The Times Herald (Norristown, PA)

OFFSEASON TRAINING

NP credits work prior to season for fast start

- By Ed Morlock emorlock@21st-centurymed­ia.com

Last season, the North Penn boys basketball team needed a strong finish to the regular season to earn a spot in the District 1-6A playoffs.

The Knights went 5-3 over their final eight games to finish 9-13 and grab the 24th and final postseason spot. They upset CB West in the first round and, after losing to Pennridge, picked up wins over Council Rock South and CB East to earn a spot in the state tournament.

North Penn is starting faster this year, getting out to a 4-2 start with a chance to move into first place in the Suburban One League Colonial Division at home against CB East Tuesday night.

The Knights credit their offseason work for their early-season success. The players got into three groups of five — led by Billy Coley, Josh Jones and Joe Larkins — that would meet during the shutdown to work out.

“We did whatever we could — shoot around, work out any way we could — and that was a big piece,” Jones said, “because we spent about a month with each other when some other teams weren’t able to really meet. I think that kickstarte­d it for us.

“We would go to parks, we’d run hills, all kinds of stuff like that for a solid month. The groups were competing, we had to send in videos to get points with the

 ?? JAMES BEAVER/FOR MEDIANEWS GROUP ?? North Penn’s Mario Sgro (2) moves into the key with Souderton’s Kyle Bob (1) playing defense in a game at North Penn High School recently.
JAMES BEAVER/FOR MEDIANEWS GROUP North Penn’s Mario Sgro (2) moves into the key with Souderton’s Kyle Bob (1) playing defense in a game at North Penn High School recently.
 ?? JAMES BEAVER/FOR MEDIANEWS GROUP ?? North Penn’s Josh Jones (23) pushes past Souderton’s Shaun Purvy (2) during their game.
JAMES BEAVER/FOR MEDIANEWS GROUP North Penn’s Josh Jones (23) pushes past Souderton’s Shaun Purvy (2) during their game.

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