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PC shows promise, but falls to Inter-Ac’s top teams


Penn Charter’s Brianna Butler wrests the ball from Jaryn Garner (#31) of Germantown Academy as the Quakers’ Mary Kate O’Brien (#12) looks on.

A pair of recent league road games could be viewed as a litmus test for the status of the girls basketball team at Penn Charter. Every player from last year’s squad is back, but only one’s a senior, and the Quakers faced the two traditional powers in the Girls Inter-Ac in a four-day span last week. The results showed that the PC club is still a work in progress, and that there is progress.

Meeting longtime league runner-up Academy of Notre Dame on Monday, Charter started off well but later suffered from poor foulshooting and careless ballhandling in a 43-36 setback. Some of the same shortcomings showed up more glaringly at Germantown Academy on Thursday, as the 11-time defending champion Patriots romped to a 37-15 halftime lead.

Instead of letting GA coast, the Quakers fought back to within nine points late in the fourth quarter before flawless free throw shooting pushed the Pats farther ahead once more. The final was 68-49, and the result for PC was a record of 3-2 in the league and 13-4 overall at week’s end.


Devils creep past CHC women

The Griffins’ Chanta’l Hardy (right) drives on Melissa Rotz of the USP Devils.

As last Thursday’s women’s hoops game between Chestnut Hill College and visiting University of the Sciences got underway, spectators couldn’t have been blamed for thinking that the scoreboard was registering the number of field goals made instead of individual points.

Almost eight minutes in, the score was 6-5 in favor of the USP Devils, and more than halfway through the first period, the visitors were ahead 11-6. The pace picked up a bit after that, but most of the time USP remained just a little out of reach for the Griffins, who ended up on the wrong end of the final tally of 56-48.

Both teams entered the contest with just one victory in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play. The Devils doubled the total in their win column for a 2-4 mark in the CACC (5-7) overall, and CHC came away with a record of 1-6 in the conference and 2-13 against all opponents.


CHA racquetmen bounce Big Red

Lawrenceville number one Theo Buchsbaum goes to his backhand to try and pick a ball off the rear wall of the court, while CHA’s Dylan Ward (background) awaits the shot.

Even with three regular varsity players sitting out the match, host Chestnut Hill Academy didn’t miss a beat in last Wednesday’s non-league squash encounter, recoding its second 9-0 sweep against Lawrenceville School this season. Winning all but one of the individual bouts in three straight games, the Blue Devils improved to 7-1 overall (remaining 4-1 within the Inter-Ac League), while the Big Red returned to New Jersey with a 2-5 record.

Junior Jack Maine and freshman Alex McCall were both out with injuries on Wednesday, and sophomore Nick Schreiber was simply enjoying a respite after engaging in a lot of extracurricular tournament activity.

Lawrenceville was experiencing no medical difficulties, but the alignment of players for the Big Red was quite different from the line-up that had beaten Penn Charter by a 6-3 score just eight days earlier. The individuals were the same, but only the number seven and eight players, seniors Nate Reilly and Marvin So, were in the same positions as the previous week.



Spartan grapplers overpower shortstaffed CHA

Simply by showing up at Chestnut Hill Academy with a full complement of wrestlers last Tuesday afternoon, visiting Springfield High School almost guaranteed itself a victory in a non league meet with the Blue Devils.

Recording five pins for 30 points and picking up another 30 through CHA forfeits, the Spartans cruised to a 60-21 victory and leveled their overall season record at 7-7.




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