Weekend Highlights for Track, BBall, Wrestling
The indoor track season is heating up and Penn Charter's boys team showed it was ready on Saturday by faring well in the Ocean Breeze Invitational in Staten Island, N.Y.
Coach Bryan Skelly said the two-day event (girls competed Sunday) featured over 300 schools and roughly 7,500 athletes, and that PC's boys posted seven lifetime bests.
The leaders in the PR category – in trackese, that stands for personal record – were junior Kieran Smith (23.41 seconds in the 200, 54.07 in the 400), classmate Matt Barkann (53.06 in the 400) and soph John Davis (2:14 in the 800).
Some other highlights . . .
Senior Chris Tucker ran 22.56 in the 200, one of Pennsylvania's Top 10 times this winter . . . freshman Akeel Blake ran 24.53 in the 200 and cleared 5-10 in the high jump . . . and soph Demetrius de Ramus ran 25.15 in the 200.
For the girls, frosh Jalynn Johnson ran 2:30.32 to capture her section of the 800 and soph Ainyae Holmes carved out an impressive PR of 7.73 over 55 meters.
Sunday, girls basketball traveled to Harriton High for a showcase event and pinned a 53-43 loss on Lower Merion.
As she did exactly two weeks earlier in a similar event at Philadelphia University, senior Lexi Hnatkowsky won team MVP honors thanks to 18 points, six rebounds and four steals. Her point total included five threes.
Ninth-graders Hayley Hunt (11 points) and Lizzie McLaughlin and senior Mireyah "Rey" Davis (nine apiece) also helped with scoring while soph Emma Maley dealt five assists.
In a special event Saturday, wrestling competed against four schools from the greater Washington, DC, area. The one win, by a 5-3 score, was posted against St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.).
Seniors Billy Costello, Gene Naumovsky and David Giorno all went 3-1, as did junior Alex Koenig and frosh Johnny Giuffrida. Frosh Jess Anderson notched a 2-2 split.
Main Line=not kind. Not Friday to Penn Charter sports teams, anyway.
In the afternoon, wrestling fell to Haverford School, 53-21. At night, basketball was edged by Malvern Prep, 62-59. Pins by seniors Gene Naumovsky (shown here) and Billy Costello (the match barely had a chance to get started) were the wrestling highlights. In hoops, frosh Ryan "Pooch" Holmes scored 22 points and packed 18 into the second half. Junior Mason Williams helped out with 13 points, nine of which came courtesy of three-pointers.
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