Since 1975, the best high school hockey teams from the eastern and western parts of the state have battled for the Pennsylvania Cup.
Not once in that 38-year span had the Lehigh Valley been represented - until last Saturday.
That Parkland's hockey team was even competing for the PA Cup at the Aston IceWorks is in itself one of the best underdog stories in Lehigh Valley history.
Unfortunately for the Trojans, they couldn't put a cherry on top of their history-making...
Egor Ivanov found a lot of success on the court last spring. He won the Lehigh Valley Conference No. 2 singles title and District 11 championships in doubles, adding a second place finish in the district singles tournament.
This year, under a new head coach, Ivanov will look to take it a step further with his singles play.
Michael Hingston takes over for Julian Taibi, who guided the Trojans to both LVC and district team titles last year.
"We have a talented group of...
The Parkland boys and girls track and field teams had strong showings in their league dual meets, going 9-0 and 8-1, respectively, last season.
While they had strong individual performances, both came up short of their goal of winning the league or the district championship.
The boys finished second in the league meet behind Nazareth, and the girls wound up sixth at the league meet, with Easton taking first.
Olivia Hassler, now competing at the University of South...
Each year teams lose players to graduation and are forced to adapt to new players logging more time. This year, the Parkland softball team will have a different look.
The Trojans graduated six regular players, and eight seniors total from 2012.
"This is a whole new group of players," said fourth-year head coach Barry Search. "We're just looking right now to fill in those open positions and find the right mix of players."
Parkland went 18-5 overall and 12-2 in the LVC a...
As the Parkland hockey team exited the ice after a 6-3 loss to Cherokee (NJ) in Flyers Cup final at the Rink at Warwick on Tuesday night, a large contingent of red and gray clad fans cheered and shouted words of encouragement.
A storybook run for the 11th-seeded Trojans struck midnight against a fast, powerful Chiefs team, which used three second period goals in five minutes to seal the championship and hand Parkland its first loss of the year.
Funny thing about Cinderella,...
The Parkland girls lacrosse team found themselves in a lot of important games last season, but just could not win that big one. Nazareth had their number and defeated them twice in a span of two weeks - the first time in the LVC semifinals and the second in the District 11 final.
But that just adds fuel to the fire for the returning Trojans players as they look to take that next step and bring back some hardware for the program.
"The team is well aware of what could have been...
The Parkland baseball team will be able to put some runs on the board this upcoming season, but the key for the Trojans to win comes down to preventing runs.
The defending Lehigh Valley Conference North Division champs lost three pitchers to graduation, including LVC All-star and pitcher of the year Matt Hurd (6-1, 1.97 ERA), who is now pitching for the Bloomsburg Huskies. Adam Fye (5-2, 2.10 ERA) and Brian Zesch (1-0, 1.12 ERA) also departed after successful 2012 campaigns.
After a district title and a state playoff win, a lot of coaches would be bracing for an upcoming rebuilding season. Maybe for a few rebuilding seasons.
But Parkland basketball isn't just any program.
Not in the eyes of fifth-year head coach Andy Stephens or his players. They don't expect a rebuilding season any time in the near future.
"You want to compete for leagues and districts," Stephens said. "But we really do want to get in a position that we can compete for a...
While both the Parkland boys and girls swimming and diving teams had good showings at last weekend's PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships, the girls fared better in the pool, while the boys excelled on the diving board. Overall, the girls finished sixth out of 57 teams awarded points in the competition, while the boys were 22nd out of 48 teams.
Senior Meghan Polaha came out of her final high school competition with a lot to celebrate, finishing fourth in both the 100 fly and 200...
Any team that can boast a lot of talent and a vast number of returning players, will surely like their chances. The Parkland boys lacrosse team will have that luxury this season.
A year after advancing to the District 11 semifinals, the Trojans see depth and experience on both sides of the field in 2013.
"Our team is loaded with talent," said first year head coach Brad Schifko. "Many players are capable of making significant contributions at the varsity level. Defensively, this...