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Wrestling and Basketball Action
12/04/2016 12:00 AM

 
A fifth winter squad opened its season Saturday and, like the first four, created good vibrations.

As you might remember, boys basketball (over Germantown Friends), girls basketball (over Friends' Central), girls squash (over Shipley) and boys squash (over Conestoga) claimed wins in comfortable-to-dominant fashion.

Wrestling is more of an individual sport, of course, and PC traveled to Germantown Academy for a tournament.

Stealer of show? Junior Alex Koening.

Competing in the 152-pound weight class, Koenig not only won but was named the event's Most Outstanding Wrestler. Coach Pete Shaifer said a PC kid had not captured that award in more than 10 years.

Alex wrestled three times. He won his first two matches by fall in 3:42 and 4:34, respectively. He seized No. 3, a sudden victory in overtime, by a 9-7 score.

The Quakers' other competitors were junior Jordan Steinhouse at 126, freshman Johnny Giuffrida at 132, soph Wayne Derkotch at 182 and senior Billy Costello at 285. Giuffrida won twice to advance to the final. Costello lost his first match, then rallied to claim third place thanks to falls in 1:28 and 0:56.

Penn Charter opened the home portion of its 2016-17 boys basketball season Friday vs. Academy of the New Church and suffered a 56-50 defeat.

Junior Mason Williams (19 points, five treys) and senior Adam Holland (15) scored in double digits while junior Will Samuel – pictured here blocking a shot – claimed eight rebounds. More action shots.

Just three days earlier at Germantown Friends, Samuel was a JV starter and varsity sub. This time he did not suit up for the JV and instead was a varsity starter.

The Quakers trailed, 41-30, after three quarters. They did not reduce the spread to fewer than four points.

Squash Takes Two in Season Openers
12/02/2016 10:13 AM

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Basketball has nothing on squash. In fact . . .Like the hoops squads, which won their season openers on Tuesday, the squash contingents pulled off a girls/boys sweep Thursday. But the Racq Pack was even more dominant.

At PC, under the direction of coach Damon Leedale-Brown, the girls (pictured above on home court) swept Shipley, 9-0. Assistant Peter Lubowitz handled the reins on the road and the result was a 7-2 boys' victory over Conestoga.

For the very young girls squad (no seniors in the lineup), the winners were juniors Gwen Davis, Charlotte Murray, Meredith Bernstein and Chloe Master; sophs Elisabeth Ross, Hatti Specter, Alexa Lenfest and Mia Bezar; and eighth grader Amanda Cowhey. Six of the gals registered three-game sweeps. Master (four points allowed) and the nationally-ranked Ross (six) were especially impressive.

The also-young boys squad (just one senior) received triumphs from senior Reid Kleinman; juniors Marco Rodriguez, Marker Angelakis, Ben Swanson and Soren "57" Heinz; and sophs Rohan Bhambhani and Tom Bradbeer.

Sweeps were recorded by Rodriguez, Angelakis, Bhambhani and Bradbeer.

Look Back: PC Girls Basketball
12/01/2016 1:38 PM

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Ted Silary OPC '69 looks back at girls basketball at Penn Charter, which began with a non-league schedule in the 1990-1991 season (team photo below), then joined the Inter-Ac for the 1991-1992 season (team photo above).

League/overall records and breakdown of results versus Inter-Ac opponents.

Captains, All-Inter-Ac Honorees, Leading Career Scorers.

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Awards, Honors for Fall Athletes
12/01/2016 10:00 AM

Coaches Honor Fall Athletes 

At an awards ceremony on Wednesday evening, Penn Charter coaches commended athletes on their achievements on the field, the courts, the course and in the pool. It was a strong season for Penn Charter athletics, including three outright Inter-Ac championships. Go Charter!

Michael "Neeko" Hnatkowsky is among a select group of players from Southeastern Pennsylvania high schools who will receive the Mini Max award. Players are nominated by their coaches throughout the season and are evaluated on football performance, academics and community service.

The athletes honored by Penn Charter coaches were: 

 SPORT  STUDENT  AWARD

 CROSS COUNTRY

 LUKE BROGAN

 COACHES AWARD

 CROSS COUNTRY

 CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON

 COACHES AWARD

 CROSS COUNTRY

 HARPER POLLIO-BARBEE

 COACHES AWARD

 

 

 

 CROSS COUNTRY

 ROSEMARY KAUFMAN

 COACHES AWARD

 CROSS COUNTRY

 JOSEPHINE SEPEL 

 COACHES AWARD 

 CROSS COUNTRY

 SOPHIA SOLOMON

 COACHES AWARD

 

 

 

 FOOTBALL

 MICHAEL HNATKOWSKY

 COACHES AWARD

 FOOTBALL

 EDWARD SAYDEE

 COACHES AWARD

 FOOTBALL

 LUKE STANSFIELD   COACHES AWARD

 

 

 

 FIELD HOCKEY

 COURTNEY CUBBIN

 COACHES AWARD

 FIELD HOCKEY

 CATHERINE MCINERNEY 

 COACHES AWARD

 FIELD HOCKEY

 JANELLE SULLIVAN

 COACHES AWARD

 

 

 

 GOLF

 JOSEPH CENTENO

 COACHES AWARD

 GOLF

 BRIAN ISZTWAN 

 COACHES AWARD

 GOLF

 NOAH SCHWARTZ 

 COACHES AWARD

 

 

 

 SOCCER

 MAX JACOBS

 COACHES AWARD

 SOCCER

 JAY JENNINGS 

 COACHES AWARD 

 SOCCER

 DYLAN SCHWARTZ   COACHES AWARD

 SOCCER

 CONRAD WILLIAMS 

 COACHES AWARD 
     

 SOCCER

 BRIGITTE GUTPELET

 COACHES AWARD

 SOCCER

 ALEXIS HNATKOWSKY   COACHES AWARD 

 SOCCER

 GIOVANNA DEMARCO

 COACHES AWARD

 

 

 

 TENNIS

 OLIVIA BRODY-BIZAR

 COACHES AWARD

 TENNIS

 SCHUYLER LA BARGE 

 COACHES AWARD

 TENNIS

 JENNIE REISMAN 

 COACHES AWARD

 TENNIS

 NATALIE WILLIAMS

 COACHES AWARD

 

 

 

 WATER POLO

 EMMET FOLEY 

 COACHES AWARD 

 WATER POLO

 ALEX MALITAS 

 COACHES AWARD 

 WATER POLO

 LOGAN WOLFINGTON 

 COACHES AWARD 
     

 WATER POLO

 HANNAH CALISTRI

 COACHES AWARD

 WATER POLO

 ZOE TIERNO 

 COACHES AWARD 

 WATER POLO

 EMILY ZURCHER 

 COACHES AWARD

 

The following athletes earned All-Inter-Ac honors:

 STUDENT  INTER-AC TEAM  SPORT
 HARPER POLLIO-BARBEE  FIRST  CROSS COUNTRY
 SOPHIA SOLOMON  FIRST  CROSS COUNTRY
     
 JANELLE SULLIVAN  FIRST  FIELD HOCKEY
      
 MICHAEL HNATKOWSKY  FIRST  FOOTBALL
 EDWARD SAYDEE   FIRST   FOOTBALL
 LUKE STANSFIELD  FIRST  FOOTBALL
 JOHN WASHINGTON  FIRST  FOOTBALL
 DENARII BEARD  SECOND  FOOTBALL
 WILLIAM COSTELLO   SECOND   FOOTBALL
 HAYDEN KNIGHTON  SECOND   FOOTBALL
 CHRISTOPHER TUCKER  SECOND  FOOTBALL 
     
 MAX JACOBS  FIRST  SOCCER
 JAY JENNINGS  FIRST  SOCCER
 CONNOR SULLIVAN  FIRST  SOCCER
 CONRAD WILLIAMS  FIRST  SOCCER
 ANDREW MORRIS   SECOND  SOCCER
 DYLAN SCHWARTZ  SECOND  SOCCER
     
 GIOVANNA DEMARCO  FIRST (MVP)  SOCCER
 KAITLYNN HAUGHEY   FIRST  SOCCER
 ALLYSON PAUL  FIRST  SOCCER
 EMMA MALEY  SECOND  SOCCER
 MACAUL MELLOR  SECOND  SOCCER
     
 BRIAN ISZTWAN  FIRST  GOLF
 NOAH SCHWARTZ  FIRST  GOLF
 JOSEPH CENTENO  SECOND  GOLF
     
 GWENDOLYN DAVIS  FIRST  TENNIS
 ELIZABETH DREBIN  FIRST  TENNIS
 BRINLEA LA BARGE  FIRST  TENNIS
 SCHUYLER LA BARGE  FIRST  TENNIS
 LEILA SOR  FIRST  TENNIS
     
 EMMET FOLEY  FIRST  BOYS WATER POLO
 LOGAN WOLFINGTON  SECOND  BOYS WATER POLO

Basketball Begins Season with Two Wins
11/30/2016 8:49 AM

Yes, overall, the non-stop rain and forever-dark skies made for quite the dreary Tuesday.

But on the sunshiney side . . . Penn Charter's varsity basketball teams opened their seasons and posted victories.

The boys headed the short distance down School House Lane to Germantown Friends and claimed a 45-35 win. The girls made the journey to Friends' Central and rolled to a 48-27 triumph.

Junior Mason Williams (17) and senior Adam Holland (13) paced the boys in scoring. (Adam takes it to the hoop at left. More photos.)

The Quakers took control in the second quarter, posting a 19-10 advantage thanks in part to five three-pointers. Senior Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky dished four of his five assists in that session.

Meanwhile, Neeko's senior sister, Lexi, paced the girls with 16 points. She added five rebounds and three assists. Seniors Mireyah "Rey" Davis (nine) and Julie Webb (eight) came close to double figures in scoring and the former seized 10 rebounds. Soph Emma Maley and freshman Kait Carter halved eight assists. 

The Quakers roared to the game's first 19 points.

If you're reading this, we hope you'll remember that the Fall Sports Awards Presentations begin tonight at 6:30 in the Kurtz Center, with a special shout-out and photo opp for our three Inter-Ac championship teams. Have we said that before? Three!

Soccer New Guard vs Old Guard
11/29/2016 2:10 PM

Just when you thought the fall sports season had concluded . . . Voila, special event!

Saturday morning, coach Bobby DiBenedetto supervised a 60-minute alumni game on Maguire Field.

The Old Guard thumped the New Guard, 7-2.

Basically, the OG featured players from the classes of 2007 and '08. The NW were more recent OPCs.

Scott Gorman OPC '08, who played in college at West Virginia, led the assault with three goals. Classmate Scott Kaesshaefer OPC '08 tallied twice while Tim Drabyak OPC '07 and Dan Lyons OPC '08 notched one goal apiece.

Sam Agre OPC '13 pumped home both goals for NG.

DiBenedetto just finished his 10th season as PC's coach with an outright Inter-Ac championship and an appearance in the PAISAA final. In that one, the Quakers played Hill School, of Pottstown, to a scoreless tie through 90 minutes then fell via penalty kicks, 12-11.

More photos.

MS Athletes Are Dedicated Sportspeople
11/29/2016 1:51 PM

Middle School Athletics at PC focus on skill development and emphasize dedication to the team and to hard work, building character, and learning good sportsmanship. 

At Middle School Assembly in late November, coaches commended their teams for a great season. The following athletes were given the Dedication Award and the Sportsmanship Award.

Congratulations to all our dedicated Middle School sportspeople!

Team Dedication Award Sportsmanship Award 
Football Danny Bach Marvin Harrison
Boys Cross Country Oliver Leedale-Brown Finn Glew
Girls Cross Country Isabelle Calvanese Abby Samuel
Field Hockey Emma Sandberg Kaylee Dyer
Boys JV Soccer Riley Kravitz Jake Weiner
Boys Varsity Soccer Danny Will Daniel Rodriguez
Girls JV Soccer Diane Marrow Amanda Raphael
Girls Varsity Soccer Kaitlyn Hnatkowsky Ava Coyle
Co-Ed Water Polo Zachary Kaplan Averie Schnupp
Girls Tennis Mali James-Gordon Evie Eisenstein


Winter Sports in Middle School began Monday, Nov. 28.

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Go Charter!

The spirit of Penn Charter athletics is built on a storied tradition of excellence and the belief that the interplay of academics, arts and athletics leads to strong, creative, resilient and flexible people.

Skilled teachers and coaches help our students understand – whether on the playing field or in the classroom – how to collaborate and compete, how to win with grace, and how to handle challenges and setbacks.

Our school cheer is: Go Charter!

We appreciate the student athletes who are now powering PC to great feats, and look forward to welcoming those who will do so in the future. Also, of course, we eternally appreciate the efforts of all OPCs!

Facilities

Penn Charter has provided student athletes with resources to match their talents. On 44 acres, Penn Charter offers its players and fans:

  • five grass playing fields, two synthetic turf fields, one all-weather, eight-lane track, seven tennis courts, 10 squash courts, four basketball courts, and one swimming pool.
  • PC has four buildings designated for athletics: Graham Athletics Center — with the new Blaine A. Steinberg OPC '11 Center for Fitness and Performance  Kline & Specter Squash Center, Ray Dooney Field House, and the Old Gym.

    Penn Charter Athletic Facilities

Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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