Kirah Dreisbach spent her high school career playing for a highly successful Parkland volleyball team. During her four-year career, the Trojans went 95-7 with two conference championships, four district titles and two state gold medals.
The outside hitter has transitioned to the collegiate ranks where she put together an impressive first season. In 107 sets this past fall for Moravian College, Dreisbach recorded 148 kills and 306 digs as the Greyhounds went 15-17 (1-5 in Landmark Conference).
There are ten players in Shippensburg women’s volleyball history that have 1,000 career kills credited to their names. Former Parkland standout and Shippensburg junior Samantha Webber was the latest Raider to join that club.
Webber finished this past fall season with 360 kills and played a key role in Shippensburg (25-8 overall; 14-4 in PSAC) advancing to the PSAC semifinals. Webber now sits in 10th place on the school’s all-time list with 1,010 kills.
Rachel Medlar played pretty much her entire soccer career, all the way back to her youth days, as a midfielder. But things changed for the former Trojan this past season, despite posting a historic freshman collegiate season in 2017.
In an effort to generate more scoring, DeSales head coach Greg Ridout moved Medlar up to forward for the Bulldogs midway through this past season. She found plenty of success once again, scoring three goals and adding six assists for 12 points, good for second-best on the team.
Several former Parkland High School athletes have contributed to college sports teams during the fall 2018 season. Here’s a look at some of their achievements.
Parkland did a solid job in the fourth set of Saturday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championships, limiting Nazareth hitter Maria Harding and tying the match at 2-2. It suddenly seemed as if all of the momentum swung to the Trojans’ bench.
And it had, until Harding and the Blue Eagles stepped on the court in the match-deciding fifth set.
Parkland girls soccer head coach Al Haddad is fortunate to have a core group of eight senior leaders, five of which started Tuesday’s East Penn Conference girls soccer quarterfinal game against Pocono Mountain East.
But it was two sophomores in particular, one of which was named an all-star before the game, who helped the Trojans advance to Thursday’s semifinal round.
When Parkland took on top seed and unbeaten Emmaus in the first round of the East Penn Conference field hockey playoffs, the Trojans couldn’t have been more prepared. Just three days earlier, the two teams squared off in the regular season finale.
And despite being shut out this time around against the a dominant Hornet team, Trojan head coach Lizzie Millen saw her team play much better with the lights brighter.
Parkland boys soccer head coach Patrick Birns couldn’t have asked for a better start against one of the East Penn Conference’s top teams last week in rival Emmaus.
But despite that momentum and an early 1-0 lead, Birns expected Emmaus to come out of halftime looking like a different team. And the Hornets certainly did.
The scoreboard may have showed a dominant win for the Parkland field hockey team against Allen earlier this week. But head coach Lizzy Millen knows the Trojans will have to play a bit better with a tough week ahead that includes Liberty on Thursday.
Parkland improved to 6-1 on the season with an 8-1 victory over the Canaries on Tuesday night at J. Birney Crum Stadium. Millen, however, sees room for improvement moving forward.
The Parkland field hockey coaching staff was reminded just how close the Trojans are to what they can ultimately become this season following Monday’s game against Stroudsburg. Parkland was ever so close to defeating the Mounties, one of the league’s top teams, just three days ago.
Parkland held a late lead, but Stroudsburg (6-2) scored the equalizer with only three minutes to play in regulation, then broke through seven minutes into overtime for the 3-2 victory at Parkland High School. It was Parkland’s second loss in as many games, dropping the Trojans to 6-3 on the season.