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Wednesday Wins for Golf, Boys Soccer
09/29/2016 10:52 AM

William Penn Charter School Philadelphia private Inter-Ac soccer

As a defender, Conrad Williams' primary job for Penn Charter's boys soccer is to prevent goals. Nowhere is it written that he can't occasionally turn the table.

Wednesday, PC claimed a 3-0 victory over visiting St. Joseph's Prep and Williams, a senior, got things going with an opportunity goal seven-plus minutes prior to halftime. Sophomore Ethan Cripe and senior Max Jacobs scored second-half goals. With senior goalkeeper Jay Jennings continuing to recover from a concussion, soph Kyle Earley notched the shutout. Above, Dylan Schwartz prepares to kick the ball while Prep player watches.

The golf team traveled to Sunnybrook Country Club and won an Inter-Ac Invitational hosted by SCH Academy. If that kind of success sounds familiar, you've been paying attention. That's two wins for PC in the last three league get-togethers.

This time the Quakers shot 228, besting runnerup Malvern by six strokes. Junior Brian Isztwan – for PC and overall – led the way with a one-under 35. The triumph was his second of the season. Other Quakers who were part of the victory: juniors Matt Barkann (37) and Blake Target (38), junior Dante DiStefano and soph Dylan Topaz (39 apiece), and senior Joey Centeno (40).

Field hockey suffered a 7-0 setback versus visiting Notre Dame.

Photos of soccer and field hockey action from Wednesday.


Siani Makes National U-18 Baseball Team
09/28/2016 4:13 PM

Mike Siani had a huge baseball season last year. As a sophomore, he batted .492, knocking in 22 RBIs and crossing the plate himself 21 times. 

People noticed.

William Penn Charter School Philadelphia private Inter-Ac baseballAt the end of that season, Siani was named first-team all-Inter-Ac and the Philadelphia Inquirer's first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania.

After two rounds of tryouts, Siani, now a junior, was selected last week to join the under-18 national baseball team. Just 20 players fill that roster. He will travel with USA Baseball on Friday to Monterrey, Mexico, for the COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championships to play Panama, Cuba, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico.

"Mike Siani is probably the most down-to-earth, humble kid I have ever coached. And he's the best 16 year old I've ever seen play, and I've seen a lot," Penn Charter baseball coach David Miller said. "He puts in so much work and he really understands the game."

Read Rick O'Brien's story on Siani on

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Girls Tennis Shuts Out GA
09/28/2016 1:00 AM

William Penn Charter School Philadelphia private Inter-Ac cross country

For the moment, Penn Charter's girls tennis team is the toast of the school.

That's what happens when a PC squad blanks the archest of rivals, Germantown Academy. The 7-0 shutout occurred Tuesday and highlighted a busy afternoon.

The Quakers' singles winners were sophomore Brinlea La Barge, senior sister Schuyler La Barge and soph Leila Sor. Doubles triumphs came courtesy of senior Natalie Williams and junior Chole Master, ninth grader Jackson Birnie and senior Jennie Reisman, senior Olivia Brody-Bizar and junior Meredith Bernstein, and junior Elizabeth Drebin and senior Hunter Smith. Only one match required three sets.

Girls soccer hosted Agnes Irwin and rolled to a 5-2 victory. Junior Gi DeMarco (three) and soph Ally Paul (two) combined to hammer home all five goals.

The cross country teams competed in meets at Belmont Plateau.

The girls were involved in a tri-meet and came away with split decisions – a 24-33 victory over SCH Academy and a 28-29 loss to Agnes Irwin. Freshmen Sophia Solomon and Alicia Newman and soph Mary McDavid finished third, fourth and fifth out of 52 runners. Photos.

Malvern got the better of the boys by a 24-31 score. Senior Harper Pollio-Barbee (shown above) took second in 18 minutes, 21 seconds. Other scorers were senior Josh Patton (fifth), soph Timur Serbest (seventh), junior Blaise Ciarrocchi (eighth) and frosh Luke Jaspan (ninth). Photos.

Golf competed in an Inter-Ac Invitational hosted by GA and placed fifth. Juniors Brian Isztwan (37) and Noah Schwartz (39) were alone in posting strong rounds.

Field hockey was blanked by Agnes Irwin, 5-0. Senior Daisy Slawek, the team manager, made note that senior goalie Janelle Sullivan "had many impressive saves and handled (Irwin's) pressure and persistence with admirable composure!"

Boys water polo lost at Hill School, 16-5.

Weekend Highlights
09/26/2016 2:21 PM

The non-Neeko highlight of an active sports weekend occurred Friday as girls tennis dominated Agnes Irwin, 6-1.

The triumphs were evenly divided between singles and doubles matches. In the first category, the winners were, in order, soph Brinlea La Barge, senior (and Brinlea's older sister) Schuyler La Barge and soph Leila Sor. Repping in doubles were the duo of senior Natalie Williams and junior Chloe Master, senior Olivia Brody-Bizar and junior Meredith Bernstein and another senior-junior duo Hunter Smith and Elizabeth Drebin.

The water polo squads competed in the Beast of the East tournament. The girls provided one highlight by edging Springfield Montco, 8-7, in overtime, thanks largely to six goals by senior Emily Zurcher. The boys managed another by topping Lawrenceville (NJ), 10-9. Senior Emmet Foley scored four goals. 

Boys soccer edged Council Rock South, 3-2, on goals by seniors Conrad Williams and Max Jacobs and soph Billy Melnick, who landed the game-winner.

Two girls squads visited Episcopal. Soccer was edged, 2-1, and field hockey fell, 8-2.

Ninth grader Sara Shipon tallied in girls soccer. Junior Bella Hondros and senior Christina Vahey did so in field hockey. Junior Catherine McInerney added an assist.

Neeko Captures Inter-Ac Passing Record
09/24/2016 10:46 AM

William Penn Charter School Philadelphia private Inter-Ac football

One Penn Charter guy bid adieu Friday night to the Inter-Ac record for career passing yardage. Thankfully, the mark stayed in-house.

In a 27-0 win at Interboro, a public school in Delaware County, senior Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky passed 12-for-26 for 202 yards and one TD to junior Terence Thompson, raising his yardage total to 4,899. Neeko, a four-year starter, is 300-for-562 and has thrown for 47 TDs. John Loughery OPC '11, now a graduate assistant at Temple, finished his PC career with 4,780 yards.

At Interboro Hnatkowsky and soph Edward Saydee (20 carries, 64 yards) added rushing TDs while senior Adam Kuper hammered field goals of 33 and 28 yards.

Junior John Washington and soph Brendan Thomas notched interceptions. Fumble recoveries were made by seniors Denarii Beard and Bill Costello and soph Demetrius de Ramus.

The Quakers' performance was especially impressive in light of the 20-day layoff since the season-opening victory over Lansdale Catholic in Ocean City, NJ. That win was followed by a cancellation and a bye.

Congratulations to Neeko and a shoutout to his receivers, coach Tom Coyle and, above with Neeko, Offensive Coordinator Chris Rahill OPC '99. More photos.

Golf, Polo, Tennis Claim Wins on Busy Tuesday
09/21/2016 1:00 AM

Penn Charter's golf team last week placed fourth in an Inter-Ac Invitational. However, since the Quakers' score was only two shots behind the No. 2 finisher, folks couldn't help think, "Hmm. This could get interesting."

Tuesday, it did. The Quakers were the hosts for another Inter-Ac Invitational, held at Huntingdon Valley Country Club, and all they did was . . . win!

Senior Joey Centeno and junior Brian Isztwan, the team captains, led the way, recording matching scores of 2-under 33. Junior Noah Schwartz shot 38 while the other three scorers – junior Archie Filshill, soph Dylan Topaz and eighth grader Patrick Isztwan – finished their rounds with 40 apiece.

Head coach Travis Larrabee said the first-place triumph was PC’s first in an invitational since the Inter-Ac moved golf to the fall and added this tournament format six years ago.

Episcopal was second at 225. Haverford School (230) and Malvern (237) were third and fourth.

The water polo squads swept home matches vs. Friends' Central.

For the boys, winners by 14-6, freshman Lance Rainer fired three goals while frosh Bret Brogan and juniors Sean McLafferty and Zach Raphael added two apiece. Senior Emmet Foley scrambled for four steals.

In the last game of a busy day girls water polo beat Friends Central 17-8. Ten different players scored, with six players having two or more goals. The team had 18 steals and just three turnovers in securing their first victory of the season.

Girls tennis trekked to Episcopal and claimed a 4-3 victory.

Singles-playing sisters Brinlea (soph) and Schuyler La Barge (senior) set a great tone, rolling to dominant wins. Soph Leila Sor, at No. 3 singles, also triumphed. At No. 4 doubles, juniors Lizzie Drebin and Gwen Davis executed a sweep by 6-2, 6-4.
Girls soccer was edged by Pennington (NJ), 2-1. Ninth grader Sara Shipon fed eighth grader Kait Haughey for PC's counter.

Field hockey traveled to Academy of the New Church and fell by a 2-0 score. Under constant pressure, senior Janelle Sullivan made 14 saves.

In cross country, the girls lost tri-meet decisions to Germantown Academy, 40-17, and Notre Dame, 32-25, while the boys dropped a 50-15 verdict vs. Episcopal Academy.

Above, PC's Lance Rainer (7) watches as one of his three goals finds the upper left corner. More photos from Tuesday.


Fine Week for Girls Soccer
09/17/2016 1:27 PM

William Penn Charter School Quaker private school Philadelphia Inter-Ac girls soccer Darci Borski

Coach Darci Borski's baby son, Jace, is starting off life as quite the good luck charm.

He attended Penn Charter's 3-1 girls soccer win over visiting Friends' Central on Tuesday and again was among the witnesses Friday as the Quakers edged visiting Archbishop Wood, 3-2.

Then, he didn't make even a hint of a fuss while posing for a picture with Mom and the players. Gotta love him!

The Quakers won Friday's game on a beautiful play with a shade over 30 minutes remaining in the second half. Senior Macaul "Mac Daddy" Mellor fired a throw-in within smelling distance of the near post, maybe 10 yards out.   Sophomore Ally Paul headed the ball to roughly the middle and eighth grader Kait Haughey foot-thumped it into the goal.

Haughey also posted PC's first half score. In an oddity, roughly a minute apart early in the second half, the teams traded own goals.

Junior Mack Listman went the distance in PC's net, recording six saves.

This game also featured a sister battle. Emma Maley, a soph, played for PC. Maggie, a junior, did so for Wood. Their father, P.J., was the Daily News' Inter-Ac Football Player of the Year in 1985 for his exploits for PC at linebacker. The following spring, he won that paper's competition for The City's Finest award (top senior athlete in the Public/Catholic/I-A leagues).

In field hockey, PC dropped a 1-0 decision to Shipley, and in girls water polo the Quakers lost to EA 16-9.

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