Throughout the field hockey season that just ended, there was a boy helping the girls on the Washington Township team.

His name is Kenny Patrone, a Township sophomore and brother of former Minutemaids' star Lisa Partone. And he is headed to South America as a member of the USA Field Hockey Junior National Team, Dec. 11-22.

Patrone is one of 17 players on the U-19 team. Last February he earned a silver medal as part of the U-17 team that competed in the 2010 Youth Pan American Championships in Hermosillo, Mexico.