Parkland High School 2020 graduates Bryce Boyer and Jered Fenstermaker teamed up on the gridiron as Trojans teammates for the last four years. This fall they will team up once again. The duo committed to play football and study at East Stroudsburg University.
They will be reunited at college with a former Parkland assistant coach.
“I chose ESU because I saw a place where I would fit in best,” said Boyer. “Coach [Jimmy] Terwilliger was a former coach of mine so I had that connection and he made me feel like family.”
The 2020 calendar year has been a wild ride thus far.
The Coronavirus pandemic that hit the United States in March has been something that has never really been seen before. With it rapidly spreading in its first appearance, the PIAA came to the decision to halt sports, canceling the spring season altogether.
Many student-athletes were forced to miss competition completely for the year. The seniors unfortunately had their high school careers cut short.
Parkland High School senior Emily Leiby has had success on two different fields throughout her four-year high school sports career. Leiby was a multi-year Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 champion in both girls soccer and lacrosse.
Starting this fall, she will be one of just a small number of collegiate student-athletes that will be a dual-sport athlete as Leiby signed to Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, to play both soccer and lacrosse.
The Parkland boys basketball team had a trio of players sign national letters of intent to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level. The Trojans players include Jake Melady (Catholic University), Nick Rappa (Elizabethtown College) and Dylan Rhoads (St. Josh Fisher College).
This past season the trio helped guide Parkland to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals and the District 11 Class 6A quarterfinals.
Parkland High School senior Jill Bushinsky had plenty of choices to continue her academic and athletic career at the Division I level. But when it came down to deciding, Bushinsky wanted to stay close to home and close to her family. The City of Brotherly Love offered both as Bushinsky signed her letter of intent to play lacrosse at Temple University.
With high school seniors looking ahead to attending college and playing the sport of their choice in the fall, schools have exchanged their usual college announcement ceremonies for virtual versions.
Parkland last week released a list of 72 senior athletes who will move on to college programs.
One of those athletes is football player Ja-Lon Perkins, who signed his national letter of intent to continue his academic and football career at Colgate University.
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.
With the cancellation of spring high school sports seasons, athletes have had to adapt to the inability to play the sport that they loved. The playing careers of seniors ended abruptly. Teams have tried to adjust and make the most of the situation. The Parkland girls lacrosse team is one of those teams.
People often ask Sara Stagaard why she chose to go to school at Grand Valley State, a college in Allendale, Michigan, with a Division II womens lacrosse program. It’s cold and snowy there for nearly half of the calendar year.
The 2016 graduate of Parkland High School found the school to be a hidden gem.
Sophomore Brynn Dreisbach of the Parkland High School girls volleyball team was recently named to Prep Volleyball’s Soph 79 list. The Soph 79 list is a compilation by Prep Volleyball (recognized as the leading National High School Volleyball media resource) of the Top 79 performances by a sophomore last fall. Dreisbach is the only Pennsylvania player to be recognized on the prestigious list.