The Parkland baseball team will have a whole new look when it opens the season on March 30 at home against Easton.
Not only did the Trojans graduate a ton of major contributors, including Eastern Pennsylvania Conference MVP Chris Rabasco, and All-EPC pitcher Connor Higgins, former head coach Tony Galucy resigned to spend more time with his family.
The Parkland boys volleyball team went as far as any team could last year, and won more games than any other team in program history has.
When the Trojans knocked off District 7 champ Fox Chapel 3-1 in the state title match, Parkland capped a perfect season at 24-0.
And with a majority of that team returning, the Trojans have their eyes set on repeating.
It was around this time two years ago that Parkland senior Kenny Yeboah and his family made the move from Providence, Rhode Island, to Allentown. Yeboah wasn’t sure what to expect, and was a little nervous.
“It was tough because I was changing schools and was having to make new friends, and live in a big city,” Yeboah said. “Even though Providence is the capital, it is a smaller city. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m glad we made the move because we didn’t really have the successful teams there like we do here.”
The Parkland boys basketball had won 25 straight games, but the one last Saturday afternoon at Council Rock South may have been the toughest of the bunch.
For most of the season, the Trojans had been the aggressor and controlled tempo, but in the PIAA quarterfinals against defending state champion Roman Catholic, the roles were turned.
The Trojans played like a four-time District 11 champion for the first three quarters, but in the fourth quarter, the Cahillites (25-4) proved too strong and Parkland’s season ended with a 73-60 loss.
Jack Dreisbach has been a three-year member of the Parkland basketball team, and a two-year starter for a team that won four consecutive District 11 Class 4A titles, and two straight league championships.
“It was a great four years,” Dreisbach said. “We had some great teams and won a lot of games. It is something I will never forget, playing with these guys.”
Dreisbach learned the game at a young age. His father, Bill, has been an assistant coach for Parkland and coached Jack over his four-year career.
After winning a fourth straight District 11 Class 4A title two weeks ago, everyone involved with the Parkland boys basketball program wanted more.
And for a program that has advanced to the PIAA state tournament each of the last four years, expectations are high, but none higher than this year.
There is not much that Devante Cross hasn’t accomplished in the sports scene during his Parkland career. The senior has won multiple champions, a total of eight district titles across two sports, and has earned league MVP honors in both football and basketball.
The one title that has evaded Cross is a state crown. The Trojans’ football team was one win away last fall.
Kyle Stout’s senior year has been written like a script from a fairytale book.
The senior has had a successful basketball season individually and as a part of the Trojans team. He is a part of a program that has won four consecutive district championships and two straight league titles.
And, surprisingly enough, Stout could see at a young age that he could potentially be a part of something special when he became a high school player.
There was a lot of hype surrounding the District 11 Class 4A title game. Parkland, the number 3 ranked team in the state, had won 24 straight games and was widely considered the team to beat in the district. Their opponent, Bangor, was coming in with a 25-1 record and was having one of the best seasons a Slaters team has had in a long time.
In front of a sellout crowd at Sewards Gymnasium at Allen High School last Saturday night, the Trojans (25-3) continued their winning ways and thumped Bangor 68-49 for their fourth straight district title.
Another year, another championship for the Parkland ice hockey team.
Eric Johannes and Joseph Bantseev each tallied two goals, and Gus Schwartz and Timmy Doe both added a goal apiece in a 6-2 Trojans win over the Diocese team in game two of the best-of-three championship series last Thursday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena. Parkland won 10-2 in game one over the team consisting of players from Bethlehem Catholic, Central Catholic and Notre Dame (Green Pond) high schools.