There are more than a few area high school sports programs that could provide validation to the following statement — "Enters enters, success follows.'
Erik Enters is currently the head coach of Perkiomen Valley High's field hockey team — a team that is 6-1 in the Pioneer Athletic Conference and is just one game behind first-place Owen J. Roberts in the PAC-10's Liberty Division.
Having a team at or near the top of the table has been a regular occurrence for Enters ever since he began coaching scholastic sports in 1990. And, his success has come in a variety of sports, not just field hockey.
"From 1990-1995, I coached freshmen teams at Penndale Middle School in the North Penn School District,' said Enters, who is currently a college counselor at Upper Merion Area High School.
"I coached field hockey, girls basketball and girls lacrosse. They were all good teams. I think the highest loss total in any season was three. It's a big school district and so there are a lot of good athletes.'
In the fall of 1995, Enters became the field hockey coach at Springfield-Montco.
"I was the head coach in field hockey and I took over girls' varsity lacrosse in 1998,' said Enters. "That lacrosse team in 1998 was a really good team. We lost to the other Springfield (Delaware County) in the District 1 quarterfinals.
"I also coached junior varsity girls basketball at Springfield. In my four years there, we had winning teams every season in all of the sports.'
When the fall of 1999 arrived, Enters moved to Upper Merion High.
"At Upper Merion, I coached varsity hockey and varsity (girls) lacrosse from the 1999-2000 season to the 2005-2006 season,' said Enters, who played soccer and baseball for Lebanon Valley College during his undergrad days.
"It took some time to build winning programs. In three years, we were in districts (District 1 playoffs) in lacrosse. In field hockey, we hovered around .500 in the six seasons I coached. We did have a real successful indoor team in hockey. We made it to nationals in three of the four years I coached.'
It was indoor hockey that lured Enters away from his positions as coach for the various Upper Merion teams.
"I stopped coaching and started playing for the U.S. Indoor National Team in hockey,' said Enters. "I was one of the older guys so I was a forward. We played in tournaments in Germany, Canada and all over the East Coast.'
In the 2007-08 school year, Enters began coaching again at Upper Merion — as the boys cross country coach in the fall, as the co-ed indoor track coach in the winter and as the boys' track and field coach in the spring.
The next stop was Perkiomen Valley High School, where he assumed his current position of head field hockey coach.
"This is my fifth year at Perkiomen Valley. In the last three years, we've played in the district tournament twice and in the PAC-10 championship round two times,' said Enters. "In 2008, we made it to final eight and lost a state playoff berth to Spring-Ford. They beat us in the finals seconds after we had beaten them twice during the season.'
This season, the Vikings are 6-1 in the PAC-10 with a loss to Owen J. Roberts as the only blemish on their record. They are 8-2 overall with the only other loss to District Three powerhouse Wilson-West Lawn.
"We have a young team and a great feeder program,' said Enters, who lives in the Perkiomen Valley School District. "There is a youth program here with over 300 kids. And, the parents of our players are phenomenal.'***
The PAC-10 Liberty Division features a three-team competition for the top spot. Owen J. Roberts is sitting atop the division with a 7-0-1 record. In a battle of undefeated teams on Monday, the Wildcats (8-3-1 overall) shut out Frontier Division leader Upper Perkiomen 3-0.
Perkiomen Valley, meanwhile, was whitewashing Pope John Paul II 5-0. Methacton also logged a clean sheet Monday with an 8-0 thrashing of Pottsgrove.
Owen J. now has 22 points in the league standings and is followed closely by Methacton (6-1-1) with 19 and Perkiomen Valley with 18.***
Archbishop Carroll has a dominant force in the Philadelphia Catholic League for as long as anyone can remember and this year is no different.
The Patriots are the top team in the league and are undefeated after the first four games of the 2013 PCL schedule. And, the Pats are stomping on their opponents with a four-game total of 32 goals scored and one goal allowed.
Carroll, the defending champion, has already logged league wins over Lansdale Catholic (9-0), Archbishop Ryan (8-0), Bonner-Prendergast (4-1) and Bishop McDevitt (11-0).
"We're a tough team,' said Carroll's first-year coach Kelly Dougherty, who was a four-time PCL champion when she played hockey for the Pats a few years ago. "We step to every ball. We're physical at times. But, that's Carroll hockey.'***
When Archbishop Carroll played Agnes Irwin School on Monday afternoon, it set an unofficial area record for "shortest distance travelled to an away game.'
Agnes Irwin's field hockey team plays some of its home games on its new artificial turf field. But, the Owls have to share the field on campus with the soccer team. So, they play some of their home games on the artificial turf field at Radnor Memorial Park (which was their home for all their 2012 games).
Radnor Memorial Park is located on Matson Ford Road in Radnor — adjacent to Archbishop Carroll's campus. The distance between the Owls' "home' field and the Patriots' home grass field is less than a quarter-mile.