Girls BKB, Boys Track, Wrestling Action
For Penn Charter's girls basketball team, Senior Night turned into Perfect Chemistry Night.
Coach Joe Maguire's crew notched 23 field goals in a 58-46 win over SCH Academy and 19 were made possible by assists. That's 82.6 percent. (Major thanks to the trusty calculator.)
Senior Lexi Hnatkowsky paced the Quakers with 22 points while adding four rebounds, five assists and three steals. Freshman Kait Carter was also productive with (same order) 12, seven, three and six. Soph Emma Maley collected five apiece of points/assists/steals.
Beforehand, Hnatkowsky and the other seniors – Mireyah "Rey" Davis, Julie Webb, Abby Cohen and Mary Jane McGlinchey – were honored while accompanied by their parents. More game photos.
Boys track made the lengthy trip to Lehigh University for another invitational meet and had a strong night. PC brought 14 athletes to Lehigh to earn qualifications for Meet of Champions, PA State, and Indoor Nationals – and PC's new indoor track team achieved each of those objectives.
Chris Tucker started it off by storming to a PA top 10 time of 6.93 in the 60m dash. His time qualifies for the Championship Sections at the national meet and it also bettered the previous meet record, formerly held by current University of Iowa sprinter Christian Brissett.
In the next event, Dylan Burnett punched his ticket to the state meet in the 60m hurdles. His time of 8.54 earned him a fourth place finish against many of the state's best hurdlers.
Akeel Blake and Patrick Gabor each re-qualified for next week's Meet of Champions. Akeel finished with a clearance of 6ft, 0in, but made three very legitimate attempts at 6ft. 2in. Gabor cleared 5ft 10in with relative ease, but could not match Blake at 6 ft.
Akeem Blake continued his impressive indoor season with a 21-3 long jump and 43-05 triple jump, the latter of the two re-qualifying for the state meet. Tucker, running between the 60m trials, finals, and long jump, finished in fifth place, with a jump of 20ft 7 in.
Harold Anderson improved on his previous best mark in the shot put, clearing 40 feet for the first time this winter.
The 4x200m team of Matt Barkann, Steve Lorenz, Kieran Smith, and Demetrius deRamus ran to a 23rd place finish, missing the Meet of Champions by 1.5 seconds. That's a blink of an eye in an almost-two-minute-long race.
Smith came back later in the meet in the 200 and made that 1.5 seconds look like an eternity. He ran a flat-track season best time of 24.09, which missed the standard by .05.
Wrestling hosted arch-rival Germantown Academy before a lively crowd and dropped a 41-37 decision. Each team forfeited three bouts.
PC's on-the-mat wins went to senior David Giorno (pin in 22 seconds), classmate Gene Naumovsky (pin), junior Alex Koenig (major decision at 18-5) and freshman Johnny Giuffrida (decision at 13-7).
Seniors Giorno, Naumovsky, Chris Johnson and Billy Costello (won by forfeit) were feted with their parents at this event.
Saturday February, 11, 2017 at 10:48AM
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