For the third straight season, the Parkland girls tennis team rambled its way through the District 11 Tournament to come out on top in the team championships. This year's victory came over Emmaus by a 4-0 score, with one match winding up tied after two sets.
For the seniors on the Parkland volleyball team, their high school career has involved nothing but winning. The Lady Trojans grabbed their fourth straight Lehigh Valley Conference Championship with a 3-1 win over Emmaus. The one lost game was the only set that Parkland has lost since the start of the season.
The Hornets came out swinging, but got no closer than 7-4 in the first set. From there, Parkland won four straight points to take a commanding lead.
Having split two regular season games, Northampton and Parkland came into the Lehigh Valley Conference semifinals very familiar with each other. During the regular season, the two teams were separated by one goal in each of the games, but Parkland was able to mount a strong effort in the semis and take a 2-0 win over the Konkrete Kids, bouncing them from the LVC playoffs.
Northampton and Parkland will likely be tired of each other before the soccer postseason comes to an end. A 1-0 Parkland win Monday night gave the two teams a split of their regular season games and it's very possible they'll meet again in the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs next week and potentially in the District 11 Tournament down the road.
The North Parkland Buffaloes played an ugly looking game. They looked beat up, dirty and ragged after their Lehigh Valley Legion Championship game with Salisbury. One can only imagine what they would have looked like if they had lost. The Buffaloes came up with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to grab a 6-5 win over Salisbury and sweep their way through the tournament.
It's not easy to beat a good team three times in one season. After beating Parkland by scores of 8-0 and 7-0 during the regular season, Northampton had some confidence heading into its third meeting with the Lady Trojans in the District 11 semifinal.
But this game didn't follow the script of the two earlier meetings. Northampton still came away with a win, but this time it was by a 2-1 margin thanks to the hard play of Parkland.
Pitching and defense win championships and unfortunately for Parkland, Whitehall had an exceptional day in both areas to down the Trojans, 5-2 in the Lehigh Valley Conference Championship.
Pitcher Elliot Mortimer provided the pitching and third baseman Jeff Charles provided one big defensive play after another to boost Whitehall (19-2) to the championship and the top seed in the District 11 Tournament.
The loss dropped Parkland (19-3) down to the three seed, just behind Pocono Mountain East, who won the Mountain Valley Conference in an upset over Stroudsburg.
The 38th Annual Via All-Star Classic tipped off at Northampton Community College Saturday, pitting teams from the Lehigh Valley Conference, Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference against each other.
On the girls side, the Lehigh Valley West all-stars, comprised of players from Allen, Central Catholic, Dieruff, Emmaus, Parkland and Whitehall high schools took on a team of stars from the Colonial League, with players from Bangor, Palisades, Palmerton, Northwestern, Notre Dame Green Pond, Salisbury, Southern Lehigh and Wilson, with the LVC stars coming away with a 63-61 win.
While both the Parkland boys and girls swimming and diving teams had good showings at last weekend's PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships, the girls fared better in the pool, while the boys excelled on the diving board. Overall, the girls finished sixth out of 57 teams awarded points in the competition, while the boys were 22nd out of 48 teams.
The Parkland Trojans come into this weekend's PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships with high hopes. After the Lady Trojans took gold in the District 11 Championships and the boys took silver, there are plenty of opportunities for medals to come home from Bucknell University, where the event will be held.
The Parkland girls have relay teams seeded seventh in the 400-yard freestyle, 12th in the 200-yard freestyle and 19th in the 200-yard medley relay event.