The 2013 season was a very successful one for East Stroudsburg University's baseball team. The Warriors won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and advanced to the Division II tournament.
Several key players on that team graduated from Parkland High School. The Trojans program helped them transition easily into the collegiate game.
Last season, the Bloomsburg University baseball program missed out on the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoffs with a sub .500 record. But a mixture of youth and experience, and the Parkland baseball feeder program, has put the Huskies (28-18 overall, 20-8 PSAC) back into the league playoffs.
Senior pitcher Casey Cooperman, sophomore pitcher Matt Hurd and freshman catcher Damin Muth have made their marks on the 2014 season.
Thanks to a few days of warmer weather, this year's trout opener that kicks off March 29 in 18 southeastern counties, should not have snow covered banks if they get direct sunlight. The remainder of the state has an April 12 opening.
Austin Beidelman knew that he would get an opportunity as a freshman to impact the Kutztown University men's basketball team.
And once given that chance to begin the 2013-14 season, Beidelman hasn't looked back.
The 2013 Parkland High School graduate has started all 16 games for the Golden Bears, and has been a vital part of what the team has done this season. In 16 starts, Beidelman has averaged 10.9 points per game, good for fourth on the team. He has dished out 52 assists, which is more than double any other Golden Bear.
The Lehigh Valley is certainly aware what Andre Williams can do out of the backfield after watching him at Parkland High School.
Now the entire nation is getting a clear view of the Boston College senior running back.
While Williams continues to make history in the collegiate ranks at Boston College, in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and in the entire Football Bowl Subdivision, he remains humble.
You could say that Dr. Jason Batley has had a successful career.
The 1988 Freedom graduate grew up in Bethlehem and eventually went on to become an orthopedic surgeon.
Now, he's part of a new swim team located just outside of Charlotte, NC, that is preparing some of the top swimmers in the country for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Batley, who has lived in Davidson, NC, for the past five years, is the head team doctor for an organization called Team Elite, which is led by legendary Auburn and national team coach David Marsh.
Six divers from the Parkland Diving program recently returned from the USA Junior Olympic Diving Championships in Minneapolis.
The competition is the most prestigious and competitive meet in the United States for young divers and is where future Olympians compete. The meet was used as a selection meet for the Team USA, which will compete in the upcoming Junior Pan Am Games in September. Divers who do well at the meet are selected for international competitions and national training camps.
North and South Parkland youth football teams opened play in the Suburban-Blue Mountain Youth Football League.
Varsity (140 Pounds)
North Parkland 42, Forks 27
Dominic Nelson ran in touchdowns of 60 and 45 yards. David Polanki scored on runs of 15 and 10 yards. Dylan Rahm scored on a 25-yard catch from Jake Yannes, who also ran for a 15-yard touchdown.
Junior Varsity (120 Pounds)
North Parkland 21, Forks 0
Katy Fexa was in her final season playing soccer at Parkland in 2010. She had been on some successful Trojan teams playing in Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 championships. During her senior season she did not expect to be playing on the pitch any longer after her high school career ended, until her Parkland teammate Tara Huber brought up the idea of playing together in college.
Parkland graduate Rob Dvoracek is in the process of getting back on the field where he saw immediate success. He was one of only three true freshman to play in all 11 games last year for the Temple University football team, making 10 tackles and one sack.
The sophomore is awaiting word from a doctor as to when he can return to the field from a hand injury that has kept him from practicing the last couple of weeks. Once he's fully healthy, Dvoracek is ready to raise his numbers from his freshman campaign.