third in the 50 free while senior Andrew Morris went second/fourth in the 100 free/50 free.
EVENTS OF JAN. 12
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In a wrestling match Friday, visiting Penn Charter scored 37 points. SCH Academy also scored 37 points. Congrats on the win, Quakers!
As noted by coach Pete Shaifer, numerous criteria are used to break a tie. In this case, PC received credit for the victory because it scored the most "first points."
Even better, it racked up an amazing amount of late-match points to overcome a 31-9 deficit after the 152-pound fray. Senior Alex Koenig, junior Wayne Derkotch, soph Matt McGlinchey and senior Luke Mattice won with pins during the hot streak while Dante DiStefano earned his win thanks to a team point awarded with 0:08 left on the clock. (Four senior wrestlers are pictured here holding the trophy they won earlier this month at the Academy of the New Church tournament.)
Boys basketball lost at Malvern, 85-52, and boys squash lost at home, 9-0, against The Westminster Schools, of Atlanta.
Senior Will Samuel scored 11 points for the cagers and junior Dylan Topaz drained three treys for nine.
For squash, frosh Ryan Yeatman, playing at No. 4, "dug deep physically and mentally," according to coach Damon Leedale-Brown, before losing, 12-10, in the deciding game. Top-of-the-line senior competitors Marco Rodriguez and Marker Angelakis fell in tight, four-game matches.
EVENTS OF JAN. 11
for: Girls varsity squash vs. SCH Academy, varsity swimming and 3rd team middle school basketball vs. Malvern Prep
Penn Charter racked up a 1-2 record in Thursday's varsity sports events and the wait for the win extended into the evening.
The team that delivered was girls basketball, which carved out a 43-33 non-league victory at Hatboro-Horsham.
Aside from scoring 11 points, soph Carmen Williams offered five apiece of rebounds, assists and steals. Other headliners: sophs Lizzie McLaughlin (nine points) and Kait Carter (eight, 11 rebounds), junior Emma Maley (eight, four apiece of assists/steals) and frosh Kait "Katchy" Hnatkowsky (eight rebounds).
Boys swimming and girls squash hosted Malvern Prep and SCH Academy, respectively. The scores were 100-73 and 6-3.
A nice moment for the swimmers was a win in the 200 freestyle relay thanks to soph Cooper Berkoff, seniors Andrew Morris/Sean McLafferty and soph Zion Weeks.
Weeks finished second in two events (100 butterfly, 200 individual medley) and Berkoff managed a pair of thirds (100 and 200 free).
Senior Reece Whitley, PC's first-magnitude star, was unavailable. He's competing in the Pro Swim Series in Austin, TX.
PC's squash winners, all juniors, were Elisabeth Ross (No. 1), Hatti Specter (No. 3) and Alexa Lenfest (No. 4).
EVENTS OF JAN. 9, Part 2
Question: Is there ever a time when Penn Charter senior Reece Whitley fails to turn heads in a swim meet?
Answer: Never, ever.
In a loss at powerful Haverford School on Tuesday, Whitley broke TWO short course meters national records.
(Short course means the pool is 25 meters in length. Long course means 50.)
In the 200 individual medley, he clocked 2:01.50 to smash the mark by almost four seconds. His time in the 100 breaststroke was 1:01.40. He lowered that standard by 1.23 seconds.
Also faring well for PC were Zion Weeks (200 free, 100 fly) and newcomer Luke Brogan (50/100 free).
Girls swimming traveled to Agnes Irwin and came home quite happy, thanks to a 116-64 victory that featured wins in all but two events.
The 200 medley relay got things started in splendid fashion. That youthful quartet included eighth grader Lane Murray, sophs Sally Foley/Sam Boyes and ninth grader Camille Weiss. Boyes was part of two other winning relays. Foley, Weiss, soph Gabby Lopez-Ona and senior Madison Freeland bagged two relay wins apiece while Foley was quite impressive in the 400 freestyle, winning the event from lane six.
Note: Concerning Whitley's records, Coach Brian Hecker is awaiting official word from a national organization.
EVENTS OF JAN. 9
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here for varsity/JV boys basketball vs. Episcopal.
In this century, 20 teams (16 outright, four shared) have won Inter-Ac League boys basketball championships. Nineteen have won league openers.
Tuesday, visiting Penn Charter joined the important-first-result club by topping Episcopal Academy, 58-52.
The Quakers shot almost 50 percent from the floor (18-for-38) and eclipsed 90 percent at the line (16-for-17) as senior Mason Williams (21) and soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes (17) led the way. Senior Will Samuel mixed nine points with two assists and three steals.
A hoops sweep was completed by the girls. They also hit the road and used a 35-26 second half to earn a 56-53 win over Notre Dame.
Soph Kait Carter claimed stalwart status with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Classmate Carmen Williams (17) and junior Emma Maley (10) also scored in double figures while soph Hayley Hunt (seven) and frosh Laila Hamiter (five) helped on the boards. The leading second-half scorers were Carter, Williams (10 apiece) and Maley (seven).
Girls squash dropped an 8-1 decision to host Episcopal, which is ranked among the Top Four teams in the nation.
Junior Elisabeth Ross, just back from the British Junior Open, posted a 3-0 win the No. 1 slot. Junior Alexa Lenfest extended her match to five games. Senior Gwen Davis/junior Mia Bezar lost in four.
Boys squash hosted Haverford School, the defending national champ, and fell by 9-0.
Swimming breakdown to come . . . Now posted above as Jan. 9, part two.
EVENTS OF JAN. 6
Ah, that's more like it.
After having to deal with rough, early-season sledding due to injury, illness and inexperience, Penn Charter's wrestling team faredvery well Saturday in its first action of 2018.
In fact, the Quakers resembled a blizzard.
In the Lions Dual Meet Tournament, hosted by Academy of the New Church, PC roared to five wins and outscored its opponents , 277-82 The respective scores: Cheltenham, 58-21; ANC, 58-18; Lower Moreland, 51-15; McDevitt, 40-22; Westmont Christian, 70-6.
Four guys rolled to 5-0 marks -- seniors Alex Koenig and Dante DiStefano, junior T.J. Henry and soph Jess Anderson. Seniors Jordan Steinhouse/Luke Mattice and junior Wayne Derkotch posted 4-1 records while soph Matt McGlinchey went 3-2. Junior Sam Shemtov continued his improvement by providing stiff competition for high-quality foes.
Also, the freshmen "young guns," as coach Pete Shaifer likes to call them, racked up a 16-2 record in varsity matches. Nate Miner and Tone DeMarco headed that crew with perfection.
EVENTS OF JAN. 3
for: Girls varsity/JV basketball vs. Germantown Academy.
Germantown Academy has been THE power seemingly forever in Inter-Ac girls basketball and it's tough for Penn Charter to post a win even with a veteran squad.
With almost no experience . . .
Wednesday, the Quakers trekked to Ft. Washington and were vanquished, 55-31. They did play a respectable second half, though, losing by just one point at 22-21.
Sophs Kait Carter (nine) and Carmen Williams (seven) led PC in scoring.
EVENTS OF JAN. 2
for: Practices for middle school wrestling, middle school boys 3rd
team basketball, varsity wrestling, coed middle school/varsity
No varsity events
EVENTS OF DEC. 30
Like the boys team, Penn Charter's girls basketball squad departed Wildwood, NJ, with a 1-1 record.
The results order was reversed, however, as the girls entered Saturday's game with a chance to earn a two-game sweep.
Alas, they fell to West Chester Rustin, 55-47, as a slow start (16-6 deficit after one quarter) could not quite be overcome.
Frosh Laila Hamiter (10, 5-for-9 from floor) was the only Quaker to score in double figures while classmate Kait Hnatkowsky grabbed nine rebounds.
The wrestling team headed to Chambersburg for a highly competitive tournament that featured entrants from Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware.
Senior Alex Koenig turned a strong second-day performance into a sixth-place finish. Though the result was a loss, he was especially impressive in an overtime battle versus one of Pennsylvania's top wrestlers.
Senior Dante DiStefano also advanced to second-day competition.
Seniors Jordan Steinhouse (OT win) and Luke Mattice and junior Wayne Derkotch picked up valuable experience in Day 1 outings.
EVENTS OF DEC. 29
here for boys JV/varsity basketball vs. Friends' Central.
Your Philadelphia 76ers have nothing on Penn Charter's boys basketball team.
Hey, pro guys. Get back to us when you play games on three consecutive days. In two locales, no less.
After playing Wednesday and Thursday in Wildwood, NJ, the Quakers spent part of Friday afternoon in the gym at Friends' Central. And they won, 52-46.
PC notched just three regular field goals, but sniped 9-for-18 on three-pointers and drained 19 of 23 free throws.
Senior Mason Williams shot 8-for-8 at the line en route to 19 points. Soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes grabbed eight rebounds and senior Will Samuel had 13 points.
The girls hoops squad played the first of two games in Wildwood, NJ, and topped Holy Spirit (not far from Atlantic City), 42-33.
Soph Kait Carter hustled for team highs in points (19) and rebounds (seven) while classmate Carmen Williams, Mason's sister, claimed the No. 2 spot in both stat categories (10, four). PC won the final quarter, 13-6.
EVENTS OF DEC. 28
here for boys basketball vs. Cherokee (NJ) in Wildwood, NJ.
The heroes are not always the headliners.
Exhibit A: The second of two showcase events for Penn Charter's boys basketball team.
Thursday night in Wildwood, NJ, the Quakers downed Cherokee (NJ) by a 53-47 score after falling to Shawnee the night before.
This result turned out to be a win primarily due to the late-game efforts of juniors Dylan Topaz and Ryan "Zingy" Maloney, who are almost always the sixth/seventh or seventh/sixth men.
Maloney made his presence felt by recording back-to-back, three-point plays, thus creating a tie at 44-44. Topaz thenmixed great defense and hustle for loose balls with a trey and one free throw and, bingo, the Q's owned the W.
Soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes was a game-long rock with 17 points and three apiece of rebounds/assists/steals.
PC will complete the 2017 portion of its schedule Friday at Friends' Central.
EVENTS OF DEC. 27
here for boys basketball vs. Shawnee (NJ) in Wildwood, NJ.
Call it the lack of luck of the draw.
In a showcase game Wednesday night in Wildwood, NJ, Penn Charter's boys basketball team was matched against Shawnee (NJ), a long-time power and a participant last season in the top enrollment group's state final.
Shawnee stormed to 15 of the game's first 17 points and won, 69-46.
Senior Mason Williams (15) and soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes (13) led the Quakers. Impressive off the bench was junior Ryan "Zingy" Maloney, who snagged seven rebounds and hustled for two blocks.
EVENTS OF DEC. 23
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here for JV and varsity boys basketball vs. Freire Charter.
Eleven games in 26 days.
Penn Charter's boys basketball team has certainly been busy to start the 2017-18 season. And rather successful, as well.
Saturday, the Quakers upped their record to 8-3 by claiming a 73-48 win over visiting Freire Charter.
Oddly, they posted only three-pointers and free throws until soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes scored the first regular field goal on a layup 3:29 before halftime. Holmes finished with 16 points and senior Mason Williams was a shade more productive (19). Eleven Quakers scored and soph Anthony Ciarrocchi earned two points in his varsity debut.
Wrestling competed in a showcase event at Radnor and senior Alex Koeing, well, he REALLY competed.
He stormed through his weight class while raising his record to 11-0.
Junior Wayne Derkotch and soph Jess Anderson placed third while senior Jordan Steinhouse went 2-1 before having to withdraw due to a sore shoulder. Soph Matt McGlinchey and junior Sam Shemtov both finished their days with two consecutive wins.
EVENTS OF DEC. 21
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No official ceremony was held, but Thursday was Young'uns Day as Penn Charter's girls basketball team hosted St. Hubert for a non-league game.
PC won, 38-33, and the major contributors were two sophs and a frosh.
Soph Kait Carter collected 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists while classmate Carmen Williams had 10, five and three in those same categories. The ninth grader, Kait Hnatkowsky, notched 10 points.
The Quakers were outscored, 11-6, in the first quarter.
The boys traveled to Drexel Hill and were bested by Bonner-Prendergast, 75-55.
PC hung tough through the first 16 minutes (36-36 tie), but the Friars' height advantage (eight total dunks) and eventual dedication to defense made the difference.
Senior Will Samuel scored 16 points. Senior Mason Williams (14; Carmen's brother) and soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes (12) were right behind.
PC attempted just four free throws to 20 for B-P.
EVENTS OF DEC. 19
for 3rd team, JV and varsity boys basketball vs. Ryan.
Talk about strange circumstances.
Tuesday night, Penn Charter's boys basketball team played a non-league game at Archbishop Ryan that featured a dramatic twist, then an even more dramatic turn.
The Quakers were outscored, 14-5, over the final three minutes of regulation, then dominated the overtime session with a 10-1 advantage. Final score: 69-60.
PC went ahead for good, at 62-60, on a three-point bucket by senior Mason Williams (13 points) off a pass from soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes (16 points). Senior Will Samuel was a game-long, multi-faceted factor with 22 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and four blocks while junior sub Ryan "Zingy" Maloney had all five of his points and six of his eight rebounds beyond the third quarter.
The girls hosted SCH Academy in an Inter-Ac contest and were nipped, 50-46.
An impressive overall performance by soph Kait Carter featured 10 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Frosh Kait Hnatkowsky had eight points and five boards while soph Hayley Hunt offered four points and seven boards.
EVENTS OF DEC. 16
Pics -- Click
for basketball: JV girls vs. Gtn. Academy; girls varsity vs. Pennington, NJ; boys varsity vs. Palumbo.
Saturday, Penn Charter's boys basketball team entered game No. 4 of a two-day showcase event at Germantown Academy knowing a weekend wipeout was possible.
Then the guys responded, impressively.
The Quakers tamed Palumbo, of the Public League, 71-39, and led by 33 points before the medium to deep subs finished out the game.
Senior Mason Williams set a wonderful early tone, draining four three-pointers in the first quarter en route to a final total of 19 points. Senior Will Samuel and soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes halved 28 points while junior subs Ryan "Zingy" Maloney and Brendan Thomas snagged eight and six rebounds, respectively.
The girls fell to Pennington (NJ), 63-48, despite a 27-point effort by soph Carmen Williams, Mason's sister.
Both teams had lost in Friday's games.
As noted by coach Pete Shaifer, the wrestlers left Archbishop Ryan with a bitter sweet taste in their mouths.
Reason: Though the Quakers won 26 of 27 actual bouts, many forfeits due to a shortage of competitors caused losses to Franklin Towne Charter (48-36), Overbrook (27-25) and Germantown Friends (42-30).
Seniors Alex Koenig/Dante DiStefano and soph Matt MGlinchey all went 3-0 with nothing but pins. Junior Sam Shemtov and senior Jordan Steinhouse also were perfect. Soph Jess Anderson, despite being forced to wrestle up to 126 pounds in two of his three matches, compiled a 2-1 mark.
EVENTS OF DEC. 15 (Evening)
for showcase basketball at Gtn. Academy; girls vs. Ryan, boys vs. West Catholic
Friday was one of those days you'd like to forget.
Penn Charter's basketball teams competed in a showcase event at Germantown Academy and suffered two setbacks. Plus, the boys contest, which wound up being moved to an auxiliary gym, started just short of two hours late because of the snow-caused travel miseries experienced by the opponent, West Catholic.
The boys lost, 65-57. The girls were bested by Archbishop Ryan, 47-40.
Thanks to 15-for-16 marksmanship at the line, senior Mason Williams scored 20 points. Senior Will Samuel (five treys) and soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes (all twos) contributed 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Both teams will play again Saturday at GA.
EVENTS OF DEC. 15 (Morning)
The names of four Penn Charter players can be found on the 2017 Daily News All-City Football Team, as selected by 1998 PC grad Aaron "Ace" Carter.
Junior running back Edward Saydee earned first team honors as the multi-purpose position due to his exploits as a running back and receiver (1,579 yards, 14 touchdowns).
Senior receiver John Washington (448 yards, seven TDs) was named to the second team while senior quarterback Will Samuel (1,361 passing yards, 12 TDs) and junior defensive back Terence Thompson (15.5 tackles behind the line) were placed on the third team.
EVENTS OF DEC. 14
for girls varsity squash vs. Baldwin; boys JV/3rd team basketball vs. Roman Catholic.
By the end of Thursday's boys squash road match vs. SCH Academy, hardly any skin was left on Penn Charter's teeth.
The Quakers edged the Blue Devils' B Team, 5-4, and the closest win went to eighth grader Oliver Leedale-Brown by a 3-2 score.
And it wasn't captured in back-and-forth fashion. L-B dropped the first two games and won No. 3 by the minimum two points. He was again pushed hard in the fourth game, but won by 11-8. Game No. 5? Comparatively easy at 11-6.
PC's other victories went to seniors Marco Rodriguez and Marker Angelakis at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, and to juniorsTom Bradbeer and Rohan Bhambhani at Nos. 6 and 7. Rodriguez, Angelakis and Bradbeer executed three-game sweeps.
The girls squash team hosted Baldwin and dropped an 8-1 decision. PC coach Damon Leedale-Brown says Baldwin might be the No. 2 team in the country.
PC's win was posted at the No. 1 slot by junior Elisabeth Ross. Her opponent was likewise a nationally ranked player and the two are known for having eye-popping battles.
The Quakers' best losing effort was made by junior Alexa Lenfest at No. 4. She extended her match to five games.
EVENTS OF DEC. 13
here for middle school boys varsity/JV basketball vs. Friends' Central.
The great starts for Penn Charter's winter sports teams have extended to swimming.
In a meet Wednesday at Baldwin, the Quakers opened their campaign by claiming first place in every event while racking up an 84-76 victory.
The margin is only eight points because PC went the unofficial route in the final three events while allowing Baldwin's 38 points to count.
PC's headliner was soph Sally Foley, who posted a time of 1:04.84 in the 100 breaststroke -- best ever in PC history (and in Baldwin's pool).
Also, soph Gabby Lopez-Ona and eighth grader Lane Murray captured two events. Lopez-Ona won the 200 freestyle in 2:03.04 and the 100 butterfly in 1:00.88. Murray posted her triumphs in the 50 free (26.06) and 100 backstroke (1:29.36).
Wins in individual events were also racked up by frosh Camille Weiss in the 200 individual medley (2:14.79), senior Madison Freeland in the 100 free (56.09) and soph Sabrina Shaffer in the 500 free (5:24.71).
Almost all individual winners were also part of one or more first-place relays.
EVENTS OF DEC. 12
here for JV/varsity boys basketball vs. Shipley.
Down by 11 points with 4:35 remaining. Down by nine with 3:10 remaining. Down by six with 18 seconds remaining.
Then? Three-point bucket by senior Mason Williams. Steal by soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes. Another three-pointer by Williams.
Those heroics sent Tuesday's boys basketball game at Shipley into overtime. Soon, Penn Charter was heading home with a stirring 78-74 victory.
Williams scored 31 points and packed 16 (with five threes) into the fourth quarter. He also successfully shut down Shipley star Sam Sessoms, who had to settle for four points (no field goals) over the last 12 minutes.
Five guys combined for all of PC's points. Holmes notched 19, seniors Will Samuel and Dylan Topaz halved 20 and junior Ryan "Zingy" Maloney had eight. The latter added nine rebounds.
Girls squash also won a tight one.
Despite having to go without upper-rotation players in junior Hatti Specter (ill) and freshman Amanda Cowhey (still out with a concussion), the Quakers nipped visiting Germantown Friends, 5-4.
As noted by coach Damon Leedale-Brown, junior Elisabeth Ross, in the No. 1 slot, secured the win with a victory over another nationally ranked competitor.
Coach Leedale-Brown also doled out major credit to senior Charlotte Murray, who toughed out a five-game win against an experienced opponent. The other winners were juniors Mia Bezar and Alexa Lenfest and senior Gwen Davis.
Boys squash was blanked at Episcopal, 9-0.
Soph Jack Kennedy, recently moved up from the JV, extended his match to five games. Seniors Marco Rodriguez and Marker Angelakis fell in four.
EVENTS OF DEC. 11
for a pic from 2012.
In 2012, Penn Charter's football captains were seniors Daryl Worley and Mike McGlinchey.
In case you're wondering how their grid lives have unfolded since then . . .
Worley played three years of college ball at West Virginia, then was selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers. Now he's a starting cornerback.
McGlinchey is playing his final season for Notre Dame as a graduate student (did not see action in 2013) and Monday was named a first team All-American tackle by Associated Press.
Yes, first team All-American!
Mike's first cousin, 2003 PC grad Matt Ryan, is the Atlanta Falcons' quarterback.
EVENTS OF DEC. 9
for: girls/boys basketball tourney finals vs. Westtown/SJ Prep
The members of Penn Charter's girls basketball team must have been fans of the football squad.
The gridders, despite returning just four starters, posted PC's first nine-win season since 1905. Now, the hoops gals, also very short on experience, are feeling great about the fact they claimed the championship in the first Enable Sports & Fitness Tournament.
That crown was captured Saturday with a 52-46 win over Westtown.
Soph Carmen Williams poured in 21 points while classmate Kait Carter (nine) and frosh Kait Hnatkowsky (eight) came close to reaching double figures. The Quakers earned a 58-56 lead with just over a minute remaining when Carter converted a drive down the lane. Williams and Carter then added two free throws apiece.
The boys also competed in the final, losing by 74-61 to St. Joseph's Prep.
Senior Mason Williams (Carmen's brother) had 24 points. Oddly, the Quakers faded after soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes hammered home a dunk to create a 35-35 tie.
Wrestling made its season debut in a showcase event at Upper Merion and senior Alex Koenig was the headliner. He dominated the 160-pound weight class, winning all three of his matches in comfortable fashion.
Senior Luke Mattice and junior TJ Henry finished third while senior Dante DiStefano was fourth. Senior Jordan Steinhouse and soph Matt McGlinchey were one match from placing.
EVENTS OF DEC. 8
for: girls/boys basketball tourney semifinals vs. King's Christian (NJ).
With the goal of supporting an organization headed by parents Bob ('82) and Laurie Rosania, Penn Charter has decided to host an early-season, four-team basketball tournament.
So far, so enjoyable.
Friday, the girls got things rolling with a 50-19 victory over King's Christian, of Cherry Hill, NJ, and the boys notched a 71-51 triumph over that same opponent.
The girls allowed just three points in the first half and the one field goal wasn't scored until shortly before halftime. No Quakers scored in double figures -- soph Kait Carter had eight points -- but 16 of the 18 field goals produced assists.
Senior Mason Williams paced the boys with 21 points while classmate Will Samuel mixed 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes sniped 6-for-7 from the floor while contributing 14 points.
The Rosanias' organization, Enable Sports & Fitness, supports special needs individuals of all ages.
EVENTS OF DEC. 7
for: boys JV squash vs. La Salle; boys 3rd team/JV basketball vs. Tacony Charter.
Not even contests on consecutive days, with No. 2 on the road, could prevent Penn Charter's boys squash team from turning heads.
After blanking visiting Malvern Prep Wednesday, the Quakers took the short trek to Germantown Friends School Thursday and posted an 8-1 victory.
Coach Damon Leedale-Brown was especially happy that two players toughed out five-game victories.
Senior Ben Swanson triumphed after dropping the second and third games. Eighth-grader Oliver Leedale-Brown, the coach's son, lost the third and fourth before regrouping just in time.
The other winners needed just three games. They were: seniors Marco Rodriguez and Marker Angelakis, junior Tom Bradbeer, soph Jack Kennedy, freshman Ryan Yeatman and eighth-grader Hyun-Su Price.
Rodriguez yielded just eight points. Yeatman was next at 11.
"We put up an impressive performance against a fired up GFS team," coach Leedale-Brown said.
EVENTS OF DEC. 6
for: middle school squash vs. Shipley (boys) and Germantown Friends (girls); varsity boys vs. Malvern.
Penn Charter's boys squash squad continues not to skip a beat.
In Wednesday's Inter-Ac opener, the Quakers blanked visiting Malvern Prep, 9-0, and eight matches featured three-game sweeps.
"Overall a very solid and professional performance by the boys; working well on the areas we have been developing in practice over the last week," noted coach Damon Leedale-Brown.
Junior Max Lubowitz, usually the No. 3 performer, was unavailable due to injury, so six players moved up one notch and soph Jack Kennedy turned a promotion from the junior varsity into a triumph in the No. 9 slot.
The most dominant winners were senior Marker Angelaikis (six points allowed), freshman Ryan Yeatman (seven) and eighth graders Hyun-Su Price and Oliver Leedale-Brown (10 apiece).
Other winners: seniors Marco Rodriguez and Ben Swanson; juniors Rohan Bhambhani and Tom Bradbeer.
EVENTS OF DEC. 5
Pics -- Click here for boys varsity/JV basketball vs. Abington Friends
You miss your first eight shots and allow your opponent to score the first 10 points.
Later, you lead by as many as 18.
Not all basketball games unfold in normal fashion and Exhibit A was on display Tuesday as Penn Charter's boys squad bested visiting Abington Friends, 60-46.
Among other things, the teams combined to shoot just ONE free throw over the first 21 1/2 minutes. Anyone have access to the world's offbeat basketball records?
Anyway, senior Mason Williams (18) and junior Dylan Topaz (12) led PC in scoring while junior Ryan "Zingy" Maloney fell just short of double digits with nine. Williams also led the Quakers in rebounds (six) and steals (four).
On the road, the hoop girls also played Abington Friends.
Soph Kait Carter tallied 10 points in a 44-31 setback.
EVENTS OF DEC. 4
Penn Charter's girls squash team again has taken a trip to Dominationville.
Monday, the visiting Quakers bested Harriton, 8-1.
The most compelling matches featured senior captain Meredith Bernstein and junior Lexie Kaiser. Five games were required in each and the final scores were 3-2. Junior Hatti Specter needed four games to win her match.
Also victorious were seniors Charlotte Murray and Chloe Master and juniors Elisabeth Ross, Alexa Lenfest and Mia Bezar.
Bezar yielded just four points. The total for Murray was eight.
EVENTS OF DEC. 2
In Day 2 of a showcase event at Shipley, Penn Charter's girls basketball team met the host and suffered a 47-29 defeat.
No Quakers reached double digits. Soph Hayley Hunt (nine) and junior Emma Maley (eight) came close.
EVENTS OF DEC. 1
Pics -- Click here for JV/varsity boys basketball vs. Academy of the New Church.
After watching the junior varsity post a 63-7 victory in the first game of a basketball doubleheader Friday at Academy of the New Church, Penn Charter's varsity found it difficult to charge out of the gate with outrageous energy.
But a slow start, plus some late-game difficulties at the foul line, did not prevent the Quakers from claiming a 54-49 win.
Senior Mason Williams led the way with 20 points while junior sub Dylan Topaz added 17. The latter drained three treys and went 4-for-4 at the line in the waning moments to keep ANC at arm's length.
The girls traveled to Shipley for a showcase event and fell to Westtown, 47-38.
Soph Carmen Williams (Mason's sister) and classmate Kait Carter halved 26 points.
EVENTS OF NOV. 30
Pics -- Click here for: boys squash, middle school practice and varsity vs. Conestoga.
Every team's opener should turn out this well.
Thursday, Penn Charter's boys varsity squash squad opened its season with a match against visiting Conestoga and stormed to a 9-0 victory.
Senior Marker Angelakis, in the No. 2 spot, was the most dominant Quaker. He won by 3-0 and lost just five points. To boot, he achieved perfection by winning the second game 11-0.
No. 9 Tom Bradbeer, a junior, allowed just 10 points while No. 1 Marco Rodriguez, a senior, and No. 6 Philip Price, an eighth grader, surrendered 11 apiece.
The other winners: junior Max Lubowitz, senior Ben Swanson, freshman Ryan Yeatman, eighth-grader Oliver Leedale-Brown (his dad, Damon, is the coach), and junior Rohan Bhambhani.
Only two matches required four games.
The girls traveled to Shipley for their second match of the season and the first ever played on the Gators' new courts. Likewise, they were completely dominant, at 9-0.
No match lasted more than three games.
Juniors Elisabeth Ross and Hatti Specter dropped just seven points apiece. Junior Alexa Lenfest and senior Charlotte Murray were next with eight apiece and senior Chloe Master was right behind at nine.
The other winners: senior Gwen Davis, junior Mia Bezar, senior Meredith Bernstein and junior Alexis Kaiser.
EVENTS OF NOV. 28
Pics -- Click here for boys basketball vs. Germantown Friends/girls basketball vs. Friends' Central.
Because Williams is a common surname, you can't assume a guy and gal are brother and sister.
But Penn Charter's respective basketball squads DO feature siblings in Mason and Carmen Williams and Tuesday they fueled opening day victories.
Mason, a senior, drilled four treys en route to 22 points as the boys bested visiting Germantown Friends, 58-32. Then it was Carmen's turn. In the second game of a Dooney Field House doubleheader, the soph totaled 15 points, five rebounds and four assists in a 57-40 triumph over Friends' Central.
Meanwhile, remember the Hnatkowsky brother-sister hoops duo (Mike "Neeko"/Lexi) from last year? Their sister, a ninth grader named Kait, added 10 points.
For the boys, soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes had 12 points and three assists while junior sub Brendan Thomas hustled for four steals.
Other contributors for the girls: Soph Kait Carter had nine points, five boards and three assists; junior Emma Maley had three assists and five steals; and soph Hayley Hunt mixed eight points with five boards.
Girls squash needed to wait until nighttime to open its season and the result was a 6-3 win over Conestoga.
The score was 2-2 through the first four matches with PC's wins going to junior Mia Bezar and senior Meredith Bernstein by 3-0 scores. The Quakers then roared to 4-1 domination thanks to junior Alexa Lenfest and senior Elisabeth Ross by 3-0 and seniors Chloe Master/Charlotte Murray by 3-1.
EVENTS OF NOV. 20
Pics -- Clickhere for: practice for girls basketball, boys/girls swimming, boys basketball, wrestling.
No games yet for winter sports.
EVENTS OF NOV. 11
Pics -- Football vs. Gtn. Academy: pregame, halftime and postgame pics here. Game/crowd pics here. And click here for boys soccer and boys/girls cross country, also vs. GA.
Fake news: The last time Penn Charter's football team won nine games, the players traveled to games in trains or horse and buggies.
Wait, that might be legit news because the year was 1905.
YOU can research that one, folks (smile). We'll stick with this year's nine-win season.
Saturday, the grid Quakers (9-1) highlighted PC-GA Day by posting a 26-17 victory over visiting Germantown Academy, thus upping their outrageous advantage in the series to 84-36-11.
After falling into a 14-0 cavern, PC rallied hard as senior Will Samuel passed 17-for-31 for 234 yards and three touchdowns -- one apiece to classmate John Washington (6-85) and juniors Brendan Thomas (5-35) and Edward Saydee (4-78). Soph Ryan Bradby mixed two field goals with two PAT while Saydee carried 22 times for 103 yards.
Washington, who also forced a fumble and made the game-clinching interception, was awarded the Geis MVP Trophy. JuniorGavin Tygh, with three TFL, was also a defensive stalwart.
PC and GA tied for Competition Cup honors at 5-5.
Boys golf triumphed a while back. Saturday's other winners were boys cross country (27-28), girls soccer (4-0) and girls water polo (9-6).
Eighth grader Oliver Leedale-Brown, breaking his PR by more than a minute, paced the XC guys with a second-place finish. The other scorers: frosh Drew Gillespie (4th), junior Alex Turner (6th), senior Blaise Ciarrocchi (7th) and soph Luke Jaspan (8th).
The major girls scorers were senior Giovanna "Gi" DeMarco in soccer (three goals) and soph Hayley Hunt (eight) in water polo.
Boys soccer, boys water polo, girls tennis, girls cross country and field hockey were bested.
Frosh Emma Zwall provided the highlight for the losing teams by placing first in XC. Also, senior Connor Sullivan won the Rumpp Award for being named PC's MVP in the game vs. GA.
EVENTS OF NOV. 9
Pics -- Click here for: Girls soccer at Episcopal in a PAISAA semifinal.
What's the deal with the goalie gods? Why are they mad at Penn Charter?
Not too long ago, senior Mack Listman was lost to the girls soccer team due to concussion issues.
Monday, the boys visited SCH Academy for a PAISAA quarterfinal and junior Kyle Earley became unavailable after suffering a broken finger during warmups.
Thursday, the girls visited Episcopal Academy for a tourney semifinal and Listman's successor, junior Riley McDade, broke a finger not long into the first half . . . though she toughed things out and a diagnosis wasn't made until halftime.
The Quakers lost both contests by 1-0 scores.
In this game, soph Kait Carter pitched a shutout beyond intermission.
Both teams will end their seasons Saturday as part of PC-GA Day.
EVENTS OF NOV. 7
Pics -- Click here for: PAISAA soccer tournament, girls vs. Baldwin & boys vs. SCH Academy.
Giovanna DeMarco, the senior headliner of Penn Charter's girls soccer team, is called "Gi" by friends and teammates.
Tuesday, the spelling of that nickname could have changed to "Geeeee!" As she was truly amazing.
DeMarco has earned national accolades and she showed why Tuesday while leading the Quakers past visiting Baldwin, 3-1, in the quarterfinal round of the PAISAA Tournament.
Thanks to impressive individual moves and perfect shots, Gi scored the first two goals about 90 seconds apart a shade before the halfway point of the first half. Later, she had a marvelous assist on a goal by soph Sara Shipon.
Soph Riley McDade was the goalie for coach Darci Spencer's squad.
The boys, at SCH Academy, also competed in a PAISAA quarterfinal. The result was a 1-0 loss.
In the post-game gathering, coach Bob DiBenedetto's first move was to heap praise upon soph goalie Chase Williams.
Williams is a backup. But he was forced into action for this one after junior Kyle Earley, the starter, broke a finger while stopping a shot in warmups.
EVENTS OF NOV. 5
Penn Charter hosted the water polo championships for Eastern private schools Sunday and performed well while compiling a 1-1 record.
In fact, coach Brian Hecker feels his gals lately "have been playing their best polo of the season" and that has him excited for Saturday's game vs. Germantown Academy.
PC's results: a 16-15 win over Lawrenceville School (NJ) and a 9-7 loss to Hill School.
The Lawrenceville game featured a 9-6 edge in the second half. Soph Hayley Hunt turned six shots into five goals and classmate Sally Foley went 4-for-4 in her most noteworthy varsity outing. Junior Molly Visco added three goals. All six starters had at least one steal.
Hill was the No. 1 seed and PC spent some time in Feelin' Giddy Land, thanks to a 6-3, third-quarter lead. But Hill, the eventual champ, responded with five consecutive goals and wound up surviving. Hunt (three) and Visco (two) finished the game as PC's top scorers.
In the boys version of the tournament, played over two days, the Quakers dropped verdicts to Hill, Pingry School (NJ) and St. Benedict's (NJ).
In those last two games, frosh Zach Kaplan totaled nine nine apiece of goals/steals. Senior Alex Koenig added four scores vs. SB and soph Bret Brogan had six steals.
EVENTS OF NOV. 4
Pics -- Click here for: football vs. Episcopal.
Episcopal was missing its franchise rusher and starting quarterback due to injuries, but as Saturday's football game at Penn Charter reached intermission, the Churchmen owned a 17-14 lead.
Second half? Glad you asked.
The Quakers roared to four touchdowns on six possessions and claimed a 42-17 victory, notching an eighth win for the first time since 2006 and giving them a chance to finish with nine for the first time since 1905 if archrival Germantown Academy can be conquered next Saturday.
Headliners were numerous.
Senior John Washington made four catches for 122 yards and two TDs and added a third score on a 1-yard run. Junior Edward Saydee netted 141 yards and two scores on 23 rushes while senior Will Samuel passed 7-for-11 for 153 yards and the two scores to "Wash." On the defense, junior ends Gavin Tygh and Ryan Maloney, counting sacks and TFL, were in on seven stops for losses.
A cool moment occurred right before the game when Dan Rosania, the special needs son of former PC star Bob Rosania (Class of 1982), served as an honorary captain for the coin toss via the Athletes Helping Athletes program.
EVENTS OF NOV. 3
Pics -- Click here for: boys soccer vs. Shipley in first round of PAISAA Tournament.
Despite the date (Nov. 3), the weather was still balmy Friday as Penn Charter's boys soccer team hosted Shipley in the first round of the PAISAA Tournament.
How the game unfolded certainly was different, however.
In many contests this season, the first half has offered no goals . . . and often nothing even close to a goal.
But this time, the Quakers tallied just 90-odd seconds into the game and that counter stood up in a 1-0 victory.
Sophomore Jude Shorr-Parks was the first guy to make it possible. He made an all-out dash toward the back line, a shade outside the right post, and impressively kept the ball from going out of play. He also fired a sharp-angle pass toward the middle and senior Andrew Morris, thank you very much, pounded it past the goalie.
Morris and many other Quakers then ran over to the far-side stands, so they could celebrate with roughly 30 student rooters. Later, that portion of the crowd surpassed 40.
With plenty of help from Morris, senior Connor Sullivan and soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes, junior Kyle Earley earned a shutout.
Field hockey also met Shipley, on the road, in the first round of the PAISAA Tournament.
The result was a 3-2 loss, in two overtimes. Senior Catherine "Catmac" McInerney, off a corner, scored PC's first goal. Junior Elisabeth "ER" Ross also tallied.
EVENTS OF NOV. 2
Pics -- Click here for MS football vs. SCH Academy.
No varsity events today.
EVENTS OF NOV. 1
Pics -- Click here for: MS girls tennis vs. Shipley MS boys JV/varsity soccer vs. Malvern.
No varsity events today.
EVENTS OF OCT. 31
Pics -- Click here for: Golf vs. Germantown Academy.
Competition in the annual PC-GA Day commenced Tuesday at Huntingdon Valley Country Club and coach Travis Larrabee's linksters rolled past Germantown Academy by 7 1/2 to 1/2 in a match play event.
The other contests will take place on the actual PC-GA Day -- Saturday Nov. 11
Seniors Brian Isztwan and Archie Filshill led the way by winning their matches with identical 4 and 2 performances. (Meaning: They were up four holes with two remaining. Thus, the match was over.) PC's 3 and 2 winners were frosh Patrick Isztwan (Brian's brother) and seniors Noah Schwartz and Dante DiStefano. Three more seniors also participated. Blake Target and Marker Angelakis collected wins and Matt Barkann was part of a tie.
"I was particularly pleased that all seven seniors got to be part of the eight-man lineup, and so were they," Larrabee said. "Nice wayto finish up. This was a well played match for us. Since we've gone to this match-play format vs. GA, this is our most lopsided victory."
Boys soccer bested Malvern, 1-0, in a home game and coach Bobby DiBenedetto found it impossible to contain his excitement.
"We've been trying this play for 30 years!" he said. "And it NEVER worked until today."
He was referring to himself and assistant Tom Ciolko. Tom began coaching Bobby, then 14 years old, with the Juniata Express club team. In the 1989 season, Tom was North Catholic's coach and Bobby was a senior player for the Falcons. Now, Tom is Bobby's long-time assistant.
The play, a free kick, began roughly 22 yards out. Junior Billy Melnick chipped the ball over the defensive wall and soph Jude Shorr-Parks, having run around that wall, pumped the ball home from a spot near the right post. He was no more than six yards out.
"It was so cool to see it work, perfectly," DiBenedetto said.
Junior Kyle Earley earned the shutout.
"We played an excellent game." DiBenedetto said. "We were the dominant team."
Boys water polo hosted Malvern and fell, 15-7.
Senior Sean McLafferty scored twice while junior Will Tanner and soph Bret Brogan halved six steals.
Field hockey made the trek to Notre Dame and lost by a 10-1 score.
EVENTS OF OCT. 30
Pics -- Click here for: girls JV soccer vs. Notre Dame, girls/boys water polo vs. Friends' Central.
Only in the Charter (smile).
Monday, the Boyes cousins helped two girls teams claim victories.
In water polo, played at home against Friends' Central, soph Samantha Boyes totaled four goals and three steals to spark a 7-5 victory.
In soccer, Maggie Boyes, also a soph, scored a goal in the Quakers' 4-0 triumph at Notre Dame.
WP's other primary contributors were soph Sally Foley (two goals), junior Stella Singer (one) and classmate Annika Murray (two assists).
Soccer was fueled primarily by senior all-timer Giovanna "Gi" DeMarco, who owns a national profile. She scored the second and fourth goals and eighth grader Kayla Bradby earned a nice assist on the latter. Frosh Kait Haughey took care of the first counter. Soph Riley McDade recorded the shutout.
Boys water polo also hosted undermanned Friends' Central and substituted freely while rolling, 15-7.
Seven players scored. The leaders were soph Lance Rainer (five) and frosh Zachary Kaplan (three).
EVENTS OF OCT. 28
Pics -- Click here for: Football vs. SCH Academy.
The cross country state championships for independent schools were held Saturday at Belmont Plateau, in Fairmount Park, and PC's girls claimed third among 12 schools with 70 points.
Frosh Emma Zwall continued her eye-popping success by winning the race with a meet record of 19:00.70. The mark previously belonged to 2013 PC grad Catie Skinner, who set it as a soph in 2010 with a time of 19:10.07.
Also finishing in the Top 20 for coach Andy Zuccotti were juniors Mary McDavid (15, 21:15.50) and Abby Zwall (Emma's sister, 16, 21:19.20), and sophs Alicia Newman (18, 21:26.70) and Sophia Solomon (20, 21:34.00).
The boys placed 11th among 14 schools with 269 points. PC's top runner was frosh Drew Gillespie (39, 18:52.50).
Meanwhile, the football team has put itself into position to sniff very rare air.
Though this squad includes just four returning starters, its overall record now stands at 7-1 following a 28-7 win over visiting SCH Academy.
Two games remain -- the next two Saturdays vs. Episcopal Academy, then Germantown Academy -- and coach Tommy Coyle's squad has a chance to become PC's first eight-game winner since 2006 and nine-game winner since 1905.
In this one, junior Edward Saydee carried 21 times for 153 yards and two TDs while senior John "Johnny Wash" Washington scored twice thanks to four catches for 115 yards. Their longest six-pointers covered 70 and 60 yards, respectively.
A strong defensive performance was highlighted by frosh Matthew Marshall (two sacks, fumble recovery) and juniors Ryan Maloney (two sacks, one TFL) and Terence Thompson (two TFL).
EVENTS OF OCT. 27
Pics -- Click here for: Field hockey/girls soccer vs. Baldwin.
It was only one win. But it probably felt like three, or even four, to a young, inexperienced team that has often experienced rough moments this fall.
Friday, Penn Charter's field hockey squad hosted Baldwin in an Inter-Ac game and stormed to a 10-0 victory.
Senior Ava Nicolucci and soph Avery Myers paced the jubilant Quakers with four and three goals, respectively. Myers notched hers on just five shots. Goals by freshman Kaylee Dyer and seniors Lily Carpenter and Catherine "Catmac" McInerney completed the scoring.
Shortly into the second half, Nicolucci tallied after accepting a long right-side feed from Dyer. Only two minutes later, off a corner pass from Nicolucci, McInerney sent a rocket past Baldwin's goalie from maybe 20 yards out. Soon, Myers was converting a backhand slap.
Impressive goals ruled the day.
All along, PC's defense, keyed primarily by McInerney, played so well that frosh goalie Zora Johnson needed to make just two saves to record the shutout.
Girls soccer also played Baldwin at home and lost, 3-1. Soph Kait Haughey's goal prevented a shutout.
Boys soccer visited Episcopal and fell by the same score. Soph Ryan Bradby tallied for PC. Also at EA, boys water polo went down to defeat.
EVENTS OF OCT. 26
Ending a drought is always fun. When accomplishing that feat occurs in exciting fashion, it pretty much feels like New Year's Eve.
Brian Hecker is in his fourth year as Penn Charter's girls water polo coach and, prior to Thursday, his crew had never beaten Episcopal Academy.
This score was 14-13, thanks to a 9-4 advantage in the second half.
The winning goal was scored by senior Bela Metz on what Hecker termed "a beautiful pass" from classmate Greer Guyer.
Soph Hayley Hunt fired seven shots and converted each and every one. Freshman Sally Foley and senior Ellen O'Malley added two goals apiece while junior Natalie Driscoll and soph Molly Visco added singletons. Foley, Guyer and Hunt thirded nine steals. Plus, junior Zoe Tierno packed nine saves (of 12 total) into the second half.
Hecker was especially pleased by his team's steal/turnover ratio, 16 to 12. Wednesday, in a loss to Lawrenceville School (NJ), the team's 10 thefts were dwarfed by 22 cough-ups.
In that game, Hunt notched six goals. Guyer and O'Malley had two apiece.
Both contests were played in PC's pool.