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 My recaps of Penn Charter's varsity athletic contests.
Links to photos also included; middle school events sometimes included.
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here for basketball: JV girls vs. Gtn. Academy; girls varsity vs. Pennington, NJ; boys varsity vs. Palumbo.

  Saturday, Penn Charter's boys basketball team entered game No. 4 of a two-day showcase event at Germantown Academy knowing a weekend wipeout was possible.
  Then the guys responded, impressively.
  The Quakers tamed Palumbo, of the Public League, 71-39, and led by 33 points before the medium to deep subs finished out the game.
  Senior Mason Williams set a wonderful early tone, draining four three-pointers in the first quarter en route to a final total of 19 points. Senior Will Samuel and soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes halved 28 points while junior subs Ryan "Zingy" Maloney and Brendan Thomas snagged eight and six rebounds, respectively.
  The girls fell to Pennington (NJ), 63-48, despite a 27-point effort by soph Carmen Williams, Mason's sister.
  Both teams had lost in Friday's games.
  As noted by coach Pete Shaifer, the wrestlers left Archbishop Ryan with a bitter sweet taste in their mouths.
  Reason: Though the Quakers won 26 of 27 actual bouts, many forfeits due to a shortage of competitors caused losses to Franklin Towne Charter (48-36), Overbrook (27-25) and Germantown Friends (42-30).
  Seniors Alex Koenig/Dante DiStefano and soph Matt MGlinchey all went 3-0 with nothing but pins. Junior Sam Shentov and senior Jordan Steinhouse also were perfect. Soph Jess Anderson, despite being forced to wrestle up to 126 pounds in two of his three matches, compiled a 2-1 mark.

EVENTS OF DEC. 15 (Evening)
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Click here for showcase basketball at Gtn. Academy; girls vs. Ryan, boys vs. West Catholic

  Friday was one of those days you'd like to forget.
  Penn Charter's basketball teams competed in a showcase event at Germantown Academy and suffered two setbacks. Plus, the boys contest, which wound up being moved to an auxiliary gym, started just short of two hours late because of the snow-caused travel miseries experienced by the opponent, West Catholic.
  The boys lost, 65-57. The girls were bested by Archbishop Ryan, 47-40.
  Thanks to 15-for-16 marksmanship at the line, senior Mason Williams scored 20 points. Senior Will Samuel (five treys) and soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes (all twos) contributed 15 and 14 points, respectively.
  Both teams will play again Saturday at GA.

EVENTS OF DEC. 15 (Morning)

  The names of four Penn Charter players can be found on the 2017 Daily News All-City Football Team, as selected by 1998 PC grad Aaron "Ace" Carter.
  Junior running back Edward Saydee earned first team honors as the multi-purpose position due to his exploits as a running back and receiver (1,579 yards, 14 touchdowns).
  Senior receiver John Washington (448 yards, seven TDs) was named to the second team while senior quarterback Will Samuel (1,361 passing yards, 12 TDs) and junior defensive back Terence Thompson (15.5 tackles behind the line) were placed on the third team.

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Click here for girls varsity squash vs. Baldwin; boys JV/3rd team basketball vs. Roman Catholic.

  By the end of Thursday's boys squash road match vs. SCH Academy, hardly any skin was left on Penn Charter's teeth.
  The Quakers edged the Blue Devils' B Team, 5-4, and the closest win went to eighth grader Oliver Leedale-Brown by a 3-2 score.
  And it wasn't captured in back-and-forth fashion. L-B dropped the first two games and won No. 3 by the minimum two points. He was again pushed hard in the fourth game, but won by 11-8. Game No. 5? Comparatively easy at 11-6.
  PC's other victories went to seniors Marco Rodriguez and Marker Angelakis at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, and to juniorsTom Bradbeer and Rohan Bhambhani at Nos. 6 and 7. Rodriguez, Angelakis and Bradbeer executed three-game sweeps.
  The girls squash team hosted Baldwin and dropped an 8-1 decision. PC coach Damon Leedale-Brown says Baldwin might be the No. 2 team in the country.
  PC's win was posted at the No. 1 slot by junior Elisabeth Ross. Her opponent was likewise a nationally ranked player and the two are known for having eye-popping battles.
  The Quakers' best losing effort was made by junior Alexa Lenfest at No. 4. She extended her match to five games.

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Click here for middle school boys varsity/JV basketball vs. Friends' Central.

  The great starts for Penn Charter's winter sports teams have extended to swimming.
  In a meet Wednesday at Baldwin, the Quakers opened their campaign by claiming first place in every event while racking up an 84-76 victory.
  The margin is only eight points because PC went the unofficial route in the final three events while allowing Baldwin's 38 points to count.
  PC's headliner was soph Sally Foley, who posted a time of 1:04.84 in the 100 breaststroke -- best ever in PC history (and in Baldwin's pool).
  Also, soph Gabby Lopez-Ona and eighth grader Lane Murray captured two events. Lopez-Ona won the 200 freestyle in 2:03.04 and the 100 butterfly in 1:00.88. Murray posted her triumphs in the 50 free (26.06) and 100 backstroke (1:29.36).
  Wins in individual events were also racked up by frosh Camille Weiss in the 200 individual medley (2:14.79), senior Madison Freeland in the 100 free (56.09) and soph Sabrina Shaffer in the 500 free (5:24.71).
  Almost all individual winners were also part of one or more first-place relays.

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Click here for JV/varsity boys basketball vs. Shipley.

  Down by 11 points with 4:35 remaining. Down by nine with 3:10 remaining. Down by six with 18 seconds remaining.
  Then? Three-point bucket by senior Mason Williams. Steal by soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes. Another three-pointer by Williams.
  Those heroics sent Tuesday's boys basketball game at Shipley into overtime. Soon, Penn Charter was heading home with a stirring 78-74 victory.
  Williams scored 31 points and packed 16 (with five threes) into the fourth quarter. He also successfully shut down Shipley star Sam Sessoms, who had to settle for four points (no field goals) over the last 12 minutes.
  Five guys combined for all of PC's points. Holmes notched 19, seniors Will Samuel and Dylan Topaz halved 20 and junior Ryan "Zingy" Maloney had eight. The latter added nine rebounds.
  Girls squash also won a tight one.
  Despite having to go without upper-rotation players in junior Hatti Specter (ill) and freshman Amanda Cowhey (still out with a concussion), the Quakers nipped visiting Germantown Friends, 5-4.
  As noted by coach Damon Leedale-Brown, junior Elisabeth Ross, in the No. 1 slot, secured the win with a victory over another nationally ranked competitor.
Coach Leedale-Brown also doled out major credit to senior Charlotte Murray, who toughed out a five-game win against an experienced opponent. The other winners were juniors Mia Bezar and Alexa Lenfest and senior Gwen Davis.
  Boys squash was blanked at Episcopal, 9-0.
  Soph Jack Kennedy, recently moved up from the JV, extended his match to five games. Seniors Marco Rodriguez and Marker Angelakis fell in four.

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Click here for a pic from 2012.

  In 2012, Penn Charter's football captains were seniors Daryl Worley and Mike McGlinchey.
  In case you're wondering how their grid lives have unfolded since then . . .
  Worley played three years of college ball at West Virginia, then was selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers. Now he's a starting cornerback.
  McGlinchey is playing his final season for Notre Dame as a graduate student (did not see action in 2013) and Monday was named a first team All-American tackle by Associated Press.
  Yes, first team All-American!
Mike's first cousin, 2003 PC grad Matt Ryan, is the Atlanta Falcons' quarterback.

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 Click here for: girls/boys basketball tourney finals vs. Westtown/SJ Prep

  The members of Penn Charter's girls basketball team must have been fans of the football squad.
  The gridders, despite returning just four starters, posted PC's first nine-win season since 1905. Now, the hoops gals, also very short on experience, are feeling great about the fact they claimed the championship in the first Enable Sports & Fitness Tournament.
  That crown was captured Saturday with a 52-46 win over Westtown.
  Soph Carmen Williams poured in 21 points while classmate Kait Carter (nine) and frosh Kait Hnatkowsky (eight) came close to reaching double figures. The Quakers earned a 58-56 lead with just over a minute remaining when Carter converted a drive down the lane. Williams and Carter then added two free throws apiece.
  The boys also competed in the final, losing by 74-61 to St. Joseph's Prep.
  Senior Mason Williams (Carmen's brother) had 24 points. Oddly, the Quakers faded after soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes hammered home a dunk to create a 35-35 tie.
  Wrestling made its season debut in a showcase event at Upper Merion and senior Alex Koenig was the headliner. He dominated the 160-pound weight class, winning all three of his matches in comfortable fashion.
  Senior Luke Mattice and junior TJ Henry finished third while senior Dante DiStefano was fourth. Senior Jordan Steinhouse and soph Matt McGlinchey were one match from placing.

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Click here for: girls/boys basketball tourney semifinals vs. King's Christian (NJ).

  With the goal of supporting an organization headed by parents Bob ('82) and Laurie Rosania, Penn Charter has decided to host an early-season, four-team basketball tournament.
  So far, so enjoyable.
  Friday, the girls got things rolling with a 50-19 victory over King's Christian, of Cherry Hill, NJ, and the boys notched a 71-51 triumph over that same opponent.
  The girls allowed just three points in the first half and the one field goal wasn't scored until shortly before halftime. No Quakers scored in double figures -- soph Kait Carter had eight points -- but 16 of the 18 field goals produced assists.
  Senior Mason Williams paced the boys with 21 points while classmate Will Samuel mixed 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes sniped 6-for-7 from the floor while contributing 14 points.
  The Rosanias' organization, Enable Sports & Fitness, supports special needs individuals of all ages.

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Click here for: boys JV squash vs. La Salle; boys 3rd team/JV basketball vs. Tacony Charter.

  Not even contests on consecutive days, with No. 2 on the road, could prevent Penn Charter's boys squash team from turning heads.
  After blanking visiting Malvern Prep Wednesday, the Quakers took the short trek to Germantown Friends School Thursday and posted an 8-1 victory.
  Coach Damon Leedale-Brown was especially happy that two players toughed out five-game victories.
  Senior Ben Swanson triumphed after dropping the second and third games. Eighth-grader Oliver Leedale-Brown, the coach's son, lost the third and fourth before regrouping just in time.
  The other winners needed just three games. They were: seniors Marco Rodriguez and Marker Angelakis, junior Tom Bradbeer, soph Jack Kennedy, freshman Ryan Yeatman and eighth-grader Hyun-Su Price.
  Rodriguez yielded just eight points. Yeatman was next at 11.
put up an impressive performance against a fired up GFS team," coach Leedale-Brown said.

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Click here for: middle school squash vs. Shipley (boys) and Germantown Friends (girls); varsity boys vs. Malvern.

  Penn Charter's boys squash squad continues not to skip a beat.
  In Wednesday's Inter-Ac opener, the Quakers blanked visiting Malvern Prep, 9-0, and eight matches featured three-game sweeps.
Overall a very solid and professional performance by the boys; working well on the areas we have been developing in practice over the last week," noted coach Damon Leedale-Brown.
Junior Max Lubowitz, usually the No. 3 performer, was unavailable due to injury, so six players moved up one notch and soph Jack Kennedy turned a promotion from the junior varsity into a triumph in the No. 9 slot.
  The most dominant winners were senior Marker Angelaikis (six points allowed), freshman Ryan Yeatman (seven) and eighth graders Hyun-Su Price and Oliver Leedale-Brown (10 apiece).
  Other winners: seniors Marco Rodriguez and Ben Swanson; juniors Rohan Bhambhani and Tom Bradbeer.

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here for boys varsity/JV basketball vs. Abington Friends

  You miss your first eight shots and allow your opponent to score the first 10 points.
  Later, you lead by as many as 18.
  Not all basketball games unfold in normal fashion and Exhibit A was on display Tuesday as Penn Charter's boys squad bested visiting Abington Friends, 60-46.
  Among other things, the teams combined to shoot just ONE free throw over the first 21 1/2 minutes. Anyone have access to the world's offbeat basketball records?
  Anyway, senior Mason Williams (18) and junior Dylan Topaz (12) led PC in scoring while junior Ryan "Zingy" Maloney fell just short of double digits with nine. Williams also led the Quakers in rebounds (six) and steals (four).
  On the road, the hoop girls also played Abington Friends.
  Soph Kait Carter tallied 10 points in a 44-31 setback.

Penn Charter's girls squash team again has taken a trip to Dominationville.
  Monday, the visiting Quakers bested Harriton, 8-1.
  The most compelling matches featured senior captain Meredith Bernstein and junior Lexie Kaiser. Five games were required in each and the final scores were 3-2. Junior Hatti Specter needed four games to win her match.
  Also victorious were seniors Charlotte Murray and Chloe Master and juniors Elisabeth Ross, Alexa Lenfest and Mia Bezar.
  Bezar yielded just four points. The total for Murray was eight.

  In Day 2 of a showcase event at Shipley, Penn Charter's girls basketball team met the host and suffered a 47-29 defeat.
  No Quakers reached double digits. Soph Hayley Hunt (nine) and junior Emma Maley (eight) came close.

Pics -- Click here for JV/varsity boys basketball vs. Academy of the New Church.

  After watching the junior varsity post a 63-7 victory in the first game of a basketball doubleheader Friday at Academy of the New Church, Penn Charter's varsity found it difficult to charge out of the gate with outrageous energy.
  But a slow start, plus some late-game difficulties at the foul line, did not prevent the Quakers from claiming a 54-49 win.
  Senior Mason Williams led the way with 20 points while junior sub Dylan Topaz added 17. The latter drained three treys and went 4-for-4 at the line in the waning moments to keep ANC at arm's length.
  The girls traveled to Shipley for a showcase event and fell to Westtown, 47-38.
  Soph Carmen Williams (Mason's sister) and classmate Kait Carter halved 26 points.

Pics -- Click here for: boys squash, middle school practice and varsity vs. Conestoga.

  Every team's opener should turn out this well.
  Thursday, Penn Charter's boys varsity squash squad opened its season with a match against visiting Conestoga and stormed to a 9-0 victory.
  Senior Marker Angelakis, in the No. 2 spot, was the most dominant Quaker. He won by 3-0 and lost just five points. To boot, he achieved perfection by winning the second game 11-0.
  No. 9 Tom Bradbeer, a junior, allowed just 10 points while No. 1 Marco Rodriguez, a senior, and No. 6 Philip Price, an eighth grader, surrendered 11 apiece.
  The other winners: junior Max Lubowitz, senior Ben Swanson, freshman Ryan Yeatman, eighth-grader Oliver Leedale-Brown (his dad, Damon, is the coach), and junior Rohan Bhambhani.
  Only two matches required four games.
  The girls traveled to Shipley for their second match of the season and the first ever played on the Gators' new courts. Likewise, they were completely dominant, at 9-0.
  No match lasted more than three games.
  Juniors Elisabeth Ross and Hatti Specter dropped just seven points apiece. Junior Alexa Lenfest and senior Charlotte Murray were next with eight apiece and senior Chloe Master was right behind at nine.
  The other winners: senior Gwen Davis, junior Mia Bezar, senior Meredith Bernstein and junior Alexis Kaiser.

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here for boys basketball vs. Germantown Friends/girls basketball vs. Friends' Central.

  Because Williams is a common surname, you can't assume a guy and gal are brother and sister.
  But Penn Charter's respective basketball squads DO feature siblings in Mason and Carmen Williams and Tuesday they fueled opening day victories.
  Mason, a senior, drilled four treys en route to 22 points as the boys bested visiting Germantown Friends, 58-32. Then it was Carmen's turn. In the second game of a Dooney Field House doubleheader, the soph totaled 15 points, five rebounds and four assists in a 57-40 triumph over Friends' Central.
  Meanwhile, remember the Hnatkowsky brother-sister hoops duo (Mike "Neeko"/Lexi) from last year? Their sister, a ninth grader named Kait, added 10 points.
  For the boys, soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes had 12 points and three assists while junior sub Brendan Thomas hustled for four steals.
  Other contributors for the girls: Soph Kait Carter had nine points, five boards and three assists; junior Emma Maley had three assists and five steals; and soph Hayley Hunt mixed eight points with five boards.
Girls squash needed to wait until nighttime to open its season and the result was a 6-3 win over Conestoga.
  The score was 2-2 through the first four matches with PC's wins going to junior Mia Bezar and senior Meredith Bernstein by 3-0 scores. The Quakers then roared to 4-1 domination thanks to junior Alexa Lenfest and senior Elisabeth Ross by 3-0 and seniors Chloe Master/Charlotte Murray by 3-1.

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Clickhere for: practice for girls basketball, boys/girls swimming, boys basketball, wrestling.
No games yet for winter sports.

Pics --
Football vs. Gtn. Academy: pregame, halftime and postgame pics here. Game/crowd pics here. And click here for boys soccer and boys/girls cross country, also vs. GA.
  Fake news: The last time Penn Charter's football team won nine games, the players traveled to games in trains or horse and buggies.
  Wait, that might be legit news because the year was 1905.
  YOU can research that one, folks (smile). We'll stick with this year's nine-win season.
  Saturday, the grid Quakers (9-1) highlighted PC-GA Day by posting a 26-17 victory over visiting Germantown Academy, thus upping their outrageous advantage in the series to 84-36-11.
  After falling into a 14-0 cavern, PC rallied hard as senior Will Samuel passed 17-for-31 for 234 yards and three touchdowns -- one apiece to classmate John Washington (6-85) and juniors Brendan Thomas (5-35) and Edward Saydee (4-78). Soph Ryan Bradby mixed two field goals with two PAT while Saydee carried 22 times for 103 yards.
  Washington, who also forced a fumble and made the game-clinching interception, was awarded the Geis MVP Trophy. JuniorGavin Tygh, with three TFL, was also a defensive stalwart.
  PC and GA tied for Competition Cup honors at 5-5.
  Boys golf triumphed a while back. Saturday's other winners were boys cross country (27-28), girls soccer (4-0) and girls water polo (9-6).
  Eighth grader Oliver Leedale-Brown, breaking his PR by more than a minute, paced the XC guys with a second-place finish. The other scorers: frosh Drew Gillespie (4th), junior Alex Turner (6th), senior Blaise Ciarrocchi (7th) and soph Luke Jaspan (8th).
  The major girls scorers were senior Giovanna "Gi" DeMarco in soccer (three goals) and soph Hayley Hunt (eight) in water polo.
  Boys soccer, boys water polo, girls tennis, girls cross country and field hockey were bested.
  Frosh Emma Zwall provided the highlight for the losing teams by placing first in XC. Also, senior Connor Sullivan won the Rumpp Award for being named PC's MVP in the game vs. GA.

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Click here for: Girls soccer at Episcopal in a PAISAA semifinal.
  What's the deal with the goalie gods? Why are they mad at Penn Charter?
  Not too long ago, senior Mack Listman was lost to the girls soccer team due to concussion issues.
  Monday, the boys visited SCH Academy for a PAISAA quarterfinal and junior Kyle Earley became unavailable after suffering a broken finger during warmups.
  Thursday, the girls visited Episcopal Academy for a tourney semifinal and Listman's successor, junior Riley McDade, broke a finger not long into the first half . . . though she toughed things out and a diagnosis wasn't made until halftime.
  The Quakers lost both contests by 1-0 scores.
  In this game, soph Kait Carter pitched a shutout beyond intermission.
  Both teams will end their seasons Saturday as part of PC-GA Day.

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here for: PAISAA soccer tournament, girls vs. Baldwin & boys vs. SCH Academy.
  Giovanna DeMarco, the senior headliner of Penn Charter's girls soccer team, is called "Gi" by friends and teammates.
  Tuesday, the spelling of that nickname could have changed to "Geeeee!" As she was truly amazing.
  DeMarco has earned national accolades and she showed why Tuesday while leading the Quakers past visiting Baldwin, 3-1, in the quarterfinal round of the PAISAA Tournament.
  Thanks to impressive individual moves and perfect shots, Gi scored the first two goals about 90 seconds apart a shade before the halfway point of the first half. Later, she had a marvelous assist on a goal by soph Sara Shipon.
  Soph Riley McDade was the goalie for coach Darci Spencer's squad.
  The boys, at SCH Academy, also competed in a PAISAA quarterfinal. The result was a 1-0 loss.
  In the post-game gathering, coach Bob DiBenedetto's first move was to heap praise upon soph goalie Chase Williams.
  Williams is a backup. But he was forced into action for this one after junior Kyle Earley, the starter, broke a finger while stopping a shot in warmups.

Penn Charter hosted the water polo championships for Eastern private schools Sunday and performed well while compiling a 1-1 record.
  In fact, coach Brian Hecker feels his gals lately "have been playing their best polo of the season" and that has him excited for Saturday's game vs. Germantown Academy.
  PC's results: a 16-15 win over Lawrenceville School (NJ) and a 9-7 loss to Hill School.
  The Lawrenceville game featured a 9-6 edge in the second half. Soph Hayley Hunt turned six shots into five goals and classmate Sally Foley went 4-for-4 in her most noteworthy varsity outing. Junior Molly Visco added three goals. All six starters had at least one steal.
  Hill was the No. 1 seed and PC spent some time in Feelin' Giddy Land, thanks to a 6-3, third-quarter lead. But Hill, the eventual champ, responded with five consecutive goals and wound up surviving. Hunt (three) and Visco (two) finished the game as PC's top scorers.
  In the boys version of the tournament, played over two days, the Quakers dropped verdicts to Hill, Pingry School (NJ) and St. Benedict's (NJ).
  In those last two games, frosh Zach Kaplan totaled nine nine apiece of goals/steals. Senior Alex Koenig added four scores vs. SB and soph Bret Brogan had six steals.

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Click here for: football vs. Episcopal.
  Episcopal was missing its franchise rusher and starting quarterback due to injuries, but as Saturday's football game at Penn Charter reached intermission, the Churchmen owned a 17-14 lead.
  Second half? Glad you asked.
  The Quakers roared to four touchdowns on six possessions and claimed a 42-17 victory, notching an eighth win for the first time since 2006 and giving them a chance to finish with nine for the first time since 1905 if archrival Germantown Academy can be conquered next Saturday.
  Headliners were numerous.
  Senior John Washington made four catches for 122 yards and two TDs and added a third score on a 1-yard run. Junior Edward Saydee netted 141 yards and two scores on 23 rushes while senior Will Samuel passed 7-for-11 for 153 yards and the two scores to "Wash." On the defense, junior ends Gavin Tygh and Ryan Maloney, counting sacks and TFL, were in on seven stops for losses.
  A cool moment occurred right before the game when Dan Rosania, the special needs son of former PC star Bob Rosania (Class of 1982), served as an honorary captain for the coin toss via the Athletes Helping Athletes program.

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Click here for: boys soccer vs. Shipley in first round of PAISAA Tournament.
  Despite the date (Nov. 3), the weather was still balmy Friday as Penn Charter's boys soccer team hosted Shipley in the first round of the PAISAA Tournament.
  How the game unfolded certainly was different, however.
  In many contests this season, the first half has offered no goals . . . and often nothing even close to a goal.
  But this time, the Quakers tallied just 90-odd seconds into the game and that counter stood up in a 1-0 victory.
  Sophomore Jude Shorr-Parks was the first guy to make it possible. He made an all-out dash toward the back line, a shade outside the right post, and impressively kept the ball from going out of play. He also fired a sharp-angle pass toward the middle and senior Andrew Morris, thank you very much, pounded it past the goalie.
  Morris and many other Quakers then ran over to the far-side stands, so they could celebrate with roughly 30 student rooters. Later, that portion of the crowd surpassed 40.
  With plenty of help from Morris, senior Connor Sullivan and soph Ryan "Pooch" Holmes, junior Kyle Earley earned a shutout.
  Field hockey also met Shipley, on the road, in the first round of the PAISAA Tournament.
  The result was a 3-2 loss, in two overtimes. Senior Catherine "Catmac" McInerney, off a corner, scored PC's first goal. Junior Elisabeth "ER" Ross also tallied.

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here for MS football vs. SCH Academy.
No varsity events today.

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here for: MS girls tennis vs. Shipley MS boys JV/varsity soccer vs. Malvern.
No varsity events today.

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Click here for: Golf vs. Germantown Academy.
 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 wayto 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.

Pics -- Click here for: girls JV soccer vs. Notre Dame, girls/boys water polo vs. Friends' Central.
 Only in the Charter (smile).
  Monday, the Boyes cousins helped two girls teams claim victories.
  In water polo, played at home against Friends' Central, soph Samantha Boyes totaled four goals and three steals to spark a 7-5 victory.
  In soccer, Maggie Boyes, also a soph, scored a goal in the Quakers' 4-0 triumph at Notre Dame.
  WP's other primary contributors were soph Sally Foley (two goals), junior Stella Singer (one) and classmate Annika Murray (two assists).
  Soccer was fueled primarily by senior all-timer Giovanna "Gi" DeMarco, who owns a national profile. She scored the second and fourth goals and eighth grader Kayla Bradby earned a nice assist on the latter. Frosh Kait Haughey took care of the first counter. Soph Riley McDade recorded the shutout.
  Boys water polo also hosted undermanned Friends' Central and substituted freely while rolling, 15-7.
  Seven players scored. The leaders were soph Lance Rainer (five) and frosh Zachary Kaplan (three).

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here for: Football vs. SCH Academy.

  The cross country state championships for independent schools were held Saturday at Belmont Plateau, in Fairmount Park, and PC's girls claimed third among 12 schools with 70 points.
  Frosh Emma Zwall continued her eye-popping success by winning the race with a meet record of 19:00.70. The mark previously belonged to 2013 PC grad Catie Skinner, who set it as a soph in 2010 with a time of 19:10.07.
  Also finishing in the Top 20 for coach Andy Zuccotti were juniors Mary McDavid (15, 21:15.50) and Abby Zwall (Emma's sister, 16, 21:19.20), and sophs Alicia Newman (18, 21:26.70) and Sophia Solomon (20, 21:34.00).
  The boys placed 11th among 14 schools with 269 points. PC's top runner was frosh Drew Gillespie (39, 18:52.50).
  Meanwhile, the football team has put itself into position to sniff very rare air.
  Though this squad includes just four returning starters, its overall record now stands at 7-1 following a 28-7 win over visiting SCH Academy.
  Two games remain -- the next two Saturdays vs. Episcopal Academy, then Germantown Academy -- and coach Tommy Coyle's squad has a chance to become PC's first eight-game winner since 2006 and nine-game winner since 1905.
  In this one, junior Edward Saydee carried 21 times for 153 yards and two TDs while senior John "Johnny Wash" Washington scored twice thanks to four catches for 115 yards. Their longest six-pointers covered 70 and 60 yards, respectively.
  A strong defensive performance was highlighted by frosh Matthew Marshall (two sacks, fumble recovery) and juniors Ryan Maloney (two sacks, one TFL) and Terence Thompson (two TFL). 

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Click here for: Field hockey/girls soccer vs. Baldwin.
  It was only one win. But it probably felt like three, or even four, to a young, inexperienced team that has often experienced rough moments this fall.
  Friday, Penn Charter's field hockey squad hosted Baldwin in an Inter-Ac game and stormed to a 10-0 victory.
  Senior Ava Nicolucci and soph Avery Myers paced the jubilant Quakers with four and three goals, respectively. Myers notched hers on just five shots. Goals by freshman Kaylee Dyer and seniors Lily Carpenter and Catherine "Catmac" McInerney completed the scoring.
  Shortly into the second half, Nicolucci tallied after accepting a long right-side feed from Dyer. Only two minutes later, off a corner pass from Nicolucci, McInerney sent a rocket past Baldwin's goalie from maybe 20 yards out. Soon, Myers was converting a backhand slap.
  Impressive goals ruled the day.
  All along, PC's defense, keyed primarily by McInerney, played so well that frosh goalie Zora Johnson needed to make just two saves to record the shutout.
  Girls soccer also played Baldwin at home and lost, 3-1. Soph Kait Haughey's goal prevented a shutout.
  Boys soccer visited Episcopal and fell by the same score. Soph Ryan Bradby tallied for PC. Also at EA, boys water polo went down to defeat.

  Ending a drought is always fun. When accomplishing that feat occurs in exciting fashion, it pretty much feels like New Year's Eve.
  Brian Hecker is in his fourth year as Penn Charter's girls water polo coach and, prior to Thursday, his crew had never beaten Episcopal Academy.
  This score was 14-13, thanks to a 9-4 advantage in the second half.
  The winning goal was scored by senior Bela Metz on what Hecker termed "a beautiful pass" from classmate Greer Guyer.
  Soph Hayley Hunt fired seven shots and converted each and every one. Freshman Sally Foley and senior Ellen O'Malley added two goals apiece while junior Natalie Driscoll and soph Molly Visco added singletons. Foley, Guyer and Hunt thirded nine steals. Plus, junior Zoe Tierno packed nine saves (of 12 total) into the second half.
  Hecker was especially pleased by his team's steal/turnover ratio, 16 to 12. Wednesday, in a loss to Lawrenceville School (NJ), the team's 10 thefts were dwarfed by 22 cough-ups.
  In that game, Hunt notched six goals. Guyer and O'Malley had two apiece.
  Both contests were played in PC's pool.