Athletics Newsletter October 2014
Parkland High School and our Middle schools are in a new athletic conference known as the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC). You may see logos with an “EPC 18” on them signifying the 18 schools in Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton Counties that comprise the league. The first EPC fall season is winding down. Parkland won conference titles in girls’ soccer and girls volleyball (unbeaten in 2014 sets). Girls cross country won the EPC Tournament. Boys and girls cross country, boys’ soccer, golf, and girls’ tennis all received silver medals or second place recognition for EPC championship play. Football is still in the running for the District XI championship trophy.
Individual Recognition- Fall Athletes
The EPC recognizes individual athletes as “All Conference” for outstanding play during the regular season. The following are Parkland award winners:
Cross Country- Cara Moyer, Hailemichael Geiger, Grant Newman, Daniel Kyvelos
Soccer- Erica Bross, Becky Webster, Tyler Madeira, Evan Bleiler
Golf- Brian Cummings
Field Hockey- Hannah Pany, Avery Semler
Volleyball- Kristen Krause, Siena Selvaggio, Avery Perosa
(Football and Tennis will be noted in later newsletters as they are awarded)
Photos in the trophy case-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 sales 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
Multiple Sport/Activity Participation
ONE SPORT- ONE SEASON!
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!
Spring sports physicals are Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at Parkland High School – Boys 8 – 10 a.m., Girls 10 a.m. – noon. They are free. No student can participate in baseball, lacrosse, softball, tennis, track, or volleyball without a PIAA physical. The Parkland Athletic Department understands that it may not be convenient to come to our scheduled free physical event. However, those who miss must get a PIAA physical on their own prior to February 20th, 2015. Paperwork for it is on 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
PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL MONTH-AT-A-GLANCE SCHEDULE
Click here for monthly athletic events/schedule at a glance: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Parkland-High-School-Allentown-PA/month/
Parkland athletic schedules for individual sports are available on Schedule Star at: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Parkland-High-School-Allentown-PA/. Scroll down to the “SCHEDULE VIEW” box. You will see a row of headers as follows: Day, 5 Day, Month, Season, Favorites. Click on “month” and then from the “Select Teams” pull down menu on the right, clear all of the sports that are listed on the right and only click on the team schedule that you are trying to view from the menu on the left. The information will filter only the team information that you are seeking in the monthly calendar blocks on the screen just underneath the row of header buttons.
Please note these schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances.
Support Parkland Athletics on the www.parklandsd.org website by purchasing apparel through the Rokkitwear link. A portion of all garment sales from this site come directly back to our athletic programs.
Athletics Newsletter September 2014
Parkland High School and our Middle schools are in a new athletic conference known as the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC). You may see logos with an “EPC 18” on them signifying the 18 schools in Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton Counties that comprise the league. Our teams are faring well with 80% or higher win averages through the month of September. Currently, our girls’ soccer, girls’ volleyball and the football team are all undefeated. There will be much more to report as we move into October and November and the play-offs begin.
Athletics Newsletter July/August 2014
The Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference (LVIAC) came to a close last spring with Parkland garnering honors is almost every sport. All of our spring sports teams won league and/or PIAA District championships and media awards for local “Team of the Year”. The girls softball team made it to the PIAA State semi-finals, losing an 8-7 extra inning heartbreaker.
The summer has been short, but full of excitement. A team made up of our boys basketball players cruised through the local summer league, Stellar Tournament and Sportsfest with an unblemished record- many times playing without several starters who were traveling with elite AAU programs. The girls were also very competitive in summer play. Several of our girls’ volleyball players traveled the country, competing in elite tournaments in preparation for the upcoming fall season. The football team has been working hard in the spring and summer and appears to be as deep as it has ever been coming into the fall.
Morning Call All Area Team
Boys Lacrosse- Dylan Klusartiz (attack, 125 carreer goal scorer ) also McCall Player of the Year, Josh Pope (midfield), Matt Smith (defense), Jameel Hadeed (goalie)
Girls Lacrosse- Sophie Castillo (midfield) also MCall Player of the Year LVIAC MVP, Mackenzie Galli (midfield), Molly Diamondstein (goalie)
Softball- Jordy Augustus (catcher) also MCall Player of the Year , (outfield), Morgan Rentzheimer (pitcher) also MCall Pitcher of the Year and Parkland Press Female Athlete of the Year
Baseball- Gabe Mosser (pitcher) also MCall Player of the Year, Chris Rabasco (infield)
Boys Volleyball- Chris Schweikert and Tyler Phifer -also both All LVIAC
Boys Tennis- Nick Kshatri, Nate Lyman and Peter Harrison- all also LVIAC All League. Mike Hingston- MCall Coach of the Year
Softball- Morgan Rentzheimer, Courtney Miller
Boys Lacrosse- Matt Smith
100 Wins- Wrestler Josh Ortman (132W) joined fellow seniors Ethan Lizak (164W) and Naze Haddad (129W) with 100 wins in their careers.
LVIAC Track all League- Legend Boyesen (discus), Derek Ziegenfuss (javelin), Steph Panny (shot put and discus)
VIA Basketball All Stars- Brynne Brouse, Olivia Brown, Kristen McCarty, Jimmy Hahn, Nick Rindock, Justin Zajko (1,000 point scorer)
2013-14 School Year Athletics Roundup
Click here for a complete roundup of the 2013-14 School Year in Athletics – the last year of the Lehigh Valley Conference: Parkland High School 2013-14 Athletic Roundup
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