As October rolls into its midpoint, it's time for another weekly check-in on how the fall sports teams at Penn Charter have been making out:
10/11: Boys water polo bounces back
Dreams aren't always realized.
After starting the season with five consecutive wins in non-league play, Penn Charter's football team hoped to start Inter-Ac League competition by beating host Malvern Prep for the first time since 2006
The first 18 minutes were scoreless. MP then stormed to 23 points in 3 minutes, 32 seconds, and wound up with a 23-9 victory.
Senior Will Samuel passed 18-for-36 for 264 yards and a TD to classmate John Washington while junior Edward Saydee contributed 145 yards of rushing/receiving. In addition to kicking a field goal, junior Terence Thompson made three catches for 49 yards. More photos.
Maybe it's hitting you . . . Wait, isn't soph Ryan Bradby PC's kicker? Indeed. But he and the rest of the soccer Quakers were battling Malvern on the adjacent field.
That game yielded a 1-1 tie. Senior Andrew Morris scored for the Quakers shortly after junior Kyle Earley made a nifty save on a penalty kick.
Penn Charter's girls tennis no longer has a chance to claim another Inter-Ac League championship. But good vibrations are still important and coach Rose Weinstein's squad created them Friday.
In a home match vs. Notre Dame, the Quakers posted a 4-3 win thanks to two wins apiece in singles and doubles.
The singles winners were junior Brinlea La Barge and soph JJ Birnie and the former was absolutely perfect at 6-0, 6-0.
Repping the doubles were seniors Chloe Master/Lizzie Drebin and senior Meredith Bernstein/freshman Olivia Schwartz.
Girls soccer and field hockey also played on campus — SCH Academy was the dual opponent — and were bested by 1-0 and 3-0, respectively. The soccer goal was not yielded until four-plus minutes remained.
Girls water polo traveled to Hill School for an invitational event cleverly called "Waterpolooza" and seized a pair of wins.
In game one, PC drubbed Exeter, 12-0, as soph Sam Boyes connected on all five shots she attempted. Classmate Hayley Hunt added three goals and the steals/turnovers breakdown was almost perfect (14-1).
Game two yielded a 10-3 triumph over Perkiomen Valley. Hunt and junior Molly Visco halved eight goals while juniors Abbey Quinn and Zoe Tierno combined for 12 saves.
Boys water polo visited Malvern and fell by 11-4. Senior Sean McLafferty scored twice.
Boys soccer was Penn Charter's only varsity team in action Thursday and all went very well.
At Lighthouse Field, the Quakers rolled past Roman Catholic, 4-1, thanks to two goals by soph Jude Shorr-Parks and one apiece by senior Andrew Morris and soph Ryan Bradby.
One of the nice accomplishments in sports is a next-day bounceback after a one-sided loss.
Tuesday, Penn Charter's boys water polo team was humbled by Episcopal, 14-5. Wednesday, opting not to experience anything close to a rerun, the Quakers again jumped into their home pool and wound up topping Lawrencevile School (NJ), 12-9.
Soph Lance Rainer and senior Sean McLafferty led the scoring parade with five and four goals, respectively. Rainer, senior Alex Koening and soph Bret Brogan fought for three steals apiece.
Golf traveled to Bluestone Country Club, in Blue Bell, for the fifth of six Inter-Ac League golf invitations. Germantown Academy was the host school.
PC shot 243 for fourth place. Senior Brian Isztwan was impressive with a one-under 35. Seniors Dante DiStefano, Matt Barkann and Noah Schwartz, and junior Dylan Topaz, finished with in-that-order scores from 39 to 42. Photos.
That archrival school in Fort Washington felt like home for Penn Charter's girls soccer team Tuesday afternoon.
Thanks to two goals by freshman Janae Stewart, a goal/assist by senior Giovanna "Gi" DeMarco and strong netminding from senior Mack Listman, the Quakers pinned a 3-1 loss on Germantown Academy.
"Each time we play GA it is exciting and challenging and today was no different," commented coach Darci Spencer. "We battled for 80 minutes and played well offensively and defensively.
"I am very proud of my team and the way we earned the victory."
Boys soccer hosted Episcopal and lost, 1-0, on a goal with 23 minutes remaining. More photos.
Boys cross country headed to SCH Academy and earned a 25-30 victory thanks to third-through-seventh performances by soph Luke Jaspan (19:10), senior Blaise Ciarrocchi (19:19), frosh Drew Gillespie (19:41), junior Alex Turner (19:43) and senior Chris Thomas (19:46).
Noted coach Bryan Skelly: "We ran as a pack, which helped earn the victory."
Water polo dropped a pair of games. The boys lost at home to Episcopal, 14-5, while the girls fell to that same foe, 16-7, in a road contest.
For the boys, soph Lance Rainer and freshman Zachary Kaplan recorded one goal/assist apiece. Soph Hayley Hunt hit on three of six shots for the girls. Junior Molly Visco succeeded on two of three attempts. Photos.
Field hockey was blanked, 6-0, in a game at GA.
October began like many other months on the calendar: rife with triumphs and accomplishments for the Penn Charter athletic teams and their student athletes. Here's a look back on the first week of October in PC sports:
Penn Charter has provided student athletes with resources to match their talents. On 47 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.
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!