Kareem Williams has experienced a lot through athletics during his four years as a Parkland Trojan.
Last week the senior experienced something new as Williams made his first trip to the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
"It was a really fun experience," he said. "I met a lot of new people. It was something that I'm glad that I got to experience at least once in my high school career."
Williams qualified for states in the Class AAA 300-meter hurdles, but failed to advance to the finals of the event as he ran a 41.33.
Boys javelin has been Parkland's best event most of the regular season and the postseason. The Trojans swept the medals from the event at the Lehigh Valley Conference meet two weeks ago.
They had much of the same success in javelin last week as it provided half of Parkland's four state qualifiers from last week's District 11 Track and Field Championship Meet at East Stroudsburg South High School.
Head coach Scott Levan was uncertain as to how his track and field team would fare this season with the lack of proper preparation they had due to the weather.
Somehow, someway, despite the obstacles, Levan, who is in his 30th year piloting the Trojan track team, led his boys team to a perfect 9-0 record, which earned it the Lehigh Valley Conference dual-meet championship, while the girls completed an outstanding 8-1 season.
Daniel Kyvelos was not on anyone's radar before the Allentown School District Invitational Meet. The sophomore wasn't considered a contender for the medal stand at the meet, held last Friday at J. Birney Crum Stadium.
However, Kyvelos shined when the skies were rainy and the radar was full of green as the Trojan got the attention of the Lehigh Valley track and field world by grabbing gold in the boys 3200-meter run with a time of 9:50.83.
The Parkland baseball team has struggled at the plate recently, swatting only 10 hits in its last three games heading into Wednesday.
The Trojans were able to capture seven hits on Tuesday at home against Freedom, but were unable to get the key hit at the right time as the Patriots defeated Parkland 3-2 and handed the Trojans their first loss in Lehigh Valley Conference play this season.
"When you only give up three runs, you should win that game," said Parkland head coach Tony Galucy.
Having already clinched a spot in the District 2-4-11 Subregional playoff bracket, Parkland's week 10 game is still crucial as a win guarantees at least share of the Lehigh Valley Conference title.
The fact that it is against archrival Emmaus makes it even bigger.
The Trojans (7-1 in LVC, 8-1 overall) host the Green Hornets (6-2, 6-3) Friday at Parkland Football Stadium at 7 p.m. in a regular season finale that has a lot riding on it for both teams.
Parkland's Devante Cross rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries and threw for 123 yards and one touchdown going 6-for-10 passing last week.
The sophomore only played two and half quarters.
Cross and the rest of the Trojans offense had a quick night getting out to a 35-0 lead in the third quarter that allowed Parkland (7-1 in LVC, 8-1 overall) to defeat Allentown Central Catholic (1-7, 2-7) by a final score of 35-6 at J. Birney Crum Stadium last Saturday night.
Head coach Jim Morgans is not surprised by Cross's production.
In previous years the District 11 golf tournament was 27 holes. This year officials decided to decrease the length to a standard 18-hole round. However, one round wasn't enough to find a District 11 Class AAA champion.
After 18 holes over two days, Parkland's Chad Hess carded a final score of 75. Emmaus' Grant Schumaker also finished with a 75.
A sudden-death playoff was held between Hess and Schumaker to decide the champion, starting on the 12th hole at Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton.
Hess expressed his feelings of a playoff atmosphere in golf.
Coming into Monday's LVC Girls Tennis Championship Tournament at Parkland High School, the expectations were certainly high for Parkland.
And perhaps the Lady Trojans exceeded those expectations, judging by the team's play from top to bottom.
The Trojans, who entered the tournament with a perfect 11-0 regular season record in conference play, captured first-place finishes in each of the tournament's six brackets en route to yet another league championship. Since the 2007 season, no other teams have been able to call themselves league champs.
Chad Hess knew it was a big match. He played like it was a big match. He wanted to win even more than usual because it was a big match.
Unfortunately for the Parkland golf team, Hess' and his team's efforts were unsuccessful.
Parkland lost to Emmaus 410-414 in a tri-match last Wednesday at Brookside Country Club that also included Bethlehem Catholic (418). The magnitude of this match was escalated because the winner essentially won or would share the Lehigh Valley Conference championship.