Everyone has days when they’re not feeling well but still have things they need to get done. That was the day that Aubree Fritzinger had on Monday.
After leaving school early to go to the doctor, she was cleared to pitch against Emmaus that afternoon. She wasn’t quite herself, but she was still good enough to give her team a complete game in a 6-2 win.
The Parkland boys tennis team had some big holes to fill this season, but its done well in filling them and moved to 11-0 on the season Tuesday when it downed Emmaus 7-0. One of the reasons why Parkland has been riding high is the play of Aneesh Kapoor, the Trojans’ number-one singles player.
Coming into the season, the Parkland baseball team was all about pitching.
The Trojans’ staff is talented and deep and tit showed just how strong it can be when Ryan Giovenco and Adam Mellinger combined to no-hit Hazleton in a 4-0 win.
Giovenco, a senior, pitched five shutout innings, striking out eight and walking four, with one hit batter. Mellinger finished it off with two innings of no-hit ball, giving up two walks and striking out two in the process.
The 42nd Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic was played Saturday at Northampton Community College, pitting senior all-stars against one another in four separate games. The West squad featured seniors from Central Catholic, Northampton, Northwestern, Parkland and Whitehall among other Lehigh Valley teams.
The West came up on the short end of the score in both games, with the girls falling 56-49 and the boys suffering a 121-97 loss.
Central Catholic’s Gabe Castano and Salisbury’s Mahlon Reihman have had an annual rivalry going in the 100 freestyle at districts. Reihman has won the past three meetings between the two, but this year’s race was the closest of them all, with Castano finishing just :00.02 behind Reihman for the top spot.
Thanks to a strong time in the 100, Castano, who resides in the Parkland School District, also received a spot in the PIAA Swimming Championships. The performance, combined with Castano’s win in the 50 freestyle, will give him two shots at individual gold in states.
Parkland hasn’t played the cream of the crop in the local tennis world through its first four matches.
The Trojans have not only gone undefeated, but they’ve also taken four straight 7-0 wins. Dieruff, East Stroudsburg South, Freedom and Pleasant Valley all fell to the Trojans by shutout scores.
With a 12-4 record in the EPC last season and a 17-9 mark overall, the Parkland baseball team had a good season. It stopped short of being great because of a 2-1 loss to Freedom in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals and a 6-4 loss to Easton in the District 11 championship game.
That team was inexperienced and it showed at times during the season, but its pitching carried it for much of the season and was a key part of its success.
The Sanctuary at Haafsville is in the midst of a campaign to raise funds for constructing a new building at the animal shelter along Nestle Way, Breinigsville.
The campaign received a shot in the arm recently when Rick Beuttel, director of business development for Air Products, presented a $5,000 check to Liz Jones, the Sanctuary’s executive director.
The money, from an award given to Beuttel for his work with Air Products, was earmarked for a local charity, left to the discretion of Beuttel.
The PIAA Class 3A Swimming and Diving Championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Bucknell University. Parkland has three boys and three girls who will be competing for individual medals in the competition.
After winning its ninth straight District 11 Championship, the Parkland girls team will have Alexa Brinker, Lexi Lehman, Zoe Sheridan and Megan Sicinski competing at Bucknell. The boys team will have Matt Ceh, James Connolly and Matt Engler all competing.
Anytime a local high school basketball team draws a team from District 12 – the Philadelphia region – in the PIAA playoffs, it could be in for a wild ride.
District 12 is perennially strong and is known for an aggressive, up-tempo play. Parkland (17-10), the second-place team from District 11 got a tough draw, having to play Archbishop Ryan (21-5) from the Philadelphia Catholic League in its first round contest at Saturday Freedom High School.