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Wrestling had a decisive win over Springside Chestnut Hill on Friday, toppling the Blue Devils by a score of 50-28. The Quakers secured the victory with four pins, a technical fall and one regular decision. Sophomore Max Lentz earned the team's first pin in a 50-second match in the 132-lb. weight class. Senior TJ Henry followed suit, pinning his opponent in a swift 36-second contest. In the 160-lb. class, junior John Giuffrida went back and forth with his opponent for nearly three full periods before winning by takedown with 16 seconds left in the third. Sophomore Jack Glomb won his match by pin in the 170-lb. class, and senior Wayne Derkotch won by pin at 195 lbs. Junior Matt McGlinchey significantly increased the Quaker's lead with a 16-0 victory in the 285-lb. weight class. Friday's win brings the Quakers' record to 8-3 in dual meet competition. The team travels to Episcopal for league play on Jan. 18. 
The PC swimming and diving teams had a great meet against Lawrenceville on Saturday. The girls team continued their dominant streak, winning 11 of 12 events. Several Quakers won their events outright: Juniors Sally Foley (200 Individual Medley and 100 Freestyle), Sam Boyes (50 Freestyle), Avery Myers (Diving) and Gabby Lopez-Ona (100 Fly); sophomore Camille Weiss (500 Freestyle) and freshman Lane Murray (100 Backstroke and 100 Breaststroke). The girls also secured wins in all three relays.
The boys team had a lot of great swims but were unable to score enough points with so many empty lanes. Junior Cooper Berkoff had a strong day with a win in the 50 Freestyle and a second-place finish in the 100 Butterfly. Junior Zion Weeks took home wins in the 200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle. Freshman Tyler Juskalian also had a big win in the 100 Backstroke. Unfortunately, Lawrenceville's depth was too much for the Quakers to handle. The boys and girls teams swim at Episcopal on Jan. 15.

Boys squash defeated Springside Chestnut Hill 5-4 on Wednesday. Senior Max Lubowitz, freshman Hyun Su Price, junior Jack Kennedy and junior Eli Kestenbaum all went undefeated against their opponents, while sophomore Ryan Yeatman won his match 3-1. The boys host Conestoga High School in the Kline and Specter Squash Center Jan. 15.

Girls squash was narrowly edged-out by Episcopal on Thursday, losing 5-4. PC's top five had a great showing against the Inter-Ac powerhouse EA. Seniors Elizabeth Ross, Hatti Specter and Mia Bezar went undefeated, while senior Alexa Lenfest won her match 3-1. Sophomore Amanda Cowhey nearly clinched the match for Charter, but lost after five games to a seasoned EA senior. Next up, the girls face Agnes Irwin at home on Jan. 16.

Girls basketball fell to Notre Dame on Friday by a score of 59-43. Charter ended the first quarter with a tie game but began to fall behind in the second. The girls fought hard and limited ND to a 15-point lead for most of the game. Junior Kait Carter, a frequent leader in the Quaker offense, scored 12 points. Sophomore Janae Stewart scored 11 points, and junior Carmen Williams contributed ten. On Sunday, the girls bounced back with a 44-43 win against Wilson High School in the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic. Carter was named game MVP after picking up 14 points and six rebounds. Williams was also a force to reckon with, contributing nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The girls hold an excellent mid-season record of 2-1 in the Inter-Ac, 14-3 overall. They host Baldwin in Dooney Field House on Jan. 16.

Boys basketball lost to Malvern 83-50 on Friday in Dooney Field House. After a promising first quarter that ended with the Quakers down 13-10, the Friars exploded in the second, increasing their lead to 45-23 and leaving PC unable to catch up. Next, the boys tip off against Inter-Ac rivals Germantown Academy at GA on Jan. 15.

Girls swimming and diving demonstrated their excellent depth in a dominating win over Baldwin on Tuesday. The girls were able to secure wins in 10 of the 12 events. Their strong performance started with first- and second place wins by the 200 Medley team. Annika Murray, Marissa Lopez-Ona, Sam Boyes, and Camille Weiss secured the first place finish; and Sabrina Shaffer, Kayla Bass, Ayana Opong and Gabby Lopez-Ona placed second.

Individual event winners included junior Sally Foley (200 Freestyle), senior Annika Murray (50 Freestyle), sophomore Camille Weiss (100 Butterfly), junior Sam Boyes (100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke), junior Gabby Lopez-Ona (500 Freestyle) and senior Ayana Opong-Nyantekyi (100 Breaststroke).

The team also earned valuable points from many of the younger, less experienced swimmers who stepped up to compete. Junior Claudia Lopez-Ona had a great meet, placing fourth in the 200 Individual Medley and third in the 100 Breaststroke. Sophomore Darby Visco raced to a third-place finish in the 50 Freestyle and earned points in the 100 Freestyle with a fifth-place finish. Sophomore Sydney Wood placed fourth in the 200 Freestyle. Junior Gabriela Mancini had an excellent swim in the 100 Butterfly, and Kayla Bass showed very well for a freshman, placing third in the 500 Freestyle and second in the 100 Breaststroke. Rounding out the freshman contributions were Leila Williams, who placed fourth in the 100 Backstroke, and Mali James-Gordon, who had excellent performances in the 200 and 400 Free Relays. 

Boys and girls swimming and diving at home against Lawrenceville tomorrow, Sat., Jan 12, at 2pm.

Boys basketball had a tough loss to Haverford last Friday, but found redemption in an exciting Inter-Ac win against Episcopal on Tuesday, with a final score of 60-56. Episcopal led 34-24 at halftime after the Quakers struggled to gain momentum early on, but a strong third quarter allowed PC to narrow EA's lead to 45-39. Junior Ryan Holmes pulled his team into the lead after scoring on a layup during the final minute of play. Senior Dylan Topaz drew a charge to regain Quaker possession, then sank a three-pointer with 30 seconds left on the clock. Eighth grader Mark Butler provided the assist. Before the clock ran out, senior Ryan Maloney completed two free throws to lock in the win. Holmes scored 18 points in the second half, driving the Quaker comeback. Butler scored 12 total, and Topaz contributed nine. Up next, the boys take on Malvern tonight at 7:30pm in Dooney Field House. Watch for the Quaker Crew!

Girls basketball defeated the Baldwin School 56-34 on Tuesday. The Quakers played a confident, consistent game, leading by 28-16 at the half and 38-25 at the end of the third quarter. The PC offense turned up the heat in the fourth quarter, widening their lead and securing the win. Junior Carmen Williams led the offense with 16 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and three assists. Senior Emma Maley and sophomore Janae Stewart scored nine points each. Junior Kait Carter had a well-rounded game, contributing four points, five rebounds, four assists, five steals and two blocks. Tuesday's win brings the girls' record to 2-0 in the Inter-Ac, 13-2 overall. They face league challenger Notre Dame today at 4pm in Dooney Field House.

Last weekend, the Indoor Track team competed in the Hispanic Games at the Armory in New York City. Eight PC runners achieved personal bests in their events: Ainyae Holmes, Matt Marshall, Chandler Turner, Aaron Maione, Noah Brooks, Julia Dolce, Emma Zwall and Patrick Fehm. Three PC athletes hit state meet qualifiers in their events: Fehm (Mens High Jump), Zwall (Womens 1500 Meter, Womens 1 Mile) and Mary McDavid (Womens 1500 Meter, Womens 1 Mile).

Teachers at "William Penn Academy" drive all the laughs in Schooled, the new series co-created by Adam Goldberg OPC '94. Set in 1990-something, Schooled, a spinoff of The Goldbergs, follows the eccentricities and crazy personal lives of fictional teachers inspired by Goldberg's very own PC teachers Rick Mellor OPC '69, Charlie Brown Hon. 1689 and Liz Flemming. These mentors at William Penn Academy are heroes to their students.

In the premiere episode, “Be Like Mike,” which airs Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 8:30 p.m., the plot includes a student character inspired by PC graduate and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan OPC '03.

Look for a motivational exchange between Coach Mellor (Bryan Callen) and high-school student Matty (Hunter Doohan), in which Matty is influenced by Michael Jordan and wants to be the standout athlete on his school’s basketball team. 

“If you have a team, you’re never alone,” Coach says.

“Why do you care so much?” Matty replies.

“You’re the best athlete I ever coached,” Coach responds. “And, at this level, you can do it all on your own. But, if you go pro, you’re going to need to rely on a team. Until you learn that, I’ll never give up.”

“Matt was a very talented athlete that always put his teammates and team first,” recalled his real-life teacher and coach, Rick Mellor. “One thing that stood out about Matt, no matter what the sport, was his athletic aptitude. He just seemed to be one step ahead of everyone else during a game. He was also a student of the game who worked his butt off and improved his skills every year.”

As a professional football player, Ryan was named the National Football League’s Most Valuable Player on Feb. 4, 2017, a day before playing in the Super Bowl.

While at Penn Charter Ryan was a three-year starter and earned All-East honors from Laurent Lemming Prep Football Report. He captured All-Southeastern Pennsylvania accolades as a senior quarterback in addition to receiving All-City first-team honors in 2002 and second-team recognition in 2001. A three-time All-League selection, he threw for more than 1,300 yards with nine touchdowns as a senior, finishing his career by completing more than 52 percent of his pass attempts during all three seasons at the helm. Ryan played football, basketball and baseball while in high school and was named the captain of all three teams his senior year. In the 2002-2003 school year, he was the quarterback of the football team, played small forward on the basketball team, and was a pitcher and a shortstop on the baseball team. 

“Be Like Mike” was written by Marc Firek and directed by David Katzenberg. Schooled was created by Adam F. Goldberg and Marc Firek. 

More about "Schooled" ... PC's Charlie Brown Hon. 1689 kept a journal while he was in Hollywood last summer working with writers of "Schooled." Read his account:

The new baseball field is getting turf today! Plus, an aerial view of the field before the turf was rolled out. Progress!

In a photo taken from right field, green astroturf is partially lain in the outfield of the new Penn Charter baseball field
Aerial photo of Penn Charter's baseball complex while under construction. Field is black, pre-turf.

Girls basketball won their bracket at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Arizona, this week. Junior Carmen Williams was named MVP after averaging 13.5 points in the Quakers' four undefeated games. In the semifinals, PC edged out Highland High School (AZ) by a final score of 53-49. Williams led the offense with 23 points, and junior Kait Carter scored 17. The Quakers went on to beat Pinnacle High School (AZ) by a score of 50-42 in an exciting final round. Carter led the offense in that game with 14 points and 11 rebounds; Williams contributed 13 points and five rebounds; and junior Hayley Hunt put up 11 points. The Quakers boast an early-season record of 12-2 overall, 1-0 in the Inter-Ac. They host Freire Charter on Dec. 28.

Wrestling had a good showing during its annual trip to Radnor High School. The team finished fifth overall. Senior TJ Henry and junior Johnny Giuffrida both won titles. Sophomore Isaiah Woods-Kolsky and junior Jess Anderson placed third. Tyler Mangan (fr.), Wayne Derkotch (sr.) and Danny Bach (so.) had two wins each. Sam Shemtov (sr.) and Jack Glomb (so.) had one each. In the JV tournament, freshman Matt Callahan won his weight class and dominated all three opponents. Callahan has made significant improvement so far this year.

Boys basketball had a tough loss to Shipley on Friday, falling by a final tally of 73-52. After a closely-contested first half, the Quakers began to trail in the third quarter. The team bounced back on Saturday, defeating Overbrook by a score of 69-62. Both schools played a physical game, and Charter maintained a roughly 10-point lead through most of the action. Up next, the Quakers travel to Marple Newtown High School for tournament play Dec. 28 and 29.