Rising senior Devante Cross has his fair share of gold medals. He is a multiple league and district champion in football and basketball, going a perfect 6-for-6 in earning District 11 titles for both sports combined. But heading into his final year of high school sports, Cross wants more for his teams.
"Winning league and district titles has just become another year for us at Parkland," Cross said. "We want more. We expect more. We expect to be there in the end, but we want to make it further in states. That is something we are pushing harder than ever for this year."
Parkland rising senior Siena Salvaggio had a year that many high school student-athletes would love to have. Starting in the fall, Salvaggio was a striking force at the net as an outside hitter for the 2014 state champion Trojan volleyball team. A few months later, she took the stand as a state champion in the pool for the 50- and 100-yard freestyle.
Salvaggio was also voted the Parkland Press Female Athlete of the Year for the 2014-15 season.
Another weekend, another prominent summer tournament championship for the Parkland girls basketball team.
A week after brining home the Stellar Tournament title, the Trojans were back at it, this time coming in first place in the Sportsfest A-town Throwdown Tournament last weekend at Cedar Beach Park.
In advancing to the championship game on Sunday evening, Parkland took down Dunmore, Notre Dame (Green Pond) and Northwestern in the single-elimination style format. The opening three days were round robin pool play. Parkland was unbeaten in their group.
Summer league basketball is not always kind to coaches, players or fans. With AAU, camps and vacations, sometimes numbers are scarce. That's what happened last weekend for the Parkland boys basketball team.
Missing Kyle Stout all weekend because of injury, and Kenny Yeboah to a football camp at Wake Forest University, the Trojans fell to Nazareth in the semifinals, and were unable to defend their SportsFest A-town Throwdown title.
With the Lehigh Valley Legion tournament starting Thursday, South Parkland comes in as the hottest team in the league, having won nine straight games, including victories over top teams North Parkland and Lower Macungie. The Trojans finished the regular season schedule last Thursday with a 5-4 win over Fullerton, to finish at 14-4.
North Parkland finished its run through the Lehigh Valley Legion season with a 17-1 record, its only blemish coming on a loss to rival South Parkland. The Buffaloes finished atop the LVL standings and were crowned regular season champions, guaranteeing them a spot in the Region 2 tournament, which begins July 18.
Between now and then, North Parkland will play for the LVL tournament cchampionship. Even with the guaranteed spot in the regionals, North Parkland wants to capture the league tournament title.
Parkland's defense this past fall was a big reason why the Trojans captured a district championship and made a run in the state playoffs.
Three of those defensive players had an opportunity to suit up for one more high school game. They did so with an emphatic performance in last week's annual McDonald's Football Classic.
A lot of times, it's the pitching and the offense that get all the attention and Parkland has had plenty of both this season.
Sophomore Aubree Fritzinger has been impressive on the mound and players like Emma Varrato, Madi Marshall, Shauna Frank and others seem to take turns getting big hits.
Sometime, years from now, the members of the Parkland softball team will meet up and talk about their state championship win over Cumberland Valley. Memories of some of the details may fade, but as with most championships, there will be one moment that sticks pretty strong in their memories. It will be the play that is remembered as the one that gave the Trojans the championship.
For the second time in Parkland's boys volleyball state playoff run, the Trojans faced a one-game deficit in a must-win match.
And for the second time in just two weeks, they didn't flinch.
Parkland bounced back from a loss in game one to beat Fox Chapel 21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-23 Saturday at Penn State University to earn the school's first state title in boys volleyball.