Senior duo power North Penn

Erin Maher runs down a ball in center field as second baseman Alyssa Shoulberg movesin. Maher is hitting .429 with an on-base percentage of .520.
Erin Maher runs down a ball in center field as second baseman Alyssa Shoulberg movesin. Maher is hitting .429 with an on-base percentage of .520. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)
Posted: June 03, 2014

Vicky Tumasz was with Erin Maher when her teammate got a phone call telling her that her foot was broken.

The North Penn seniors were in the locker room when Maher found out she'd have to spend the next six weeks on crutches instead of playing softball.

And just like the previous two years, when Maher was there for Tumasz after she pulled her hamstring, Tumasz would help Maher through her injury.

Did the cocaptain feel guilty she wasn't going to be able to help lead the softball team to start off the season? Yes. Would she play basketball injured all over again? That's a yes, too.

Four-year starters on the softball team and three-year starters in basketball, the fiercely competitive and close duo have had an impact on North Penn athletics that is hard to encapsulate.

That is, until you look at the facts.

North Penn has made back-to-back appearances in the quarterfinals of the state tournament and captured two Suburban One Continental crowns in basketball, while advancing to the final four in the Class AAAA state tournament for softball in 2013.

And then there are the two District 1 AAAA championships: a 2012 title in softball and the program's first in basketball this past March.

"It is pretty surreal when you take a step back and think about how we have been able to be a part of growing the program," Maher said. "We try not to take it for granted. It is pretty incredible."

The cleanup hitter and shortstop, Tumasz is hitting .329 with 15 runs batted in. In the leadoff spot, Maher, a centerfielder, is hitting .429 with an on-base percentage of .520.

They've come a long way since they were nervous eighth graders receiving e-mails from coaches Maggie deMarteleire and Rick Torresani. Maher will play both basketball and softball at Philadelphia University next year, while Tumasz is set to play basketball for Shippensburg.

Maher and Tumasz look to continue their winning ways at 5 p.m. Monday, when the Maidens (17-7) take on Archbishop Ryan at Arcadia in the first round of the PIAA state tournament.

Despite all the shared success over the years, there's a single title only one of them could receive: "Most Athletic" in the school yearbook.

Maher was the top vote-getter as a sophomore and junior, with Tumasz earning the honor this year.

Always each other's No. 1 fan, they voted for one another.

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