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Parkland's Josh Walmer, the lightest lineman selected for the Big 33 All-Star Game, wants to bulk up before the June 14 game in Hershey. PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Parkland's Josh Walmer, the lightest lineman selected for the Big 33 All-Star Game, wants to bulk up before the June 14 game in Hershey. PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB

Walmer selected to play in Big 33 All-Star Game

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland football team put up some impressive numbers offensively during the 2013 season. Running an option-spread offense, the majority of plays are rushes by either the quarterback or running back.

The key for moving the football is the play in the trenches. If the offensive line can get a push, the runners can find openings and use their speed to break out for big yardage.

After many games this past fall, senior tailbacks Eli Redmond and Kareem Williams, who will both be playing collegiate football, and quarterback Devante Cross, have all credited their line for the big games that each individual had.

Josh Walmer was one of those unsung players that didn't get enough credit for the high amount of points that were put up on the scoreboard. But last month, Walmer received some recognition, being named to the Big 33 roster for team Pennsylvania who will play against team Maryland on June 14 at Hershey Park Stadium. The senior is the only player from District 11 to be invited to participate in the all-star game.

"I'm really excited for the opportunity to play in this game and very honored to be selected," Walmer said. "I really miss playing and am thrilled to have the chance to play a full-scale game in the offseason. I hope to represent Parkland well. I was not expecting to be selected but was elated when I was told that I had been. It's by far the coolest distinction I've received."

There is a lot that goes into being selected to participate in this game, but also a lot to prepare for it.

"The entire week leading up to the game on June 14, I will spend in Hershey practicing with the Pennsylvania team," said Walmer. "Until then, I plan on training to compete in the Glen Mills State Powerlifting meet with the Parkland team to stay in shape and build muscle. I am currently the lightest lineman selected for the Big 33 and hope to put on some pounds before June."

Walmer was a big reason why the Trojans (12-2) took a share of the Lehigh Valley Conference title, and won the District 11 championship for the second consecutive year, routing Easton 42-0. After a week two loss at Easton, Parkland rattled off 11 straight victories before falling to eventual state champion Saint Joseph's Prep in the PIAA quarterfinals.

"It was about helping our class leaving a similar mark on the program," said Walmer. "When the season began, we were hoping to match the success we had our junior year and had witnessed what it would take in order to do that. We ended up repeating both the successes and failures of the previous year with our early setbacks and state quarterfinal defeat. With this, we became part of the first back to back district championship run in Parkland football history, the mark we left on the program."

Walmer has not decided on a college yet, but would like to play football at the next level. He plans to major in biology, while taking premed courses. His career goal is to become a doctor.