There was never an ounce of doubt.
Despite two losses in a three-week span in the regular season that dropped Parkland to the No. 7 seed in the District 2-11 Class AAAA playoffs, the Trojans never questioned their ability to get back to the championship game for a third straight season.
Over the past decade, the Parkland boys cross country team has become very familiar with the state meet. In fact, the boys have had a team run in states in every season since 2004, which includes back-to-back 11th-place finishes in 2005 and 2006.
And while the Trojans weren't able to crack the top 20 teams from 2009-2011, steady strides have been evident in recent years in Hershey.
In recent years, the Parkland girls' tennis team has been the class of the district competition. Over the last four seasons, the Lady Trojans entered the District 11 Class AAA team championships as the No. 1 seed and went on to win the last three titles.
It may be a new conference, but the leader of the pack has remained the same. At least that's the case on the girls cross country scene.
Following three straight Lehigh Valley Conference titles, the Parkland girls added their fourth league title in a row after winning the inaugural Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Cross Country Meet. Senior Cara Moyer finished in eighth place to pace the Lady Trojans, who finished six points ahead of regular season champ Easton on Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal Field.
In addition to fighting for the District 11 Class AAA championship along with Emmaus, Nazareth and Pottsville, Parkland had one individual qualify for the district individual tournament as well.
While there were high hopes for the Trojans and Nick Kshatri heading into Monday's 18-hole round at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, the road ended for both.
Lehigh University junior Matt Laub fought through a shoulder injury early last season that forced him to miss a number of games on the Mountain Hakws' defense.
But after that recovery process, Laub got the opportunity he was waiting for since his freshman season. Laub finished his sophomore season as the Mountain Hawks' starting linebacker/standup defensive end in the final three games.
That exposure gave Laub plenty of experience and confidence going into his third season at Lehigh, one that includes a position switch for the 2012 Parkland High School graduate.
Parkland certainly had their chances in the first half of last week's nonleague game against Conestoga Valley. But for much of that first 40 minutes, the Trojans didn't have a goal to show for it.
That all changed just before halftime.
Moments after a Trojan free kick, Ben Jago's header broke a scoreless game with 1:41 to play in the first half. That's all of a cushion Parkland would need, as the Trojans (10-4 overall; 8-4 in EPC) added two more scores in the final 40 minutes to down Conestoga Valley, 3-0, on Saturday at Parkland High School.
Junior Mikayla Stoudt stood above everyone else as she captured gold at last year's DeSales University cross country meet, leading the Lady Trojans to a second-place finish as a team behind Northwestern.
Fast forward a year, and Stoudt was once again among the top girls participating in the event.
The Parkland golf team had a prime opportunity last week to cement its position atop the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) golf standings.
The Trojans entered last week's match against Emmaus as the lone undefeated team in conference play. The Hornets, meanwhile, had lost one match all season, coming a week earlier against Nazareth.
A win over the Hornets would position the Trojans as the favorite to capture the EPC regular season championship with a match against Whitehall in the waiting.
The Parkland boys soccer team may just be getting the 2014 season started, but they were familiar with how last season's match against Northampton played out. The Konkrete Kids handed the Trojans a loss during their inaugural meeting last season that left a sour taste in their mouth.
This time around, the Trojans were never threatened against the Konkrete Kids on Wednesday, their first Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) divisional game of the season.