For a portion of the mid-Eighties, the sphere hockey workforce at Norristown Bishop Kendrick (Pa.) featured a participant named Kerry Nadwodny, whose mom Sandra coached the workforce on the identical time. Transfer the calendar forward about 35 years later and transfer the compass 35 miles southeast of the now-shuttered Kendrick campus, and the identical sample is about to repeat itself.
Kerry Heck is now the brand new head coach of Voorhees Jap (N.J.), after serving as an assistant to each Danyle Heilig and Alex Marshall. And one of many Jap gamers she’ll be teaching shall be her daughter, Ryleigh.
The usual that Heilig and Marshall have set for the workforce is completely outstanding; the VIkings have gained 22 straight state championships which have been on provide the final 23 years — and have, in fact, gained 23 straight sectional titles. Jap has additionally two of the longest unbeaten streaks (153 and 143 video games) in Nationwide Federation historical past.
But when there’s anybody who can preserve that normal, it’s the Jap workforce. It simply so occurs that the Vikings may have Ryleigh Heck for yet another season. Final fall, Ryleigh Heck had the best identified strike fee of any subject hockey participant in recorded historical past, scoring a outstanding 5.43 objectives per recreation.
Too, Ryleigh Heck additionally comes into the 2021 scholastic season after profitable a Nationwide Indoor Event pool championship, a Nationwide Membership Championship title, and a Pan American Cup title enjoying with the senior indoor nationwide workforce.
Kerry Heck’s group begins formal follow subsequent week and engages in an all-star sequence of friendlies round Labor Day Weekend. As standard, Jap faces a Murderers’ Row of non-league competitors, together with participation within the second Nationwide Excessive College Invitational in late September.
Too, Jap will tackle three prime opponents in Pennsylvania in October. There’s the standard tri-meet with PIAA Class A state champion Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) and KHSAA champion Louisville Sacred Coronary heart (Ky.), and every week later, the Vikings tackle PIAA Class AA titlist Palmyra (Pa.).
4 days after the Palmyra contest, Jap and Oak Knoll will contest the most recent chapter of The Backyard State Agency on Oct. twentieth on the Royals’ floor.
It is going to be an attention-grabbing and difficult season, however one which is uniquely fitted to Kerry Heck and the remainder of the Jap workforce.