It seems like every time the Parkland girls team turns around this season, its facing unfriendly opponents. In their bid for an EPC championship, the Lady Trojans ran into defending state champion Bethlehem Catholic (14-2), who had started the season with a win over Parkland (11-5) in the EPC opener.
For the second straight season, the Golden Hawks ended Parkland’s hopes for a conference title with a 49-25 win last week.
The loss wasn’t the end of the road for Parkland, since the district playoffs are on the horizon.
After having its streak of conference championships interrupted a year ago, the Parkland girls swim team reclaimed the trophy with a 108-78 win over Emmaus in the final dual meet of the season last week.
This year’s championship is a co-championship with Liberty. Both teams finished with identical 12-0 records overall, 11-0 in the EPC and 4-0 in their division.
Parkland and Emmaus were tied heading into the diving portion of the dual meet.
The Parkland boys swim team came into their season finale against Emmaus looking to end the Hornets’ streak of 13 straight conference championships. Unfortunately for the Trojans, it wasn’t meant to be as Emmaus won the boys’ side of last week’s dual meet 111-75.
Parkland’s Lexi Lehman continued her mastery among Eastern Pennsylvania Conference divers with a gold medal at Saturday’s EPC Diving Championships at Emmaus High School. Lehman was followed closely by teammate Alexa Brinker, with Parkland’s Kate Gottwald finishing fourth. The only non-Parkland diver on the medal stand was Emmaus’ Jess Hurlburt, who finished third.
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.
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.
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.”
The good news for Nazareth is that it beat Parkland 42-40 late last week in a key Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matchup. The bad news for Nazareth is that Parkland now has the Blue Eagles marked on their schedule for when the two teams meet in a rematch.
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.
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.