Since the Parkland Area Soccer Club formed 10 years ago after breaking from the Schnecksville Playground Association, plenty of players and coaches have gone through its ranks.
At an upcoming event, PASC will bring together members that helped form the decade-long tradition.
The 10-year anniversary ceremony Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. Joseph's the Worker Church in Orefield is scheduled from 6-10 p.m.
This year has be a successful one for Parkland girls athletic programs.
The accolades led to several Trojans being recruited to play in college. Some of those athletes announced their college plans as a group two weeks ago.
Seniors Sophie Castillo (Colorado, lacrosse), Mackenzie Galli (Virginia Commonwealth, lacrosse), Hannah Pany (Ohio State, field hockey), Brooke Robertson (Delaware, volleyball) and Avery Semler (Iowa, field hockey) signed college letters of intent at a recent ceremony.
Andre Williams knew he had to adjust his running style when he was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Giants this year.
The former Parkland High School and Boston College player rambled his way to fame in a straight-ahead, bulldozing style that gained him notoriety as only the 16th player in NCAA history to rush for more than 2,000 yards and a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
Lehigh University junior Matt Laub fought through a shoulder injury early last season that forced him to miss a number of games on the Mountain Hakws' defense.
But after that recovery process, Laub got the opportunity he was waiting for since his freshman season. Laub finished his sophomore season as the Mountain Hawks' starting linebacker/standup defensive end in the final three games.
That exposure gave Laub plenty of experience and confidence going into his third season at Lehigh, one that includes a position switch for the 2012 Parkland High School graduate.
The Parkland football team opened the season just like expected, rolling over Dieruff 49-7 in its first game of 2014.
The Trojans rolled up 366 yards of offense while holding the Huskies under 100 yards.
"I think we played very well," said senior nose guard Amir Wallace. "There's always things we can improve on and things we should improve on as a team. Just being together and practicing will make us play better as a team."
The Philadelphia Eagles partnered with Santander Bank on Monday afternoon for a field goal challenge amongst participating members of the media.
Nearly 20 entrants, including myself, participated in the name of bragging rights, but more importantly, for charity.
Going into the competition, I didn't know which charity I would donate to until I saw a Sports Center feature on Peter Frates, the former Boston College baseball player who is battling ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and who started the viral social media phenomenon, which is the ice bucket challenge.
Parkland's golf team opened the season with wins in two matches.
On Monday, the Trojans topped East Stroudsburg North, 397-592 as Alec Swienkala and Tanner White led the way with 752 at Wolf Crossing Country Club.
Parkland swept a trimatch a day later, beating Bethlehem Catholic (421) and Pleasant Valley (423) with a team score of 389 at Blue Shamrock, formerly Blue Ridge Country Club.
Greg Zahour led the way in the trimatch, shooting one under par 71.
Parkland heads into matches this week against Liberty, Pocono Mountain East and Blue Mountain.
Kutztown junior Rich Lichtenwalner was impressive on the tennis court in 2013, winning 12 matches in singles play, 10 of which came at No. 4 and No. 5 positions. He won 14 additional matches in doubles play for the Golden Bears.
DeSales sophomore Jessica Wetherhold capped off a standout first season on the women's soccer team. She was tied for second on the team in points (10) and goals (4), while also adding two assists for the Bulldogs. She played in 13 games (10 starts), and fired 14 shots on goal.
After Bloomsburg wrapped up the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division championship in November, the focus was shifted to the 2014 season and a new slate for each of the eight teams in the east.
All eight teams were represented by their head coach and two or three captains at the PSAC football media day, held last Monday afternoon at Kutztown University.
Each team was introduced by its respective sports information director, and that was followed by the preason poll.
The Lehigh Valley Junior Division and Scholastic Division teams came home with bronze and silver medals, respectively, from last week's Keystone State Games in Harrisburg.
The Lehigh Valley also brought home the highly coveted Karwoski Cup Trophy, which is presented to the best Pennsylvania region that compiles the most amount of wins and points throughout the competition.
The Junior team, which was comprised of players in ninth and tenth grades, beat Capital 5-3 in the bronze medal contest.