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.
Sophomore Chris Lehman will represent Parkland High School next month at the PIAA Diving Championships at Bucknell University. Lehman topped the field of 11 divers in the Class AA boys competition, with a final score of 443.30 in the 11-dive meet.
Freshman Kelsey German, who finished with a score of 461.55, just missed a spot in states, finishing third on the girls side, behind Emmaus' Jess Hurlburt (509.30) and Easton's Kelsey Jehl (487.10).
German closed the gap over her final two dives, but wasn't able to catch Jehl, a senior, who won the event last year.
After an early exit in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tournament, the Lady Trojans are hoping for a much longer run in the District 11 Tournament.
Parkland comes into the tournament as the fifth seed and its opening game is Friday night against fourth-seeded Pottsville, which stands at 19-4 on the season.
Parkland, which played a difficult schedule both because of the toughness of its division and out of conference games against strong programs, is at 17-6.
For the seventh straight season, the Parkland girls are the conference swimming champions, completing their regular season schedule undefeated at 12-0. They locked up both the undefeated season and EPC championship with a 104.5-81.5 win over rival Emmaus last week. The boys team finished the season at 10-2, dropping the meet against Emmaus by a 111-75 score, rebounding from a 7-5 finish last season.
The two regular season meetings between Parkland and Nazareth were pretty lopsided. The Blue Eagles won the first meeting, which was on their court, by a 41-21 score. Last week, Nazareth came to Parkland's home court and the Lady Trojans played what may have been their best game of the season in beating Nazareth 44-24.