Parkland Press

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Trjoans’ Perkins to play at Colgate

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

With high school seniors looking ahead to attending college and playing the sport of their choice in the fall, schools have exchanged their usual college announcement ceremonies for virtual versions.

Parkland last week released a list of 72 senior athletes who will move on to college programs.

One of those athletes is football player Ja-Lon Perkins, who signed his national letter of intent to continue his academic and football career at Colgate University.

“I chose...

Volleyball seniors were ambassadors for program

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Parkland High School boys volleyball team has not won a league or district championship since the 2016 season, a year which capped a three-year run as district champs. But the 2020 edition, under head coach Scott Trumbauer, in his 19th season, returned a vast majority of last year’s group and was primed for a run this season.

Last season, Parkland went 16-6 overall, was an East Penn Conference semifinalist, the District 11 Class 3A runner-up and qualified for the PIAA tournament,...

Lehman chooses JMU

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Everything has worked out well for the Lehman family. Former Parkland diver Chris Lehman is now attending Shippensburg University and playing in the marching band, while twin sisters Lexi and Sydney are off to college in the fall, with Lexi continuing her diving career at James Madison University and Sydney likely doing club wrestling at Bloomsburg University.

Plus, dad Cary Lehman resigned from his longtime job as the coach of Parkland’s diving program and plans on traveling to see...

Girls lax makes the best of lost season

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

With the cancellation of spring high school sports seasons, athletes have had to adapt to the inability to play the sport that they loved. The playing careers of seniors ended abruptly. Teams have tried to adjust and make the most of the situation. The Parkland girls lacrosse team is one of those teams.

“Now we zoom [meet] once a week and break down film, play games (i.e. bingo) that the seniors came up with and just talk,” said head Parkland head coach Dawn Cipolla. “I try not to...

LV All-Star Football Classic cancelled

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by The Press in Sports

The 50th Annual Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic has been cancelled. The decision was made by the game’s Board of Directors on Wednesday morning due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The game was scheduled for Thursday, June 11 at Nazareth High School’s Andrew S. Leh Stadium at 7 p.m.

The Board of Directors was tremendously disappointed to have to make the decision, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible for the game to take place, said a news release received...

Stagaard finds hideen gem at GVSU

Monday, May 4, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

People often ask Sara Stagaard why she chose to go to school at Grand Valley State, a college in Allendale, Michigan, with a Division II womens lacrosse program. It’s cold and snowy there for nearly half of the calendar year.

The 2016 graduate of Parkland High School found the school to be a hidden gem.

“It was the best decision I’ve ever made,” said Stagaard. “The new facilities, big campus feel, and the school pride was a big factor into why I chose Grand Valley. My teammates...

Schaller commits to play soccer at Lehigh

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It’s interesting how something like scheduling can change the road that a person winds up taking. As a young child, Ava Schaller’s mom was planning on signing her daughter up for cheerleading, but the schedule just didn’t work.

Toni Schaller looked around for other things that might work and found soccer. We’ll never know if Ava Schaller would have made a good cheerleader, but we do know that her soccer career worked out well.

Schaller recently signed a letter of intent to...

NFL Draft will be different, bizarre and could offer many surprises

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by JASON BORIS in Sports

The NFL Draft is an inexact science, which is a nice way of calling it an educated guessing game. Between mock drafts, smokescreens, TV analyst debates and social media reports, there is now so much Draft information (and misinformation) out there that it can be excruciatingly difficult to decipher just how the event might actually play out.

Every Draft has its fair share of surprises, but this year will be like none other due to league and government restrictions in the wake of the...

Dreisbach earns place on Soph 79 List

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Sophomore Brynn Dreisbach of the Parkland High School girls volleyball team was recently named to Prep Volleyball’s Soph 79 list. The Soph 79 list is a compilation by Prep Volleyball (recognized as the leading National High School Volleyball media resource) of the Top 79 performances by a sophomore last fall. Dreisbach is the only Pennsylvania player to be recognized on the prestigious list.

Prep Volleyball recognizes over 500 sophomore athletes across the country. The recognition...

Baseball team won’t see the ‘reward part’ of year

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Parkland baseball program never seems to be in a rebuilding mode. Instead, it has a steady pipeline of young talent that annually develops into a team of good players.

Trojans head coach Kurt Weber and his team took the news that the PIAA had canceled the season very hard. Weber also knows that in addition to the players and coaches, fans and umpires were also hit hard by the decision, as necessary as it was. Weber enjoys watching the natural progression of players who take on...