Echoing what took place in the EPC Diving Championship, Parkland girls took the top four spots in the District 11 Diving meet at Emmaus High School last weekend. Lexi Lehman, the top finisher, and second place Alexa Brinker guaranteed themselves spots in the PIAA Diving Championships later this month. Kate Gottwald finished third and Kaitlyn Smykowski finished fourth for the Lady Trojans.
Parkland came into last week’s semifinals of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tournament looking to knock off top-seeded Bethlehem Catholic, which had beaten the Lady Trojans (17-6) during the regular season in their only meeting.
Things looked promising for a while, but Beca was able to get a couple of Parkland players in foul trouble and pulled away for a 47-39 win over Parkland to advance to the EPC finals, where the Lady Hawks (23-2) downed Easton, the defending league champ, 45-40.
Both the Parkland boys and girls teams put up challenges in their season finale against rival Emmaus, with the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship on the line. In the end though, Emmaus pulled off wins late in the meet to beat the Parkland boys 98-88 and the girls 100-86. The Emmaus win over the girls was especially surprising because Emmaus hadn’t beaten the Parkland girls in about a decade or more in the regular season.
As they did in the previous Eastern Pennsylvania Conference midseason diving meet last month, Parkland’s girl divers swept the top four spots in the final standings last weekend at the postseason EPC Diving Championships.
Lexi Lehman, who finished second to Alexa Brinker in the January meet, took the top spot this time, followed by Kaitlyn Smykowski, Kate Gottwald and Serena Johnson. Brinker didn’t compete in the most recent event, and was replaced by Smykowski. Gottwald and Johnson finished third and fourth, respectively, last month.
Once again, the daunting defense of the Lady Trojans combined with their go-with-who’s-hot offensive approach resulted in a win for Parkland in the opening round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Confernece girls tournament.
Parkland downed Pocono Mountain East 44-28 to advance to the semifinals of the tournament where they faced top-seed Bethlehem Catholic. (That game was played Wednesday, after Press deadlines.)
Parkland got off to a fast start against Allen Monday night and never looked back, downing the Lady Canaries 66-42. Emily Piston scored 16 and Kassidy Stout scored 12 to pace the Trojans. Allen’s Taylor Rae Styles led all scorers with 19 points.
Parkland hit on 21-of-29 fouls shots in the game, including Piston making all six foul shots that were awarded on three technical fouls called on Allen. Canaries coach Stan Broyles was ejected after being hit with two technicals within 18 seconds of each other in the third quarter.
Nazareth and Parkland have now had two impressive battles on the court this season in girls basketball. It was almost two weeks ago when Nazareth beat the Lady Trojans 31-28 in Nazareth.
Tuesday night, the two teams met at Parkland and again, the Lady Blue Eagles came out on top with a 41-38 win.
In the first meeting, Tessa Brugler scored 20 points and she upped her game in the most recent meeting, dropping in a game-high 25 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter.
Parkland’s girls and boys swim teams kept their perfect records intact with wins over Northampton in their most recent meet. Both teams are 8-0 on the season.
The girls team got off to a quick start with Courtney Sicinski, Nicole Nesland and Grace Kennedy taking the top three spots in the 200 freestyle. The girls also swept the top three spots in the 100 freestyle when Megan Sicinski finished first, followed by Laurel Krause and Sheilagh Farrell.
Parkland divers found a lot of success at the midseason Eastern Pennsylvania Conference diving event held at Emmaus High School this past Saturday. Of the eight divers entered by Parkland – the most of any school – four girls swept the top spots and the boys had three finishers in the top six.
Alexa Brinker won the girls competition, finishing ahead of Lexi Lehman, Kate Gottwald and Serena Johnson. On the boys side, Chris Lehman was fourth, Kole Cannon fifth and Devin Cahill sixth. Jack Blommell finished 11th in the event for Parkland.
Believe it or not, the high school basketball season is closing in on the halfway point. The time for answering questions is over and teams are looking to get hot and establish themselves as they fight for conference and district playoff spots.
The Parkland girls had a few more questions than most teams coming into the season. So much so, that some thought this may be somewhat of a rebuilding year for the program, but they’ve found convincing answers to their questions.