The Parkland wrestling team might not have gotten as deep into last week’s District 11 Class AAA team tournament as the Trojans would have liked, but the team got in five matches against quality opponents over two days.
Despite some injuries and a quarterfinal round loss to Easton, Parkland put on its best performance of the year in its first round consolation match against Stoudsburg and then took care of top-seeded Pottsville in its first two matches Saturday at Freedom High School.
There’s a tradition of Salvaggio family members that went to Penn State University—four generations to be exact.
Parkland senior Siena Salvaggio will be the next member of that family to sport Penn State’s blue and white colors for the next four years. The one difference with her, however, is the fact that she’ll be the first one to play a sport at the college level.
“I’m really excited to go continue my swimming and academic career there,” Salvaggio said. “The coaches and everything are so great and welcoming. I’m so excited to be a part of the team next year.”
The Parkland football team capped one of its best runs in program history just a couple months ago. The Trojans advanced all the way to the PIAA Class 4A title game before coming up short to Pittsburgh Central Catholic.
Three players on that memorable team will continue their football careers at the Division I college level. Wide receiver Kenny Yeboah (Temple University), lineman Noel Brouse (University of Connecticut) and quarterback DeVante Cross (University of Virginia) carry the rich tradition of Parkland football onto college.
Who would’ve known that back in 2004-05, the future of Parkland boys basketball was auditioning for what was to come, winning games and titles well before they hit the court at Parkland High School.
The 5th and 6th grade Parkland Youth Center team featured future Trojan players like Nick Rindock, Justin Zajko, Jimmy Hahn and Austin Beidelman back then. They won all but a few games and four league titles before their freshman years (Beidelman was one year older than the other three).
At a little over 200 pounds, Parkland’s Tyler Kisher is almost always giving up weight when he takes the mat at the heavyweight class. And not just any weight, sometimes more than 50 pounds to opposing teammates.
Krisher was once again slotted in the heavyweight spot during last week’s match against Emmaus. And yet again, the Trojan junior came up with a signature victory.
Despite giving up an escape late in the second period to the Hornets’ Colin Molortoritz that tied the bout at 2-2, and watching that match go three overtime sessions, Krisher found a way to prevail.
Parkland High School was presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy during a school assembly on Friday. The honor is part of the 11th annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard, which is now in its sixth year of recognizing girls volleyball. Parkland is one of just 10 schools being honored.
The Lady Trojans finished ranked No. 18 in the country by MaxPreps and a CBSSports.com site. MaxPreps ranks more than 13,000 high school girls’ volleyball teams.
Having depth is an essential part of success for any sports team, including high school teams. Parkland girls basketball coach Wes Spence has worked hard to develop depth in the program and it continues to pay off for the Lady Trojans, who are 12-0 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and 15-2 overall this season.
Spence continues to mix in younger players throughout the game to give them experience and keep his starters fresh for key parts of both the game and the season.
The Phillies have made a point of acquiring young pitching in an effort to rebuild their failing ball club. That pitching, all of it young and promising, is going to be a key for the Phillies over the next couple of seasons as they look to climb back up through the National League East.
Even with all the trades, the best of the best is a home grown product. Aaron Nola, who was back in the Lehigh Valley Thursday night for the Phillies Winter Banquet, which benefits IronPigs charities, figures to lead the rotation after getting an audition last Summer with the big league club.
With the imprint of winter has finally landing upon us, runners and walks are beginning to revert back to their old winter running and training ways. There is hope an incessant blast of 40 degree and above temperatures will remain, but there likely are more winter salvos to be fired before spring.
Trying to find a race to train or to maintain can be a conundrum. However, the Lehigh Valley Road Runners (LVRR) is one group that has a solution.
Depth has been a key component for the Parkland ice hockey team. There may not be a player at the top of the league charts in scoring, but the balanced from the top to the bottom of the line up gives players time to stay fresh.
The Trojans attack with several different lines, all of which are capable of scoring. That efficiency showed last Friday night as six different players recorded goals in an 8-4 win at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.