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Fall Sport Wrap Up

The Girls Water Polo team improved dramatically this fall.  Led by senior captains Nicole Cousounis, Tyler Williams, and Sabrina Koenig, the girls showed a determination and grit that made the coaches proud each game.  Highlights included winning two games at the Beast of the East tournament to make the tournament finals, and playing an excellent game against Hill, the number one seed at Easterns, at home, losing 9-7.  

Prospects for the future are bright.  We return both of our top scorers, Emily Zurcher and Laura Riedlmeier, both of our capable goalies, Ayanna Mathews and Brina Way, and several talented underclasswomen.  It's worth noting that we had a JV team for the first time in history, and we beat both Hill and Lawrenceville in excellent games.  Nine of those JV players were playing polo for the first time; next year they will bring a veteran presence to both practice and games that is sure to impact the team.  The coaches are already excited for next season to start!

The Boys Water Polo team opened their season loosing 13-9 to last years Eastern Champs, Loyola. The boys would meet up again against Loyola in the Championship game of Eastern finals. Along the way, the boys would split games with Malvern Prep with an overtime loss and tie for the Inter Ac championship with a 7-1 league record.

Seeded 3rd in bracket A of the Eastern HS Prep Championships at the Naval Academy, Penn Charter opened against 6 seed Gonzaga. The boys come back from a 4 goal deficit with junior Jake Brogan scoring with 48 seconds left to give PC the lead. On Gonzaga's final possession junior Jack Mahoney stole the ball and passed to a countering Ross Wood for the final goal and 12-10 victory. In the semis against 2nd seed Hill School, PC lead most of the way and clinched an 11-10 victory with a buzzer save by junior goalie Sawyer Smith. In the championship game the boys led the whole way against Loyola who crept back into the game in the 4th quarter with Penn Charter burning up the game clock on front court possessions for an 8-7 final Penn Charter win and Eastern Championship. Sawyer Smith, played the game of his life in goal earning our teams 'game ball' award. Senior Ben Skinner received the 'game ball' for the Gonzaga win. Seniors Peter O'Malley and Conor Foley and junior Jake Brogan were selected to the Prep All-East Tournament Team. Senior Ross Wood scored 9 goals in the final 2 games earning Prep All-East Tournament MVP.

A win at PC/GA Day gave the boys a final season record of 21-6. Peter O'Malley was awarded the Player MVP Trophy. Seniors Ross Wood, Peter O'Malley and Conor Foley were selected to 1st Team All Inter-Ac. Junior Jake Brogan was selected Honorable Mention All Inter-Ac. Season point leaders (goals plus assists) were seniors Peter O'Malley with 92, Ross Wood with 90 and Conor Foley with 89.

The JV Boys posted a 7-1 Inter Ac record, a 19-1 season record, and were 'Beast of the East' JV Tournament champs defeating North Penn in the final game for the 1st place trophy.

The Girls Tennis team finished 3rd in the Inter Ac League for the season. They had an overall score of 6 wins and 3 losses for the entire season.  The girls finished 4th in the League Championships.

The #3 singles player, Leila Zor, and the #3 Doubles team of Rebecca John and Olivia Brody finished 3rd in the League Championships. For the third consecutive year the girls won their match at PC/GA day. The #1 Doubles team of  Izzy Hirshberg and Emily Barcann won the PC/GA Outstanding Award. Danielle Yamplosky was elected to the All Inter Ac League First Team. The Captains elected for next season are Paige Hodges and Danielle Yamplosky.

The Field Hockey team finished the season this year with a 7-11 record overall.  With a small roster of players, this varsity was competing with some of the highest ranked teams in the state of PA.  The Inter Ac schedule was grueling and we never backed down from any matchup this fall.  Overall record of 4-8 in league play, our Quakers were able to beat neighboring rival school SCH twice in two hard fought battles. 

PC/GA day was another thrilling game that came down to the final seconds of play.  The end result was a 1-0 loss, but one of the best games we played all year and at such high intensity, it drew a large crowd at the historic matchup of these two rival schools. 

This year's roster included 4 seniors captains, Grace Harbison, Dolly Segal, Kennedy Kline and Sophie Eldridge.  Captains are chosen for their leadership, work ethic and performance during the games and practices.  Senior co-captain Kennedy Kline was the anchor of our defense again this season.  Kennedy's a low goal to save ratio and over 100 saves on the season.  Sophie Eldridge, the team's center midfielder and main offensive force, led the team with 23 goals this season.  

The future looks bright for PCFH!  From 2-a-days in August to the cold afternoons in November, this team of young players came together and developed a bond on and off the field.  New traditions were established and we will continue to grow as a program.  We say goodbye to a wonderful senior class and look forward to building on our successes this 2014 season. 

Girls’ Cross Country had an outstanding season and has successfully laid the ground work for what will be a breakthrough year for the program in 2015. Senior captains Sophie Sepel and Maya Pressley provided outstanding leadership. Their powerful work ethic and habitual good humor shaped a team that was dedicated, gritty, and cheerful even in the face of the enormous challenges of the sport. 

Veteran runners like Emily Smith, Emma Locke and Rosie Kaufman shined all year. The team received great contributions from new runners Avery Shoemaker, Meredith Chernak, and Willow Tierno.  Avery consistently ran in our third spot on the varsity team throughout the season, while Willow medaled in the Junior Varsity State Championship Race.  

Without doubt, our outstanding runner of the year was McKenna Krall. McKenna ran in our number one spot all year and improved her running with each race.  She stands poised to vault into the very highest ranks of Inter Ac running next year.  McKenna will lead the team in 2015 along with co-captain Kolby Kaller.  Building upon the team’s hard work this season, these two veterans will guide a powerful squad next year that will compete with the top teams in the Inter Ac.

After the graduation of a large senior group, the Boys Cross Country team had challenges to overcome.  League coaches and some fans did not believe the team could be successful this year. The team rose to the challenge during the late spring and summer months. 

Logging many miles, runners showed up for practice at school in very good condition.  Harper Pollio Barbee, Tom Freitag, and Ben Szuhaj led the team from the very first races. Joined by Joshua Patton and Blaise Ciarrocchi, the top five runners ran very well.  Supported by co-captains Gordon Robertson and Jonathan Weiss, Penn Charter’s team of 7 runners exceeded expectations.

At the Inter-Ac Champs, this team placed second, and in the PAISSA state meet, the team placed 6th out of 17 teams. While a fourth place finish in the Inter Ac does not yet meet our ultimate goal for the Golf program, this season was a success for the team. We finished 12-17-1 in the league, and we went 3-2 in our non-league matches. We were more competitive than any other time in the last decade. In a couple of league matches, we moved into third place, and our hope is that this is a sign of things to come, as our team is young. Inter Ac golf is among the most competitive in the state, so we have our work cut out for us, but we are up to the challenge.

We received meaningful contributions from our ninth and tenth grade players, and leadership of our upperclassmen, especially our senior captains, JB Bradbeer and Owen Davis. It is certainly worth noting two incredible individual accomplishments from this season. JB won the regular season Inter Ac title with a nine-hole scoring average of 37, and ninth grader, Brian Isztwan, won the 18-hole Inter Ac Championship Tournament by shooting a 76 and winning the first playoff hole.

We are very proud of this entire group of boys, and look forward to more competitive seasons in the years to come.

The 2014 season was sure to be an exciting campaign for the Boys’ Soccer team as with a relatively young side the Quakers were setting out to play some of the toughest competition not just locally but nationally. In fact 8 nationally ranked opponents appeared on the home team’s schedule this season including #1 and National Champion Saint Benedicts Prep from Newark NJ and #2 McDonough from Owings Mill Md. The team took its lumps from a few of these powerhouses but recorded a win against #19 Gonzaga from DC and tied #12 Archbishop Wood from Pa. The schedule and the travel were tuff at times but it helped prepare the boys for a grueling league schedule which included 2 games against the 23rd ranked Haverford School. Our boys worked and finished 3rd in league play after a disappointing last place finish just a year earlier and with a strong core of players returning for 2015 things are looking up for the Quakers.

The Football team experienced the highs and lows of competition this season. The non-league schedule netted a record of 5-1 as the Quakers overcame eventual state playoff contenders Neumann Goretti and Springfield Montgomery County before dropping a heartbreaker to Interboro. The highlight of the non-league schedule was Penn Charter’s victory over Springfield Montco, as the “Quaker Crew” came out in full-force for a “White Out” that gave Penn Charter the home-field advantage miles away from Penn Charter’s campus. The Quakers rode a strong defensive effort and overcame a series of early turnovers to put themselves in position to win. With less than two minutes remaining, the Quakers drove the ball 50 yards and set themselves up for a 37-yard, game-winning field goal as time expired.

The Inter-Ac schedule did not prove as kind to the Quakers who came in as underdogs in each of their five-league contest. The league opener against Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy proved to be one of the most exciting games in recent history, as both teams marched up and down the field, putting on an offensive clinic. The Quakers failed to convert a two-point conversion on the final play of the game to lose 53-51. Following the heart-breaking loss to SCHA, Penn Charter went on the road to face another highly-rated opponent, Episcopal Academy. Once again the Quakers matched EA’s offense blow-for-blow but were unable to take the lead late in the game. A long drive by Episcopal put the game out of reach as the Quakers fell 41-26. Penn Charter was over-matched against highly-ranked Malvern Prep and Haverford School, losing each game in a lop-sided effort. Not to be discouraged, the Quakers entered their final game of the season against storied rival Germantown Academy.  A sluggish start by the Quakers saw them enter the break trailing 28-7. However, as the team had done all year, Penn Charter clawed its way back into the contest, scoring on each of its first three possessions of the first half to draw within one score of the Patriots. The fourth quarter was filled with excitement as both teams took advantage of each scoring opportunity. Unfortunately for the Quakers, a late turnover sealed their fate, and GA went on to win 40-29.

The 5-6 record only tells part of the story for the 2014 Penn Charter football team. This team, which lost many key contributors to graduation, exceeded expectations in many ways. The Quakers averaged 337 yards of offense per game and 26 points per contest. Defensively, the Quakers dealt with many injuries and relied on a bevy of freshmen and sophomores to help fill key positions. Ultimately, it was the senior leadership that fueled the Penn Charter football team this season and helped guide the young talent that will continue to make strides in returning Penn Charter to a position of prominence in the Inter-Ac.

The 2014 Girls Soccer season was amazing, filled with great come from behind victories and hard fought wins. We fielded a very young and inexperienced team who worked hard and constantly improved. We trained hard, got fit and learned our system over the course of the season.  Each player developed and improved as the year went on and players stepped up in each position.

We had great leadership from our two captains, Abby Evans and Dominique DeMarco. They worked at rallying this team together and getting us all on the same page. We had great bravery and solid play from our two goalkeepers, Mireyah Davis and Mackenzie Listan.  Our back four of Dominique DeMarco, Alexis Hnatkowsky, Macaul Mellor and Brigitte Gutpellet were very tough, fast, and hard working. They did an excellent job of playing as one unit and stopping the attacking presence of each team we faced.

Our midfield was skilled, fast, and relentless consisting of Giovanna DeMarco, Hannah fox, Josie Dutton, Ally Paul, Eliza Jacobs, Alex Kuper, Abby Evans, and Greer Guyer. These players gave a valiant effort in contributing to our attack as well as our defense.  

Our forwards  Jlon Flippens and Frenchie Pellerito had a wonderful season playing very well together scoring many goals and creating countless scoring opportunities.  They combined and created a very dangerous attacking style and scored big time goals throughout the season.  

This team and season was magical, resulting in consecutive Inter Ac Championships as well as a PAISSA State Championships.  We are so proud of the effort and dedication that was displayed this year!

Posted by jthiel on Thursday December, 18, 2014

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