Charter Force Fall Sports Report
Author Ben Snyder
With November drawing to a close, Charter’s sports teams all finished their fall seasons with a flurry of senior games, conference championships, and state tournament matches. Here is a sport-by-sport run down of the Force’s performance this fall.
The football team finished their season with the senior game under the lights at Red Lion on Friday, November 11. They won 24-14, bringing their season record to 4-6, but unfortunately did not make the Division I State Tournament. The team also provided a memorable 41-0 victory before homecoming weekend.
Both the boys and girls ran competitive races at Killens Pond State Park during their respective Division I State Championship competitions on Saturday, November 11. Girls placed 3rd behind Padua and Smyrna, and boys were the runners up after Salesianum. Top 15 individual finishes included sophomore Andrew Avila in 2nd, senior Ben Snyder in 4th, senior Grady McPeak in 12th, and sophomore Maya Bordrick in 13th. Other season highlights included a strong showing at the Diamond State Conference Championships. Avila, Snyder, and McPeak lead the boys team to victory with a 1,2,4 finish, and Bordrick and junior Cassidy McCormick placed 2nd and 6th to bring the girls to 2nd place overall.
Our girls’ team finished with a record of 4-7-4 after their final game at Serviam Field against Archmere Academy. They suffered an unfortunate 1-0 loss that kept them out of the state tournament.
Coming from a program that frequently vies for the state title, this year’s team finished the regular season with a record of 8-5-2 and headed into the state tournament as the #8 seed, facing #1 ranked Salesianum in the first round. Despite losing to Sallies 0-8 in the regular season, they held out for a difficult 0-2 loss in nearly freezing conditions at Caravel Academy on Saturday, November 11. Senior Rhys Newcombe earned first team All State honors, senior Andrew Amato earned second team All State honors, and swnior Jacob Ogrodnik earned third team All State honors. Ogrodnik also topped the team goal scoring leaderboard with eight points this season.
Another perennially strong Charter program, this year the girls entered the tournament with a record of 11-4 and defeated Tatnall in the first round 3 sets to 2. In the quarter finals they faced Ursuline at St. Mark’s on Tuesday, November 7. In an epic, nail-biting two and a half hour game, the girls fought hard but lost by one set, ending their State Championships run. Sophomore Madeline Matheny earned first team All State honors.
Congratulations to all of the athletes who competed this fall. Now with scrimmages and games scheduled for late November and early December, the Charter Force is looking forward to a new season of winter sports!