Another year, another one seed in the District 11 4A tournament for the Parkland boys basketball team. For the third time in a row, the Trojans (22-3) are the top seed and will look to bring home an unprecedented fourth straight district title.
Parkland has won 20 games in a row after a thrilling 82-74 win over Allen in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final last Friday night.
When asked about the upcoming showdown with Emmaus, Parkland swimming head coach Rob Robitaille was literally speechless. All he could manage was to admit that the meet would be “interesting.”
That “interest” comes from having both girls teams come into the meet undefeated, while on the boys side, Emmaus is undefeated with Parkland having just one loss on the year. The winner of the girls meet takes the EPC Championship, while the Parkland boys need a win to take a share of the conference title.
In high school, Megan Polaha certainly left her mark on the swimming program at Parkland High School. Polaha was a four time All-American, capturing the honor in the 200-yard medley relay and 200 freestyle relays as a sophomore and then taking the award again in the 100 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay as a junior.
Overall, Polaha won 16 district medals and 13 PIAA medals and set school records in four events and a Parkland pool record in another.
All good things must come to an end, and such is the case for the seniors on the Parkland swimming and diving teams. The team and its fans saluted the seniors in the final home meet of the regular season last week against Allen.
The Parkland wrestling team might not have gotten as deep into last week’s District 11 Class AAA team tournament as the Trojans would have liked, but the team got in five matches against quality opponents over two days.
Despite some injuries and a quarterfinal round loss to Easton, Parkland put on its best performance of the year in its first round consolation match against Stoudsburg and then took care of top-seeded Pottsville in its first two matches Saturday at Freedom High School.
There’s a tradition of Salvaggio family members that went to Penn State University—four generations to be exact.
Parkland senior Siena Salvaggio will be the next member of that family to sport Penn State’s blue and white colors for the next four years. The one difference with her, however, is the fact that she’ll be the first one to play a sport at the college level.
“I’m really excited to go continue my swimming and academic career there,” Salvaggio said. “The coaches and everything are so great and welcoming. I’m so excited to be a part of the team next year.”
The Parkland football team capped one of its best runs in program history just a couple months ago. The Trojans advanced all the way to the PIAA Class 4A title game before coming up short to Pittsburgh Central Catholic.
Three players on that memorable team will continue their football careers at the Division I college level. Wide receiver Kenny Yeboah (Temple University), lineman Noel Brouse (University of Connecticut) and quarterback DeVante Cross (University of Virginia) carry the rich tradition of Parkland football onto college.
Who would’ve known that back in 2004-05, the future of Parkland boys basketball was auditioning for what was to come, winning games and titles well before they hit the court at Parkland High School.
The 5th and 6th grade Parkland Youth Center team featured future Trojan players like Nick Rindock, Justin Zajko, Jimmy Hahn and Austin Beidelman back then. They won all but a few games and four league titles before their freshman years (Beidelman was one year older than the other three).
At a little over 200 pounds, Parkland’s Tyler Kisher is almost always giving up weight when he takes the mat at the heavyweight class. And not just any weight, sometimes more than 50 pounds to opposing teammates.
Krisher was once again slotted in the heavyweight spot during last week’s match against Emmaus. And yet again, the Trojan junior came up with a signature victory.
Despite giving up an escape late in the second period to the Hornets’ Colin Molortoritz that tied the bout at 2-2, and watching that match go three overtime sessions, Krisher found a way to prevail.
Parkland High School was presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy during a school assembly on Friday. The honor is part of the 11th annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard, which is now in its sixth year of recognizing girls volleyball. Parkland is one of just 10 schools being honored.
The Lady Trojans finished ranked No. 18 in the country by MaxPreps and a CBSSports.com site. MaxPreps ranks more than 13,000 high school girls’ volleyball teams.