Two years ago, the current group of seniors on the Parkland boys' basketball team went through a tough 57-53 loss to Pocono Mountain West in the 2012 district championship game.
That loss left a sour taste in the mouth of the Trojans after they earned victories over Pocono Mountain East, Freedom and Emmaus in advancing to the finals.
The Trojans were able to use that defeat as a springboard in capturing back-to-back district titles, including this season's District 11 Class AAAA Championship over Emmaus.
Austin Beidelman knew that he would get an opportunity as a freshman to impact the Kutztown University men's basketball team.
And once given that chance to begin the 2013-14 season, Beidelman hasn't looked back.
The 2013 Parkland High School graduate has started all 16 games for the Golden Bears, and has been a vital part of what the team has done this season. In 16 starts, Beidelman has averaged 10.9 points per game, good for fourth on the team. He has dished out 52 assists, which is more than double any other Golden Bear.
Following their latest Lehigh Valley Conference meet, a 42-21 loss to Nazareth in December, the Parkland wrestling team got a break from conference play over the holiday season.
The Trojans have certainly been impressive on the mat since that loss to the Blue Eagles.
During his career at Parkland, Kyle White was one of the best linemen on the Trojan football team.
After four years at Lock Haven, White is getting recognition on the defensive line at the national level.
White, a 2010 graduate of Parkland High School, was nominated for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award following the completion of his senior season. White totaled 42 tackles (29 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception for the Bald Eagles.
As the Parkland football team recently captured its second consecutive District 11 Class AAAA championship, Dominic Rossetti's journey to that level was a bit different than many of his Trojan teammates.
Rossetti, a senior left guard for the Trojans, was looking for a change after his junior football season. The thing is, he wasn't a member of the Trojans just yet.
It's funny how much things can change in the span of a couple of months.
After suffering its worst defeat of the season in a 24-0 week two loss to Easton, Parkland looked drastically different in a rematch of the two teams with much more at stake.
One major reason that the Trojans won in shutout fashion this time around was their superb play on both the offensive and defensive lines.
"Last time we played them, we couldn't run inside zone," Parkland head coach Jim Morgans said. "We didn't get anything with inside zone. But we were determined to run it and we did.
The Lehigh Valley is certainly aware what Andre Williams can do out of the backfield after watching him at Parkland High School.
Now the entire nation is getting a clear view of the Boston College senior running back.
While Williams continues to make history in the collegiate ranks at Boston College, in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and in the entire Football Bowl Subdivision, he remains humble.
The duo of senior brothers Eli Redmond and Najee Redmond have played slightly different roles in Parkland's defensive secondary throughout the season.
While Eli, who was recently recognized as a Lehigh Valley Conference First Team All-Star, has been a regular starter at cornerback for the Trojans, Najee usually doesn't. However, Najee did start opposite his brother at cornerback in last week's subregional semifinal against Whitehall.
The read-option offense in football has made its mark at the collegiate and professional levels, and is now being utilized in the high school ranks too.
This type of offense entails getting the ball in the hands of the team's playmakers often, giving the quarterback a vast majority of freedom, and using a no-huddle approach that results in team's scoring at a high-rate.
In the Lehigh Valley Conference, no team is running the read-option offense as efficient as Parkland.
Over the course of five postseason gamestwo in leagues and three in districtsthe Parkland boys' soccer team hadn't allowed a goal.
When the Trojans opened up play in the state tournament, the defense kept District 1's Conestoga out of goal for nearly 78 minutes.
But with a little over two minutes to play in regulation, Conestoga was able to do something that neither of the Trojans' previous five opponents could.
Approaching Parkland's goal line, Kyle Pettican found Thijs Everts in front of the Trojans' goal.