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.
Having depth is an essential part of success for any sports team, including high school teams. Parkland girls basketball coach Wes Spence has worked hard to develop depth in the program and it continues to pay off for the Lady Trojans, who are 12-0 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and 15-2 overall this season.
Spence continues to mix in younger players throughout the game to give them experience and keep his starters fresh for key parts of both the game and the season.
The Phillies have made a point of acquiring young pitching in an effort to rebuild their failing ball club. That pitching, all of it young and promising, is going to be a key for the Phillies over the next couple of seasons as they look to climb back up through the National League East.
Even with all the trades, the best of the best is a home grown product. Aaron Nola, who was back in the Lehigh Valley Thursday night for the Phillies Winter Banquet, which benefits IronPigs charities, figures to lead the rotation after getting an audition last Summer with the big league club.
With the imprint of winter has finally landing upon us, runners and walks are beginning to revert back to their old winter running and training ways. There is hope an incessant blast of 40 degree and above temperatures will remain, but there likely are more winter salvos to be fired before spring.
Trying to find a race to train or to maintain can be a conundrum. However, the Lehigh Valley Road Runners (LVRR) is one group that has a solution.
Depth has been a key component for the Parkland ice hockey team. There may not be a player at the top of the league charts in scoring, but the balanced from the top to the bottom of the line up gives players time to stay fresh.
The Trojans attack with several different lines, all of which are capable of scoring. That efficiency showed last Friday night as six different players recorded goals in an 8-4 win at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
For the last four years, Parkland sports fans were enjoyed the privilege of having Kristin Krause as the setter of the girls volleyball team.
Krause ended her high school career last week by helping her team to its second straight PIAA state championship, which was one of many titles the team has captured over the past four years.
The Parkland football team had its best season since 2007. After an outright Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship, a fourth straight District 11 Class 4A championship, and a berth in the PIAA Class 4A state title game, three Parkland players were named to the PIAA All-State team.
Seniors Noel Brouse, Devante Cross and Kenny Yeboah capped a successful final season in the red and gray with some individual accolades.
On a blustery Tuesday night in a somewhat empty gym, the Parkland and Freedom boys basketball teams shooting was nearly as cold as the weather outside the gym.
The Trojans shot 38 percent from the field, but overcame a 20-for-53 effort with a couple of big plays, and defense in taking down the Patriots last Tuesday night 61-45 at Freedom High School.