Sports Highlights

 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.

 Individual Recognition

 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

 All State

Softball- Morgan Rentzheimer, Courtney Miller

 All American

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)

Alumni Recognition

It’s good to be first!  Coming off of his senior college season as the top rusher in the NCAA, Parkland alumnus, Andre Williams scored the first touchdown of his professional career, and the first of this NFL season while leading the Giants in rushing and beating the Bills in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton Ohio.  It was also a special day for Springhouse MS staff member, Joyce Eberling-Reed.  She was in attendance at the game in honor of her son Andre Reed, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Lehigh Valley Road Runner Scholarship- On July 2nd, recent alumnus, Lucas Crampton received a $4,000.00 scholarship from the Lehigh Valley Road Runners Association.

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 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!

Winter sports physicals are Saturday February 7th @ Parkland High School – Boys 8 – 10 a.m., Girls 10 a.m. – noon. They are free.  No student can participate in the winter without a PIAA physical. Those who miss must get a PIAA physical on their own. 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/

TEAM SCHEDULES
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.

GO TROJANS!

 

Athletics Roundup

Parkland’s string of championships a lasting memory from 2013-14 scholastic sports season

Parkland rules 2013-14 school year, winning 13 LVC, 12 D11 titles.

Spring 2014 Athletics Roundup – posted May 16, 2014
The regular season for all Parkland High School spring sports teams has ended.  This was the last sport season for the Lehigh Valley interscholastic Athletic Conference (LVIAC) as the league has absorbed the six Mountain Valley Conference (MVC) teams and will now be known as the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) displaying a league logo of “E-18”.  And what a season it was with all five boys’ teams sweeping the LVC championships.  Baseball rolled over Emmaus in the championship game, 9-0; track cruised to a perfect 9 and 0 LVC record; volleyball beat Northampton 3-1 in championship sets; boys’ lacrosse erased a 5 goal first half deficit against Easton to win their championship 10-8; and boys’ tennis swept through their LVC and District XI schedules.  On the girls’ side, softball won the league championship; lacrosse beat Emmaus 18-7 for their LVC title; and track went 8-1 losing only to Easton.

Individual Recognition

LVIAC Scholar Athlete-  the LVIAC’s highest individual  athletic  honor goes to those student athletes who demonstrate top performances in both classroom and the playing field.   Two Parkland student athletes received Scholar Athlete recognition for spring 2014:  Molly Diamondstein  (girls lacrosse) and  Nishad Gothoskar (boys’ tennis).  Both athletes and those selected in fall and winter were recognized at a breakfast at Moravian College on Monday May 19, 2014

LVIAC  All League 
Boys Lacrosse- Dylan Klusartiz (attack), Stephen Chenworth (midfield), Josh Pope (midfield), Matt Smith (defense)
Girls Lacrosse- Sophie Castillo (midfield/ LVIAC MVP), Mackenzie Galli (midfield), Molly Diamondstein (goalie)
Softball- Jordy Augustus (catcher), Madison Marshall (outfield), Abby Fritzinger (outfield), Morgan Rentzheimer (pitcher)
(Awards for baseball, tennis, volleyball and track will be noted in June)

Winter 2013-14

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

Fall 2013

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

Accessing Parkland Athletics Schedules & Information

Any member of the public who is seeking information on Parkland athletics should click here:  http://www.parklandsd.org/departments/athletics/schedules/. 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.

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 7, 2014 @ 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.

GO TROJANS!