The rivalry between Parkland and Emmaus in swimming is one of the better rivalries in local sports. They are two of the best swimming programs in the area and their rivalry has a long, storied history with ups and downs for both sides.
The latest chapter will be written Thursday afternoon at Parkland High School.
The story line over the past few seasons has been that the Parkland girls leave the pool with a win over their counterparts, while the Emmaus boys make it a split decision.
After facing some ups and downs throughout the season, the Lady Trojans seem to be putting things together as the regular season winds down. The latest example was an impressive 44-24 win over a tough Nazareth (11-4, 15-5) team, which officially put Parkland (10-5, 13-8) into the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs. Sarah Stagaard led Parkland with 11 points, while Erin Bross had seven and Emily Piston hit two early three-pointers, finishing with six points.
You could certainly say that Tuesday was a good day in the pool for Adam Sicinski. The Parkland senior competed in four events - two individual and two relay - and finished first in all four as both the Parkland boys and girls picked up wins over Freedom.
Sicinski helped the boys team to a 112-74 win over the Patriots (8-2 conference, 8-3 overall) as the Parkland boys upped their record to (9-1, 10-1) on the year. Sicinski took first in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events and was a member of relay teams that captured the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
Parkland and Liberty met up in what was the Trojans' biggest challenge of the season. Both boys teams came into the meet undefeated and the only loss on the girls side was by Liberty, who stood at 7-1 compared to Parkland's 7-0 mark.
At the EPC Diving Championship this past weekend, Kelsey German came away pleasantly surprised, while Jon Hansell saw things play out just about how he expected.
Both divers left with second-place finishes in the meet, with Hansell battling Emmaus' Andrew Vanim and German fighting her way through a group of strong divers.
German was fourth through eight dives, but got hot at just the right time to surge past Emmaus' Jess Hurlburt and Easton's Kelsey Jehl for her second-place finish.
Erica Bross didn't have a whole lot of fun in the first half of Parkland's 54-35 win over Dieruff Tuesday night. Bross was barely warmed up when she picked up her second foul and headed to the bench, where she spent most of the second quarter.
At halftime, Bross had just two points as her team led Dieruff by just four, thanks in no small part to Aubrey Beidelman's 10 points in the first half.
If Parkland was looking for a statement win, it came Tuesday night when the Lady Trojans downed Easton 36-27, giving the Red Rovers their first EPC loss of the season and just their second loss overall. The win is Parkland's fourth straight and pushed its record to 5-1 in the EPC and 7-2 overall.
Tuesday night, it was Nadine Ewald's turn to step up, scoring a game-high 12 points, with Aubrey Beidelman chipping in with eight. Erin Bross scored seven for the Lady Trojans.
With tough nonconference opponents like Scranton Prep and Penn Wood and the first of two match-ups with new division rival Central Catholic dotting the schedule, the first six games of the season have provided a tough stretch of games for the Parkland girls basketball team.
Those three games resulted in three losses for Parkland, giving coach Wes Spence a foothold on what needs to improve.
For three quarters, it looked like Parkland was going to leave Kutztown University with a win over the Penn Wood Lady Patriots. In the final quarter though, Penn Wood seemed to hit every shot it put up, while the Lady Trojans weren't finding the hoop as easy. The final result was a 51-44 loss for Parkland, dropping them to 3-2 on the season, although their EPC record is still a perfect 3-0.
Parkland shot 33 percent from the field in the second half after hitting on 41 percent of its shots in the opening two quarters, which put the Trojans up 26-25 at the half.
Parkland's boys and girls swim teams both picked up strong wins over Southern Lehigh Tuesday night, with the girls winning 120-66 and the boys taking a 105-80 win.