With an opportunity to repeat as a state gold medalist in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle swimming events, Siena Salvaggio has a lot to look forward to in the near future. She’s also looking long-term at the team that she’ll leave behind when she heads off to Penn State next fall and she’s excited about what lies ahead for the Parkland swimming program.
After winning a fourth straight District 11 Class 4A title two weeks ago, everyone involved with the Parkland boys basketball program wanted more.
And for a program that has advanced to the PIAA state tournament each of the last four years, expectations are high, but none higher than this year.
There is not much that Devante Cross hasn’t accomplished in the sports scene during his Parkland career. The senior has won multiple champions, a total of eight district titles across two sports, and has earned league MVP honors in both football and basketball.
The one title that has evaded Cross is a state crown. The Trojans’ football team was one win away last fall.
Kyle Stout’s senior year has been written like a script from a fairytale book.
The senior has had a successful basketball season individually and as a part of the Trojans team. He is a part of a program that has won four consecutive district championships and two straight league titles.
And, surprisingly enough, Stout could see at a young age that he could potentially be a part of something special when he became a high school player.
Once again, the District 11 gold medals belong to the Parkland girls swimming team. The win was the eighth straight for the girls team, who bested Emmaus by a score of 509-426, with Liberty finishing third with 309.5 points. The boys team put on a good showing, finishing third behind Emmaus and Liberty.
It’s not the first time Jacob Lizak has won a Northeast Regional AAA wrestling title, but last weekend’s gold medal at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium might have been one of the most important medals he’s earned in his four years at Parkland.
Lizak (35-9) took down Bethlehem Catholic’s Joey Gould 5-3 in the 132-pound regional championship last weekend, making him the lone Trojan to stand atop the podium from regionals.
Parkland advanced four wrestlers to this week’s PIAA championships and Lizak is certainly marching in with the most confidence of the group.
Emmaus and Parkland battled recently for the EPC Championship and a quick look at the seedings for this weekend’s District 11 Championship shows why the two teams are the cream of the crop in the Lehigh Valley. Parkland and Emmaus swimmers are seeded one-two in seven of the 22 events and combine to have two of the top three seeds in 14 events.
The Parkland girls wrapped up their fourth straight conference championship in the win over Emmaus and look to make it eight straight triumphs in the District 11 Championships.
There was a lot of hype surrounding the District 11 Class 4A title game. Parkland, the number 3 ranked team in the state, had won 24 straight games and was widely considered the team to beat in the district. Their opponent, Bangor, was coming in with a 25-1 record and was having one of the best seasons a Slaters team has had in a long time.
In front of a sellout crowd at Sewards Gymnasium at Allen High School last Saturday night, the Trojans (25-3) continued their winning ways and thumped Bangor 68-49 for their fourth straight district title.
Another year, another championship for the Parkland ice hockey team.
Eric Johannes and Joseph Bantseev each tallied two goals, and Gus Schwartz and Timmy Doe both added a goal apiece in a 6-2 Trojans win over the Diocese team in game two of the best-of-three championship series last Thursday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena. Parkland won 10-2 in game one over the team consisting of players from Bethlehem Catholic, Central Catholic and Notre Dame (Green Pond) high schools.
Parkland’s Andrew Mastrangelo nearly tasted it a year ago. But it was a matter of seconds that kept him from advancing to the regional wrestling tournament as a junior.
In his final season on the mat, Mastrangelo looked to put that setback behind him for good. Not only did he make that come true, but he also put together one of Parkland’s best runs in this year’s District 11 Class 3A individual tournament at Liberty High School.