Playing a parade of tough teams didn't help the Lady Trojans record, but they learned a lot even in losing games to Bethlehem Catholic, Nazareth and Cumberland Valley over the past week.
Bethlehem Catholic remains undefeated in the LVC and is 16-3 overall this season, while Nazareth has been one of the conference's hottest teams over the past few weeks. Add in Cumberland Valley, the top ranked team in Pennsylvania, and the Trojans can't be too upset with how things turned out.
Consider a major message sent from Parkland to the rest of the Lehigh Valley Conference girls basketballl teams.
Not only are the Lady Trojans now 10-0 in the LVC and 13-4 overall, but they've notched a win against Central Catholic (14-2 overall, 6-2 in the LVC) to help send that message.
"We've done a great job against teams that are our tier or below us, but as far as rising to the challenge and beating the league powers, that's something that we've struggled with," said Parkland head coach Wes Spence of the 42-38 win over the Vikettes.
With their most recent wins over Dieruff, the Parkland swim teams have continued to fight their way through the schedule.
The girls team remains unblemished with a 5-0 record, while the boys have rallied to get to 3-2 on the season.
The Parkland Lady Trojans have been working their way through a demanding schedule with a lot of success. Last Friday, Parkland stretched its win streak to nine games with a 46-25 win over Freedom, but had to come back for their fourth game in five days the next night and lost to a tough Berks Catholic team to end the streak.
Bad weather has made local schedules hectic and Parkland knows that all too well. The most recent snow wiped out a game at Bethlehem Catholic which was bumped to next week, giving the Lady Trojans quite a gauntlet to run through.
The Parkland diving team took some tough hits from graduation, but proved that its still a pretty strong bunch with a good performance at the Lehigh Valley Conference Diving competition at Emmaus High School last weekend.
Parkland divers took three of the top four spots on the boys side and two of the top five on the girls side at the LVC Meet.
Many times, a close game comes down to one team needing someone to step up and make a big play at just the right time. The Lady Trojans got just that in their 36-33 win over Emmaus, keeping Parkland perfect in Lehigh Valley Conference play.
With 41 seconds remaining and Parkland down by two, sophomore Sarah Stagaard hit a three-pointer from the left side of the court to put her team up 34-33. Erin Bross would step up seconds later and hit two key free-throws to give the Trojans a cushion and the eventual 36-33 win over their rivals.
The Parkland boys and girls swim teams picked up big Lehigh Valley Conference wins at Whitehall on Tuesday, with the boys winning 116-51 and the girls enjoying a 111-59 win over the Zephyrs.
The girls remain undefeated on the season at 4-0 and the boys evened their mark at 2-2 on the season.
En route to the victory, Erin Jordan set a new pool record at Whitehall High School in the 100-yard backstroke and it turned out to be a goal that she set for herself coming into the meet.
December turned out to be an exciting month for the Parkland wrestling team.
After their season-opening win over Easton, the team finished fifth in the King of the Mountain meet in Lock Haven and topped that with a third place finish in the Powerade Tournament at Cannon McMillan High School in Canonsburg. In between was their only loss of the season, a 42-21 loss to Nazareth.
The loss to Nazareth was disappointing, especially after their opening 42-17 dismantling of the powerful Red Rovers.
For many years, Parkland and Emmaus swimmers competed in the Bucknell Invitational over the holidays and it was used as a key measuring stick for their progress. The event brought some of Pennsylvania's best to the site of the state championships for a mid-season check on how they were doing.
When the Bucknell meet was discontinued, the two local teams put their heads together and came up with their own invitational that would be held at Parkland High School, with competition rivaling that of the old days at Bucknell.
It's not often that a high school basketball team plays four games in five days in two separate states with about 900 miles between them.
That's the task that was given to the Parkland Lady Trojans and they came through the test with a 2-2 record and some great memories.
Parkland took part in a tournament in Orlando, Florida Thursday through Saturday and then had a day of fun in the sun before jetting back home late Sunday night.
While they loved the trip, the Trojans were also exhausted and it showed early on against Whitehall (0-6 overall, 0-3 LVC) Monday night.