Parkland sophomore Devyn Anderson didn't take much consideration into seeding prior to the 800-meter run at last week's district track and field meet.
After placing seventh at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Meet a week ago in that same event, Anderson had higher goals on an even higher stage. Finishing in the top two and advancing to states was at the top of her list.
Zach Hugo thought he had it. He barely grazed the bar at 13 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault event at last week's Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships. It was the closest he's been to that mark in his career.
But despite missing out on that mark by the smallest of margins, a height that would have tied Nazareth's Nicholas Miller for first, Hugo still produced a solid showing. His height of 13-3 awarded him a third-place finish in the pole vault last Wedneday, Day 2 of competition at Whitehall High School's Zephyrs Sports Complex.
Parkland's distance runners have been a big factor in the Trojan boys track and field team's 9-1 record in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC).
During Friday's William Allen Invitational at J. Birney Crum Stadium, two of the Trojan's top boys runners placed in the top 10 of the 3200 meter run. Sophomore Hailemichael Geiger placed fourth, while junior Daniel Kyvelosc crossed the finish line in eighth place.
It's been smooth sailing for the Parkland boys volleyball team all season long.
The Trojans continued that hot streak last week against their toughest league opponent yet.
Against the only other undefeated team in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Parkland took the first two sets (25-13, 25-18) against Emmaus relatively easily. And while the Hornets tied the third game late at 24-24, the Trojans' 26-24 victory in that third game secured a sweep for Parkland (24-1 overall, 8-0 in EPC) last Thursday.
With practices set to begin this week for high school spring sports, athletes are beginning their preparation in hopes of having successful seasons on the field, diamond and track.
But Parkland senior Joey Hawkins, a hurdler on the Trojans' track and field team, has been gearing up for the upcoming high school season during much of the offseason.
The first day of spring, Friday, March 20, is a little more than a week away, but like recent years, high school spring sports teams are in a familiar position as their second week of practice is almost finished.
A late winter with periods of heavy snow have once again caused baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis and track and field teams issues with their outdoor practice schedules that began last Monday, March 2.
Bloomsburg University junior Chrissy Hollan spent her first two seasons as a defensive midfielder on the Huskies womens soccer team.
But as this past season got underway, Hollan was moved to the center back spot, a role she was familiar with from her days as a Trojan. With that position switch came an increase in responsibility and leadership.
The former Parkland High School graduate thrived in that leadership role to produce her best collegiate season yet.
Since the Parkland Area Soccer Club formed 10 years ago after breaking from the Schnecksville Playground Association, plenty of players and coaches have gone through its ranks.
At an upcoming event, PASC will bring together members that helped form the decade-long tradition.
The 10-year anniversary ceremony Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. Joseph's the Worker Church in Orefield is scheduled from 6-10 p.m.
Senior Erik DiGirolamo was the first Trojan to receive a gold medal following Friday's District 11 Class AAAA championship bout with Easton.
And rightfully so.
While it was a complete team effort for the Trojans on defense, DiGirolamo came up with the game's most significant play when the Red Rovers were yards away from punching in the game-winning touchdown.
After Jake Bissell's field goal gave Parkland a 13-10 lead in overtime, Easton had one possession to tie or win the game.
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.