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.
Parkland’s girls basketball team had high hopes coming into the PIAA Tournament, but knew that its road to a championship would be a difficult one, to say the least. First up was a tough Central Bucks South team, which provided more than enough competition, downing Parkland 45-27 to end the Lady Trojans’ season.
The Parkland girls basketball team dropped the District 11 third-place game to Northampton last week, 53-47.
The momentum shuffled back and forth much of the game, with Parkland taking the lead after the first and third quarters, but Northampton holding the lead at halftime and when it mattered most.
The Kids’ Victoria Keenan (24 points) and Aja Blount (19 points) led all scorers. Parkland (18-8) was led by Devyn Anderson’s 12 points, and Kassidy Stout had 10 for the Lady Trojans.
The Parkland girls swimming team conquered its ninth straight District 11 Championship last weekend in their home pool. Thanks to a good lead coming into the event from a strong performance in the diving portion of the championship, Parkland bested rival Emmaus by a score of 401-385 in the girls competition. The boys team finished second in team standings behind Emmaus by a 401-308.5 score.
In the swimming portion of districts, Zoe Sheridan took gold and a guaranteed spot at states in the 500 freestyle, besting her closest competition by just over four seconds in the event.
Few high school players can take over a game like Sam Iorio. Coming into the fourth quarter against Stroudsburg, Iorio had 21 points before scoring 18 of the Trojans 20 fourth-quarter points to lead his team to a 63-54 win over the Mounties (13-10).
The win put Parkland in Wednesday’s District 11 semifinal with top-seeded Allen. That game was played after Press deadlines.
Even with a disappointing 51-31 loss to Easton in the District 11 semifinals, there is still plenty of work for Parkland to do on the court this season.
The loss moved the Lady Trojans (18-7) into the third-place game to determine finishers in the district, which will affect seeding for the PIAA Tournament, which starts next weekend.
Parkland will play Northampton (16-9) at Freedom High School Thursday at 6 p.m.. The Konkrete Kids lost to defending champion and top-seed Nazareth 53-42.