As expected, the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships were a success for Parkland swimmers. Siena Salvaggio won her third and fourth state gold medals of her high school career at the meet, while Tori Connolly also made it two straight seasons with a medal at the state meet.
On the final night of the competition, the two swimmers set personal best times, with Salvaggio posting a :49.34 in the 100 freestyle and Connolly 4:57.75 in the 500 freestyle event.
For the last couple of seasons the Parkland softball team has been led by an experienced battery. Their pitcher and catcher seemingly had a ton of varsity experience under their belts each and every year. But in 2015, the Trojans relied on the arm of a sophomore.
Aubree Fritzinger did not disappoint, going 27-1 and posting a 1.41 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 27 walks in 154 innings in her first year as a varsity starter leading. She helped Parkland to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, District 11 and PIAA state titles, their first one since 2009.
The last time Parkland and Freedom met on a tennis court, it was for the District 11 Championship and the Patriots came out on top. This time, their meeting came early in the season, with both teams trying to gain a psychological edge by picking up a win before another potential showdown in the postseason.
The Parkland baseball team will have a whole new look when it opens the season on March 30 at home against Easton.
Not only did the Trojans graduate a ton of major contributors, including Eastern Pennsylvania Conference MVP Chris Rabasco, and All-EPC pitcher Connor Higgins, former head coach Tony Galucy resigned to spend more time with his family.
The Parkland boys volleyball team went as far as any team could last year, and won more games than any other team in program history has.
When the Trojans knocked off District 7 champ Fox Chapel 3-1 in the state title match, Parkland capped a perfect season at 24-0.
And with a majority of that team returning, the Trojans have their eyes set on repeating.
The PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships are set for this week at Bucknell University. Parkland will have three divers, five swimmers and one relay competing at the meet.
It was around this time two years ago that Parkland senior Kenny Yeboah and his family made the move from Providence, Rhode Island, to Allentown. Yeboah wasn’t sure what to expect, and was a little nervous.
“It was tough because I was changing schools and was having to make new friends, and live in a big city,” Yeboah said. “Even though Providence is the capital, it is a smaller city. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m glad we made the move because we didn’t really have the successful teams there like we do here.”
Every time Jacob Lizak’s name was announced to report to a mat during the PIAA wrestling championships last week in Hershey, only one wrestler showed up with paperwork.
Lizak, who won the Northeast Regional 126-pound AAA championship the week before, got the worst news any state qualifier, let alone a senior, could have gotten when he wasn’t cleared to compete by PIAA doctors before the tournament because of a skin rash he developed in the lead up to the final high school tournament of his life.
The Parkland boys basketball had won 25 straight games, but the one last Saturday afternoon at Council Rock South may have been the toughest of the bunch.
For most of the season, the Trojans had been the aggressor and controlled tempo, but in the PIAA quarterfinals against defending state champion Roman Catholic, the roles were turned.
The Trojans played like a four-time District 11 champion for the first three quarters, but in the fourth quarter, the Cahillites (25-4) proved too strong and Parkland’s season ended with a 73-60 loss.
After bowing out to Freedom in the finals of the District 11 tennis tournament last year, there’s a feeling among Parkland players that this could be their year.
Both Nick Kshatri and Nate Lyman, the team’s numbers one and two singles players, respectively, are seniors and have been playing together for years. Both have made huge contributions throughout their high school careers.