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Tennis beat Notre Dame 4-3 on Reiger Courts in its first Inter-Ac match of the season. The team saw big wins in the singles division from Lexi Bari (#1) and JJ Birnie (#2), who both won their matches without giving up a set. The #1 doubles team of juniors Liv Schwartz and Makayla Fradin powered through a close match, winning 7-6 and 6-4. At #4 doubles, juniors Evie Eisenstein and Sloane Gerstein sealed the match for the Quakers with a 6-1, 6-2 win. The girls travel to Springside Chestnut Hill on Friday for more league play.

Girls water polo traveled to Germantown Academy on Tuesday and came away with an emphatic 14-5 victory over their rival. The Penn Charter girls came out fast, got up early on the Patriots and never looked back. PC's offense was led by Hayley Hunt (3 goals) and Sam Boyes (3 goals). Rounding out the scoring were Simone Perry, Merrill Gadsden, Gabby Lopez-Ona, Maddie Solow, Lindsay Gadsden and Sophia Reagan; Reagan also led the defense with four steals. Goaltender Maddie Riley had another stellar day in net, making 14 saves on 19 shots. This weekend, the Quakers travel to Wissahickon High for tournament play beginning Saturday at 10:30 am.

Girls cross country defeated Academy of Notre Dame 27-28 and Episcopal Academy 15-43 in a tri-meet at Belmont Plateau on Tuesday. Junior Emma Zwall won the race outright, and several other Quakers placed in the top 10: Sophomore Julia Dolce finished fifth, sophomore Olivia Montini finished sixth, senior Alicia Newman finished seventh and sophomore Lane Murray finished eighth. The girls enter the George School Invitational as returning champions this Saturday at 9:00 am.

Boys cross country put in a solid race against GA on Tuesday but fell by a score of 18-39. Junior Drew Gillespie was PC's top finisher, placing fifth overall with a time of 18:19. Senior Zion Weeks was next, coming in sixth with a time of 18:23, and senior Jess Anderson finished the 5k in seventh place with a time of 18:52. PC runners took places 10-15, but it wasn't enough to tip the scales in their favor. This Saturday, the boys will compete in the George School Invitational at 9:30 am.

Football brought home its third straight victory of the season with a 44-8 win over Central on Friday. It was another stellar game for quarterback Kyle Jones, who completed seven carries for 100 yards and went 11-14 on passing plays for 186 yards. Running back Matt Marshall put four touchdowns on the board and rushed for 111 yards in 19 attempts. After the Quaker defense forced a turnover on Central's first possession, Jones quickly got to work, floating a 56-yard touchdown pass into the arms of junior Aaron Maione. The Quakers thwarted Central's next drive with an end zone interception by Maione; junior Rocco Palazzo was a standout on defense, completing four tackles, two for lost yards, as the Lancers advanced downfield. During Central's next possession, Gavin Zavorski forced a fumble in the end zone for a safety, putting Charter up 9-0. The rout was on. Short rushing TDs from Marshall, Jones and Marshall, again, brought the score to 30-8 at halftime. Marshall opened the second half with a 52-yard touchdown run on the Quakers' first play and completed his fourth TD of the game after a turnover on a strip sack by Akeel Blake. The Quakers scored more than 40 points for the third straight game, a feat that hadn't been accomplished for 100 years. (Thanks to Ted Silary for that Tedbit.) Next week, the Quakers travel to Upper Dublin for a night game on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 pm.

Girls soccer opened its Inter-Ac season with a bang, shutting down Notre Dame by a score of 4-0 on Friday. Janae Stewart stole the show, completing a hat trick with assists from Sara Shipon on all three goals. The Stewart and Shipon connection has been a powerful force on the PC offense so far this season. Sophomore Kaila Rahn rounded out the scoring with the Quakers' second goal of the day, her first of the season. The girls travel to Springside Chestnut Hill on Sept. 17 for more Inter-Ac competition.

Boys soccer hosted Abington Friends on the new synthetic surface on Palaia Field. The Quakers dominated and won easily, 3-0.  Goals were scored by Nico Krueger (2) and Jason Stearn, who notched his first of the season for PC. Next up for the boys is a game at Northeast HS on Monday at 4 pm. 

Girls tennis lost to Friends Central on Friday. A bright spot for the Quakers came at the number-one singles spot, where ninth grader Lexi Bari rolled to a 6-2, 6-4 victory. The girls host the Academy of Notre Dame for Inter-Ac play on Sept. 17 at 3:30 pm.

Girls water polo played two hard-fought games in two days. On Friday, the girls hosted the Hill School and won 14-6. Charter played great team defense and had 18 steals. Senior Sally Foley led the team on both ends of the pool with five goals and seven steals. Hayley Hunt (4 goals), Merrill Gadsden (3), Leah Sax (1) and Lindsay Gadsden (1) all scored for the Quakers. Maddie Riley played a stellar game in net and had 10 saves. On Saturday, the team traveled to New Jersey to take on Lawrenceville. The Quakers showed great heart but ended up on the losing end, 14-8. With Foley out after sustaining an injury on Friday, her teammates had to put more time in the water and work extra hard. Gabby Lopez-Ona and Leah Sax were strong on defense. On offense, Sam Boyes led the way with three goals, and Hayley Hunt and Merrill Gadsden each netted two. The girls will have a chance at a rematch with Lawrenceville on October 23. Next up, they take on Germantown Academy on Sep. 17 at GA.

Boys water polo fell to Lawrenceville 14-6 but played well against the much older, more experienced team. Lawrenceville took a 3-0 lead right out of the gate, but PC fought to close the gap to 3-2 by the end of the first quarter. The Quakers held on through two quarters of intense play until Lawrenceville got away from them after halftime. Junior Max Ehinger, senior Bret Brogan and sophomore Aidan Mehta led the Quakers in scoring.

Girls soccer brought its record to 2-0-1 after a hard-fought 3-2 win over Archbishop Ryan on Wednesday. With the scoreboard blank at halftime, Ryan struck first early in the second, sneaking one past PC goalkeeper Riley McDade. Senior Sarah Shipon evened the score, but Ryan was quick to respond and regained the lead at 2-1. Charter played with control and coordination throughout the second half until junior Janae Stewart scored on a cross from Shipon with seven minutes left on the clock, forcing the overtime. Stewart finished the job during OT, scoring a perfectly-executed header goal off a free kick from senior Toni Linus. Stewart leads the Quaker offense this season with a whopping nine goals, one assist in the team's first three games. Shipon starts the season strong with five goals, six assists so far. Up next, the girls host Academy of Notre Dame on Somers Field today at 4:00 pm.

Boys soccer beat Father Judge 5-1 on Wednesday, defeating the Crusaders in a commanding team effort. Judge scored first early in the game, then senior Jude Shorr-Parks put Penn Charter on the board midway through the first half. Less than a minute later, senior Ryan Bradby followed up with a goal of his own. Junior Isaac Toub was next, scoring on a header assisted by Julian Fernandez with 5:30 left in the half. The Quakers opened the second half up 3-1, and senior Jack Kennedy quickly put another on the board, scoring on an assist from junior Nico Krueger. Penn Charter's defenders continued to keep the Father Judge offense in check, and Krueger fired off the Quaker's final goal with 8:30 left in the game. Now 2-2, the boys host Abington Friends today at 4:00 pm.

On Tuesday, field hockey turned its early-season momentum into an official winning streak, earning its third straight victory with a 2-0 finish over Friends Central. Junior Kaylee Dyer put the Quakers on the board with six seconds left in the first half, notching her second goal in three games. Senior Avery Myers provided the assist. Junior Lilly Avrigian scored the Quakers' second goal, unassisted, with 13 minutes remaining in the game; it was her second goal this season. Zora Johnson, a junior, was in goal for her third straight shutout of the year. After a week off from competition, the girls take on Friends Select next Friday, Sept. 20.

Golf played its first Inter-Ac Invitational tournament of the year on Tuesday, hosted by Episcopal at Merion West. PC had its best team total of the year (212), but it was not quite good enough for this first tournament, and the Quakers finished sixth. Junior Patrick Isztwan continued his strong play by shooting a two-over score of 37, which led the PC squad and earned him a tie for fourth place overall among the 48 Inter-Ac golfers in the tournament. The team's next competition will be the second Inter-Ac Invitational, hosted by GA at Bluestone on Tuesday, Sept 18.

Boys cross country ran against Inter-Ac challengers Haverford and Malvern in a tri-school meet at Belmont Plateau on Tuesday, with Haverford emerging as the day's winner. Junior Drew Gillespie led the PC pack and finished seventh overall with a time of 19:18. Senior Jess Anderson came in at 19:45 and senior Zion Weeks finished in 19:53. The Quakers' next race takes place at Germantown Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Girls cross country was dominant in their tri-school meet against Springside Chestnut Hill and Agnes Irwin on Tuesday, with PC runners placing in spots 2-7 overall. Penn Charter's top finishers were senior Alicia Newman (2nd), Olivia Montini (3rd), sophomore Julia Dolce (4th), sophomore Lane Murray (5th), senior Sophia Solomon (6th) and senior Elena Coupas (7th). PC will be the team to watch this year after a stellar 2018 season that included an undefeated Inter-Ac record and wins at the George School and William Tennent Invitationals. Next, the Quakers race against Episcopal and Notre Dame at Belmont Plateau on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Boys cross country competed against more than 30 local schools at the Abington Invitational on Saturday. The Quakers' top finisher was junior Drew Gillespie, in 64th place with a time of 18:24, followed by senior Jess Anderson in 74th place with a personal best time of 18:45. Senior Zion Weeks ran the 5K in 19:19, sophomore Nate Luzi finished in 20:21, and senior Ethan Wills 20:40. The boys return to their home course at Belmont Plateau for their first Inter-Ac meet of the season, against Haverford and Malvern, on Sept. 10.

Football earned its second win of the season in convincing fashion with a 44-21 victory over Conwell-Egan on Friday night. The Quakers defense set the tone early, stopping Conwell-Egan's opening drive at midfield, with stops on both third and fourth downs. The Quaker offense wasted no time in scoring, running and passing its way downfield, with Matt Marshall (2 TD, 10-150, 1 catch, 44 yds) scoring from 14 yards out. Minutes later, Kyle Jones (5/6 passing, 3TDs, 4-42 rushing) connected with Aaron Maione (3 TD, 4 catches, 90 yds) on a 38-yard touchdown pass that brought the Quakers' lead to 14-0. Marshall made his second dash into the end zone, this one from 13 yards out, with a minute left in the first quarter.

The PC offense kept up its unrelenting pace through the second quarter, starting with a 21-yard field goal from Ryan Bradby. Jones and Marshall advanced the Quakers downfield with running plays, then Maione scored on a shuttle pass from two yards out. 31-0 Charter. With five minutes left in the half, Colin Schumm had a pick 6, returning the interception 59 yds to put the Quakers up 38-0. The Quakers gained control of the ball again, and Jones fired off a 35-yard TD pass to Maione just minutes before the whistle. The halftime score was 44-7. The mercy rule was in effect for the second half as the Quakers substituted liberally. Next up, Charter hosts Central High this Friday, Sept. 13 at 3:30.

Field hockey completed an impressive week on Friday with a 1-0 victory over Shipley, the defending Friends League Champions. It was the Quakers' second win of the week, bringing their record to 2-0. The girls will look to extend their early-season winning streak when they travel to Friends Central on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Girls soccer beat  Westtown School 4-1 in the home opener on Maguire Field on Friday afternoon. Junior Janae Stewart (2G, 1A) and senior Sara Shipon (2G, 1A) led the way for the Quakers and played with great synchronization. Sophomore Kayla Bradby contributed one assist, connecting with Shipon on a beautifully-executed cross-to-header goal. The defending Inter-Ac champs begin their season with a record of 2-0-1 after a decisive win over Archbishop Wood earlier this week. They travel to Archbishop Ryan on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Boys soccer traveled to Woodberry Forrest (VA) and came away victorious with a final tally of 5-1. Goals were scored by seniors Ryan Bradby, Jack Kennedy, Jude Shorr-Parks (2) and junior Nico Krueger. Next up for boys soccer is Father Judge on Wednesday, Sept. 11 on Somers Field.

Boys water polo finished 1-1 at the Viking Tournament. In the first round, the boys took down Hazelton by a score of 11-7, with senior Brett Brogan, junior Danny Bach and freshman Juan Tovar leading the offense. PC was knocked out by a tough Pennridge squad in the second round of the tournament. Freshman Scott Sweeney showed great tenacity in the second quarter of that game when he took a shot, was blocked by Pennridge's goalie, then scored on his own rebound. Up next, the boys travel to Lawrenceville on Saturday, Sept. 14.