Hanging around the field during a college softball game, you may hear a lot of cheers and chants and instruction from both coaches and players. But at a Kutztown University softball game, the voice of soft-spoken senior Taylor Knappenberger is one that may get lost in the shuffle.
That is not a knock, however, on the communication or leadership that the Schnecksville native brings to the diamond. There are vocal leaders and there are those who lead by example. Knappenberger is the latter.
The Parkland High School boys volleyball team has been in a little title drought in both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 over the last four years. The Trojans have not won a league or district championship since the 2016 season, a season that capped a three-year run as district champs.
But the 2020 edition of the Trojans, under head coach Scott Trumbauer, in his 19th season, return a vast majority of last year’s group and are primed for a run this season.
In just his first year as a head coach, Mike Bender achieved a lot of success and continued the winning ways of the Parkland High School boys lacrosse program. The Trojans were nearly flawless during the 2019 season, finishing 20-1 overall and an unbeaten 13-0 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, winning the league title and finishing runners-up in the District 11 Class 3A tournament.
Athletic. Aggressive. Tenacious.
Those are three words used to describe 2020 edition of the Parkland High School girls lacrosse team by its sixth-year head coach Dawn Cipolla.
That seems to be the sentiment every year for a Trojans program that has been a perennial power not only in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 Class 3A Classification, but in the state as well.
Parkland is the defending EPC champion and has won four district titles in a row and five of the last six overall, qualifying for the PIAA Class 3A state tournament each year.
Parkland ice hockey players had a sour taste in their mouths after ending the 2019-20 regular season with a loss.
But the taste didn’t linger long as Parkland won its next three games, all in the playoffs, including winning two straight in a best-of-three championship series against Northampton to earn a Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League title.
The Parkland boys basketball team had a bit of tough luck in its Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinal loss to eventual champion Allen. Twelve days later the Trojans experienced a little more of the same, as they fought and battled, but fell just short, falling to Easton 47-42 in double overtime of their District 11 Class 6A quarterfinal round game last Saturday afternoon at Allen High School.
After nearly completing the 2019-20 season without a loss, the Parkland ice hockey team dropped a game and was held without a goal when Northampton beat the Trojans 4-0 last Friday night in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League regular season finale at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
The Trojans (13-1-2 overall) had not lost or been shut out in their first 15 games this season. Parkland was coming off of one of its two ties this season, a 2-2 draw against Phillipsburg.
Despite the loss, the Trojans were still crowned league champions for another year.
Parkland High School boys basketball head coach Andy Stephens had nothing but good things to say about his team Monday’s difficult loss.
In a fast-paced, back-and-forth game on the big stage in the big city, the Trojans fell to Allen 66-61 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinal game Monday night in the nightcap of a doubleheader at the PPL Center. The opening game saw Liberty defeat Central Catholic 60-53 to set up a rematch between the Canaries and Hurricanes in the championship game Thursday.
Not a lot went right for the Parkland boys basketball team in its game against Central Catholic.
The ball just would not seem to fall. The Trojans scored their lowest output of the 2019-20 season and fell to the Vikings 44-35 last Friday night in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division action at Rockne Hall.
Last week the Parkland boys basketball team had arguably one of its best victories, rallying from down double-digits in the first half to take down Easton last Friday night.
The win was important, not only because it was a league victory, but the Red Rovers were at the top of their division, so it gave the Trojans a ton of confidence.
They used that added confidence in their next game as Parkland started fast and kept it moving forward in defeating rival Emmaus 66-47 last Tuesday night in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division action at Emmaus High School.