It wasn't the way senior boys basketball player Justin Jones and senior girls basketball player Aubrey Beidelman wanted their careers to end. Early exits in the PIAA tournament a little over two weeks ago left a sour taste in their mouths, but that wasn't the last time Jones or Beidelman would put on their Parkland jerseys.
Last Saturday at Northampton Area Community College, they laced up their sneakers next to some of the top athletes in the Colonial League and East Penn Conference at the Via All-Star Classic.
So far through three games the Parkland girls lacrosse team hasn't had any problems outscoring opponents.
For the third consecutive game, the Trojans eclipsed the 20-goal mark in taking down Northampton Tuesday afternoon at Troxell Middle School, 20-3 for a 3-0 start to the season under new head coach Dawn Cipolla.
"She's worked with all of us since a young age with the Schnecksville program," said Galli. "She knows each of us and what we are good at and how to capitalize on that."
A high turnout of athletes has been one reason why the Parkland boys and girls track and field teams have experienced plenty of success in recent years.
As the Trojans prepare for the spring season, Parkland will have over 300 athletes (322 combined to be exact) competing not only against other teams, but also against one another to push themselves to achieve their best.
The Parkland boys lacrosse team has come away with silver medals the last couple of years, but just can't seem to take it one step more.
With Lehigh Valley Conference championshipship under their belt the last two years, the Trojans are still seeking to clinch that almighty first District 11 title in program history.
But in 2015, balance, depth and senior leadership are three traits that may put this team over the top. With a lot of talent back, Parkland will be one of the favorites again.
Parkland baseball head coach Tony Galucy will have a plethora of good options this season at the most important position in baseball.
His pitching staff will be the strong point to a Trojan team that is coming off Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 championships. The staff is headlined by seniors Connor Higgins and Rhett Jacoby, and includes four-year starter at shortstop Chris Rabasco, and Evan McAndrew.
Parkland's girls lacrosse team won the 2014 District 11 championship led by a senior forward and a mostly senior defense, including the goalie and two junior midfielders.
But the Trojans' 2015 group may be a little bit different. Parkland could rely more on underclassmen to contribute if the team is to defend its title.
"We are a young team who will need freshmen and sophomores to help and contribute," said first-year head coach Dawn Cippola.
The Parkland softball team saw a lot of success in 2014. The Trojans lost only one game all season, as they finished with a 25-1 overall record and were Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 champions.
But head coach Barry Search will need to fill some holes in his lineup after a decorated senior class, which brought a lot of victories to this program in their four years, graduated.
The battery of Morgan Rentzheimer and Jordy Agustus are gone, along with four-year starter Courtney Miller, and Alexis Oakley and Kelly Gruber.
Parkland boys volleyball head coach Scott Trumbauer saw five key players graduate after last season, but he won't have trouble finding players willing to step into roles on the varsity team in 2015.
"We have a few spots which could use some more depth, but we have the largest roster I've ever had, in terms of the number of players on the team," Trumbauer said. "So I'm anticipating a high level of play at practice, pushing everyone to improve while trying to earn a spot on the court.
Parkland's ice hockey team is turning into a Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League dynasty.
The Trojans took the first two games of a best-of-three series with rival Emmaus last week to win their sixth straight LVSHL championship, and ninth in the last 12 years.
"It's a great accomplishment and I'm proud of the guys," said head coach Matt Chandik, who took over for his father as head coach this year. "We've had a lot of great players come through this program, and we still have a bright future with these young guys we have now and coming up."
With a full 10 years of dominating the Lehigh Valley Conference in tennis, the Parkland boys team looks to take its success to the new Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
Michael Hingston comes into his third season as the team's coach and has a strong core of returning players to lean on for the inaugural season of the EPC.