Posted/Updated: 7/22/2021 8:53:03 AM

High School Volleyball: Parkland Trojans are The Morning Call All-Area Team of the Year

By DANTE TERENZIO | JUL 22, 2021 AT 8:01 AM

Not long ago, the Parkland boys volleyball team was undoubtedly one of the state's top teams.

The Trojans won the PIAA title in 2015 and were quarterfinalists in 2014 and 2016.

Parkland quickly became onlookers as Emmaus and Whitehall won district titles the following three years. And that's when the hunger began to build.

While Parkland was competitive with the Green Hornets and Zephyrs during that time, the Trojans longed for a return to the top of the podium.

Because of solid seniors like John Siggins, Jordan Lewis, Mason Bergstein and junior Azhar Sumar, Parkland found its way back after knocking off both Whitehall and Emmaus to reclaim district gold.

For its effort, Parkland is the Morning Call All-Area Boys Volleyball Team of the Year.

"We have always been fortunate to have hardworking kids who love the sport, a very supportive school administration, and a very well organized booster club," Parkland coach Scott Trumbauer said. "I have also been very lucky to have my brother, Ryan, as my assistant coach for all 20 years, which has helped us keep consistency every year."

The Trojans' offseason regimen is a grueling one. As it should be in such a competitive area.

"Many of our players participate in club or AAU volleyball in the offseason, starting around Oct. and going until our season starts in March," Trumbauer said. "Those teams practice 2-3 times a week and play tournaments almost every weekend. Some of our current players get together and play outdoors throughout the summer. We also do open gyms/intramurals from Nov. until Feb. once a week for our high school boys."

Like most years, the Trojans will lose some key players to graduation, but Trumbauer is confident in the up-and-comers.

"Every year, it is a challenge to replace the senior class from the prior year. We had a great group of seniors this year who really demonstrated what leadership is," Trumbauer said. "Fortunately, we have a great core of juniors and sophomores returning next year, all of which saw significant time on the court this year or who have been challenging the upperclassmen every day."


Questions/Comments? Contact Scott Trumbauer