Parkland Press

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Rivalry swim meet is second to none

Thursday, December 26, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Lehigh Valley is blessed with some big rivalries. There's the Lehigh/Lafayette and Muhlenberg/Moravian football games in college. And high school football has Easton/Phillipsburg, but for pure competiveness, tradition and fun, the rivalry between the Emmaus and Parkland swimming programs is something to witness. The event brings former students and their families back year-after-year even when they no longer have family members swimming in the meet, but that's just the beginning.

Trojans earn split with Emmaus

Thursday, December 26, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland swim teams came away from their annual meet with Emmaus gaining split results. The girls picked up a key 100.5-85.5 win while the boys dropped a 133-53 decision.

The win kept the girls team undefeated at 4-0 this season, while the boys fell to 1-3 on the year.

The girls got off to a strong start with their A team of Siena Salvaggio, Erika Freeman, Kira Karopoulos and Erin Jordan in the 200-yard medley relay. The Trojans won by almost 17 seconds over Emmaus' top teams.

Girls bounce back, beat Nazareth

Thursday, December 19, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

After a season-opening loss to powerhouse Bethlehem Catholic, the Parkland girls basketball team bounced back nicely to grab a 40-26 win over Nazareth to even its record at 1-1 on the season.

The fact that they were able to shake off that opening loss to Beca was partly because of how the Lady Trojans approached the game coming in, refusing to let any one game define their season.

Swimmers prepare for meet vs. rival Emmaus

Thursday, December 19, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

Parkland swimming coach Rob Robitaille is impressed with how his teams have opened the season.

Possibly the best part of the early season for Robitaille has been that he's getting good results all around and doesn't have to rely on just a few swimmers to carry the team.

"I believe that both teams have been swimming very well against our early competition," he said.

"It's difficult to single out any single performance seeing as it takes every athlete pushing the other at practice to drive the times we've seen to this point."

Trojan girls swimmers still strong

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland girls swimming program comes into the season looking to defend yet another District 11 championship. The team has garnered five straight titles and nine of the last 10.

The boys team has been close, but just as the girls keep grabbing district titles away from rival Emmaus, the Hornets have held an edge over the Parkland boys.

Girls basketball team must reload again

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland girls program is used to losing key players to graduation. They have consistently lost two or three of their leading scorers and have bounced back.

Last season, the Lady Trojans replaced four of their five starters because of graduation and still finished 20-8 on the season. For his next trick, coach Wes Spence will look to replace all five starters from last year's team and still keep his team competitive. Odds are that the trick will work wonderfully.

Girls soccer season ends in D-11 final

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

Parkland's girls soccer team was in a position to exact some revenge against Easton for its loss to the Red Rovers in the Lehigh Valley Conference finals. But the Lady Trojans wound up on the short end of a 2-1 score in last week's District 11 Class AAA title game.

The game was a different style game than the two teams played for the LVC championship, which went to penalty kicks before Easton was awarded a 1-0 win, beating the Trojans 5-4 on kicks.

Trojans beat Emmaus for D-11 title

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland and Emmaus boys soccer teams are no strangers to each other and their meeting in the District 11 finals wound up being a hard-fought 2-0 win for Parkland that propelled the Trojans into the PIAA Tournament.

Picking up the win was especially satisfying for Parkland, because it was without senior Belal Mohamed due to injury that he suffered in the semifinal game. The Trojans also had a couple other players banged up and suffered some injuries during the game, but were still able to come out on top.

Field hockey falls to Emmaus in title game

Thursday, October 24, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

Parkland started the season with a young team after losing a number of key players to graduation. The team's youth showed early in the season, but as time went on, the Lady Trojans started to gel and wound up not only reaching the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs, but also playing for the LVC title.

In their way was nine-time defending champion Emmaus, which fought off the up-and-coming Lady Trojans in a 5-0 game.

Parkland opened the season losing two of its first three games but then rattled off five straight wins and stayed strong through the rest of the regular season.