TOWAMENCIN — They played different sports, different positions and are headed to different places next year.
But the six North Penn student athletes who signed letters of intent Wednesday afternoon all displayed very similar traits during their very successful high school careers, and it's those qualities that they hope to take with them to the college level.
Chessa Kownurko (Virginia Commonwealth University), Shannon Talbot (Kent State), Kat Perkins (Iona College), Lewis Dickinson (East Stroudsburg), Connor Gill (West Chester University) and Justin Hudimac (East Stroudsburg) all signed their letters of intent during a ceremony held at the North Penn audion.
Assembled together down in front, there was quite a bit of cherished North Penn history seated at that table.
"In sports where a goalie is involved, many say that your most talented athlete should be placed in that position," Maidens water polo coach Bill Bartle said of Perkins, who led the Maidens to three straight trips to the state final, including two state crowns. "And I think with the success that we've had over the past three years, it certainly proves that Kat is definitely one of the more talented individuals on our team. She's done an excellent job leading us not only in the pool but outside the pool.
"When you have a goalie as talented as Kat and who performs as well as she does, it allows the rest of the team, the field players to be a little bit more loose, a little bit more confident and take advantage of certain things. Maybe we can take a fast break here and there knowing that the individual behind you has a really good chance of stopping the ball. And that's what Kat has done for us."
Perkins will be headed to New Rochelle, N.Y. to play for Division I Iona. She was one of two North Penn goalies signing her letter on Wednesday, as field hockey keeper Chessa Kownurko is headed to DI Virginia Commonwealth University.
She said her favorite memory at NP was a win over previously unbeaten Central Bucks South during her junior year. Good things seem to happen with her in net.
"Chessa really blossomed the last two years as a goal keeper for us,' Maidens coach Shannon McCracken said. "She is dependable and is one of the quickest and most agile keepers in the league.'
Her teammate, midfielder Shannon Talbot, was described simply as the quarterback of the team. The way she shifts so quickly and so smoothly from defense and offense, and the way she leads the team from the center of the field, it's an apt description.
"They are both very passionate about the sport," McCracken said of the duo. "They should both be very successful in college."
Hudimac and Dickinson will in fact get to be teammates once again.
"Justin had a great senior year," Knights coach Dick Beck said. "He had struggled during his junior year and he made great improvements. Speed-wise, he's sneaky fast, and I think he can really sneak up on people at East Stroudsburg.
"Of all the guys on our team, especially the senior class, Lewis is the guy that loves football the most. He enjoys playing, enjoys talking about concepts, He's a great leader and leads by example. He doesn't say much, and we used to talk about him being sneaky smart. He doesn't talk much so you don't think he's really paying attention but he's always paying attention. And he's always been very well-prepared."
Gill won't be far away from his former teammates, competing for West Chester.
"Connor has a lot of ability," Beck said. "He has great speed, great athletic ability. If he works hard, I think the sky's the limit for him."
They're headed different places, with similar memories.
Asked what stood out for him the most during his days with NP, Gill said "Shutting out Coatesville in the first round of the playoffs this year."
Dickinson, with a smile, had the same answer: "Shutting out Coatesville in the first round of the playoffs."
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