Summer Report: Athletes and Coaches Prep for a New Season
Summer is a time for athletes to improve their skill development, strength and overall fitness. Penn Charter’s athletes and coaches have been very active in this area during June and July. Many of our teams worked out at school during the weeks of June and July. The weight room has been open Monday through Thursday, from 2:30pm until 7:00pm. Duke Martina, assistant football coach, monitors the room and provides instruction and individual workouts for anyone who shows up. The football team worked out each week Monda ythru Thursday and they were joined by basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, soccer and water polo players. These voluntary workouts help get the athletes ready for the fall. On many days the room was packed and active.
The field hockey and soccer teams had informal workouts several nights each week. Boys lacrosse used the turf field for informal practice and also ran clinics for middle school aged players. On Thursdays, thePerrott Turf Field was home to a group of alums playing in a men’s league. The team was organized by David Gaunt OPC ‘03.
The swimming pool was busy each evening with water polo teamand swim team workouts. Both boys andgirls enjoyed the workouts and got better acquainted with new boys polo coach Max Kelly. The field house was the location for boys and girls basketball summer workouts. Newly appointed varsity boys coach Lynard Stewart ran drills and organized pick-up games. Girls Coach David Bass frequently participated in the workouts and helped his future players develop their skills.
The boys lacrosse team attended the Brine Shootout in Baltimore, Maryland, and the football team, including 25 players, attended a camp at Penn. The football guys received instruction from Penn’s head coach Al Bagnoliand his staff. The PC football coacheswere in attendance and got quality time with the team to practice as a unit. The field hockey team will also enjoy apreseason road trip when they visit Lehigh University to watch acollege game and to do some team-building activities.
Summer at PC has been busy, the athletes have worked hard,and this preparation should help them meet their goals come next season. The coaches volunteered their time and deserve major kudos for their dedication and hard work.
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