It's always nice to see a team bounce back, especially impressively, from a difficult loss — and that happened Saturday as Penn Charter played Inter-Ac game No. 2 of the 2016 football season.
After last week falling to Haverford School, 21-20, in overtime, the Quakers stormed to a 49-27 triumph at SCH Academy.
Coach Tommy Coyle's squad ch-chinged its way to 480 scrimmage yards thanks largely to sophomore running back Edward Saydee (28 carries, 213 yards) and senior quarterback Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky (12-for-15, 179 yards). Saydee scored four total TDs while Hnatkowsky passed for two and ran for another.
Senior Chris Tucker, a wideout, got things started with a 35-yard scamper off a jet sweep. Soph tackle Ronnie Ross starred on defense by involving himself in a sack and two TFLs.
Above, Luke Stansfield (L) and Terence Thompson celebrate the former's TD on an 18-yard reception. More football photos.
Also Saturday, PC golf finished second among nine teams in the PAISAA tourney at Chester Springs Golf Club.
Each team entered four players and the top three scores counted. PC totaled 242 points thanks to juniors Brian Isztwan (78, 7th place), Noah Schwartz (81, 12th and Matt Barkann (83, 17th). Soph Dylan Topaz (90, 27th) was the fourth participant for the squad, as guided by coach by Travis Larrabee and assistant coach Val Erdmanis – all pictured below.
First-place fever is catching. One day after Penn Charter's girls tennis team won the Inter-Ac championship with a perfect record at 6-0, girls soccer blanked visiting Episcopal Academy, 2-0, to move into first place with a 6-1 mark. Five league games remain for that squad.
The goals were tallied 2 1/2 minutes apart in the second half. With 9:30 remaining, junior Gi DeMarco sent the ball far downfield toward the left corner. Senior Alex Kuper ran it down and thumped a feed toward the middle. Eighth grader Kait Haughey positioned herself in front of a single defender and guided the ball into the net.
DeMarco used her head, following an impressive leap, to notch goal No. 2. Shown above, she did so directly in the middle off a right-side corner kick from soph Emma Maley.
Junior Mack Listman went the distance in goal, earning nine saves.
Flanked by her assistants, coach Darci Borski told the players in a post-game speech, "Today was exciting. It was inspiring. We had goosebumps."
Later she added, "We deserved that win. We worked hard and did play the better game."
Field hockey also hosted Episcopal and dropped a 3-1 decision. Photos of field hockey and soccer.
Boys soccer played an away game vs. Haverford School and headed home with a 2-0 victory. Goals were scored by junior Matt Kestenbaum and senior Max Jacobs (off an assist from freshman Jude Shorr-Parks). Senior Jay Jennings was in the net.
Girls water polo traveled a longer distance - to Pottstown for a game vs. Hill School. The result was a 15-10 setback. Senior Justine Paolini led PC in goals with three while classmates Emily Zurcher and Brina Way had two apiece. Zurcher added three assists and junior Greer Guyer led the way in steals.
It's barely past mid-October and Penn Charter already owns its first Inter-Ac team championship of the 2016-17 school year.
Deserving of praise? Girls tennis!
Thursday featured an away match vs. Notre Dame and coach Rose Weinstein's crew claimed a 5-2 triumph, finalizing its league record at 6-0 and its advantage in matches at 34-8.
This is PC's first girls tennis crown since the fall of 2000; that squad also was perfect in league play. Weinstein took control of the program in the fall of 2005.
"This team is extremely happy with the win," noted senior Natalie Williams, one of the captains. "Teamwork made this happen. We are a strong team that managed to work together well. Everyone was a team player and was satisfied with their positions on the team. Everyone contributed in some way."
In this contest, the winners were soph Brinlea La Barge (first singles, by 6-0, 6-1), senior/sister Schuyler La Barge (second singles, by 6-1, 6-1), soph Leila Sor (third singles, 6-0, 6-2), senior Olivia Brody-Bizar/junior Meredith Bernstein (third doubles, by 6-1, 6-3) and juniors Lizzie Drebin/Gwen Davis (fourth doubles, by 4-6, 6-4, 10-8).
The first and second doubles squads were bested in tiebreakers -- junior Chloe Master/Natalie (first, by 6-3, 5-7, 7-10) and senior Jennie Reisman/freshman JJ Birnie (second, by 6-3, 3-6, 6-10).
"We tried not to put any pressure on ourselves and just had fun," Natalie commented. "Although we did lose some today, we all rejoiced in the win for team, and let any and all disappointments go.
"We all are just happy that we won the Inter-Ac with an undefeated season. With the help and coaching of our amazing coach, Rose Weinstein, we were able to strive and be better tennis players for ourselves, for each other, and for Rose. Go Penn Charter!!"
Penn Charter's water polo squads had a tough day in the water.
The girls put up a great fight vs. Episcopal Academy while falling, 13-10. The boys suffered a 21-10 defeat vs. Hill School.
Seniors Emily Zurcher (four) and Justine Paolini (two) scored multiple goals for the girls. Junior Greer Guyer dealt three assists and senior Brina Way made seven steals.
Though the real PC/GA Day won't take place until Saturday, Nov. 12, Tuesday offered a mini-version, and the Quakers were perfect in soccer.
The boys triumphed, 1-0, on a late goal by junior Andrew Morris, who connected with under two minutes remaining from as far away, perhaps, as 30 yards. Another major moment took place about two minutes earlier when senior goalie Jay Jennings used a classic dive/sprawl to make a save on a penalty kick.
The girls went the boys one better, at 2-0. The first half score came courtesy of soph Ally Paul, who pumped home a rebound after taking a pass from freshman India Barnes. The play began with a corner kick by soph Emma Maley. Then, with 19 minutes left in the second half, junior Gi DeMarco converted a shot from roughly 20 yards; the ball sailed over the goalie's reaching-high hands. Senior Mireyah "Rey" Davis earned the shutout.
In boys water polo, the Quakers dropped a 14-13 decision. Seniors Emmet Foley (five), Logan Wolfington (four) and Evan McFadden (three) dominated the scoring while classmate Max Blender dealt four assists and made five steals. Yet another senior, Alex Malitas, allowed no fourth-quarter goals.
Field hockey was blanked, 5-0, but coach Steve Wagner was pleased by the play of two seniors, goalie Janelle Sullivan and defender Courtney Cubbin.
"Because of Janelle's efforts, we were able to play our style of play with more confidence," Wagner told the team's manager, Daisy Slawek. "Courtney's ability to defend and move into space created a forward momentum."
Girls tennis spent the day at Episcopal Academy and fared the best among all Inter-Ac teams in the individual tournament!
First place finishes were achieved by soph Brinlea La Barge (first singles), senior sister Schuyler La Barge (second singles), senior Jennie Reisman and freshman JJ Birnie (second doubles) and senior Olivia Brody-Bizar and junior Meredith Bernstein (third doubles).
Soph Leila Sor placed second at third singles. Third place efforts were posted by junior Chloe Master and senior Natalie Williams (first doubles), and the fourth doubles team of junior Lizzie Drebin and her rotating partners, junior Gwen Davis and senior Hunter Smith. Special thanks to Natalie for providing these details!
The Inter-Ac League held its cross country championships Monday on the 3.1 mi course – 5,000 meters, if you prefer – at Belmont Plateau, and two Penn Charter runners earned Top 10 finishes.
Senior Harper Pollio-Barbee placed eighth in the boys race with a time of 18 minutes, 16.6 seconds. Among the girls, ninth grader Sophia Solomon claimed seventh at 21:47.8.
Six other boys finished in the Top 40:
Blaise Ciarrocchi, junior, 25, 19:59.7.
Luke Brogan, junior, 27, 20:20.9.
Luke Jaspan, freshman, 28, 20:11.5.
Timur Serbest, soph, 32, 20:29.6.
Joshua Patton, senior, 37, 21:03.8.
Jordan Steinhouse, junior, 38, 21:13.6.
Four other girls finished in the Top 40:
Alicia Newman, freshman, 21, 23:31.1.
Hadley Ball, soph, 33, 24:47.7.
Rosemary Kaufman, senior, 34, 24:51.9.
Marilyn Pease, senior, 39, 26:18.9.
The boys placed sixth, the girls raced to fifth.