The Spring Sports Award Presentations honored outstanding achievements in athletics and sportsmanship. PC's teams each put up a solid season.
Softball won the Inter-Ac with an undefeated league record and only two losses in the season. The team beat Baldwin on Thursday – handily – to advance to the semifinals of the PAISAA tournament on Saturday. Competing in the quarterfinals against Mercersberg Academy, Baseball lost a heartbreaker in extra innings. See the full story on both games here.
As the banquet was in progress, Penn Charter's speedy crew duo Sally Stanley and Kelsey White raced at Nationals in Ohio. The pair oared to second in their heat and will advance.
Penn Charter Varsity Boys Tennis Coach and English teacher Philip Stevens delivered a special Inter-Academic League honor. All the tennis coaches in the league nominate an outstanding sportsman, teammate, player and person. This is the sixth time the award has been given to a Penn Charter athlete since its inception in 2001, more often than any other school.
The deed on the award reads, "Awarded to that high-profile player in the Inter-Ac who has for years exhibited, both on and off the court, the very highest ideals of sportsmanship and has become a model for all others in the league."
The award was given to senior Nirvikar Singh. "Our senior co-captain has played varsity tennis at a really high level for the past four years," Stevens said.
"Whether it was in the weight room, during our conditioning sessions in the squash courts or on the court during matches, Nirvikar has represented himself and Penn Charter so well over the past four years. With a record of 15-3 over the past two seasons, our #3 singles players could be counted on to give his opponents all they could handle, and then some. He also managed to grab a share of the third place trophy in the league doubles championship last week with his partner Greg Zlobinsky."
Athletes honored by Penn Charter coaches:
|Softball||Brigitte Gutpelet||Coaches Award|
|Softball||Eileen Hennessey||Coaches Award|
|Softball||Devon Loftus||Coaches Award|
|Baseball||Kenneth Bergmann||Coaches Award|
|Baseball||Frank Driscoll||Coaches Award|
|Baseball||Michael Siani||Coaches Award|
|Boys Lacrosse||Ryan Dickson||Coaches Award|
|Boys Lacrosse||Jake McCain||Coaches Award|
|Boys Lacrosse||Blake Target||Coaches Award|
|Girls Lacrosse||Hannah Fox||Coaches Award|
|Girls Lacrosse||Sarah Fleming||Coaches Award|
|Girls Lacrosse||Macaul Mellor||Coaches Award|
|Girls Track & Field||Marilyn Pease||Coaches Award|
|Girls Track & Field||Felicia Robinson||Coaches Award|
|Girls Track & Field||Emily Smith||Coaches Award|
|Boys Track & Field||Akeem Blake||Coaches Award|
|Boys Track & Field||Dylan Burnett||Coaches Award|
|Boys Track & Field||Sean Foley||Coaches Award|
|Boys Tennis||Nate Ewing||Coaches Award|
|Boys Tennis||Justin Ko||Coaches Award|
|Boys Tennis||Nirvikar Singh||Coaches Award|
|Crew||Cesar Centeno||Coaches Award|
|Crew||Nicholas Djerassi||Coaches Award|
|Crew||Gordon Robertson||Coaches Award|
|Crew||Pamela Gonzalez||Coaches Award|
|Crew||Emma Grugan||Coaches Award|
|Crew||Sally Stanley||Coaches Award|
The following athletes earned All-Inter-Ac honors:
|Softball||Faith Fenton||First Team|
|Softball||Brigitte Gutpelet||First Team|
|Softball||Eileen Hennessy||First Team|
|Softball||Devon Loftus||First Team|
|Softball||Grace Stansfield||First Team|
|Softball||Ayanna Matthews||Second Team|
|Baseball||Kenneth Bergmann||First Team|
|Baseball||Michael Siani||First Team|
|Baseball||Brendan Cellucci||Second Team|
|Baseball||Santino Primerano||Second Team|
|Boys Lacrosse||Sean McKee||First Team|
|Boys Lacrosse||Cody Sweeney||First Team|
|Boys Lacrosse||Drew Gallant||Honorable Mention|
|Boys Lacrosse||Luke Stansfield||Honorable Mention|
|Boys Lacrosse||Gavin Tygh||Honorable Mention|
|Girls Lacrosse||Hannah Fox||First Team|
|Girls Lacrosse||Macaul Mellor||First Team|
|Boys Track & Field||Akeem Blake||First Team|
|Boys Track & Field||Chris Tucker||First Team|
|Boys Tennis||Nirvikar Singh||First Team|
|Boys Tennis||Benjamin Swanson||First Team|
|Boys Tennis||Greg Zlobinsky||First Team|
Softball and baseball returned to action Thursday with games in the PAISAA tournament and the result for PC was a 1-1 split.
Softball topped visiting Baldwin, 8-2, in a semifinal (not many teams entered the tourney and PC received a first-round bye) while baseball fell to visiting Mercersburg Academy, 8-7, in eight innings, in a quarterfinal.
Junior Faith Fenton claimed the girls win thanks to homers by soph Grace Stansfield and senior Eileen Hennessy. The latter had two RBI and scored two runs. Senior Brigitte Gutpelet went 3-for-3 with two steals en route to scoring three runs.
PC's opponent in Saturday's final will be SCH Academy.
Junior Dom Toso (double, three RBI), frosh Sammy Siani (two RBI) and senior Colin Mattice (3-for-4, two runs) paced the boys, who allowed seven runs in the fifth but bounced back with two in the bottom half to create a 7-7 tie.
The team finished with a 14-9 record.
Local sports photographer Zamani Feelings once again captured PC varsity athletes in action and the results are incredible. Such ferocity! What focus!
The sets for spring teams are listed below, and albums, including winter sports, are available here. Zamani will capture all the fall teams beginning this September.
With the regular season drawing to a close PC teams nailed down a few wins before the end of regulation. Ted Silary OPC '69 was there to photograph the action. Read up on the details from last week and see who's doing what in championship play.
Early in the week, Softball extended their win-streak and boys lax went to the quarterfinals.
Junior Greg Zlobinsky took second in the Inter-Ac Championships, and he and senior Nirvikar Singh pulled down third place in the Inter-Ac Doubles Champs.
Wednesday was a big day for PC. Softball won the Inter-Ac, Baseball beat Haverford School, and PC Track and Field traveled to PAISAA Championships and came home with some hardware.
The PC crew team spent a rainy weekend on the water at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the world's largest high school regatta. Two boats earned top-10 finishes.
The Inquirer's Kate Harman takes a look at PC softball as the team prepares for Thursday's game in the semifinals of the state championship.
Harman's story tallies some impressive stats: "The Quakers haven't had many challenges so far, rolling through the season as they have outscored opponents, 223-34, notched 10 or more runs in 14 contests, and have beaten foes 13 times by the 10-run rule."
The Stotesbury Cup Regatta, held this weekend on the Schuylkill River, included 965 entries in 31 races for boys and girls.
A total of 189 rowing teams competed in the world's largest high school regatta and some trekked to Philly from far-away locales such as Florida, Texas and Canada.
The Quakers entered 10 boats and 24 total athletes. Four boats advanced from time trials to semifinals and two moved on to finals.
In the girls senior double final, junior Kelsey White and senior Sally Stanley clocked 5 minutes, 51.94 seconds to take sixth place.
In the boys single petite final, held for those entrants with semifinal times that ranked seventh through 12th, junior Stephen Flemming placed second in 5:41.46.
Above, PC senior Pam Gonzalez getting ready for her Stotesbury race.
On one of the few days this month with beautiful weather, there was still some precipitation.
While posing for pics with classmates Meredith Chernak and Sarah Fleming, senior Hannah Fox, a winner of 13 varsity letters over five years, could not help but release a few tears after realizing she'd played her final game on Penn Charter's campus.
In the quarterfinal round of the PAISAA lacrosse tourney, the Quakers bested Friends' Central, 16-11, and Fox, as you could have predicted by now, played a major role. Aside from scoring five goals, she won 10 draws.
With 7.1 seconds left in a topsy-turvy first half, Chernak scored a free position goal to provide a 9-7 lead. The Quakers then chalked up three consecutive goals to open the second half, thanks to junior Macaul Mellor (shown above), Fox and junior Courtney Cubbin. FC trailed by at least three scores the rest of the way.
Cubbin (four) and Mellor (three) followed Fox on the scoring list. Chernak, junior Perri Keehfuss and sophs Greer Guyer and Lex Joseph added one apiece. Ninth grader Emma Wilson distributed two assists. Junior Jamillah Buie was the netminder.
Details for PC's semifinal appearance have not been finalized.
Softball hosted Sussex Tech, a powerhouse from Georgetown, DE, and suffered a 5-1 setback. None of the Quakers' six hits went for extra bases.