Parkland High School 2020 graduates Bryce Boyer and Jered Fenstermaker teamed up on the gridiron as Trojans teammates for the last four years. This fall they will team up once again. The duo committed to play football and study at East Stroudsburg University.
They will be reunited at college with a former Parkland assistant coach.
“I chose ESU because I saw a place where I would fit in best,” said Boyer. “Coach [Jimmy] Terwilliger was a former coach of mine so I had that connection and he made me feel like family.”
The 2020 calendar year has been a wild ride thus far.
The Coronavirus pandemic that hit the United States in March has been something that has never really been seen before. With it rapidly spreading in its first appearance, the PIAA came to the decision to halt sports, canceling the spring season altogether.
Many student-athletes were forced to miss competition completely for the year. The seniors unfortunately had their high school careers cut short.
When word spread that a baseball tournament was being planned to give Lehigh Valley high school varsity players a second chance to compete after the cancellation of the spring sports season, the softball community thought why not us too?
Eyes turned to Michele Laubach, who is also a high school softball coach, to get something going, and she has.
The Cedar Crest College women’s swim team left the North Eastern Athletic Conference championships a bit disappointed, but still somewhat satisfied to have finished in the top three at this year’s conference meet.
Then things changed on the way home from the meet, which was held SUNY Cobleskill in Cobleskill, NY.
Cedar Crest head coach Kaitlyn Rockwell got the results via email and looked at them during the ride back to Allentown. She noticed her team was listed as the first-place finisher by one point.
The IronPigs have the perfect gift for dad this Father’s Day.
Dads on the Diamond, hosted by IronPigs Catering, comes to Coca-Cola Park this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21. It is outdoor dining on the field at Coca-Cola Park for dad and the family.
Parkland High School senior Emily Leiby has had success on two different fields throughout her four-year high school sports career. Leiby was a multi-year Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 champion in both girls soccer and lacrosse.
Starting this fall, she will be one of just a small number of collegiate student-athletes that will be a dual-sport athlete as Leiby signed to Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, to play both soccer and lacrosse.
The Parkland boys basketball team had a trio of players sign national letters of intent to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level. The Trojans players include Jake Melady (Catholic University), Nick Rappa (Elizabethtown College) and Dylan Rhoads (St. Josh Fisher College).
This past season the trio helped guide Parkland to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals and the District 11 Class 6A quarterfinals.
As the Lehigh Valley begins to slowly return to some semblance of normal, a sure sign of summer – kids on a baseball field – could be part of the return.
Area coaches and athletic directors have put together a plan for a high school baseball tournament for early August. The tournament would have 32 teams from local schools placed into eight pools of four teams each, with teams guaranteed of playing at least three games.
The District 11 Wrestling Coaches Association announced this year’s scholar-athelete nominees and winners this week.
The overall scholar athlete winners receive $1,500 each and the essay winners receive $300 each.
This year’s scholarship winners were Northwestern Lehigh’s Harrison Bernhard in Class 2A and Bethlehem Catholic’s Kenny Hermann in Class 3A. Essay winners were Andrerw Cerniglia of Notre Dame (Green Pond) and Caden Wright of Emmaus.
Some high school students spend a few years and log many miles trying to find the right college. For Parkland senior Kate Gottwald, the process was much more efficient.
Her first and only visit was to Bucknell University. She immediately liked the school, its diving program and her future teammates.
“Everyone was super tight and close-knit,” Gottwald said.
She wanted to be close to her teammates the way she was during four years as a varsity diver at Parkland. And Bucknell’s program reminded her of the one she was part of in Orefield.