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.
Basketball started at a young age for junior forward Sam Iorio. It was not only taught to him once he was able to walk, the sport was also in his blood.
Iorio’s grandfather played hoops at Villanova University, and his father Mike was a college basketball player at Philadelphia University and went on to be the head coach of the Lehigh Carbon Community College men’s team.
Parkland boys basketball fans were treated to a thriller just three weeks ago, when the Trojans beat Imhotep Charter 89-85 in a nonconference, three-overtime classic at Parkland High School.
And last Friday night at Liberty High School, Lehigh Valley hoops fans were treated to one of the best games this year as Parkland outlasted Allen 82-74 in overtime for the Trojans’ second straight Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship.
Another year, another one seed in the District 11 4A tournament for the Parkland boys basketball team. For the third time in a row, the Trojans (22-3) are the top seed and will look to bring home an unprecedented fourth straight district title.
Parkland has won 20 games in a row after a thrilling 82-74 win over Allen in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final last Friday night.
Who would’ve known that back in 2004-05, the future of Parkland boys basketball was auditioning for what was to come, winning games and titles well before they hit the court at Parkland High School.
The 5th and 6th grade Parkland Youth Center team featured future Trojan players like Nick Rindock, Justin Zajko, Jimmy Hahn and Austin Beidelman back then. They won all but a few games and four league titles before their freshman years (Beidelman was one year older than the other three).
Rising senior Devante Cross has his fair share of gold medals. He is a multiple league and district champion in football and basketball, going a perfect 6-for-6 in earning District 11 titles for both sports combined. But heading into his final year of high school sports, Cross wants more for his teams.
"Winning league and district titles has just become another year for us at Parkland," Cross said. "We want more. We expect more. We expect to be there in the end, but we want to make it further in states. That is something we are pushing harder than ever for this year."
Parkland rising senior Siena Salvaggio had a year that many high school student-athletes would love to have. Starting in the fall, Salvaggio was a striking force at the net as an outside hitter for the 2014 state champion Trojan volleyball team. A few months later, she took the stand as a state champion in the pool for the 50- and 100-yard freestyle.
Salvaggio was also voted the Parkland Press Female Athlete of the Year for the 2014-15 season.