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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!