Parkland has been waiting for this time of the year and the Trojans were hoping to add their first piece of hardware last night in the EPC volleyball championship.
The Trojans took on Emmaus in a rematch of last year’s conference championship and the expected result was one of victory.
Unfortunately, last night’s result was past Press deadlines, but if there are any sure bets in local sports, Parkland volleyball might be the most guaranteed prospect. But head coach Scott Trumbauer is never the type to take anyone for granted.
The Parkland softball team knows a lot about postseason success.
A year ago, the Trojans went on an incredible playoff run, capturing Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, District 11 and state championships.
But of all the lessons learned from that memorable experience, the most important might be to forget that experience — at least most of it.
“We really don’t talk about last year,” said star pitcher Aubree Fritzinger, a key contributor to the championship run. “We have four or five starters back from that team, but we also have a lot of new faces.
The 2016 Carpenter Cup Classic, a 16-team tri-state all-star high school baseball tournament, is scheduled to start in just a few weeks. Tryouts for the Lehigh Valley team will be held on May 15, 22 and 29 at DeSales University from 9 a.m. - noon. The information meeting will also be held at DeSales on May 12 at 8:30 p.m. for interested players. Rain date for any canceled practices will be on May 30.
It looked as if the lights at the baseball field at Parkland High School would have to be turned on.
The afternoon baseball game between Parkland and Central Catholic had gone to the ninth inning tied at zero, and with the clock pushing past 7 p.m., there was still no end in sight.
Both teams’ starting pitchers were throwing gems. The Vikings had more of the scoring opportunities, but Michael Jenkins and Braeden Duff got outs when they needed to, and kept their team in it.
A year ago, Nick Kshatri came up just short of playing in the PIAA Singles Tournament when he lost in district finals to Emmaus’ Matt FitzMaurice. This season, he turned the tables on FitzMaurice, his best friend and fiercest rival, and will make a trip to states after recording a 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 7-6 (7-2) win over FitzMaurice.
While last year’s battle between the two top players was good, this year’s was a classic, that lasted over two and a half hours.
“One day, Matt will win and the next day, Nick will win,” said Parkland coach Mike Hingston.
When Parkland boys volleyball head coach Scott Trumbauer makes his schedule each year, he wants to add high-profile teams to challenge his Trojans. And a lot of times, that comes from outside of the Lehigh Valley and District 11.
Teams like Pennridge (No. 3 in 3A), North Allegheny (No. 2 in 3A), Ambridge (No. 2 in 2A), and Derry (No. 5 in 2A) are some of the top-ranked teams in the state that Parkland has played this season. They went 4-0.
For much of Friday’s 3,200-meter run at the ASD Track and Field Invitational at J. Birney Crum, Pleasant Valley’s Seth Slavin held a sizable lead from the rest of the pack. Parkland’s Daniel Kyvelos was in second, but with the final lap approaching, it looked as if Slavin would coast to a gold medal.
But that’s when a voice crept into Kyvelos’ head. And he answered the call when it mattered most.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference released an updated list of top track and field performers last week. Several Parkland athletes are among the top of their events in several different disciplines.
The following is a list of the top five athletes in each event as well as the top Parkland athlete for each event. Results are through meets held Thursday, April 28.
100 - 1. . Amanda Crooks (W) 11.70, 2. Talia Schneider (S), Mahendra White (D), Khyasia Caldwell-Adams (PME) 12.0, 5. Jaylyn Aminu (L) 12.20, 6. Emily Willcox (Pk) 12.60.
At Parkland High School, Justin Bergen wears a number of faces: a senior set to graduate in a matter of weeks, Vice President of the Class of 2016 and future student at the University of Pittsburgh.
But one of his greatest accomplishments has likely gone unnoticed by most.
Bergen, who learned to ski before being enrolled in preschool, recently capped his racing career at Blue Mountain a few weeks ago. He finished the season ranked fifth in Pennsylvania out of approximately 100 athletes that ski in competition.
Parkland, Nazareth and Whitehall are all jockeying for position at the top of the Skyline Division in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. Whitehall and Nazareth have yet to play and Parkland and Whitehall have also not played yet this season, leaving a lot of scenarios open for the final couple weeks of the regular season.