July 1, 2016 |
OMAHA, Neb. - He is just 16 and these were his first U.S. Olympic trials, so while his fellow swimmers buzzed easily around the pool deck during warm-ups Wednesday night, Reece Whitley bent his 6-foot-8 frame low, leaned against the starting blocks, and closed his eyes. If it was a pregame prayer, it wasn't answered. Whitley, the rising - in several senses of that word - Penn Charter junior, who some in the swimming world suggest could one day be the greatest breaststroker ever, failed to qualify for the 200-meter breaststroke final, finishing sixth in his semifinal.
May 24, 2016 |
Eileen Hennessy needed to go for a run. Hours before, her Penn Charter softball team suffered its first loss of the season, a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat that Episcopal Academy won in walk-off fashion. The loss ruined the Quakers' chance at a perfect season and the opportunity to be the first team in league history to finish 12-0 in Inter-Ac play. And so, after "snapping" on her mother, Denise, during the car ride home and then talking about the game with her father, Jamie, the senior third baseman decided it would be best for her to go into her Chalfont neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia and jog a couple of miles.
May 20, 2016 |
Defenders who wield a long pole in lacrosse rarely get to wind up and whip a shot on goal. Haverford School senior defender Jack Marshall, however, got the opportunity on Wednesday in the third quarter of the Fords' 13-4 quarterfinal blowout of Penn Charter in the Inter-Ac Challenge at the Proving Grounds in Conshohocken. Marshall, who will play at High Point next year, had a running start before he wound up and fired from about 25 yards away from the goal. "It's fun to run down and get a shot," Marshall said.
May 15, 2016 |
Chances are that someone with a name like Blake Target has pretty good aim on the lacrosse field. On Friday, the sophomore attacker for Penn Charter scored three goals to help the visiting Quakers knock off rival Germantown Academy, 11-7. "It's always a really important win against them," he said. "It's a rival in the league. And it was a big one for us going into the Inter-Ac playoffs. " Perhaps Target's most important tally came with just 2.7 seconds left before the half. It gave Penn Charter (5-13, 4-6)
May 7, 2016 |
Former Roman Catholic football coach Joe McCourt recalled how Will Fuller's first three catches as a starter for the Cahillites went for touchdowns. Kevin Pelligrini, Malvern Prep's former football boss, remembered how Carl Nassib saved his best game for last with the Friars. Michael Hawkins, the last football coach at now-closed Germantown, recollected how Will Parks wasn't afraid of the coach's laser pointer during film sessions. After five former Philadelphia-area high school players were selected in the NFL draft last week, former coaches and family members reminisced about them while seeing a promising future for current area players.
May 3, 2016 |
Fittingly, running enthusiasts Crystal Burnick and Bob Bacon first met while picking up their bibs the night before a 5K race in North Wales five years ago. Then, after Bacon experienced heat exhaustion during the race and needed medical treatment afterward, Burnick sent him a text the next day to see how he was doing. "She won me over with that gesture," Bacon said with a laugh. The now-engaged couple from Skippack were all smiles on Sunday after Burnick won the women's division of the 37th annual Broad Street Run in 57 minutes, 7 seconds.
May 2, 2016 |
Penn Charter's Anastasia Lewis and Ava Nicolucci proved to be unsolvable for Shipley. The two pitchers combined for a no-hitter as the visiting Quakers defeated Shipley, 15-0, in a nonleague game Saturday. The home team's only baserunner came on the only walk Lewis allowed. Lewis also struck out four in three innings. Nicolucci pitched the final two frames. The Quakers' Faith Fenton hit a grand slam in the third inning. Ayanna Matthews also stood out at the plate, by going 3 for 3. In other nonleague softball action: Alyssa Michniewicz had a double, but visiting Conwell-Egan fell to Steinert, 12-2.
April 26, 2016
5 Suburban One Continental wins for Quakertown, the same as the entirety of last season. 6 Games with 10 or more runs for Upper Darby. 126 Total runs for Penn Charter in nine wins.
April 24, 2016
Here are some families who have left their legacies on local high schools sports teams: The Conlins: Five brothers - Ken, Chris, Keith, Kevin and Craig - played football or basketball at either Bishop McDevitt or La Salle. The Foleys: Three brothers - Ed, Glenn and Kevin - played football at Cherry Hill East. The Reidys: Three brothers - Bobby, Brian and Jimmy - played football at Father Judge. The Wagners. Father Milt and son Dajuan played basketball at Camden. The Arcidiaconos: Four brothers - Mark, Brandon, Nick, and Brian - played football at either St. Joseph's Prep or Archishop Wood.
April 21, 2016 |
Episcopal Academy senior Julia Hondros may have noticed that the Churchmen left the door slightly ajar just before halftime against host Penn Charter on Tuesday afternoon. With just 2.3 seconds left in the half, however, Hondros nailed it shut for good. After Hannah Fox notched back-to-back goals for the previously undefeated Quakers, Hondros, a 5-foot-10 Brown recruit, rushed downfield and fired to give Episcopal a five-goal lead, which it parlayed into a 15-6 victory. "Clock awareness," said Hondros, who finished with four goals.