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.
You never want to tell a coach that his team played an ugly game. On Tuesday night, you didn’t have to use the word ‘ugly’ around Parkland coach Ed Ohlson because he was the one that brought it up.
The Lady Trojans never got in sync and committed an uncharacteristic number of turnovers against a good Northampton team resulting in a 46-34 loss for Parkland.
The game opened with a pre-arranged tip-off that saw Lindsay Berger tip the ball to teammate Marissa Olenwine, who then tossed to Mia Coval, who was playing in her first game of the season as she rehabbed from an ACL tear.
For high school athletes, their senior season is everything. It’s their final go around with friends who they’ve grown up with and the opportunity to cement their place in a school’s athletic program.
For a two-sport athlete, the opportunity to play that last season in both sports is huge as they get to go out of their high school career with two separate sets of teammates.
For Mia Coval, her senior season for both field hockey and basketball was erased by a torn ACL last February.
The Emmaus girls basketball team went on a five-game winning streak in the middle of the season to battle its way back into contention for a spot in districts.
With a tough schedule to finish out the year, the Lady Hornets (7-9 overall, 4-8 East Penn Conference) were looking to come into Parkland and send a message with a win over the Trojans.
But Parkland (11-5, 8-4) was up to the task and beat Emmaus for the second time this season with a 44-27 performance led by 19 points from junior Lindsay Berger.
Competition among teammates can breed a lot of success. That’s been the case for Parkland diving for a while and it continues to be the case. At this year’s midseason East Penn Conference diving competition, Parkland divers showed up often at the top of the leader’s board with Lexi Lehman winning on the girls side and Ethan Radio finishing second among boys.
A three-game winning streak has Parkland (10-4 overall, 7-3 EPC) on the verge of clinching a spot in the district playoffs and has them in good shape for a spot in the EPC tournament at the end of the regular season. The latest win was a 42-33 win at Pleasant Valley and came on the heels of wins over Dieruff and Southern Lehigh.
Lindsay Berger has been the big scorer for Parkland, having hit for 20 against both Southern Lehigh and Pleasant Valley. Against Dieruff, it was Carissa Foght who led the team with 11 points while Berger chipped in with nine in the 46-25 win.