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Spring Sports Awards
05/27/2016 3:55 PM

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

 Go Charter!

Softball Advances, BB Loses in Extra Inning
05/27/2016 9:39 AM

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.

PC Spring Season Athletes in Pictures
05/24/2016 2:17 PM

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.

Girls Lacrosse     Boys Lacrosse     Softball

Baseball     Boys Tennis     Crew     Track & Field

Go Charter! 

Weekly Roundup: May 16-22
05/23/2016 11:08 AM

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.

Girls lacrosse won the last game seniors will play on campus and several of the boys lax team were named to the All-Inter-Ac squad.

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.

 Go Charter! 

Inquirer Catches Up with PC Softball
05/23/2016 9:32 AM

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."

Two Top-10 Finishes at Stotesbury
05/22/2016 10:24 AM

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.

Details, Photos for Girls Lax and Softball
05/21/2016 3:08 PM

On one of the few days this month with beautiful weather, there was still some precipitation.

Human variety.

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.

Photos for both lacrosse and softball.

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