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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBNoah Moreef (2) is one of five Parkland seniors that missed their final boys volleyball season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBNoah Moreef (2) is one of five Parkland seniors that missed their final boys volleyball season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

Volleyball seniors were ambassadors for program

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

The Parkland High School boys volleyball team has not won a league or district championship since the 2016 season, a year which capped a three-year run as district champs. But the 2020 edition, under head coach Scott Trumbauer, in his 19th season, returned a vast majority of last year’s group and was primed for a run this season.

Last season, Parkland went 16-6 overall, was an East Penn Conference semifinalist, the District 11 Class 3A runner-up and qualified for the PIAA tournament, falling to eventual state runner-up Central York.

But the COVID-19 pandemic put an end to this year’s season before it ever even started.

The Trojans’ five seniors in Lucas Adam, Noah Moreef, Logan Iacobelli, Ben Iacobelli and Alan Uthuppan weren’t able to play in any matches this season, but the quintet will always be remembered as program greats.

“This group of seniors has meant so much to our program,” said Trumbauer. “They were the nucleus of the team who got us back into the District 11 final last year. They all saw considerable time on the court during last year’s season, including the district final and PIAA first round match.

“They have all put in so much work, playing club, doubles tournaments, local leagues, zoom workouts since the school closure, etc., which makes the fact that they will not have the opportunity to represent Parkland one more year such a disappointment.”

Trumbauer looks at this group as ambassadors of the program, bringing success not only on the court but off it as well.

“Each of our five seniors have been perfect roles model for the younger players in the program, leading by example both on and off the court,” Trumbauer said. “All of them have a 3.5 or higher GPA and have demonstrated incredible maturity. I consider myself very lucky to have such a great group of seniors who have continued to guide the program in the right direction.

“While they won’t be physically playing in any championship matches this year, I consider each of them as true champions who will all achieve much greater success in their college years and beyond.”

Parkland will now look towards next season to get back on top of the EPC and District 11.