Basketball started at a young age for junior forward Sam Iorio. It was not only taught to him once he was able to walk, the sport was also in his blood.
Iorio’s grandfather played hoops at Villanova University, and his father Mike was a college basketball player at Philadelphia University and went on to be the head coach of the Lehigh Carbon Community College men’s team.
Parkland boys basketball fans were treated to a thriller just three weeks ago, when the Trojans beat Imhotep Charter 89-85 in a nonconference, three-overtime classic at Parkland High School.
And last Friday night at Liberty High School, Lehigh Valley hoops fans were treated to one of the best games this year as Parkland outlasted Allen 82-74 in overtime for the Trojans’ second straight Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship.
After going through the regular season with just one conference loss, the Lady Trojans seemed poised to add a conference championship to their resume. Unfortunately, Easton’s Lady Rovers, had other plans and came out on top 60-47 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship game to win their first league title since 1970.
Gabby Bloshuk led Easton with 14 points, including going 6-for-8 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. Easton hit four three-pointers in the first half, helping the Rovers to a 26-19 lead at halftime.
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.