Five Knights sign National Letters of Intent


Anissa Gardizy

Five North Penn HS student-athletes signed letters of intent to play collegiate sports next year, Pictured from left to right Rosalinda Rivera, Aidan Daly, Abbegae Greene, Bri Hewlett, and Frank Yanni.

“They’re great ambassadors of North Penn,” stated North Penn Athletic Director Bill Bartle, “and that makes us most proud.”

Frank Yanni – Millersville 

Several years ago Frank Yanni traded his baseball bat for a tennis racket.

“My dad is a baseball coach, and he wasn’t really the biggest fan of me playing tennis,” joked Yanni who will be playing tennis and studying Special Education at Millersville University.

“I got a chance to hit with the team, and I just knew the courts were perfect for me and the team was a great fit,” explained Yanni.

North Penn coach Toby Watton explained Yanni’s natural inclination to be a good team mate on the courts.

“I don’t ask him to do this, but when he’s done his match, he encourages the kids that are still on the court. When they finish a set or split, he’ll come with me. I’ll be talking to a young man and [Frank] will be adding things that maybe I missed or what he sees. He just does a great job overall,” reflected Watton.


Brianna Hewlett – Chestnut Hill College (Basketball)

Hewlett will be studying Computer Science at Chestnut Hill College while also continuing her career on the court.

Hewlett always knew that she wanted to play a sport in college, whether it be soccer or basketball. She ended up choosing basketball when she got to the high school level.

“I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Bri for four years. Her worth ethic is second to none. She works her tail off 365 days a year lifting and running,” said coach Maggie Demarteleire.


Abbegael Greene – Roberts Wesleyan College (Swimming)

Greene will be studying Music Education next fall while also continuing her swimming career at Roberts Wesleyan College.

“Roberts had the conservator level department of music while still retaining a liberal arts feel. I also get to swim, which is something I didn’t think I would be able to pursue with my major.”

“Abby is not only a hard working athlete, but she is also a very hard working student and a very hard working and accomplished singer. I didn’t know until last year about midway through the year that she was delegating extra time to also participate singing- I don’t know where she found in her schedule,” noted coach Jeff Faikish.

“I didn’t realize playing a sport in college could be a possibility until this year actually. Growing up, swimming never came easy to me. I’ve always struggled to achieve success. And didn’t think I could pursue an aggressive sport in an aggressive major. But because the team is a start up team, they are really willing to work with my schedule,” she explained.

Aidan Daly –  Penn State University (Swimming)

Daly plans to head to Penn State this fall to major in Mechanical Engineering.

“I’ve always been a fan of Penn State growing up, and I really like the campus and team,” explained Daly on his decision to commit to PSU.

For Daly, his first “big meet” in eight grade put the idea of collegiate athletics in his head.

“I started looking around at colleges, and I realized it could be a reality. It got me excited, and it took off from there,” noted Daly.

“I’ve known Aidan since the time he was knee-high,” reflected Faikish, “He has a wonderful knowledge of the sport, and he’s someone who has made me a better coach because of his knowledge. He’s got a wonderful and bright future ahead of him.

Rosalinda Rivera –  Saint Francis University (Water Polo)

Rivera will be continuing her water polo career at Saint Francis University where she will be studying Exercise Physiology.

“It was my dream to play Division l water polo, so it was a perfect fit for me,” Rivera explained about her college decision.

“She is probably leaving this school as one of the most decorated water polo goalies in our state’s history,” stated coach Jason Grubb, “She stops everything that comes her way and she is the quarterback of our offense. She plays two folds as a goalie.”