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.”