Parkland Press

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Pates oust PHS from EPC tourney

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Parkland’s size has come in very handy at many points during the girls basketball season. The Trojans also have good enough team speed that they can play with most teams that prefer to run an up-tempo style.

But Parkland struggled against the aggressive, fast-paced style that Freedom showed them in the first round of the East Penn Conference playoffs. Ironically though, the turning point involved a strong outside game from a player coming off the bench, which sent Parkland to a 40-30 loss to Freedom, eliminating the Lady Trojans from the EPC playoffs.

Lady Trojans beat Northampton

Thursday, February 7, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It’s not easy to beat Northampton. The game plan is to contain two of the top players in the Lehigh Valley in Jenna Rogers and Victoria Keenan.

How good are the two players? They’re both seniors and 1,000-point scorers. With that in mind, Parkland coach Ed Ohlson tasked freshman Kaz Kennedy with guarding Keenan.

“We’re just starting to see what she is capable of,” said Ohlson of his freshman. “They say ‘the sky is the limit.’ Her ceiling is pretty, pretty high. I can’t tell you how hard she works.”

PHS girls fall to Southern Lehigh

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It’s tough to win a game when not one, but two opposing players score 20 or more points. That’s what happened to the Lady Trojans Monday night in a game that was postponed from earlier this month against Southern Lehigh.

The Lady Spartans (15-3 overall, 12-1 Colonial) are the team to beat in the Colonial League and have shown all season that they can battle with the best teams from any league or any classification.

Yeboah makes first career start vs. Dieruff

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

“Sometimes, it’s the players that don’t start that make the ones who do [start] good.”

That’s how Parkland girls basketball coach Ed Ohlson looks at senior Kendra Yeboah. His rationale is that the hard work Yeboah puts in during practice, going up against fellow senior Kassidy Stout “gives Kass everything she can handle in practice and that makes Kass better and that’s why we appreciate what [Yeboah] does.”

Girls bounce back, beat PME

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The erratic schedule for teams over the Christmas and New Year holidays can throw some teams off. Normally, the Parkland girls (8-3 overall, 5-2 EPC) are playing in a tournament or even taking a trip out of state to get games in and stay sharp, but with a coaching change coming during the offseason, there wasn’t time to find a spot to play.

So, Ed Ohlson used the time to run his team through practices and work on a few things that he noticed during the early part of the season.

Girls battle, fall short against Northampton

Monday, December 24, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Northampton Konkrete Kids did what other teams haven’t been able to do this season: keep Claire Courter from putting up a pile of points in a game. The Kids defense held Courter to just four points and took a 43-40 win over the Lady Trojans Tuesday night at Parkland High School.

Victoria Keenan led all scorers with 18 points, while teammate Jenna Rogers scored 13 for Northampton (4-1 overall, 3-0 EPC).

Ohlsen returns to PHS as girls head coach

Friday, November 30, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Ed Ohlson is no stranger to a basketball court. He’s served as the head coach at Northampton and held assistant coaching duties at Bethlehem Catholic, Central Catholic, Dieruff, Liberty, Parkland and Salisbury. When he looks out on a basketball court, he’s used to seeing young men run up and down the court, playing an athletic, up-tempo style. After all, he’s only ever coached boys high school basketball, including serving under Rich Fatzinger at Parkland where he was part of the staff on the 2004 team that went to the PIAA Class 4A championship game.

Girls hoops replaces three starters

Friday, November 30, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After nine seasons with Wes Spence leading the Parkland girls team, the 2018-2019 season brings a change at the top.

When Spence stepped down last April after a 16-9 season and Ed Ohlson was hired to coach the team, bringing years of basketball coaching experience with him. That begs the question as to just how much the style of play will change and how will the players react to the changes?