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.
Parkland basketball senior Kyle Stout and junior Sam Iorio have both improved their games within the last year. Not only has their skill gotten better, but they’ve both become stronger and more experienced at winning basketball for multiple years as upperclassmen.
The two Trojans basketball players were selected to the All-State team. Iorio was named to the second team, and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference MVP Stout was on the third team.
The Parkland football program appointed a familiar face to the vacant head coaching position, welcoming former defensive coordinator Tim Moncman to the helm. He was approved at a board meeting last week.
It’s been a few years since the former Liberty High School head coach has been at the head of a program. It is a position he didn’t know he would get back into. But after talks with his family, and the retiring of Trojan head coach Jim Morgans, the time was right for Moncman to step forward once again.
The Parkland boys lacrosse team was entering a tough stretch in the 2016 schedule. A week in which the Trojans played four games in four days and five in six, they had every reason to be tired or start slow heading into laast week’s game against Emmaus.
That wasn’t the case in the rivalry game under the lights at Parkland High School last Wednesday night.