Everything has worked out well for the Lehman family. Former Parkland diver Chris Lehman is now attending Shippensburg University and playing in the marching band, while twin sisters Lexi and Sydney are off to college in the fall, with Lexi continuing her diving career at James Madison University and Sydney likely doing club wrestling at Bloomsburg University.
Plus, dad Cary Lehman resigned from his longtime job as the coach of Parkland’s diving program and plans on traveling to see all three of his children enjoy their college lives.
It’s interesting how something like scheduling can change the road that a person winds up taking. As a young child, Ava Schaller’s mom was planning on signing her daughter up for cheerleading, but the schedule just didn’t work.
Toni Schaller looked around for other things that might work and found soccer. We’ll never know if Ava Schaller would have made a good cheerleader, but we do know that her soccer career worked out well.
The Parkland baseball program never seems to be in a rebuilding mode. Instead, it has a steady pipeline of young talent that annually develops into a team of good players.
Trojans head coach Kurt Weber and his team took the news that the PIAA had canceled the season very hard. Weber also knows that in addition to the players and coaches, fans and umpires were also hit hard by the decision, as necessary as it was. Weber enjoys watching the natural progression of players who take on larger and larger roles each season as part of the successful program.
Reaching the PIAA Championships – or states as they’re called – in any sport is always special for young student-athletes. Young athletes are going for medals that can give a lifetime of memories and for seniors, it’s a final exclamation point to their high school athletic careers. The venues are bigger. The spotlight is brighter.
For 26 years, Cary Lehman has been a fixture on the local high school diving scene as a coach, including the last 19 seasons with Parkland. That all came to an end with the conclusion of the PIAA Diving Championships at Bucknell University last Thursday when Lehman announced he would be retiring from coaching.
Three Parkland swimmers and three divers returned from Bucknell University with medals from the PIAA Class 3A Swimming and Diving Championships held last week at Bucknell University. Among those collecting medals were seniors Gavin Webb and Annie Walls in swimming events and senior divers Lexi Lehman and Alexa Brinker.
A familiar problem reared its head as the Parkland girls basketball team headed into play in the PIAA Tournament.
That problem was consistent shooting, which hampered the team through parts of the season, especially late in the schedule and into the postseason. The result was a 60-25 loss to Spring-Ford, the fourth-place team from the highly competitive District One.
After a one-year absence, the Parkland girls swimming and diving team returned to the top of the District 11 podium, winning the team gold medals at last week’s District 11 Swimming and Diving Championship.
The Lady Trojans have won the girls team title in 11 of the last 12 seasons. Trojan girls swimmers also came away with four individual gold medals and picked up gold in two of the three relay events.
The Parkland boys swimming and diving team finished second in the team standings last weekend at the District 11 Swimming and Diving Championships held at Parkland. Senior Gavin Webb and junior Shawn Kushner both came home with gold medals and the automatic bid to compete in states that comes with them.
Ethan Radio took gold at the East Penn Conference diving championships recently at Parkland High School and came into the district diving meet as one of the favorites for the top spot.
Radio put together another impressive showing and finished with a final score of 470.65, good enough for a silver medal and a trip to states. The top spot went to defending state champion Brendan McCourt, who set an Emmaus pool record with a score of 562.70.