The 2018 Parkland girls volleyball team brought home its fifth consecutive District 11 championship last season. With nine seniors having graduated, seven of whom are continuing to play collegiately, 16th-year head coach Mike Krause will have a whole lot of new faces with little varsity experience to work toward achieving that sixth straight title.
But the goals and expectations for a program with so much recent success, does not change.
It didn’t take long to get back to where he was before. After missing almost a full season, Parkland junior running back Isiah Rico never lost a step.
Rico carried the ball 31 times and amassed 209 yards while scoring three touchdowns to lead a dominant rushing game in the Trojans’ season-opening 49-14 win last Friday night at Northampton Area High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
Rico suffered an injury four weeks into his sophomore campaign last year, but has come back stronger than before. The Parkland ground game totaled 429 yards and accounted for all seven touchdowns.
The Parkland boys basketball team found itself this summer. After another run at a District 11 championship fell just short in the final, the Trojans have kept their foot on the pedal and continued the tradition of winning ways in the offseason.
Parkland went undefeated in pool play, winning all three games at the A-Town Throwdown to advance to the playoff portion. The Trojans also qualified for the Cedar Beach league playoffs, earning a spot in the final four of the field.
Before 2019 Parkland High School graduate James Cipolla enrolled at the school, the boys lacrosse program hadn’t won a championship of any kind. After his four years in red and white, the Trojans have earned two district championships and two league titles. To say Cipolla made his mark on the program is an understatement.
And after another successful season on the field, Cipolla has been named the Parkland Press Male Athlete of the Year.
The Parkland boys basketball team has had a ton of success during its summer league season and in the tournaments it has been a part of. Even in the offseason when wins and losses don’t carry as much weight, the Trojans had won seven of 10 games in the Cedar Beach Summer Basketball League. The also advanced deep into the Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach tournament last month.
It wasn’t pretty for either team. But it got better. And it started at one end of the floor.
After a lackluster first half, the Parkland boys basketball team picked it up on both ends of the court to come out on the winning end of its Lehigh Valley Summer League basketball game Tuesday evening at Cedar Beach, taking down Bangor 43-34 in the Big School Division.
The Trojans moved to 6-3 overall and are in the top-five of the league standings with just a few weeks left of the regular season.
Summer league basketball is about improving both as an individual and as a team, and to allow players and coaches will learn more about one another.
The Parkland boys basketball team showed grit last weekend at the Bash at the Beach tournament at Cedar Beach. After dropping a two-point game to Central Catholic in their opener, the Trojans won their next three games to advance to Sunday before they were eliminated from the tournament that was formerly known as the Stellar Catch a Rising Star Tournament.
Summer league basketball can be a struggle for programs that are breaking in new starters, have inexperienced varsity players or new plays to implement. Another thing that can get in the way of a varsity team’s summer experience are AAU Tournaments.
Collin Duff and Sergio Rodriguez of the North Parkland legion baseball team combined to throw a no-hitter, allowing no runs and no hits in leading the Buffaloes to a 2-0 victory against Salisbury last Friday evening at Salisbury High School.
Duff threw the first six innings and Rodriguez finished off the seventh to record the save while giving North Parkland its fifth consecutive win to open the regular season.
The Parkland boys basketball team got off to a slow start Tuesday in it’s summer basketball game against Reading.
The Trojans trailed the perennial state power Red Knights by nearly 20 points in the first half. But Parkland never gave up and came within one shot of a win.
The early deficit proved too much to overcome as the Trojans lost the game against the Red Knights 52-48 last Tuesday evening in the Cedar Beach Summer Basketball League.