Vassar College senior Reno Kriz recently capped a historic season for the school’s men’s volleyball team. The former Trojan finished the spring season with 385 kills, 147 digs and 68 blocks. His 358 kills wasn’t just tops on the team, but that ranked him third amongst all United Volleyball Conference (UVC) competitors. Kriz finished his career with 1,352 kills (third in Vassar history) and school records in attack attempts (3,381), sets played (426) and matches played (125).
During last week’s District 11 Class 3A volleyball championships, Liberty was able to accomplish something against Parkland that no other Eastern Pennsylvania Conference team was able to do this season—win a set.
After Parkland jumped ahead 2-0 and held a 10-7 lead in the third set, Liberty began the journey of reversing that trend. Shortly later, the Hurricanes had won a set over the top-ranked team in the state in Class 3A and were very much alive late in the fourth set, trailing just 23-22.
The Parkland volleyball team finished last year as the top team in the state, collecting gold with a win over District 7’s Fox Chapel. With nearly that entire squad back in 2016, the expectations were high once again for Scott Trumbauer’s crew.
According to Trumbauer, the Trojans have had “a target on their back in every match” this spring. It’s hard to argue with him.
A week after capturing EPC gold in the 400-meter dash, Parkland junior Connor Tempro was back for more. This time, however, he entered the District 11 Class 3A Track and Field Championships seeded third, with the top two finishers automatically qualifying for states.
But that didn’t shy away Tempro one bit from running one of his best races of the season and making it to Shippensburg University for his first state trip.
Parkland’s Connor Tempro received news on Wednesday that would drastically alter the stage of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys 400-meter dash.
Tempro, who was seeded second in the event, got word that No. 1 seed Nate Fogle had dropped out of competition due to an injury. That was his biggest competition going into the event, with Fogle seeded roughly a second faster. But when he found out Fogle wouldn’t be a threat, there was little doubt in Tempro’s mind as to who would win the 400.
For much of Friday’s 3,200-meter run at the ASD Track and Field Invitational at J. Birney Crum, Pleasant Valley’s Seth Slavin held a sizable lead from the rest of the pack. Parkland’s Daniel Kyvelos was in second, but with the final lap approaching, it looked as if Slavin would coast to a gold medal.
But that’s when a voice crept into Kyvelos’ head. And he answered the call when it mattered most.
Lacrosse has been a part of Adam Goldner’s life ever since middle school. He played on his first club team at the age of 10 for Skyhawks Lacrosse.
A few years later, Goldner made a decision that would change his life forever.
Living in the Parkland School District, Goldner’s academic and athletic career figured to be with the famous red and white colors he grew up around. But there was something that pushed Goldner into another direction.
“I had seen people in the Lehigh Valley succeed and do absolutely fine, but I always wanted something more,” Goldner said.
Parkland’s Andrew Mastrangelo nearly tasted it a year ago. But it was a matter of seconds that kept him from advancing to the regional wrestling tournament as a junior.
In his final season on the mat, Mastrangelo looked to put that setback behind him for good. Not only did he make that come true, but he also put together one of Parkland’s best runs in this year’s District 11 Class 3A individual tournament at Liberty High School.
There’s a tradition of Salvaggio family members that went to Penn State University—four generations to be exact.
Parkland senior Siena Salvaggio will be the next member of that family to sport Penn State’s blue and white colors for the next four years. The one difference with her, however, is the fact that she’ll be the first one to play a sport at the college level.
“I’m really excited to go continue my swimming and academic career there,” Salvaggio said. “The coaches and everything are so great and welcoming. I’m so excited to be a part of the team next year.”
The Parkland football team capped one of its best runs in program history just a couple months ago. The Trojans advanced all the way to the PIAA Class 4A title game before coming up short to Pittsburgh Central Catholic.
Three players on that memorable team will continue their football careers at the Division I college level. Wide receiver Kenny Yeboah (Temple University), lineman Noel Brouse (University of Connecticut) and quarterback DeVante Cross (University of Virginia) carry the rich tradition of Parkland football onto college.