by Tom Utescher
A rebuilding Penn Charter team proved no match for a veteran Germantown Friends School squad in last Thursday’s season opener in boys’ squash, as the visiting GFS Tigers swept to a 9-0 victory over the Quakers.
Virtually every member of last year’s team is back for Germantown Friends, while PC lost some of its top players when Hunter Beck, Chris Bown, and Chris Stone walked away with their diplomas last June. In addition, one of the Quakers’ most talented underclassmen from last winter has departed, and currently another young talent, sophomore Randy Beck, is on the injured list.
The Tigers have experienced seniors at the top of their ladder, and in Thursday’s encounter Alex Nalle defeated PC junior Alex Reisley at number one, 3-0, while in the second spot Germantown’s Dan Sneed won by the same score over Quakers sophomore Max Reiff.
Sneed played number one for GFS last winter, but Nalle got the nod for this year’s opener by winning a recent intra-squad challenge match.
In the closest match last Thursday, Germantown junior Diego Sanz was a 3-2 winner against Luke Angelakis, a PC sophomore. Senior Ben York of the Tigers won 3-1 in the fourth spot over junior Luke Schweitzer, who has just arrived at Penn Charter from Chestnut Hill Academy.
In a number-five match featuring a pair of 10th-graders, the Tigers’ Max McCafferty won 3-0 over August Crofton of the host team. Crofton’s brother Quinn, a freshman, was playing one rung down the ladder, where he fell 3-0 to the sophomore number six from GFS, David Sneed.
The rest of the individual engagements were all decided in three straight games, as well. The two seniors on the Penn Charter varsity, Robert Golden and Neil Ahmed, were playing in the seventh and eighth spots, respectively. Golden was beaten by fellow upperclassman Cole McCourt, while visiting sophomore Drew Wallace knocked off Ahmed.
Ben York’s younger brother, Sam, triumphed in the ninth position over a fellow sophomore, PC’s Scott Marcus, and in an exhibition match another GFS tenth-grader, Sam Conant, won 3-1. Conant, a natural southpaw, has endured several injuries and subsequent surgeries on his left wrist, and is now learning to play right-handed.