Whether it is pumping up her teammates after a mistake, or being one of the first to congratulate a teammate after a goal, Kayla Mueller has been a leader on and off the field for the Virginia Commonwealth field hockey team.
Mueller, a 2010 graduate of Parkland, has seen an increased amount of playing time her first two years on the campus of VCU. The junior is looked at as a leader and a great teammate.
Breanna Mazalewski's name is one you'll find throughout the La Salle University volleyball team's record books.
The senior libero entered her final season in sixth place in school history for total career digs with 1,041. While the number one spot on the list will continue to be occupied by Carolyn Judge with 2,080 career digs, Mazalewski's goal of climbing the ladder is happening before our eyes.
So. Parkland Black 20, Lower Macungie 16
South Parkland Black 125s came back from eight-point deficit in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter to defeat the Lower Macungie Mustangs.
Harper Puckett was deadly all night going 7-for-10 and 152 yards passing with two touchdown strikes. Puckett twice found Braxton Hayes for scores.
It's been three years removed from the switch.
Arialle Hess competed her freshman year at Temple University, but transferred after that year to Virginia Commonwealth, and it couldn't have been better for the 2009 Parkland graduate.
Saucon Valley 12,
No. Parkland 6
The 125s couldn't come up with enough offense to solve a stingy Panther defense in a 12-6 loss.
The Buffs only trip to the end zone came when Michael Ruisch found Adam Salvaggio for a 20-yard touchdown pass. It was North Parkland's second loss of the year.
North Parkland 29,
Saucon Valley 12
Dante Medlar scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the Buffaloes past Saucon in the 110-pound game.
Medlar had touchdown runs of 24 yards and a yard to lead the scoring.
No. Parkland 34,
Allentown A's 7
Joey Guida scored in all phases of the game to lead North Parkland to a 34-7 win in the 125-pound game with Allentown.
Guida got the Buffs defensive on the board with a safety and later added a 15-yard touchdown run. He converted three extra point kicks in the game.
Josh Lee scored a 10-yard touchdown and Ian Haggerty had a five-yard score.
No. Parkland 20,
Allentown A's 6
So. Parkland 45,
The SPYA 125s rebounded from a tough opening day loss in a big way by blanking the Hokey Eagles 45-0 in a SYFL matchup on Saturday.
The Trojans (1-1) rushed for over 300 yards on the day. Dominic Nelson scored on a 80-yard run on the second play of the game as well as scoring on a 65-yard run on the Trojans second possession. Nelson ended the game with 167 yards rushing, five sacks and 10 tackles.
Going back to her days at Parkland High School, Temple University field hockey player Sydney Hibshman was one of the anchors of the Trojans defense.
After seeing time on defense and at the forward position in her first collegiate season as an Owl, Hibshman is entering 2012 at a new position. She'll be seeing plenty of time at either the left or right midfielder position.
While being accustomed to playing on the defensive end of the field for much of her career, Hibshman is excited about the switch.
South Parkland's youth teams began their Suburban Youth Football League campaign with wins over the Bethlehem Steelers at the 110- and 80-pound levels.
Beth. Steelers 32, South Parkland 6
The Bethlehem Steelers dominated South Parkland in their season-opening SYFL matchup on Saturday. Poor tackling and mistakes doomed the Trojans from the start. The Steelers struck first on a 60-yard touchdown run on the third play of the game.
John Laub was bred into the game of football. At the ripe age of six, Laub was out competing on the gridiron. He had the raw talent from a young age and that was due in large part to the legacy before him.
Laub's father, John, played football at the University of Delaware, and his grandfather, Doug, played at the University of Penn. He even has a second cousin known for his success in the game, former pro Matt Millen.
"It's a game I just grew up to love," said Laub. "It wasn't forced onto me, but when I picked it up, I just wanted to keep playing."