Ethan Radio took gold at the East Penn Conference diving championships recently at Parkland High School and came into the district diving meet as one of the favorites for the top spot.
Radio put together another impressive showing and finished with a final score of 470.65, good enough for a silver medal and a trip to states. The top spot went to defending state champion Brendan McCourt, who set an Emmaus pool record with a score of 562.70.
Each of the last four District 11 diving championships have had Lexi Lehman and Alexa Brinker in the top two spots. Lehman won first in 2017, followed by Brinker in 2018 and then back to Lehman in last year’s event.
Had the pattern continued, Brinker would have garnered another gold medal this season, but it was Lehman who won the event with Brinker coming in second in this year’s district meet, held Saturday at Emmaus High School.
Both divers earned spots in the PIAA championship which takes place at Bucknell University next month.
After a win in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class 6A girls basketball tournament, Parkland had locked up a spot both in the district semifinals and in states. The Trojans looked to advance to the district championship game, but things went off the rails for them Tuesday night at Catasauqua High School when they lost a 52-26 decision to top-seeded Nazareth.
“We just didn’t look ready to play and that comes back on me,” said Parkland head coach Ed Ohlson after the loss. “We have to play better than we did tonight and be better prepared or we’ll be in a lot of trouble.”
Friday night was just one of those nights for the Parkland girls basketball team.
The Trojans traveled to Nazareth High School with a number of players under the weather and others who were just worn out physically. The result was that the longer the game went, the more worn down the Lady Trojans became, allowing the Blue Eagles to pull away from them for a 43-32 win in the quarterfinals of the EPC tournament.
The two teams had just met four days earlier and battled through a double-overtime game that Parkland came away from with a key win to end the regular season schedule.
Senior Lexi Lehman followed up her win in the East Penn Conference midseason meet with a gold medal at the EPC Championships last weekend at Parkland High School.
The top three spots were captured by Parkland divers, with Alexa Brinker finishing second and Kate Gottwald coming in third.
On their initial dives, Brinker edged out Lehman with a 34.40 compared to a 34.00 for the defending champion.
Throughout the East Penn Conference Diving Championships on Saturday, there was little doubt that one of the Parkland divers would come away with a gold medal around his neck. The question was which one was it going to be.
Ethan Radio took an early lead after two dives, but Kole Cannon led the rest of the way as the meet headed into the final round that saw Cannon with a scant lead of just 1.65 points.
Both divers had chosen to save the best for last, opting for high-risk, high-reward dives featuring reverse twists.
The Parkland girls swim team may have had its most intense meet of the season Saturday at Emmaus, but Thursday the Trojans go for all the marbles when they go up against Easton High School (9-2 overall, 8-1 East Penn Conference). With a win, Parkland would earn the conference championship, but a loss would give Easton the title.
In relays Saturday against Emmaus, Parkland (10-0, 9-0) took the top spot in both the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay events.
The Parkland boys swimming and diving team (9-1 overall, 8-1 East Penn Conference) looked to knock off Emmaus (12-0, 11-0) and finish off an undefeated season in the EPC. Unfortunately for the Trojans, Emmaus was also looking to put together an unblemished record and came out on top 123-63 Saturday at Emmaus High School.
Matt Green, Shawn Kushner, Gavin Webb and James Zhang all put together impressive outings for the Trojans. The four combined for second-place finishes in both the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay events.
The Parkland boys basketball team will have some positive momentum and confidence to build off of with the postseason just around the corner. The Trojans used a strong second quarter to come from behind and take down Nazareth in their regular season finale Monday night at Parkland High School in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division game.
The Parkland Lady Trojans knew they were headed for both the East Penn Conference and District 11 girls basketball tournaments, but they went into Nazareth High School Monday night playing like their postseason lives depended on winning against a tough team.
The Trojans traveled home with an impressive 46-43 double overtime win over the Blue Eagles, finishing their season at 14-8 overall and 11-5 in the EPC.
Lindsay Berger finished the night as the high scorer for Parkland with 17 points, while Sonya Shivok scored 12 for the Trojans.