Walt Disney could not have written a better script. The Parkland girls volleyball team was not a Cinderella by any means. The Lady Trojans the best team in the state for much of the year, but the 2014 season was a magical one.
They finished the year undefeated at 45-0-1 in all sets, and won 115 of 122 games played in the sets, on their way to league, district, and state championships.
Parkland's team success over the past few years has led to individual recognition for many of the school's athletes. Five players from the Trojans' championship baseball and lacrosse teams signed college letters of intent recently.
This year has be a successful one for Parkland girls athletic programs.
The accolades led to several Trojans being recruited to play in college. Some of those athletes announced their college plans as a group two weeks ago.
Seniors Sophie Castillo (Colorado, lacrosse), Mackenzie Galli (Virginia Commonwealth, lacrosse), Hannah Pany (Ohio State, field hockey), Brooke Robertson (Delaware, volleyball) and Avery Semler (Iowa, field hockey) signed college letters of intent at a recent ceremony.
The Parkland football team will once again be practicing on Thanksgiving.
"It's always something we talk about even dating back to when I was at Central Catholic," Morgans said. "The kids love it. Our booster club cooks turkeys, and we have the parents and alumni there. It means that you're making a run in states, so it's always a good thing to practice on Thanksgiving."
The Trojans (11-2) got to this point by taking down Easton 13-10 in overtime for their third straight district championship.
Defense wins championships. That statement never held true for Parkland last Friday night at Cottingham Stadium.
A defensive stand in overtime clinched the Trojans' third straight district championship with a 13-10 victory over previously unbeaten Easton (12-1). It was the third time in a row these two teams met in the district playoffs, with Parkland (11-2) coming out on top.
After Jacob Bissell kicked an 18-yard field goal, the Trojan defense needed one more stop.
It's the game that they've had circled on their calendars since an early October loss. When the Parkland football team was downed by Easton on their home field for its second loss of the season, there were questions asked about where the Trojans would be once the postseason came.
After two consecutive, convincing wins in the Districts 2-11 Subregional playoff, Parkland (10-2) will have a return date with the Red Rovers (12-0) Friday night at Cottingham stadium for the championship.
Head coach Jim Morgans and the Parkland football team enjoy going on the road and playing against teams that they have not played recently. And the Trojans found themselves in that position with a Districts 2-11 subregional quarterfinal game at Stroudsburg last Friday night.
Three quick second-quarter scores helped to lead Parkland (9-2) to a 33-10 victory over the Mounties. The Trojans will travel even farther this week, heading to Milford in Pike County to take on District 2's Delaware Valley in the semifinals on Friday.
After winning at Stroudsburg in the quarterfinals last weekend, the Parkland football team will once again hit the road this Friday night, when the Trojans take on Delaware Valley in the Districts 2-11 Subregional tournament.
"These kids just love playing football and they want to continue playing," said Parkland head coach Jim Morgans. "I like being able to play against teams that we haven't played yet, it's exciting because there's that sense of mystery and neither team knows much about each other."
It's been a while since the Parkland volleyball team has been trailing two games to none in a match, let alone losing a game in a match, but that wasn't the case last Tuesday night at Souderton High School.
The Trojans (25-0) lost the first two games and were put into a huge hole and a situation that not many of them have faced all year. But in a championship caliber way, they never worried and climbed all the way back to take the next three on their way to a 3-2 win over Exeter in the District 11 Class AAA semifinal by scores of 21-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17 and 15-7.
Knowing that they had to put points on the scoreboard against a powerful rushing attack, the Parkland football team did more than enough scoring to send it into the District 2-11 Class 4A Subregional playoff this weekend rolling on a high note.
Six touchdowns, three on the ground and three through the air, gave the Trojans (8-2 overall, 6-2 EPC South) confidence heading into districts after a 41-14 rivalry win at Emmaus (5-5 overall, 3-5 EPC South) last Friday night. It was the third straight victory for Parkland.