You would think that the coach of a tennis team that is 10-0 on the season wouldn't have a care in the world. Not so with Parkland's Mike Hingston. A backlog of matches has prevented him from doing the part of his job that he loves best: coaching.
"I have found it to be a little frustrating, because it seems like we've never really established a momentum," said Hingston. "I mean we have record-wise and we've played well and competed well, but the contact time in practice, sometimes, is where you get a sense of where your team is and a little more of a connection.
Last season, Emmaus provided one of the tougher matches for Parkland tennis. This season, Emmaus lost a couple key players to graduation and Parkland may be even stronger than it was a year ago, which led to the Trojans sweeping their recent match with their division rival.
Emmaus coach Dmitri Diamandopoulos tipped his hat to Parkland as he watched play throughout the afternoon.
Diamandopoulos pointed out the depth on Parkland's roster and believes that even their No. 3 singles player, Peter Harrison, could be a No. 1 player on many of the local high school teams.
With a full 10 years of dominating the Lehigh Valley Conference in tennis, the Parkland boys team looks to take its success to the new Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
Michael Hingston comes into his third season as the team's coach and has a strong core of returning players to lean on for the inaugural season of the EPC.
Siena Salvaggio turned silver into gold. The Parkland swimmer came home from the PIAA Championship Meet at Bucknell University with two gold medals for her performance in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events after capturing silver in those events last year.
The Parkland girls put on an impressive showing at last weekend's PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships, finishing fifth in the team competition. While Siena Salvaggio led the way with two individual gold medals, there were a number of impressive showings in both individual and relay events.
Senior Erin Jordan, who will be entering the Naval Academy following graduation, finished fifth in the 500 freestyle event, just behind teammate Tori Connolly.
The Parkland girls basketball provided its usual balanced scoring attack and strong team approach, but came up on the short end of a 50-34 score against Central Dauphin East in the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs last Friday night. Erin Bross and Sarah Stagaard each scored seven points for Parkland.
Things started well for the Trojans, who faced a tough full-court press from Central Dauphin East from the outset. The teams were tied 9-9 after the first quarter, but the middle part of the game proved to be the undoing for Parkland.
For the third straight season, the Parkland girls will head to the PIAA Tournament, which begins Friday night. The Lady Trojans will play Central Dauphin East Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Lebanon High School.
To make it to states, Parkland had to beat Pocono Mountain West in the District 11 third-place game, which it did last Friday by a score of 47-42.
It was the second win of the season for Parkland over PMW. Parkland used a balanced scoring attack to beat the Panthers. Erin Bross led Parkland with eight points, while Emily Piston scored eight and Sarah Stagaard had seven.
With diver Chris Lehman already qualified for states, the Trojan byswimmers took their turn at winning gold in districts last weekend in the District 11 Championships at Parkland High School. When the two-day event was over, Adam Sicinski was added to the list of Parkland boys who will be competing at states.
Sicinski qualified in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events, winning gold in both events.
The Parkland girls swim team captured their seventh straight District 11 Championship on Saturday and will have a strong contingent of swimmers heading to the PIAA Swimming Championships next week at Bucknell University.
Junior Siena Salvaggio captured the Dennis McGinley Award as the meet's top female swimmer, and was awarded the East Penn Conference Swimmer of the Year Award for her performance over the course of the season.
The Parkland girls quest for back-to-back District 11 Championships came to an end Tuesday night with a 44-29 loss to top-seeded Easton. Their attention now turns to Friday's consolation game against Pocono Mountain West, with the winner advancing to the PIAA Tournament.
Gabby Bloshuk led the Red Rovers with 10 points, five of which came in the final quarter of play. It was Bloshuk who delivered the final blow. With 2:45 left to play and Parkland struggling to stick within striking distance, Bloshuk hit a three-pointer to give Easton its largest lead of the game to that point.