Stout, Iorio earn all-state selections
Parkland basketball senior Kyle Stout and junior Sam Iorio have both improved their games within the last year. Not only has their skill gotten better, but they’ve both become stronger and more experienced at winning basketball for multiple years as upperclassmen.
The two Trojans basketball players were selected to the All-State team. Iorio was named to the second team, and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference MVP Stout was on the third team.
“It’s a great way to end my career here at Parkland, to be honored like this,” said Stout. “I can’t remember the last time three players from the Lehigh Valley (Emmaus’ David Kachelries was also third team), let alone two from the same team were named All-State. So it’s great for the Lehigh Valley and great for the Parkland community for us to get recognized. I had a lot of fun this year.”
“This was my last run with those guys,” Iorio said, referring to four senior starters that will graduate in June. “It’s a great individual achievement but we were all so close and had a great year, and I’ll never forget playing with those guys.”
Stout really upped his game after his sophomore year. After averaging a little over two points a game playing on a senior-laden team, he became a full-time starter and jumped to 11.6 per game. He also saw plenty of colleges coming after him and committed to Lafayette before the 2015-16 season.
In his final year donning the Parkland jersey, Stout averaged 17.7 points per game, and was 48 shy of 1,000 for his career.
“It started in the weight room with Mike Cerimele,” said Stout. “He really helped me get stronger, and my speed and endurance ramped up. Getting to the rim more definitely helped my game a lot this year. I was able to compete with some of the better athletes in the state.”
Iorio, who did not have a lot to improve on coming into his junior season after winning the league MVP his sophomore year, played like a dominant post player, and one of the most consistent in District 11 during the 2015-16 season.
He raised his points per game from 14.9 to 18.3 this year, and hovered around a double-double each game. Iorio, a three-year starter, also eclipsed the 1,000-point mark midway through the season, and now has 1,234 points for his career.
“I worked a lot on my ball handling this year more than anything else,” said Iorio. “That was one part of my game I wanted to improve on. Mike Cerimele also made me a stronger player since I started working with him last May. I also credit Sammy Barona (former Kutztown University player) with helping my overall ball skills.”
Parkland had one of their best seasons in recent years, finishing with a 29-4 overall record and winning the EPC and District 11 titles before falling to eventual PIAA state champion Roman Catholic in the quarterfinals.