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Boys North Penn

• Coach: Ja­son Grubb (three sea­sons) • Last year’s record: 22-6 over­all • No­table losses: Pat Du­ni­gan, Kevin Du­ni­gan, Jeremy Smith, Nick Poulin, Nick Pulli

• Key re­turnees: Se­nior – Justin Vev­erka; Ju­nior – Jon Krail; Sopho­more – Shane Hen­nessey

• Oth­ers to watch: Se­niors – Shane Owens, Alex Chasar; Ju­nior – Aaron Sisko, Jonah Kim; Sopho­mores – Brett Else, Thanas Koun­troubis, Sky­lar Trautz

• Strengths: The Knights feel they have a per­fect mix of ex­pe­ri­enced lead­ers and tal­ented young­sters. The chem­istry on the squad is ev­i­dent the sec­ond they jump into the pool.

• Ques­tion marks: There is con­cern on how well the new cast of starters can re­place the all-state play­ers they have lost to grad­u­a­tion.

• Out­look: Coach Grubb said, “The North Penn boys will look to im­prove with ev­ery prac­tice and game. With hard work and ded­i­ca­tion, we look to be highly com­pet­i­tive by years end.”

Soud­er­ton

• Coach: Chris Hem­merle (first sea­son) • Last year’s record: 15-14 over­all • No­table losses: El­liot Miller, Mike Hay, Jake Mertz, Alex Pa­par­ella, Tyler Wen­zel

• Key re­turnees: Se­niors – Holden Kudla, Kevin Cal­laghan, Matt Evers, Nick Wieder

• Oth­ers to watch: Sopho­more – Kevin Musterait

• Strengths: The In­di­ans have big num­bers in the ex­pe­ri­ence depart­ment and they are ready to per­form well in the big games.

• Ques­tion marks: The In­di­ans will need some jayvee play­ers to step and fill the shoes of a tal­ented se­nior class. One of the big­gest changes will come in goal, as the In­di­ans lose their all­state goalie Tyler Wen­zel.

• Out­look: The fourth-place fin­ish at the Eastern Con­fer­ence Fi­nals the fifth place fin­ish in the state tour­na­ment are bench marks and goals for the team to reach for this fall.

Girls North Penn

• Coach: Bill Bar­tle (27 sea­sons) • Last year’s record: 28-1 over­all (State Cham­pi­ons)

• No­table losses: Brooke Else, Alex Ka­jari

• Key re­turnees: Se­niors – Jenny Hal­co­v­age, Tess O’Neil, Brit­tany Pat­ter­son, Aspen Trautz, Kar­lie Vogt; Ju­nior – Kat Perkins

• Oth­ers to watch: Se­niors – Molly Flannery, Gabby Fri­day, Becca Hoch; Ju­niors – Emily Brower, Emily Du­ni­gan, Kelly Fell­meth, Jen Krout

• Strengths: The Maid­ens are full of ex­pe­ri­ence, ded­i­ca­tion and come into the new sea­son al­ready a co­he­sive group.

• Ques­tion marks: The main con­cern for the Maid­ens is their depth and team speed.

• Out­look: The Maid­ens are look­ing for­ward to de­fend­ing their state ti­tle. They be­lieve they have the po­ten­tial to com­pete for a league cham­pi­onship and once again chal­lenge the top teams in the state.

Soud­er­ton

• Coach: Chris Hem­merle (first sea­son) • Last year’s record: 18-9 over­all • No­table losses: Sarah Ke­sack, Jill Whit­mire, Ann Fad­den

• Key re­turnees: Se­niors – Alyssa San­tan­gelo, Lau­re­ana Zrada, Brownyn Smith, Me­gan Furey, Kara Stegman,

• Oth­ers to watch: Se­niors - Erica Wi­toslawski, Kait­lyn Roberts

• Strengths: The In­di­ans re­turn a large group of se­niors. The chem­istry is there and the girls have worked hard all off­sea­son to make their last high school sea­son spe­cial.

• Ques­tion marks: Com­ing off a 7-2 record in the league, a sec­ond-place fin­ish in the Eastern Con­fer­ence, and a fourth place fin­ish at states the In­di­ans have set the bar high. Some won­der if the bar is set too high or will try­ing to reach the 18 wins from a sea­son ago be too much pres­sure.

• Out­look: With coach Hem­merle mov­ing from the as­sis­tant coach to head po­si­tion they ex­pect no dras­tic change and phi­los­o­phy. Con­sid­er­ing that phi­los­o­phy has made them pretty con­sis­tent over the years the In­di­ans hope to be in con­tention for league ti­tle again.

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