October 28, 2000 |
Keep this a secret, seeing as how their schools are heated rivals, but Penn Charter's Billy McKinney and Germantown Academy's Steve Holmes are buddies. Holmes, a quarterback-safety in football and defender in lacrosse, recently committed to Virginia while expressing his intention to play both sports. A PC guy worth the yellow stripes on his blue school sweater would never allow himself to be one-upped by a GA guy, so. . . "I might try to play both, too," McKinney said.
October 12, 1996 |
Brendan Moore is not a card-carrying member of Penn Charter's Tough Guy Club. That's because there are no cards. But there are T-shirts and they are definitely worn with pride by Moore and the other six members. As you might guess, this Tough Guy Club is not exactly held in the same regard as PC's chapter of the National Honor Society. "Mostly it's just for fun, kind of a spoof thing," Moore said. "The school paper did an article on us, though. We have meetings once or twice a month where we talk about stuff . . . Yeah, stuff.
December 30, 1997 |
There's a reason people can watch Brett Storm and get the feeling he could probably succeed at any athletic endeavor. For proof positive, we report the results of the little bowling tournament staged by Penn Charter's basketball players to ease the boredom in this rainswept ghost town. Picking up a ball for the first time in a year, Storm rolled a 172 to win a small pot of money. A very small pot. "I got $15. We have a cheap team," Storm said, smiling. Storm, a 6-1, 175-pound sophomore, is a terrific, up-and-coming point guard.
April 11, 2000 |
Jim "Flipper" Phillips was ready for the question long before it was asked. Phillips was ready even before a reporter wanted to ask it, having answered it first for himself and then for friends and family members as he applied for what he considered a dream job - though others viewed it as something quite different - and then anxiously awaited an answer. The question: Why would a basketball coach willingly go "backward"? Why would he relinquish a job as a Division I college assistant to coach a high school team?
December 31, 1998 |
It would be exaggerating to say Penn Charter School's Tom Pomrink reached the point at which he was moments from bidding adieu to basketball. But the thought popped into his mind. And it rattled around inside for a while. And it didn't leave until after he discussed the matter with coach Bill Gallagher. "Basketball used to be my life. I lived on the courts," said Pomrink, a 6-3, 215-pound forward. "But through my years at Penn Charter, it became my third sport behind football and lacrosse.
October 30, 1999 |
For a former lineman, Kenny Devenney ain't a bad quarterback. Heck, he'd be good for a lifelong quarterback. But facts are facts, and when Devenney, now a 6-foot, 180-pound junior at Penn Charter, was a seventh- and eighth-grader, his position on the nationally famous Little Quakers' weight team was - ta da - defensive tackle. "I'm sure when I came into PC," Devenney said, "coach [Brian] McCloskey was thinking he'd have a real good lineman. "Know what? Immediately after last season, when I realized how many big guys would be graduating, I told him I'd be willing to switch to the defensive line if that would help the team.
October 24, 1998 |
Early this season before a Penn Charter football game, No. 78, at 6-3, 235 pounds, and wearing full equipment, released some pregame tension by running over to a goalpost, jumping up and grabbing the crossbar. "Who is that?" someone asked. "As a ninth-grader," coach Brian McCloskey said that day, "that kid couldn't get down in a three-point stance. We came close to telling him, 'It's not going to work. Find another sport.' " No. 78 is Kyle Chaffin. Next year, because of his talent and academics (2.9 grade-point average, 1,230 score on the Scholastic Assessment Test)
November 6, 1999 |
Mike Ambrose, who's now getting practice in classrooms as a practicing attorney, would have gone down in flames last week had he tried to defend the play of Malvern Prep's football team. The unbeaten Friars not only lost to Germantown Academy in an important Inter-Ac League game, they were blasted, 49-14. "We weren't in the right mood going over there," said Ambrose, a senior running back. "That's a long bus ride. No one was talking. No one was into it. Once the game started and we saw what was happening, we tried to turn it on. But, too late.
February 26, 1994 |
Mark "Shark" McGonagle used to think that his only purpose in basketball life was to . . . "Shoot 'threes' and score points," he said, cutting short a reporter and flashing a smile. McGonagle, a 6-1, 160-pound (he claims) senior, is in his third year of starting at wing guard for Penn Charter. Thankfully, he knows more than he used to. McGonagle last night contributed nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocked shots, including the game-saver, as the Quakers downed visiting Haverford School, 44-41, to clinch a share of the Inter-Ac League championship.
August 1, 2016
Last month I posed this question to readers: Where is the line between political correctness and manners? Do some people use "not being politically correct" as a justification for rudeness? Readers seemed unanimous in thinking that was the case. I agree. Like anything else, the correctness can go too far, but not being politically correct is often a veiled excuse to be just a little bit nasty to someone else. Here's how some of our readers answered: It seems that the term usually is used without any thought to the meaning behind it, merely to justify mean-spirited and generally unacceptable principles ("rudeness," if you will, but that's often contextually too mild a word)