With games already backed up due to both bad weather and players being unavailable early in the season because of Parkland High School's long run into the varsity baseball postseason, South Parkland really wanted to get Tuesday's game against Coplay in the books, despite early evening thunderstorms. The teams waited long enough and the lightning finally passed, allowing them to start play, which was a good thing since they were able to pound out an 11-1 win.
Austin Beidelman was used to being the go-to guy on his high school basketball team. He was counted on to take the last shot his junior and senior seasons, and finished each season as the leading scorer for Parkland.
But as he left high school behind and went on to play at Division II Kutztown University, Beidelman was not depended on to take 20 shots a game, or even the last one for that matter.
Bloomsburg University junior Chrissy Hollan spent her first two seasons as a defensive midfielder on the Huskies womens soccer team.
But as this past season got underway, Hollan was moved to the center back spot, a role she was familiar with from her days as a Trojan. With that position switch came an increase in responsibility and leadership.
The former Parkland High School graduate thrived in that leadership role to produce her best collegiate season yet.
Over the last three years, Eli Redmond has switched positions several times. He has gone back-and-forth between his two primary spots on the field.
During his junior year at Parkland in 2012, Redmond was one of the main running backs that gave a thunder and lightning one-two punch with Jarel Elder. In Redmond's senior season, head coach Jim Morgans felt that the team would be better if he moved Redmond to wide receiver, specifically in the slot where receivers use speed in the open field.
In his rookie season, Andre Williams has experienced a myriad of situations and has gained another big brother in the process.
During the summer, Williams, a former Parkland and Boston College standout, began to open some eyes late in the New York Giants' summer camp with a series of impressive showings in the club's preseason games.
Williams, who was the Giants' fourth-round pick, then got the call when lead back Rashad Jennings went down with an injury. The Heisman Trophy candidate produced a modest 165 yards during the span.
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."