November 20, 2014 |
It was Saturday. The clock read approximately 6:30 p.m. The Penn Charter girls' soccer team had just won its second consecutive Independent Schools state title at Cabrini College when the prospect of a three-peat was first mentioned. Yes, a three-peat would be nice, coach Darci Borski thought, but she wanted to enjoy this championship first. The sentiment from Borski, who in two seasons at the Quakers helm has amassed an overall record of 35-6-4, was justified. It made sense that she wanted to savor this one a little bit longer considering all the obstacles Penn Charter overcame this season.
November 16, 2014 |
With 50 seconds remaining, Angela Rocca of the top-seeded Episcopal Academy field hockey team took a pass from Corinne Zanolli and lifted the ball into a corner of the cage, and the Churchwomen won the PAISAA championship, 3-2, over rival Notre Dame. Episcopal trailed the second-seeded Irish by 2-0 at halftime, and by midway through the second half, still could not score. The Churchwomen finally got on the board with 11 minutes, 47 seconds left, when Christy Palazzese scored on a direct shot off a penalty corner.
November 8, 2014 |
Trailing by one at halftime on an otherwise overcast Thursday afternoon, the Germantown Friends girls' soccer team had a moment of clarity. "The girls had a realization that the game was there for the taking," coach Jeremy Hurdle said. "But they needed to go out and take it. " The top-seeded Tigers did just that, scoring two goals in the first six minutes of the second half and going on to capture their first Friends Schools League title, 2-1, over visiting No. 3 Friends' Central in the final.
October 29, 2014 |
ALEX HORNIBROOK wrote his name into the Malvern Prep record books twice yesterday against host Penn Charter. Fortunately, for posterity's sake, the senior quarterback's first signature was in pen; the second, pencil. After the Friars ran away from the Quakers, 44-16, the 6-4, 212-pound senior was congratulated by an assistant coach on becoming the school's single-season passing champ. For a few minutes anyway, it was thought Hornibrook also owned the school's career yardage mark, but not quite yet. "I wasn't really thinking about it too much today," Hornibrook said, "but I guess the one thing is it's awesome that I can do it at home.
October 29, 2014
GERMANTOWN Academy senior forward Sam Lindgren committed to Colgate a few weeks ago, but wanted to make sure everything was A-OK with the admissions process before he spilled the beans. Colgate, after all, was his first choice. Thursday, he made it official. "From the very beginning of the college search, that was my No. 1 place," Lindgren said. The 6-6 senior forward was a second-team Inter-Ac coaches' selection as a junior and owns 576 career points with a shot at 1,000 (he scored 424 last season)
October 13, 2014 |
In last year's finale, Dylan Parsons and Springside Chestnut Hill were on the losing end of a 113-point affair against Malvern Prep. The Blue Devils engaged in another shootout Saturday afternoon at Penn Charter. And the visitors, aided by Parsons' two touchdown receptions on a muddy grass field, outlasted the never-say-die Quakers, 53-51, in the Inter-Ac League opener for both squads. "That was pretty wild," said Parsons, a senior wide receiver and cornerback. "Not too many people expected that.
October 9, 2014 |
Connor Gregory was frustrated. Things didn't seem to be working out for the Haverford School junior in the first half of the Fords' Inter-Ac League soccer game against Penn Charter. Sure, he scored off a tremendous free kick in the fourth minute, but after that, shots were just missing the net for the forward. At the intermission, Gregory made sure, he said, to "settle" himself. He even apologized to his teammates in the huddle before the second half started, taking responsibility for his squad being deadlocked with Penn Charter after 40 minutes of play.
September 25, 2014 |
Samantha Staudt couldn't find her ball on the eighth green at Inniscrone Golf Club in Avondale on Tuesday afternoon. All the Coatesville junior knew was that, logically, her tee shot could not have landed in the hole. Forget twice in one round. Holes-in-one don't happen twice in one lifetime. She picked up her wedge and went to see if her ball had rolled off the green. Her opponent from Avon Grove looked in the hole. "Oh," Staudt recalled him saying. "It's in there. " Three holes after her first ace, Staudt had shot another.
September 8, 2014 |
Penn Charter rallied for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and survived a late scare to defeat visiting Neumann-Goretti, 18-13, in a nonleague football game Saturday. Nile Hodges and Jake McCain ran for 4-yard touchdowns to pull the Quakers out of a 13-6 hole. Quarterback Mike Hnatkowsky went 10 for 20 for 187 yards. He completed three passes to Denarii Beard for 64 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown. Neumann-Goretti's Aamir Brown carried 10 times for 158 yards and a touchdown and caught six passes for 80 yards and a score.
July 11, 2014 |
Color mattered when Roger Gordon attended Penn Charter in the 1950s and '60s. And as a high school athlete, the young man who grew up in North Philadelphia was reminded nearly every day. He enrolled at the private Quaker school in kindergarten in 1956 and may have been the first black student to matriculate straight through when he graduated in 1969 and headed for Princeton. Along the way, he developed an unshakable passion for sports that eventually blossomed into a 48-year career coaching various sports.