The Parkland girls swimming team came home from Bucknell University with a sixth-place finish. The finish matched where the girls placed in the state meet last season.
Sophomore Siena Salvaggio led in the 100-yard freestyle event after the preliminaries and finished .01 seconds off the top pace in the finals, capturing a silver medal by finishing over two-seconds ahead of her 16th place time from last season. Salvaggio just missed another gold medal when she finished .04 seconds behind Council Rock's Tommie Dillione in the 200-yard freestyle.
Parkland's quest for a state championship ended Tuesday night with a 56-36 loss to West Chester Rustin in the second round of the PIAA Tournament. The loss finished Parkland's season at 19-9.
The Bross sisters are about as close as any sisters you can find. The only distance between them is on the basketball court, where senior Ashley plays for Central Catholic and twin juniors Erica and Erin play for Parkland.
The three could have all been on the same team, but chose different paths because of friendships that they had developed, leading to head-to-head matchups with both teams competing in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
For the first time since 2007, the Parkland girls basketball team has captured the District 11 basketball trophy after downing top-seeded Pocono Mountain West 38-35. Olivia Brown scored a game-high 21 points and Erin Bross chipped in with 13 to lead the Lady Trojans, who now head to states with an 18-8 overall record.
For the fifth straight year and the ninth time in the last 10 years, the Parkland girls are District 11 Champions in swimming. The Lady Trojans held off a challenge from Emmaus and Liberty to come out on top and sophomore Siena Salvaggio performed well enough to capture the Dennis A. McGinley Award as the events top female swimmer.
For the second straight season, the only District 11 boys divers heading to states are from Parkland. Senior Josh Anderson and freshmen Jon Hansell and Chris Lehman finished first, second and third, respectively, in last weekend's District 11 Diving Championships. The trio repeated what Anderson, Jacob Lenhart and Mitchell Keller did at last year's district meet.
After beating Northampton twice during the regular season, it would have been sweet revenge for the Konkrete Kids to beat Parkland when it mattered most, in the district playoffs.
That could have very easily happened, but a couple of big plays at just the right time led Parkland to a 45-43 win and a trip to the District 11 finals.
As the Lady Trojans prepared for the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs, they were given the daunting task of trying to repeat their effort against Central Catholic earlier in the season, when they beat the Vikettes 42-38 in late January.
Beating a good team twice in the span of just over two weeks is a tough task and Parkland fell short in their bid for an LVC Championship, falling to Central Catholic 41-35.
The Lady Trojans haven't won the Lehigh Valley Conference title since the 2005-2006 season, but they're hoping to change that this season after winning the LVC's North Division. Beyond that, the focus will shift to the District 11 Tournament and a potential berth in the PIAA Tournament.
Parkland had to take a tough road into the PIAA wrestling tournament, losing what turned out to be a tight match to Nazareth for the District 11 Championship and then bouncing back to beat Liberty in what the district termed the "ultimate qualifier" match for the district's second spot in the state tournament. The PIAA Tournament got under way Tuesday night with Parkland taking a 35-20 win over Garnet Valley to advance.