Weekend Wrap-Up, with Penn Relays Win
For high school track performers, there is no bigger stage than Franklin Field during Penn Relays weekend.
And a Penn Charter quartet owned it Saturday.
In the 4x400 relay held for Inter-Ac League schools, the Quakers claimed first place thanks, in order, to seniors Chris Tucker and Dylan Burnett, freshman Marcellus Poland and senior Akeem Blake. The time was 3:24.05.
Coach Bryan Skelly said Tucker was in third place for the first 200 meters, then forged ahead and handed the baton to Burnett with roughly a 10-meter lead. Burnett maintained the lead, then the race was "put away" by Poland and his impressive split of 50.86. At 50.68, Blake was even more of a jet.
The lacrosse squads traveled to Radnor High to compete in a major showcase event. The scores were identical, at 8-7, with a win for the boys and a double-overtime loss for the girls.
The boys topped Radnor as seniors Dylan Schwartz (three goals) and Luke Stansfield (two, including No. 100 for his career) and Ryan Dickson (two) led the way. Soph Gavin Tygh won 12 of 19 faceoffs and classmate Carson Marano made 14 saves.
The girls were edged by Abington. Senior Perri Keehfus, frosh Leah Sax and eighth grader Kaylee Dyer tallied two goals apiece.
PC's tennis doubles teams put in long hours at Episcopal while competing in the New England/Middle Atlantic States (NEMA) George Shafer Doubles Invitational. Phew, say that fast once.
Three duos won first-round matches before falling in quarterfinals – soph Tom Bradbeer and junior Alex Shipon, seniors Scott Hanson and Tyler Schwartz, junior Josh Toll and frosh Charlie Jordan-Weinstein.
Softball hosted Sussex Tech, a powerhouse squad from Delaware, and dropped a 9-8 verdict.
Senior Faith Fenton kept the visitors mostly off-balance before leaving the mound after five frames. Sussex exploded for five runs in the seventh and PC responded with four in the bottom half thanks to a solo homer by senior Brigitte Gutpelet and a three-run bomb by classmate Abby Cohen.
Alas, the game ended with two runners in scoring position.
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