Depth has been a key component for the Parkland ice hockey team. There may not be a player at the top of the league charts in scoring, but the balanced from the top to the bottom of the line up gives players time to stay fresh.
The Trojans attack with several different lines, all of which are capable of scoring. That efficiency showed last Friday night as six different players recorded goals in an 8-4 win at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
For the last four years, Parkland sports fans were enjoyed the privilege of having Kristin Krause as the setter of the girls volleyball team.
Krause ended her high school career last week by helping her team to its second straight PIAA state championship, which was one of many titles the team has captured over the past four years.
The Parkland football team had its best season since 2007. After an outright Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship, a fourth straight District 11 Class 4A championship, and a berth in the PIAA Class 4A state title game, three Parkland players were named to the PIAA All-State team.
Seniors Noel Brouse, Devante Cross and Kenny Yeboah capped a successful final season in the red and gray with some individual accolades.
On a blustery Tuesday night in a somewhat empty gym, the Parkland and Freedom boys basketball teams shooting was nearly as cold as the weather outside the gym.
The Trojans shot 38 percent from the field, but overcame a 20-for-53 effort with a couple of big plays, and defense in taking down the Patriots last Tuesday night 61-45 at Freedom High School.
Resiliency is a word that has highlighted much of the 2015 season for the Parkland football team.
Heading into the year, the Trojans were favorites to run through the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11.
And they did just that.
But the script wasn’t always so easily written.
Parkland finished the year 14-2, and was four points away from winning its first PIAA Class AAAA state championship since 2002 when it beat Woodland Hills 34-12.
The Parkland boys basketball program wants more. The Trojans know they will be judged by who they beat outside of the Lehigh Valley in their quest for a 2016 PIAA state title. The problem over the past couple of seasons hasn’t been winning games in District 11. It has been the teams Parkland faces outside the league and district that have been stumbling blocks.
So in 2015-16 head coach Andy Stephens beefed up the schedule and added some high-profile matchups to help build his team’s resume and give it the experience of high-caliber basketball before March.
The David and Goliath comparison can be made this year for the Parkland wrestling team.
When looking at the strengths heading into the 2015-16 campaign, head coach Ryan Nunamaker has a lot of his experienced and successful wrestlers back in the lighter weight classes, but not quite as much on the back end of the line up.
Parkland’s senior class has been wanting this for four years. They’ve been league and district football champions all four years they’ve been in high school, but they never advanced far after that.
It became a monkey on their back and there were questions about what would happen after this year’s fourth straight district championship.
After winning a fourth straight District 11/2 subregional title, Parkland meets a familiar opponent in the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs. Philadelphia Catholic League champ LaSalle College High School, a team that defeated Parkland in this game three years ago, will be the Trojans’ next obstacle as the team’s meet Saturday at 1 p.m. at Northeast High School in Philadelphia.
When the final seconds ran off the clock at Wyoming Valley West High School last Friday night, Parkland walked away with a 63-21 win that probably wasn’t even as close of a game as the score indicated. And that was mostly the result of the Trojan defense shutting down one of the state’s top offenses.
Besides a pick-six touchdown, and a late score in the fourth quarter when the game was already wrapped up, the Parkland defense allowed just seven points against a team averaging more than 30 points per game.