NORTH PENN HIGH SCHOOL - LANSDALE, PA
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USA Water Polo Announces 2013-2014 Academic All-Americans
Sept. 5, 2014
Huntington Beach, CA - September 5 - USA Water Polo is proud to announce the 2013-2014 Academic All-Americans. Congratulations to all the athletes recognized for their hard work in the classroom. Student-athletes needed a 3.6 GPA on a scale of 4.0 to qualify, those that received a 4.0 GPA were honored as outstanding achievers.
for achieving Outstanding Academic All American (GPA of 4.00 or higher)!!!!
NORTH PENN KNIGHTS are the Beasts of the East !!!
Congratulations Boys on a great tournament and for the win over Greenwich !
NP MAIDENS - runners up for the Beast of the East! Great job girls !!
Great Job NORTH PENN !!!!
FRANCONIA — The crowd was roaring, the deficit was growing, and North Penn needed a lift.
"We needed to get our head in the game,' said the Maidens' Shannon Quinn. "Souderton's probably our biggest rival and they probably always have been. They're a very good team. We kind of woke up and started to work really well together.'
In a pivotal second quarter, the Maidens overcame a 4-1 hole and took a 5-4 lead by halftime. North Penn would continue to control things after halftime and pull away to a 13-7 win over Big Red in a Suburban One League battle at Souderton.
The North Penn boys and their high-powered attack followed up with a 22-11 win over the Indians.
"We've been practicing a lot with our offense lately, working on things, and we knew (Souderton) has a very good goalie (Ricki Lee Hodges) and we were prepared for that,' Quinn said. "We worked really hard to get ahead.'
Patience and better ball movement were key for the Maidens in the second quarter.
Quinn was involved in several scoring plays for NP, lofting one into the far corner to bring the Maidens within 4-2, setting up two of her teammates to bring North Penn even, and then Quinn rifled one into the inside corner to push the Maidens ahead, 5-4.
Quinn's all-around game included three goals, six assists and three steals.
After Aimee Baur battled for a loose ball and scored to extend the margin to 7-4 in the third quarter, the Maidens would lead by at least three goals the rest of the way.
Baur and Erin O'Neill led the way with four goals each and Steph Galetta added a pair. O'Neill, who had four steals, helped limit Souderton scoring opportunities after the first quarter.
The Indians, going for their first win over NP since 2007, bolted to a 4-1 lead early and would get three goals from Erika Wimmer, but North Penn (4-0) took control in the second quarter.
The Knights also pulled away in the second quarter of their contest, building a 12-7 lead by the break. Experience and balance powered the Knights, with 10 different players contributing goals. Brett Else and Cole Palumbo were tied for the game-high with four each.
"This is the deepest team we've ever had so we play quite a few kids,' Knights coach Jason Grubb said of his squad, now 5-0 on the season. "The kids are fresh, they're in the water, and we can last a whole game. Any time you come here, you know Souderton's gonna come out fired up, ready to go.'
"It was a pretty close game there in the first half. Luckily, stamina kept them going and we were able to finish all of our power plays — that was key.'
Souderton, led by Ryan Witoslawski's four goals, cut it to 12-9 early in the third but could not get closer.
Girls Water Polo
North Penn 13, Souderton 7
North Penn Goals: Aimee Baur 4, Erin O'Neill 4, Shannon Quinn 3, Steph Galetta 2.
Souderton Goals: Erika Wimmer 3, Caitlyn Dechert 2, Lauren Harkins 2
Saves: Olivia DiStefano (NP) 5; Ricki Lee Hodges (S) 7.
Boys Water Polo
North Penn 22, Souderton 11
North Penn Goals: T. Kountroubis 2, Else 4, Kelly 1, Smith 3, N. Kountroubis 1, Dunigan 2, Trautz 1, Gallo 3, Palumbo 4, Marett 1.
Souderton Goals: Trout 2, Giannini 2, Witoslawski 4, Mustrait 2, Hess 1.
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