Throughout the season, Parkland’s seniors have talked about the underclassmen and how they’ve been able to contribute to the team’s success during its 24-0 season. Last week, one of the young players came through with a big hit to give the seniors four straight conference championships with a 1-0 win over Emmaus in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship at Patriots Park in Allentown.
No offense to Nazareth, but its tennis team is really becoming a thorn in the side of the Parkland team. It was Nazareth that beat Parkland during the regular season, snapping the Trojans’ 152-game conference win streak, and then, Nazareth knocked Parkland out of the District 11 team tournament with a 3-0 win on Tuesday.
Poor weather for the local high school tennis postseason is becoming an annual tradition. The East Penn Conference Championships were postponed last week, and there still isn’t a make-up date in place. The District 11 Tournament started on Monday, but players were only able to get one round in before that had to be delayed because of rain.
The Parkland girls softball team had its toughest test of the season last week against Liberty and came through with flying colors in a tough 3-2 win over the Hurricanes. Jenna Lehr had two hits in the game, and Shauna Frank contributed a two-run first inning single and a couple of shining defensive plays in the win.
Parkland baseball seemed to be cruising along, when all of a sudden, two late inning losses threw an obstacle onto the roadway. Last week, Liberty (6-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, 8-1 overall) came up with a four-run seventh inning to beat the Trojans 5-2, and this week, division rival Emmaus got three in the top of the sixth and held on for a 3-2 win.
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.