Golf Gets PC/GA Festivities Started With Win
Competition in the annual PC-GA Day commenced Tuesday at Huntingdon Valley Country Club and coach Travis Larrabee's linksters rolled past Germantown Academy by 7 1/2 to 1/2 in a match play event.
The other contests will take place on the actual PC-GA Day -- Saturday Nov. 11.
Seniors Brian Isztwan and Archie Filshill led the way by winning their matches with identical 4 and 2 performances. (Meaning: They were up four holes with two remaining. Thus, the match was over.) PC's 3 and 2 winners were frosh Patrick Isztwan (Brian's brother) and seniors Noah Schwartz and Dante DiStefano. Three more seniors also participated. Blake Target and Marker Angelakis collected wins and Matt Barkann was part of a tie.
"I was particularly pleased that all seven seniors got to be part of the eight-man lineup, and so were they," Larrabee said. "Nice way to finish up. This was a well played match for us. Since we've gone to this match-play format vs. GA, this is our most lopsided victory."
Boys soccer bested Malvern, 1-0, in a home game and coach Bobby DiBenedetto found it impossible to contain his excitement.
"We've been trying this play for 30 years!" he said. "And it NEVER worked until today."
He was referring to himself and assistant Tom Ciolko. Tom began coaching Bobby, then 14 years old, with the Juniata Express club team. In the 1989 season, Tom was North Catholic's coach and Bobby was a senior player for the Falcons. Now, Tom is Bobby's long-time assistant.
The play, a free kick, began roughly 22 yards out. Junior Billy Melnick chipped the ball over the defensive wall and soph Jude Shorr-Parks, having run around that wall, pumped the ball home from a spot near the right post. He was no more than six yards out.
"It was so cool to see it work, perfectly," DiBenedetto said.
Junior Kyle Earley earned the shutout.
"We played an excellent game." DiBenedetto said. "We were the dominant team."
Boys water polo hosted Malvern and fell, 15-7.
Senior Sean McLafferty scored twice while junior Will Tanner and soph Bret Brogan halved six steals.
Field hockey made the trek to Notre Dame and lost by a 10-1 score.
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