Parkland Press

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

It was a day unlike any other

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Reaching the PIAA Championships – or states as they’re called – in any sport is always special for young student-athletes. Young athletes are going for medals that can give a lifetime of memories and for seniors, it’s a final exclamation point to their high school athletic careers. The venues are bigger. The spotlight is brighter.

Kinney Natatorium on the campus of Bucknell University has been home to states for swimming and diving since 2005. The facility has enough room to host the...

DiGirolamo adapts to changes

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Erik DiGirolamo, a 2016 Parkland High School 2016 graduate, had made a name for himself on defense in two different sports in high school. He was a force to be reckoned with both on the football and lacrosse fields, and had league and district championships to prove it.

But after his first year with the Lehigh University mens lacrosse team, where he was primarily a long stick defender, the Mountain Hawks’ coaching staff asked DiGirolamo to make a switch. It was a big difference for...

PIAA meeting sees no action on spring season

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by The Press in Sports

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...

PHS boys volleyball returns most of lineup

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

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.

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Sudden ending

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

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...

Walls earns state silver medal

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

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.

Walls finished second in the 500-yard freestyle relay event Thursday morning, finishing just .41 seconds behind first-place finisher Elle Brown of Upper Dublin. Walls,...

Diving coach steps down

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

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.

After starting his career with a seven-year stint at William Allen, Lehmann took the job at Parkland and has led the team to be the most decorated diving program in the Lehigh...

Girls lax aims for more gold

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

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...

New team looks for same results

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

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.

But even this year, Bender and his staff have a lot of work on their hands. Parkland graduated a...

Girls’ season ends in state playoffs

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

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.

Midway through the first quarter, Parkland trailed by just two points, but Spring-Ford went on a 9-0 run through...