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We are pleased to announce plans for the beginning of the spring sports season and look forward to seeing our athletes playing on the fields again. Schedules will be posted on the website soon.

Of course, everything depends on our continued work to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Please recommit to our team and community compact: continue to social distance, wear your mask and practice good hand hygiene. 
 

Covid Screening/Testing

As an added layer of mitigation, Penn Charter will obtain a Covid-19 baseline surveillance screening of all spring athletes prior to the start of spring practices.

On Monday, March 1, PC will offer free, on-campus PCR saliva testing, between the hours of 2:15 and 4:00 p.m., in Dooney Field House. 

Any spring athlete who cannot attend the March 1 testing must acquire an outside PCR Covid-19 test, 3-4 days prior to the start of practice, in order to participate.  Please submit any independent testing to covidsupport@penncharter.com. The Covid rapid antigen test will not be accepted as a substitute for a PCR test.

Student athletes who test positive for Covid-19 will be required to quarantine from school as per the Athletics Health & Safety Plan: Spring 2021

During the month of March, those teams playing high-risk contact sports (boys and girls lacrosse) will participate in weekly Covid surveillance testing. Students who miss the weekly testing day will not be permitted to participate in athletic practices or competitions until a negative testing result is independently provided to the school. 

 

Getting Started

Providing a timely return of our test results, and weather permitting, on-campus practice will begin on Friday, March 5. Coaches may meet virtually with teams before that date. On Friday, PC emailed students in grades 9-12 a survey in which to indicate their interest in playing a spring sport. 

We will maintain our current protocols each day for practices and games. Here are a few reminders for all student athletes: 

Check-in for daily practices will be held at Dooney Field House. All spring athletes should report to check-in before heading to your practice locations. 

  • All athletes will continue to complete the Athletics Daily Participation Form for all practices.
  • Distance Learning students will also need to have the CrisisGo screening completed before arrival on campus for practice. 
  • For practices on Saturdays and/or days when we are virtual learning, all students must complete both the Athletics Daily Participation Form and the Crisis Go Screening.
  • Please come dressed for all practices; there are no locker rooms available home or away.
  • Remember to bring extra masks to all practices.

We are working with the Inter-Ac League to develop game protocols to keep our athletes, coaches, officials and spectators as safe as possible. 
 

Live Streaming

Penn Charter will stream as many home events as possible. More detailed information will be shared prior to games. Away games will be streamed by the host school, and we will share a link, when it becomes available, on penncharter.com and on Twitter @wpcsports.

 

Spectator Policy

We will communicate our spectator policy soon. That policy will reflect the current guidelines of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health; if disease levels improve, the policy could be revised to allow for more spectators. 

 

Spring Head Coaches

Crew: Katherine Farrell York

Baseball: Justin Hanley

Softball: Doc Mittica

Boys Tennis: Philip Stevens

Girls Lacrosse: Colleen Kelly

Boys Lacrosse: Pat McDonough

Girls Track and Field: Candice Lee

Boys Track and Field: Steve Bonnie

Senior Patrick Isztwan was named Philadelphia Golf Association’s (GAP) Junior Sportsperson of the Year in their winter 2020 publication. Isztwan has played on Penn Charter’s varsity golf team since his eighth grade year.

Isztwan saw a flurry of successes in GAP competition during the 2020 season, culminating in a win at the Christman Cup Tournament in July, where he shot 3-under-par at LuLu Country Club. In June, Isztwan won the First Flight division of the Junior Boys’ Championship, and in July he teamed with his dad, Andy, to win the Younger division of the Father & Son Tournament.

Isztwan has also had much success playing for the Quakers. As a freshman he won the Bert Linton Inter-Ac Championship, and as a junior he was named Inter-Ac Champion Golfer of the Year after finishing the season with a significant lead in points. This November he signed a National Letter of Intent committing to play at the University of Richmond in the fall. 

The GAP’s official announcement commended Isztwan for his “positive attitude and amiable disposition” on the course. Travis Larrabee, Penn Charter’s head golf coach, expressed similar praise for Isztwan's character:

"Patrick is able to give advice and direction to his peers without coming across as critical or condescending. This is a real gift, and this is not the type of leadership one can teach; Patrick comes by it naturally. He honors the game, respects his opponents, and supports his teammates."
 



Senior Aaron Maione won a Mini Max High School Award from the Maxwell Football Club on January 14. He was one of 68 players from the commonwealth to be chosen for the award. 

The Maxwell Football Club is dedicated to “recognizing talented players at the earliest stages of their careers.” Players are nominated by their coaches based on excellence in the areas of athletics, academics and community service.

Maione helped the Quakers finish 1-1 during a brief 2020 season. His stellar performance in the 134th PC/GA Day football game in November included a 70-yard touchdown reception and a critical field goal block during the game-ending play; Maione was named MVP and awarded the game's Geis Trophy.

In December, Maione signed a National Letter of Intent committing to play football at Davidson College.

“During his time with our football program Aaron Maione has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and a strong work ethic,” said PC football coach Tom Coyle. “His approach to practice and competition has enabled everyone involved in our program to improve and enjoy the time spent on the football field. He is a great leader, teammate and friend.”
 

 


Let the games begin! Penn Charter's winter sports teams are gearing up for a return to competition following the announcement of an abbreviated Inter-Ac season. 

Upper School athletes began conditioning on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in preparation for a series of contests planned during the month of February. Basketball, indoor track, swimming and diving, squash and wrestling will all have the chance to face off against a limited number of opponents within the Inter-Ac. 

To mitigate risks, PC Athletics has implemented a number of safety protocols, including frequent testing of athletes in high-risk contact sports, frequent mask changes and limited spectatorship. Read the full details in our Athletics Health and Safety Plan.

Athletics at PC have been on hold since a similarly abbreviated fall season ended with a Quaker victory in the 134th PC/GA Day in November. That day's competition was capped off by a memorable last-minute comeback win in the football game. 

"We're excited to give our winter athletes an opportunity to practice, play, and just be together," said John Thiel, PC's director of athletics and athletic planning.

Head over to Flickr for a glimpse of the action, and check back for photo updates as the season progresses.


Let the games begin! Penn Charter's winter sports teams are gearing up for a return to competition following the announcement of an abbreviated Inter-Ac season. 

Upper School athletes began conditioning on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in preparation for a series of contests planned during the month of February. Basketball, indoor track, swimming and diving, squash and wrestling will all have the chance to face off against a limited number of opponents within the Inter-Ac. 

To mitigate risks, PC Athletics has implemented a number of safety protocols, including frequent testing of athletes in high-risk contact sports, frequent mask changes and limited spectatorship. Read the full details in our Athletics Health and Safety Plan.

Athletics at PC have been on hold since a similarly abbreviated fall season ended with a Quaker victory in the 134th PC/GA Day in November. That day's competition was capped off by a memorable last-minute comeback win in the football game. 

"We're excited to give our winter athletes an opportunity to practice, play, and just be together," said John Thiel, PC's director of athletics and athletic planning.

Head over to Flickr for a glimpse of the action, and check back for photo updates as the season progresses.

PC/GA Week 2020

The annual competition will take place beginning November 10 at Germantown Academy. The PC/GA football game — first played in 1887, making this year the 134th matchup — closes out the week of friendly competition. Enjoy photos of the competitions and senior recognition in an album that will expand as the week continues on Flickr

 

Schedule

Tuesday, Nov. 10

Boys Soccer 2:15 pm Livestream

Girls Tennis 2:15 pm

 

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Girls Soccer 2:15 pm Livestream

Field Hockey 3:00 pm Livestream

 

Thursday, Nov. 12

Golf 2:00 pm @ Green Valley CC

Girls Water Polo 4:00 pm Livestream

Boys Water Polo 5:00 pm Livestream

 

Saturday, Nov. 14

Boys Cross Country 9:30 am

Girls Cross Country 11:00 am

134th PC/GA Football 1:00 pm Livestream

 

Scores

The overall PC/GA Week competition tally so far is: PC 3  GA 3

SPORT SCORE MVP
Boys Soccer 0-3 GA Augie Smith, Rumpp Trophy
Girls Tennis 1-6 GA GA Student
Girls Soccer 3-1 PC Kait Haughey
Field Hockey 1-2 GA GA Student
Golf     — Postponed
Girls Water Polo 14-2 PC Simone Perry
Boys Water Polo 12-9 PC Max Ehinger
Boys Cross Country    
Girls Cross Country    
Football    

Seniors

Seniors for both teams will be recognized before each competition, and we are pleased that each rostered senior on a team may invite three spectators for that ceremony and for the competition. The spectators will require passes, which Penn Charter will supply.

 

Spectators

Covid-19 health and safety guidelines require that spectators be limited to school personnel and three guests (with league passes) of the rostered senior players.

 

The full PC athletics schedule for the fall of 2020 can be viewed on the schedule and scores page

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