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Athletics Newsletter April 2014

March into April marks the beginning of spring sports and a transition from winter into spring- sort of!  We endured a long, cold winter that just doesn’t want to let go.  During the winter our sports teams shared successful seasons.  Individual athletes also shown brightly at the local, District and State levels.  Please read on for details!

Team

  • Boys Basketball- PIAA District XI AAAA Champions, played into second round of PIAA State Tournament.
  • Girls Basketball- PIAA District XI AAAA Champions, played into second round of PIAA State Tournament
  • Swimming- Girls, LVIAC Champions PIAA District XI Champions, sixth place in PIAA State Tournament
  • Wrestling- Fourth Place in PIAA State Championship

Individual

  • Nezar Haddad- wrestling State silver medal/ 100 wins
  • Josh Ortman- wrestling 100 wins
  • Ethan Lizak- wrestling 100 wins
  • Siena Selvaggio- swimming PIAA State silver medal

Alumni Recognition

The Parkland Athletic Department recognizes current NCAA Division I and II Parkland alumni by placing signed photographs of them in our cafeteria lobby trophy case.  These pictures stay there until graduation from the students’ respective colleges and are then permanently displayed on the walls of our ticket taking area at PHS. If you are a current college athlete or have a child who meets the criteria for recognition, please send us an 8” x 10” autographed, glossy action photo from their college media guide or action shot from a game.  The photo can be dropped off at PHS or mailed to us at:  Parkland High School Athletic Office, 2700 North Cedar Crest Blvd. Allentown PA 18104

Spring Sports

Spring sports began on March 3rd.  Stay tuned for results and athlete recognition.

Multiple Sport Participation

The Parkland School District Athletic Department encourages students to participate in a variety of sports.  This aligns with the recommendations from NCAA coaches and the philosophy that the best high school athletic experience places athletes in a wide variety of situations and a broad spectrum of peers and coaches. Unfortunately, many student athletes are misled into thinking that “more is better” and attempt to participate in club sports or other activities at the same time they are on our Parkland athletic teams.  We urge parents to check with Parkland coaches BEFORE allowing children to participate in multiple sports or activities in the same season.  With very few exceptions, it is not feasible to do so and those young athletes who do, find that they cannot perform at the level required.  Further, the potential for injury due to fatigue and overuse becomes greater.   Finally, Parkland sports are tied directly to academic achievement and appropriate behavior in school and during our athletic activities.  Overloading a child’s schedule with more than one sport a season can have serious negative impact on both academic achievement and social behavior due to fatigue and stress. While we offer a wide range of opportunities at Parkland and know there are many other quality athletic experiences available outside our offerings, we ask that students pick one activity per season and strive to be the best they can during that time!

 

MARK YOUR SPORTS CALENDAR!

Fall sports physicals are Saturday June 7th @ Parkland High School- Boys 8-10, Girls 10-noon. They are free.  No student can participate in the fall without a PIAA physical. Those who miss must get a PIAA physical on their own paperwork for it is no the www.parklandsd.org website under Departments-Athletics-Forms.  All Parkland athletes must get an ImPact test once during their 4 years at PHS and before participation.

Accessing Parkland Athletics Information

Any member of the public who is seeking information on Parkland athletics should utilize www.arbiterlive.com or log onto www.parklandsd.org, High School, Departments, Athletics.  All schedules, participation/physical forms and information are available on-line at those two sites.  Support Parkland Athletics on the www.parklandsd website by purchasing apparel through the Rokkitwear  link.  A portion of all garment sales from this site come directly back to our athletic programs.

GO TROJANS!

Athletics Newsletter January 2014

The timing for writing this portion of the January Newsletter poses the problem of very little new high school sports content about which to report. We started our winter season with a big wrestling win over Easton and a number two ranking the State. Girls swimming and boys’ basketball are undefeated. There should be a significantly larger volume to provide in February when the State level awards are presented for last fall and we have completed a large portion of our winter season competitions.

Individual Awards 

The Morning Call selected their All Area athletes, coaches and teams in several sports. LVIAC scholar-athletes will be recognized later in the New Year.

Parkland Recipients of Morning Call All Area

Tennis- Jenna Peng, TuQuyen Pham- Doubles, 3A Team of the Year, George Grim 3A Coach of the Year

Boys Soccer- Byron Derti F, Belal Mohamed M, Kyle Stengel D, Team of the Year

Alumni Recognition

Andre Williams- Doak Walker Award Winner, Heisman Finalist, College All- American. Big, fast, shifty and nasty stiff-arm don’t usually go with cerebral, compassionate, eloquent and caring. But these are only a few of the words used to describe Parkland alum, and Heisman Trophy finalist, Andre Williams. Andre and his family made the trip from Schnecksville to Manhattan on Saturday December 14 ,2013 to attend the annual Heisman ceremony honoring the greatest college football players of past and present generations. While Andre was not selected as the Heisman winner, he had, two days earlier won the Doak Walker award for the best running back in college football for the 2013 season. His 2102 yards are the most amassed by any player from Boston College (BC) and his Doak Walker award is that first by any Boston College or Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) back. Andre graduated from BC a semester early. He has one college game left and will then begin training for the NFL combine and draft. The Parkland School District Athletic department wishes him well in all his future endeavors.

The Parkland Athletic Department recognizes current NCAA Division I and II Parkland alumni by placing signed photographs of them in our cafeteria lobby trophy case. These pictures stay there until graduation from the students’ respective colleges and are then permanently displayed on the walls of our ticket taking area at PHS. If you are a current college athlete or have a child who meets the criteria for recognition, please send us an 8” x 10” autographed, glossy action photo from their college media guide or action shot from a game. The photo can be dropped off at PHS or mailed to us at: Parkland High School Athletic Office, 2700 North Cedar Crest Blvd. Allentown PA 18104

Spring Sports Physicals

The spring sports (swimming, wrestling, and basketball) 2014 physicals are scheduled for 8:00 am-12 noon on Saturday February 1, 2014. All new PHS spring athletes will be required to take both a physical and ImPact test at that time. MS athletes who are new participants must only take the physical. Please be advised that you may be at the PHS site for up to 2 hours for the physical and ImPact test- plan your day accordingly. Parents will be asked to drop ImPact test takers off at the PHS “Academic” entrance doors and wait for them either off-site or in the Cafeteria.

Accessing Parkland Athletics Information

Any member of the public who is seeking information on Parkland athletics should utilize www.arbiterlive.com or log onto www.parklandsd.org, High School, Departments, Athletics. All schedules, participation forms and information are available on-line at those two sites. Support Parkland Athletics on the www.parklandsd website by purchasing apparel through the Rokkitwear link. A portion of all garment sales from this site come directly back to our athletic programs.

GO TROJANS!

 

Athletics Newsletter Summer-September 2013

Wow- what a wrap-up to Parkland High School athletics for 2012-2013! Parkland High School teams won 12 of 22 LVIAC titles and garnered 7 LVIAC silver medals.   In the same period, the PHS teams won 10 of 21 PIAA District XI titles with 4 additional silver medals.  Girls’ volleyball brought home a PIAA State silver medal trophy.  Ethan Lisak and Nolan Hay won individual PIAA State titles and wrestling and the long jump, respectively.  It was a banner year for the Trojans with PHS teams competing in 79% of all available league and District XI championship games; crowning 22 team champions; 2 individual champions; and recognizing 10 college athletic scholarship recipients, 8 All-State honorees, and 5 All-Americans.

Summer Awards

Many of our athletic award winners were recognized during the school year.  The PHS Athletic Office received additional information from coaches, parents, players and the media regarding additional awards announced after the school year.  That information for current teams, students and 2013 graduates is noted here:

 Baseball- District XI Champions; Tyler Duff, Morning Call Pitcher of the Year and All Area Team; Brad Vasilik, LVIAC All League, Morning Call All Area; Alex Flynn, LVIAC All League

 Boys Lacrosse- LVIAC Champions Matt Smith, Brine All American; Dylan Klusaritz; Morning Call All Area and LVIAC Scoring Leader; Jonathan Warg, Morning Call All Area;  Jake Billera, Nolan Ridgeway, Preston Saylor, Dante Cavallucci, Josh Pope, Steven Chenworth and Jameal Hadeed all played on the Gold Medal Lehigh Valley Keystone State Games team.

 Girls Lacrosse- LVIAC Champions; District XI Silver Medalists; Megan Hower, Jess McCarty, Molly Diamondstienne, Academic All Americans

 Boys Volleyball- LVIAC Champions; Volleyball Officials Team Sportsmanship Award; Scott Trumbauer, Morning Call Coach of the Year; Michael Lewis, LVIAC All-Star, Morning Call All Area, All State

 Softball- Courtney Miller, Jordy Augustus, Morning Call All Area

Non- School Teams, Other Individual Awards

Boys Basketball- Sportsfest Champions

Girls Basketball- Stellar Tournament Silver Medalists

Golf- Chad Hess qualified for National golf tournament

Girls Volleyball- Kristen Krause, USA National Volleyball Tournament- All Tournament Team

Boys Soccer- Nick Hutchinson played on the Lehigh Valley United ’93 team that won the U-19 PA State Regional and US Soccer National Championship in Overland Park Kansas.

Wrestling- 2-time PIAA State Champion, Ethan Lisak beat Adrian Cordova to earn a spot on the US Junior Freestyle wrestling team.  He was competing in the Junior World Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Bulgaria at the time this document was written.

Track and Field- Nolan Hay- All State, Long Jump (added to PHS Athletic Hall of Fame)

Cycling- James Mellen captured the match spring USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championship and qualified for the Junior Word Championships in Scotland

Winter Physicals for 2013-14 School Year- Athletics physicals and Impact tests are offered at the school free, three times per year.    Athletes missing the free events will be required to complete both physicals and Impact testing at their own cost at a physician of their choice.  All paperwork must be completed and turned-in to the PHS Athletic Office prior to participating in any sports at Parkland High School (grades 9-12), Orefield Middle School or Springhouse Middle School (grades 7-8).

Fall sports are already underway.  Winter sports begin on Monday November 18th, 2013.  All players planning to participate must be at the first practice unless a documented, excused injury precludes them from being there.  Participants should expect to practice six days per week from November 18th through the end of the season sometime in March. All completed physicals and paperwork needs to be turned in to the Athletic Office no later than November first, 2013

The winter sports (swimming, wrestling, and basketball) 2013 physicals are scheduled for 8:00 am-12 noon on Saturday October 5, 2013.   All new PHS winter athletes will be required to take both a physical and ImPact test at that time. MS atheltes who are new participants must only take the physical.  Please be advised that you may be at the PHS site for up to 2 hours for the physical and ImPact test- plan your day accordingly.  There are SAT tests occurring at the same time as physicals and Impact testing.  Parents will be asked to drop ImPact test takers off at the PHS “Academic” entrance doors and wait for them either off-site or in the Cafeteria.

Any member of the public who is seeking information on Parkland athletics should utilize www.arbiterlive.com or log onto www.parklandsd.org, High School, Departments, Athletics.  All schedules, participation forms and information are available on-line at those two sites.  A  MyLocker link is provided on the Parkland Athletics site for individuals who would like to purchase customizable Parkland apparel.

 GO TROJANS!