Vassar College senior Reno Kriz recently capped a historic season for the school’s men’s volleyball team. The former Trojan finished the spring season with 385 kills, 147 digs and 68 blocks. His 358 kills wasn’t just tops on the team, but that ranked him third amongst all United Volleyball Conference (UVC) competitors. Kriz finished his career with 1,352 kills (third in Vassar history) and school records in attack attempts (3,381), sets played (426) and matches played (125).
When Parkland boys basketball fans last saw their team, the Trojans were playing in the PIAA tournament with a team that featured four seniors who were all returning starters from the previous season.
Head coach Andy Stephens is tasked with replacing those four and two other seniors who gave him minutes off the bench.
Last Thursday night at Cedar Beach park in the Stellar Summer League, one of those returning players stepped up and help lead Parkland (5-1 overall) to a 56-35 win over Nazareth.
The roller coaster season for the North Parkland Buffaloes has continued, with the team rebounding from a 9-8 extra inning loss to Northern Valley on Sunday to down Southern Lehigh 7-0 Monday night.
This year’s McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star football game is set for Thursday, June 16.
Parkland’s Nolan Ridgeway will represent the Trojans in this year’s game, which is slated for Thursday at Nazareth’s Andrew Leh Stadium.
“A lot of my teammates have played in this and they said it was a great experience,” said Ridgeway. “My sophomore year I had a bunch of friends that were seniors and they said it was a great time and I really wanted to come out and play for this.”
They knew they were bound to meet each other again. The Parkland and Hempfield boys volleyball teams played in a tightly contested four-match set a year ago in the PIAA state semifinals. They met in the same gym this year in the quarterfinal round. But this time, there was a different result.
The Trojans (20-2 overall) could not get out of an early hole in the fifth game, losing to the Black Knights 18-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19 and 15-5 last Saturday afternoon at Exeter High School, ending their quest at a second straight state championship.
The 31st Annual Deppe All-Star Classic was played Saturday at Fegeley Stadium in Limeport, pitting high school seniors from the Colonial League against seniors from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference to benefit the American Cancer Society. After the EPC battled from behind to take a lead, the Colonial League stars battled back only to have the game end in a 5-5 tie after nine innings.
Large School Division
TEAM W - L
Reading 6 - 0
Whitehall 5 - 0
Phillipsburg 4 - 1
Allen 3 - 1
Parkland 3 - 1
Liberty 2 - 1
Becahi 3 - 2
Central Catholic 3 - 2
Emmaus 3 - 2
Quakertown 2 - 2
Southern Lehigh 2 - 2
Freedom 2 - 3
Easton 2 - 4
Bangor 1 - 2
Dieruff 1 - 4
Wilson West Lawn 1 - 5
Northampton 0 - 2
Nazareth 0 - 3
Pocono Mt. East 0 - 6
Small School Division
TEAM W - L
Lincoln Leadership 5 - 1
Faith Christian 4 - 1
Salisbury 4 - 1
In real estate, the key is location, location, location. The same can be said for softball since perfect location on a ninth-inning hit from Kyleigh Staudt gave Parkland its third consecutive District 11 Class 4A championship and capped a come-from-behind rally.
After Whitehall and Parkland went scoreless through eight innings, the Zephyrs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the ninth.
While they had a tough chore ahead of them, Parkland’s offense went to work and finished the inning with a three-run rally for a 3-2 win and a spot in the PIAA playoffs.
After playing a nine-inning game in the District 11 final, the Lady Trojan softball team figured to be in somewhat of a comfort zone when it went to extra innings against West Chester East in the first round of states. That comfort disappeared in the 11th inning when an RBI groundout put the Vikings up 4-3 in the top of the inning. They held on to preserve the score and advance in states.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team was back in the PIAA tournament for the second time in program history, and the first time since 2014. After beating Easton to win the District 11 title, the Trojans advanced to the state playoffs led by a senior-laden lineup, with all six as starters.
Sage Barnett, Alex Borelli, Ana Emrick, Cat Gaffney, Lexi Rice and Sarah Stagaard all played in their final game last Wednesday evening at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium in a 16-7 loss to Bishop Shanahan in the first round of the state tournament.