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PC Sports 4-for-5 on Wednesday
04/28/2016 2:53 PM

Between full contests and resumptions, PC's varsity squads racked up a 4-1 record on Wednesday.

Boys track rolled to a 71-51 win over visiting Malvern Prep.

Senior Sean Foley, continuing his impressive bounce-back from a severe shoulder injury last fall, won the shot put with a distance of 46 feet, 3 inches. Thomas Freitag, the other senior winner, clocked 4:44 in the 1600.

The junior winners were Chris Tucker (11.0 in the 100) and Edgar McIlvaine (10-0 in the pole vault).

The young bucks also came through. Sophs Tzion Jones (38-2) and Marqui Johnson (23.7) triumphed in the triple jump and 200, respectively.

Boys lacrosse completed a 7-5 win over visiting Germantown Academy. All but the final 7:41 was played Tuesday before foul weather intervened. Senior Drew Gallant scored three goals and classmate Sean McKee, back from injury, played well in the net.

"It was good to get him back," coach Pat McDonough said. "He made a bunch of good stops. (Wednesday) the defense did a good job because GA probably had the ball for four-five minutes."

Softball tamed Archbishop Carroll, 8-1, in a non-league game.

Junior Faith Fenton allowed three hits while walking one and collected two RBI, as did senior Dev Loftus (3-for-3, double) and soph Grace Stansfield. Junior Brigitte Gutpulet went 4-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. The Quakers totaled 14 hits.

"Very crisp game. Only one walk by both teams," noted coach Doc Mittica. "Lots of good defensive plays on both sides."

Boys tennis topped visiting Friends' Central, 4-1, in a non-league match.

Senior Nirvikar Singh, at No. 3 singles, stormed to a 6-0, 6-0 victory in what coach Phil Stevens described as "well under an hour." The top doubles teams, No.1 Tom Bradbeer (freshman) and Alex Shipon (soph) and No. 2 Luca Fortina (senior) and Justin Ko (soph), each lost only one game while coming close to Singh's feat.

Soph Ben Swanson, at No. 2 singles, kept battling and battling and (deep breath) battling and . . . In two-plus hours, he came from behind to win his match 6-7, 6-2, 10-7 in a third-set tiebreaker.

In a tough, two-day contest, baseball fell at Germantown Academy, 4-2. The game had been halted after 2 1/2 innings Tuesday with the score at 1-1. Wednesday's RBI went to junior Brendan Pell (sac fly).

Wins for Girls Lax and Boys Tennis
04/26/2016 1:16 PM

Sometimes, the best thing a coach can do is make sure an outrageous number of goals are NOT scored.

Colleen Magarity did so Monday.

Girls varsity lacrosse bested visiting Cheltenham, 19-4, in a non-league game and the Quakers probably could have racked up a total in the mid-30s. Instead, often in the second half and sometimes late in the first, they passed and passed and passed some more to make sure all possessions seemingly lasted forever.

And when Cheltenham's goalie held the ball for long stretches, the Quakers did not exert pressure.

Senior Hannah Fox (seven), junior Courtney Cubbin (four) and ninth grader Molly Visco (two) tallied multiple goals. Seniors Meredith Chernak and Sarah Fleming, junior Macaul Mellor, sophs Greer Guyer and Lexi Joseph and eighth grader Mackenzie McDonough added one apiece. Mellor had two assists while Fox and Joseph halved six draws.

Boys varsity tennis also stayed home and chalked up a 5-2, non-league victory over Harriton.

The Quakers' two setbacks were accompanied by asterisks. Junior Greg Zlobinsky, at No. 1 singles, and junior Nate Ewing, part of the crew at No. 2 doubles, were forced to withdraw during their matches due to illness.

Ben Swanson (No. 2 singles) won by 6-2, 6-2. Senior Nirvikar Singh (No. 3 singles) won by 6-4, 6-0. The only close match involved sophs Justin Ko and Josh Toll at No. 4 doubles. They won, 10-7, in a third set tie-breaker.


Games Galore, Plus New School Record
04/26/2016 9:31 AM

The R. Joseph Kellerman Relays, featuring boys teams from roughly 40 schools throughout the Delaware Valley, were hosted Saturday by Great Valley High.

Sixteen events were contested and Penn Charter impressed with three first place finishes, two in the field and one on the track that was a new school record!

Junior Akeem Blake led the way. In the high jump, Blake (6-2) and freshman Patrick Gabor (5-8), who's springy enough to easily dunk a basketball, combined for 11 feet, 10 inches. Blake (43-5) and classmate Tzion Jones (37-9) posted 81-2 in the triple jump.

Also earning gold and setting a new school record, in 1 minute, 4.35 seconds, was the 4x100 shuttle hurdles relay team of Conrad Williams, Jay Jennings, Pat McLaughlin and Dylan Burnett. All four are juniors. 

Other notable finishes: The 4x200 team of juniors Chris Tucker and Denarii Beard and sophs Connor Sullivan and Kieran Smith placed third in 1:32.76; Blake (20-7) and Jones (16-9 1/2) placed fifth in the long jump at 37-4 1/2.

In all three of his leaping events, Blake was the No. 1 competitor.

Girls varsity lacrosse traveled to Radnor High to compete in a tournament and racked up a 10-8 win over Hill School. Soph Greer Guyer scored four goals.

Boys lacrosse stayed at home, but fell to Strath Haven, 14-9. The Quakers went scoreless after a goal by senior Drew Gallant created a 9-9 tie.

Coming off a 12-7 loss at Malvern in Inter-Ac play Friday, varsity baseball spent Saturday playing a doubleheader at Perkiomen School.

After losing, 5-0, the Quakers toughed out a 1-0 win. Senior lefty Santino Primerano earned the W and another southpaw, junior Brendan Cellucci, nailed down the save. Senior Kenny Bergmann provided the run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. He had three hits in the twinbill.

Varsity softball is getting accustomed to short workdays.

For the umpteenth time this season, coach Doc Mittica's crew (now 9-0 overall) needed just five innings to vanquish a foe.

Friday, the opponent was host Agnes Irwin, in an Inter-Ac game, and the final score was 14-4. Few would have predicted that after one inning because PC trailed, 4-0.

Senior Ayanna Matthews was the primary hitting hero, thanks to a 4-for-4 performance that included a triple and homer (in a six-run second) along with three apiece of RBI/runs scored. Senior Eileen Hennessy racked up four RBI while winning righthander Faith Fenton, a junior, and senior Brigitte Gutpelet posted two RBI apiece.

Varsity baseball journeyed to Malvern and incurred a 12-7 loss.

A triple by frosh Sammy Siani and homer by junior James Gabor provided a 2-0 advantage just two batters into the game, and the score after 2 1/2 innings was 5-1. Alas, Malvern exploded for six runs in the bottom half and maintained control thereafter.

Tennis Clutch Against GFS
04/22/2016 1:00 AM

When the top player is unavailable due to illness, a team often experiences struggles.

That was not the case Thursday for Penn Charter's boys tennis varsity, which had to compete without junior Greg Zlobinsky (No. 1 singles.)

The Quakers bested visiting Germantown Friends, 5-2, in a non-league match and the win was sealed, according to coach Phil Stevens, by clutch, three-set wins from senior Nirvikar Singh at No. 2 singles and by the No. 3 doubles team of sophomores Justin Ko and Josh Toll.

The squad's other winners: soph Ben Swanson at No. 1 singles (shown here); the No. 1 doubles team of soph Alex Shipon and freshman Tom Bradbeer; and the No. 2 doubles team of soph Jake Cutler and junior Tyler Schwartz.

Boys lacrosse hosted Malvern Prep, in Inter-Ac action, and was dealt an 18-8 setback.

Though the Friars are nationally ranked, PC did provide early resistance. Senior Cody Sweeney scored three consecutive goals and, in the final moments of the first quarter, the ball traveled from frosh goalie Carson Marano (he tossed it WAY high, roughly 60 yards) to junior Luke Stansfield to senior Colin Bleier . . . and into the net!

That goal gave PC a 4-3 lead. Soon, senior Drew Gallant again was putting the Quakers in front, at 5-4. Malvern dominated thereafter.

Girls lacrosse traveled to Agnes Irwin for an Inter-Ac night game.

The result was a 12-7 loss. PC charged within 7-5 and 8-6 before AI created comfortable space. Soph Lexi Joseph (three) and junior Macaul Mellor (two) topped PC's scorers.

Boys Track Picks Up League Win
04/21/2016 10:05 AM

Sean Foley loves to compete in athletics, so one can only imagine how disjointed he felt while spending six-plus months on the disabled list.

Foley, a star lineman, suffered a severe injury to his right shoulder in late September and missed the rest of the football season. He also was forced to sit out the basketball campaign and there were no guarantees he'd be able to resume his shot put duties in .

Wednesday, PC track hosted SCH Academy.

Take a guess . . . Which athlete won the shot put?

Right, you are! Sean Foley. He's the same guy who, as the season began, even dabbled in launching the shot lefthanded just so he could experience the joy of again being a contributing part of a group.

Foley, in his second meet this spring, uncorked a throw of 41 feet, 7 inches. He's hoping to keep improving as the season rolls on, and would love nothing better than to approach/exceed the 50-foot mark.

The Quakers won the meet, 80-42, and junior Akeem Blake was quite the whirlwind. Aside from winning the high jump (6-4), long jump (22-1) and triple jump (44-9), he anchored the winning quartet in the 4x400 relay.

Other winners of note: junior Edgar McIlvaine in the pole vault (10-6) and classmate Dylan Burnett in the high hurdles (15.5).

Big Wins for Baseball, Softball
04/20/2016 1:35 PM

Hitting into a triple play is rather rare. So is this: homeruns by brothers in the same inning.

Good, ol' Penn Charter accomplished BOTH feats Tuesday in an Inter-Ac varsity baseball game at Haverford School and we can't imagine that too many teams, whatever the level, have been able to make that claim.

The Quakers won, 8-1, as lefties Brendan Cellucci (junior, 5 2/3 innings) and Mike Siani (soph, struck out all four batters he faced) divided the pitching.

The triple play occurred in the fifth inning and was the result of infield fly by Mike Siani that wasn't caught. All kinds of nutty things happened thereafter and the final decision, after much discussion between the coaches and umpires, was that two baserunners had committed violations.

In the seventh, frosh Sammy Siani sent a three-run homer out onto Lancaster Avenue. Junior James Gabor drew a walk, then Mike Siani launched a two-run shot that came close to matching Sammy's. It was just a shade to the left.

Senior Kenny Bergmann had lofted a solo homer in the fourth. Sammy (left) and Mike Siani are shown above.

In softball, PC topped visiting Episcopal, 22-1, while collecting 16 hits.

Junior Faith Fenton yielded one hit in four innings. Senior Eileen Hennessy and soph Grace Stansfield halved four of the team's eight doubles while seniors Dev Loftus (four RBI) and Zoe Neefe (three) cracked triples. Also, Stansfield, the catcher, picked off three runners.

In home games, the lacrossse squads were defeated. The boys fell to Haverford School, 12-5, and the girls were topped by Episcopal, 15-6. Senior Cody Sweeney scored twice for the former.

Boys tennis dropped a 6-1 decision at Haverford School. The Quakers' win was posted by senior Greg Zlobinsky (7-6, 6-4) at No. 1 singles.

Coach Phil Stevens noted, "While the score may seem a bit one-sided, the matches were all tightly contested and well-fought."

Look Back: Jack Meyer OPC '50
04/19/2016 9:16 AM

Can't imagine too many guys have been part of two MLB records within a two-week period. Well, Jack Meyer OPC '50 accomplished that feat.

Meyer, a righthander from Medford, NJ, made his MLB debut with the Phillies in 1955. He was mostly a reliever in a seven-year career (all with the Phillies), compiling a 24-34 record and 3.92 ERA with 21 saves.

Meyer first tasted fame on Sept. 9, 1958, in a game vs. the Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium. Five pitchers combined to record 23 strikeouts, a total that tied the MLB record for a nine-inning game. Thanks to Sandy Koufax (eight) and Johnny Klippstein (four), the Dodgers racked up 12. The Phillies answered with 11 due to Ray Semproch, Jack Sanford (two apiece) and Meyer (seven). Meyer posted his Ks in just three innings. He allowed no hits/runs and walked one.

A neat little nugget: Sept. 9, 1958, was the same day outfielder Johnny Callison was promoted to the majors (by the White Sox) at age 19. He went 3-for-3 with one RBI vs. the Red Sox. Later, he became a star for the Phillies.

Let's skip ahead to Sept. 22. That day, also at Connie Mack, the Phillies played the Pirates. The Phillies won, 3-2, in 14 innings, in what was the first game of a twi-night doubleheader. Meyer set a MLB record for relievers (since broken) by striking out the first six batters he faced!

The victims in the 12th inning, in order, were Hank Foiles, Ron Kline and Bill Virdon. In the 13th: Roman Mejias, R.C. Stevens and Bob Skinner, later the Phillies' manager. The string was broken in the 14th when Harry Bright was retired on a fly to left. In the home 14th, Richie Ashburn led off by flying out. Bobby Young then singled, advanced to third on a single by Ed Bouchee and scored on a single by Dave Philley.

Kline was Pittsburgh's pitcher. He pitched the entire game, allowing 13 hits and nine walks while striking out five over 13 1/3 frames. Imagine how many pitches he threw!

Jack Meyer died of a heart attack in 1967. He was only 34.

Meyer at PC: In 1946, as an eighth grader, Meyer competed in the Inter-Ac's junior track meet. He won the shot put with an effort of 41-3 1/4 inches and fared well in the 90-yard low hurdles with a time of 12.8 seconds. His picture, launching the shot put, appeared in the Inquirer.

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