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.”
• 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.
• 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.