Parkland Press

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PHS girls take EPC title

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After having its streak of conference championships interrupted a year ago, the Parkland girls swim team reclaimed the trophy with a 108-78 win over Emmaus in the final dual meet of the season last week.

This year’s championship is a co-championship with Liberty. Both teams finished with identical 12-0 records overall, 11-0 in the EPC and 4-0 in their division.

Parkland and Emmaus were tied heading into the diving portion of the dual meet.

Choma, Lehman win league diving gold

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Parkland’s Lexi Lehman continued her mastery among Eastern Pennsylvania Conference divers with a gold medal at Saturday’s EPC Diving Championships at Emmaus High School. Lehman was followed closely by teammate Alexa Brinker, with Parkland’s Kate Gottwald finishing fourth. The only non-Parkland diver on the medal stand was Emmaus’ Jess Hurlburt, who finished third.

Girls advance with win over Mounties

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Maybe a little pressure was all the Lady Trojans needed to get back into a winning mode.

Needing a win in their season finale against Northampton to reach the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs, they downed the Konkrete Kids 44-36. The sixth-seeded Trojans then had to travel to Stroudsburg Monday night to face the third-seeded Mounties and they pulled off a 45-39 win to advance to the semifinals of the EPC Tournament.

Girls need win to reach leagues

Thursday, February 8, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Parkland girls basketball team is finishing its season the way it started, with a tough schedule. While the end isn’t quite as daunting as opening with Central Dauphin and defending state champion Bethlehem Catholic in back-to-back games, it’s certainly not easy.

Parkland took care of a tough Central Dauphin East team before a 46-35 loss to Nazareth last week. Games against Whitehall and Cumberland Valley went Parkland’s way, but the final two games on the schedule are games against Allen and Northampton.

Girls need one win to reach EPC playoff

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Nazareth girls basketball team is hot team right now, having won four of its last five games. Unfortunately for Parkland, the first and the latest of those wins have come against the Trojans (9-4 EPC, 11-7 overall). After falling to Nazareth 42-40 in their first meeting, Nazareth (9-4, 13-6) downed Parkland 46-35 on Tuesday night.

“They’re a good team and they kept us from doing some of the things that we wanted to do against them,” said Parkland head coach Wes Spence. “They changed up their defense at times and I wasn’t able to get us into a position to win the game.”

Sanctuary receives $5,000 gift for building campaign

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Local News

The Sanctuary at Haafsville is in the midst of a campaign to raise funds to complete the new building at the facility along Nestle Way in Breinigsville.

The campaign got a shot in the arm recently when Rick Beuttel, the director of business development for Air Products, was on-hand to present Liz Jones, the Sanctuary’s executive director, with a check for $5,000.

The money came from an award given to Beuttel, for his work with the company, and was earmarked for a local charity, left to his discretion.

Varone scores 100th career goal

Friday, January 19, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms reached the halfway point of their season with what Phil Varone called an “embarrassing” performance in a 6-2 loss to Springfield Saturday night. Lehigh Valley came out with a good first period, but that was about all it was able to put together as the Thunderbirds scored four unanswered goals to waltz out of the PPL Center with a win.

Varone scored his 100th career AHL goal in the game, but was more focused on the weak effort that the team put on the ice.

Girls face late-season challenges

Friday, January 19, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The final three weeks of the regular season are going to be very interesting in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference girls basketball.

There are three teams – Bethlehem Catholic (5-1 EPC, 9-2 overall), Easton (7-1, 11-2) and Parkland (7-1, 8-4) – with just one conference loss and four others – Allen (4-2, 8-2), Freedom (6-2, 10-2), Northampton (6-2, 9-3) and Stroudsburg (6-2, 9-3) – with just two losses.