Parkland Press

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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.

Koval takes the reins for Lady Trojans

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Keeley Coval has been on coach Wes Spence’s radar for some time, but she had to wait her turn to truly step into the spotlight because of talented point guards like Rachel Medlar who were ahead of her on the depth chart.

Medlar graduated last season and Coval took over the role full-time this season, just as Spence had envisioned her doing since he first saw her as a much younger player.

Lyon wins in return to Lehigh Valley

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Goaltender Alex Lyon earned the win in goal as he returned to the Lehigh Valley crease for the first time since Dec. 1 after spending most of the month with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The key to Lyon’s success may have been the overall sharp play of the Phantoms’ defense, which held the AHL’s second-highest scoring offense to just 29 shots, 28 of which were turned away by Lyon in Lehigh Valley’s 3-1 win against the Charlotte Checkers.