Parkland Press

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Hockey team's historic run ends

Thursday, March 28, 2013 by LOU RUSNOCK in HS Sports

Since 1975, the best high school hockey teams from the eastern and western parts of the state have battled for the Pennsylvania Cup.

Not once in that 38-year span had the Lehigh Valley been represented - until last Saturday.

That Parkland's hockey team was even competing for the PA Cup at the Aston IceWorks is in itself one of the best underdog stories in Lehigh Valley history.

Unfortunately for the Trojans, they couldn't put a cherry on top of their history-making season, falling to powerhouse Greater Latrobe 4-1 in the state final.

Experience key for volleyball team

Thursday, March 28, 2013 by LOU RUSNOCK in HS Sports

The Parkland boys volleyball team has advanced to the state tournament in five of the past six seasons and with an experienced group in 2013, the Trojans will be looking to make their second straight trip to Penn State.

But despite the success, it's been five years since the boys' team has added a District 11 title to the trophy case. That's the longest stretch since the five-year gap between head coach Scott Trumbauer's first two district titles in 2003 and 2008.

This year's group could be the one to end the mini-drought.

Flyers Cup run ends, states next

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by LOU RUSNOCK in HS Sports

As the Parkland hockey team exited the ice after a 6-3 loss to Cherokee (NJ) in Flyers Cup final at the Rink at Warwick on Tuesday night, a large contingent of red and gray clad fans cheered and shouted words of encouragement.

A storybook run for the 11th-seeded Trojans struck midnight against a fast, powerful Chiefs team, which used three second period goals in five minutes to seal the championship and hand Parkland its first loss of the year.

Mike Rose named coach of the year

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by LOU RUSNOCK in HS Sports

Last month, Parkland Area Soccer Club U19 girls coach Mike Rose got a letter in the mail from the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association naming him the organization's Recreation Coach of the Year.

His reaction?

"To be honest, I don't want to call it a prank, but occasionally you get a letter and you find out later it's a marketing ploy," Rose said. "I thought, 'Really?' So I asked some people in the club, and they didn't know anything about it either. We ended up validating it with EPYSA and, apparently, one of the parents took it upon themselves to nominate me."

Robertson honored as Gatorade Player of Year

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by LOU RUSNOCK in HS Sports

Parkland senior volleyball star Kelly Robertson was selected as the 2012-13 Gatorade Pennsylvania Volleyball Player of the Year last week after leading the team to a second place finish in the state.

Robertson, the 2011-12 Parkland Press Female Athlete of the Year, is the first played from Parkland to win the honor.

In a season which many thought the Trojan volleyball team would take a step back from 2011, when the team won the school's first state title in girls volleyball, Robertson made sure they stayed in the spotlight.

Girls use strong defense to top Northampton

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by LOU RUSNOCK in HS Sports

Without a go-to scorer this year, the Parkland girls are focusing on two things - defense and the transition game.

Both worked to their advantage Tuesday night against Northampton as the Trojans coasted to a 40-21 win to move them to 2-1 on the season.

"We go into lulls in the halfcourt game," head coach Wes Spence said. "We don't have a dominant player we look to or run sets for. So I think if we can get the floor spread and get into transition it give us a better chance to get girls open."

Krause inducted into PVCA Hall of Fame

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by LOU RUSNOCK in HS Sports

Girls volleyball wasn't a major contributor to the Parkland sports trophy case when Mike Krause arrived at the school in 2004.

In fact, the team wasn't a contributor at all.

But in Krause's nine years as the Trojan head coach, they've had to make some room for the sport not only in the trophy room, but also in the rafters.

His successful turnaround has not gone unnoticed as Krause was recently inducted into the Pennsylvania Volleybal Coaches Association Hall of Fame at the annual coaches clinic held in State College.

Record night leads Trojans to finals

Thursday, November 15, 2012 by LOU RUSNOCK in HS Sports

Seniors Kelly Robertson and Erin Korp play drastically different roles for the Parkland volleyball team.

Without the two, the Trojans may not be going to a second straight state championship.

Both played key parts in a hard-fought, four-game win over Upper Merion in Tuesday's state semifinals at Council Rock South High School. The Trojans bounced back from dropping the first game 27-25 to win three straight, 25-22, 25-12, 25-21, and set up a championship game rematch with Hempfield at Central York High School on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Girls volleyball earns District 11 threepeat

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by LOU RUSNOCK in HS Sports

After watching his team get defeated 25-16 in the third set of Saturday's District 11 championship match against Southern Lehigh, head coach Mike Krause gathered the Trojans for a talk before the fourth set.

Ahead two games to one, but with momentum working against Parkland, Krause didn't take the time to revamp his strategy or shuffle his rotation.

Instead he told the girls a story.

Volleyball is tested in semis

Thursday, October 25, 2012 by LOU RUSNOCK in HS Sports

On paper, it was a relatively easy, four-game victory over a quality opponent in the league semifinals.

But to the Parkland girls volleyball team, Monday's win over Central Catholic may have been something more - a wakeup call.

"We needed this, we needed this," head coach Mike Krause said. "We needed to be pushed and we need to get up to speed a little bit."

It's the postseason and that means one slip up can spell the end of the year. The Lady Trojans, currently ranked second in Pennsylvania, would rather that end came on their terms, not another team's.