Top 10 Winter Sports Moments

TOWAMENCIN – It was another high school sports season filled with uncertainty, covid screenings, and a boatload of conference games. Nonetheless, this North Penn winter sports campaign did not sink the ship when it came to providing us with some memorable moments. Here are our Knight Crier top 10 sports moments from the Winter season.

Honorable Mentions:

Hockey team reaches Flyers Cup

In what many viewed as an underwhelming season for the North Penn Hockey team, the boys still managed to string together a couple of key wins, which was enough to qualify as the 14 seed for the Flyers Cup.

Jenny Porubski

Knights hand CB East first loss in OT

The Knights were heavy underdogs when they faced off against the undefeated Patriots. Seniors Josh Jones and Billy Coley lead the way as the Knights forced overtime and pulled off the upset, advancing their record to 5-2.

Josh Verlin

Top 10

10.) Girls basketball finishes the season off strong

It is safe to say that the North Penn Girls Basketball team’s winter season did not go as they had hoped. However, they never gave up. Despite their winless record, the girls managed to finish the season strong, winning their final two games of the year.

Jen Carangi

9.) Wrestling Team’s Success

Heading into the Winter season, one of the biggest sports in jeopardy was definitely the Wrestling team. Despite all the uncertainty, the boys still managed to put together an extremely successful season.

The 2020-21 North Penn Knight wrestling team after capturing the conference title in February. (Submitted Photo)

8.) Bachmann, Knights, dominate once again at districts

The North Penn boys swim team once again took home the crown at districts, behind West Chester commit Max Bachmann’s strong performances in the 100 and 200 Meter freestyle.

Jeff Faikish

7.) Cliver qualifies for Districts

Who said a freshman can’t compete? Michael Cliver proved all the doubters wrong when he qualified for districts as a freshman. With three more years still left in the youngster’s North Penn Wrestling career, the sky is truly the limit.

Rich O’Neill

6.) Coach Shetts’ 250th  Win

Death, Taxes, and Coach Shetts getting wins. This past season, Wrestling head coach Robert Shettsline was able to pick up his 250th career win against CB East, a milestone so impressive it lands at #6 on our list. Congrats Coach!

Will Bachert

5.) Josh Jones CB Easter Poster

It was such a shame that this moment did not have any fans in attendance for it because it sure would have brought the house down. Early in the 4th Quarter senior Josh Jones threw down a monstrous dunk on a vulnerable CB East player, shaking the gym and sending shockwaves throughout the area via social media. The Knights ended up losing this game by 10, however, the most memorable thing that happened that night was this unforgettable Josh Jones dunk.

Josh Verlin

4.) Holt scores twice in return

Everybody loves a good comeback story, especially when it is about one of our own here at North Penn. Bloomsburg Commit Quinn Holt tore his UCL back in August, sidelining him for most of the hockey season. However, in his return, Holt made sure to make his presence felt. The 6’4 Senior wasted little time in his return to the ice, scoring twice in a 3-0 win v.s. rival Pennridge.

Jenny Porubski

3.) Swim Team wins 200 Relay at States

Who is stopping a relay team consisting of Nick Clark, Max Bachmann, Matt Harkrader, and Mason Potts? Nobody. The boys took home the win in the 200 Relay at States this season; their dominance is good enough to earn them a #3 Spot on our List.

Jeff Faikish

2.) Morrow Qualifies for States

Among all the positives to come out of the Wrestling team’s 2020 Winter Sports Campaign, this is without a doubt one of the most impressive ones. Junior William Morrow, defying all the odds placed on him due to Covid, managed to Qualify for States in Hershey. Morrow also extended the streak of 11 straight years of North Penn Wrestlers Qualifying for Hershey.

Kim Supko

1.) Knights upset Conestoga 

Following a strong first-round win over Strathaven, the North Penn Boys basketball was back at it with another tough test in Round 2. This time, however, it was against the high school basketball powerhouse and the #2 team in the state, Conestoga. Billy Coley and Josh Jones lead the way upsetting the Pioneers, making this an easy choice for #1 on our list.

Josh Verlin