Ever since his sophomore season, there has been steady improvement. After Reno Kriz and the Vassar College men’s volleyball team endured a tough 2014 season that resulted in a 10-21 record, the rise back to success began.
As a junior, Kriz helped guide Vassar back to the United Volleyball Conference Tournament and 20 regular season wins.
A few months ago in his senior campaign, he led the Brewers a step further in the UVC Tournament as they eventually fell in the semifinals to Stevens Institute of Technology while finishing with the second-most wins in program history at 24.
With the two summer showcase tournaments behind them, the Parkland boys basketball players had their eyes set on following up with another summer tournament title that they had won a year ago.
After a quick exit from the Stellar tournament, and a quarterfinal loss in SportsFest, the Trojans knew they were playing for one more chance at a championship.
Obstacles and hurdles have been thrown at Derek Ziegenfuss. Every time he has overcome them in a remarkable manner.
The first setback came in his senior year of high school when a number of injuries derailed him from what he anticipated to be a memorable state performance in the javelin. Instead, a rib injury forced him to be less than full strength once his performance at Shippensburg University came around.
It didn’t take much for Macy Szukics to get hooked on field hockey. When she was just seven years old, she found her mom’s old field hockey stick and asked what it was. Her mom, Jennifer, who played field hockey at Dieruff High School and later in college until a back issue forced her to give up the sport, sacrificed her senior field hockey ball with signatures from teammates to let Macy hit around.
Not a lot more could have been accomplished by recent Parkland graduate Siena Salvaggio. The two-sport standout was a decorated student-athlete on the court and in the pool. She was a two-time state champion in volleyball and a two-time state gold medalist in swimming, and was named the Parkland Press Female Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row.
On most good teams, upperclassmen see most of the playing time and produce most of the results, even though there may be talented younger players waiting in the wings.
Kyle Stout waited for his turn, and when the time came, he took advantage of it and became one of the more successful two-sport student-athletes to play at Parkland High School.
Next week will not only be a big week for the Keystone State Quarter Midget Club. It’ll be a historic week for the city of Schnecksville as well.
The Keystone State Quarter Midget Club track, located in Schnecksville, will host a dirt grand national race event in the upcoming week. The week-long event begins on Monday and concludes Saturday with the championship 40-lap race for each of the 12 classes. Participants range from age 5 to 16 and will compete on the club’s dirt oval track.
The Stellar and Sportsfest basketball tournaments are hosted a week apart from one another and are both at Allentown’s Cedar Beach Park. But the two tournaments also have some major differences.
Not only is Sportsfest a round-robin style tournament, but it has a number of different teams from out of the area that are not part of the Stellar girls tournament.
The Parkland boys basketball program saw itself in an unfamiliar spot two weekends ago at the Stellar Catch A Rising Star Showcase. The Trojans were eliminated before Sunday’s playoff action. Champions the year prior, the team had an earlier exit than usually expected of the Trojans.
But last weekend was a different story. Parkland was back to playing deep into the summer premier tournaments, advancing to the Elite 8 before dropping a seven-point game to eventual champ Liberty at the Sportsfest A-town Throwdown event held at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown.
The summer league basketball for the Parkland boys basketball team continued just two days after an Elite Eight appearance at SportsFest. And the Trojans didn’t miss a beat.
There were no signs of tired legs or worn down bodies. The Trojans amassed 58 points on some good outside shooting, winning their quarterfinal Stellar Summer League playoff game 58-48 versus Bangor Tuesday evening at Cedar Beach Park.