The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association held a board of directors meeting this week via teleconference. The meeting was a regularly-scheduled board meeting and was not held in response to the coronavirus school closure.
Last week, on March 23, after Governor Tom Wolf extended the school closure to a third week, the PIAA announced that there was no date set to resume the spring sports season and remainder of the winter postseason.
Monday Wolf announced that schools across the state will remain closed indefinitely.
Hanging around the field during a college softball game, you may hear a lot of cheers and chants and instruction from both coaches and players. But at a Kutztown University softball game, the voice of soft-spoken senior Taylor Knappenberger is one that may get lost in the shuffle.
That is not a knock, however, on the communication or leadership that the Schnecksville native brings to the diamond. There are vocal leaders and there are those who lead by example. Knappenberger is the latter.
The Parkland High School boys volleyball team has been in a little title drought in both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 over the last four years. The Trojans have not won a league or district championship since the 2016 season, a season that capped a three-year run as district champs.
But the 2020 edition of the Trojans, under head coach Scott Trumbauer, in his 19th season, return a vast majority of last year’s group and are primed for a run this season.
In just his first year as a head coach, Mike Bender achieved a lot of success and continued the winning ways of the Parkland High School boys lacrosse program. The Trojans were nearly flawless during the 2019 season, finishing 20-1 overall and an unbeaten 13-0 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, winning the league title and finishing runners-up in the District 11 Class 3A tournament.
Athletic. Aggressive. Tenacious.
Those are three words used to describe 2020 edition of the Parkland High School girls lacrosse team by its sixth-year head coach Dawn Cipolla.
That seems to be the sentiment every year for a Trojans program that has been a perennial power not only in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 Class 3A Classification, but in the state as well.
Parkland is the defending EPC champion and has won four district titles in a row and five of the last six overall, qualifying for the PIAA Class 3A state tournament each year.
For 26 years, Cary Lehman has been a fixture on the local high school diving scene as a coach, including the last 19 seasons with Parkland. That all came to an end with the conclusion of the PIAA Diving Championships at Bucknell University last Thursday when Lehman announced he would be retiring from coaching.
Three Parkland swimmers and three divers returned from Bucknell University with medals from the PIAA Class 3A Swimming and Diving Championships held last week at Bucknell University. Among those collecting medals were seniors Gavin Webb and Annie Walls in swimming events and senior divers Lexi Lehman and Alexa Brinker.
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has postponed winter sports playoffs for a minimum of two weeks, according to a statement it released today.
The PIAA basketball playoffs were heading into the quarterfinals this weekeend.
The PIAA Swimming Diving Championships, held at Bucknell University, started Wednesday with Class 3A events. Half of the 3A events were completed Wednesday, including boys diving, which was won by two-time state champ Brendan McCourt of Emmaus.
A familiar problem reared its head as the Parkland girls basketball team headed into play in the PIAA Tournament.
That problem was consistent shooting, which hampered the team through parts of the season, especially late in the schedule and into the postseason. The result was a 60-25 loss to Spring-Ford, the fourth-place team from the highly competitive District One.
After a one-year absence, the Parkland girls swimming and diving team returned to the top of the District 11 podium, winning the team gold medals at last week’s District 11 Swimming and Diving Championship.
The Lady Trojans have won the girls team title in 11 of the last 12 seasons. Trojan girls swimmers also came away with four individual gold medals and picked up gold in two of the three relay events.