And the beat goes on.
Parkland field hockey extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over Northampton. While the three-goal victory may sound kind of easy, it was anything but easy.
While Parkland had an early edge in controlling play, Northampton regrouped and came out playing a much crisper and more physical game from midway through the first half until the final horn.
It’s hard to believe that the second game of the season can have a playoff feel to it, but when it’s part of the Parkland and Emmaus rivalry, it’s much easier to believe. With filled bleachers and a raucous atmosphere, the two teams met for the first time this season and played fiercely until Parkland was able to leave the field with a key 3-2 win.
The Parkland field hockey team was able to ease into the season with its first game being at home against Pocono Mountain West.
The Lady Trojans showed themselves to be a superior team and opened the season with a convincing 10-0 win, getting goals from eight different players in the game.
In all, Parkland managed to get 70 shots on goal and 22 corners against Pocono Mountain West. While the number of shots was great to see, Trojan head coach Lizzie Millen did find one area that she would like to see her players improve upon.
It is a matchup that the Parkland football team has had circled on its calendar for almost a year. Friday night, the Trojans square up against Freedom, the defending District 11 Class 6A champions, and the only team other than Parkland to win the district title since 2011.
The Trojans (2-0 overall, 1-0 EPC South Division) scored just 14 points last week and were a fingertip away from dropping the contest with the Vikings as a pass into the end zone went through the hands of a Central receiver as time expired in a 14-8 Parkland win last Friday night.
Parkland field hockey finished last season with a 10-8 record in head coach Lizzy Millen’s fifth season.
The record was good enough to get into both the East Penn Conference playoffs and the District 11 tournament, but unfortunately, the Lady Trojans had the misfortune of facing juggernaut Emmaus in the first round of both the conference playoffs and districts, exiting early in both.
In fact, Parkland had to face Emmaus three straight games after wrapping up the regular season against the Hornets.
All season long, the stated goal for the South Parkland American Legion baseball team was a state championship.
The Trojans run took them through an undefeated regular season and then through regionals to claim the Region 2 title with a win over a Souderton team comprised primarily of players who were on the PIAA championship team from Souderton High School.
If you were concerned about South Parkland’s loss to Souderton last Tuesday in the Regional 2 American Legion baseball playoffs, your fears were set aside one night later when the Trojans met up with the same Souderton team in a winner-take-all championship.
True to form, it was all about the pitching for South Parkland, which rode the arm of Adam Smith to a 3-0 win over Souderton, gaining a trip to states for the 24-1 Trojans.
As a young high school softball player, it can be difficult knowing that you’re stuck behind a key player and that you’re going to have to wait for your time to come.
Kelly Dulaney didn’t get frustrated by the wait. She used the time to her advantage and worked on becoming a better pitcher so that she could take advantage of the opportunity when her time rolled around.
Parkland softball coach Barry Search was recently inducted into the Lehigh Valley Softball Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Patriots Park in Allentown. Search was inducted for his overall contribution to the sport as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
Search’s earliest memories of softball were of his dad playing in local leagues. At the age of 15, Search joined his dad in playing locally, which began a long love affair with the game.
The double-elimination format combined with a day of rain outs provided for an interesting twist to the American Legion Regional 2 tournament.