First-year Parkland girls basketball coach Ed Ohlson is a familiar name to Lehigh Valley basketball fans, and Parkland fans in general. His son Eddie played for the Trojans in the early 2000s and is now an assistant coach on the boys team.
Ed, who was part of Rich Fatzinger’s boys staff at Parkland, was also a longtime area boys coach for several different schools before making the switch to the girls side.
Last weekend Parkland competed in the A-Town Throwdown Divaz Challenge, which was separate and played a week after the boys tournament for the first time.
The previously dubbed Sportsfest basketball tournament, which now goes by the name of A-town Throwdown tournament, has been kind to the Parkland boys basketball program recently. Within the past decade, the Trojans have celebrated multiple tournament titles on the macadam courts of Cedar Beach in Allentown.
To make it through a weekend of multiple games a day in the heat, and sometimes not having key players because of other commitments, it can be difficult to record wins against a quality field each year.
Every summer the goal for the Parkland boys basketball team is to get better as a team, but also to reach the final day of the marquee summer tournaments.
It’s been a mixed bag thus far this summer for the Trojans, who lost a recent summer league game to rival Whitehall before having a week off to prepare for the first summer tournament.
Last weekend at the Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach Tournament, Parkland found some success, winning two of its first three games, before falling Sunday in the four-day, 40-team, double-elimination style tournament.
With the school year all but wrapped up, boys varsity summer league basketball is beginning to heat up.
This weekend begins the first of two major summer basketball tournaments, with the Cedar Beach Showcase, otherwise known as the Bash at the Beach, opening up its double-elimination style format tomorrow.
But before teams had one week to prepare for the grind of playing multiple games each day in the heat, the Cedar Beach Summer League wrapped up its first half of the regular season last Thursday.
The Parkland baseball team did its part at the plate recording hits, but it did not score enough runs as it fell to Freedom 2-1 last Wednesday evening in the District 11 Class 6A championship game at Lehigh University’s J. David Walker Field.
The top-seeded Trojans (21-4 overall) tallied five hits throughout the course of the game, outhitting the seventh-seeded Patriots (16-9) 5-4. But it just came down to Freedom crossing the plate one more time than Parkland.
The last time that the Parkland boys lacrosse team was on the field with Emmaus, it was on the brink of defeat in its regular season finale at home early in May. The Trojans scored twice in the last minute of regulation to force overtime, and then notched the game-winner 30 seconds into overtime for the one-goal victory.
But their latest meeting was a bit different.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team wanted to get the sour taste out of its mouth. Coming up on the short end against Easton, two weeks ago, the Trojans did not want to experience that feeling once again.
They had to battle back from down five goals to force overtime in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final, but the Red Rovers used their All-Conference, do-it-all athlete Leanna Deegan to score the winner in overtime, and hand Parkland the silver medals.
Franco Perinotti took advantage of his first appearance at the PIAA Track and Field Championships last weekend at Shippensburg University. The Parkland senior had a top-10 finish in the pole vault, leading a group of 11 Parkland student-athletes at annual meet at Seth Grove Stadium.
Perinotti cleared a mark of 14-0 to place ninth in his first ever state competition, one place away from earning a medal.
At the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference meet the week prior, the Parkland boys 4x100 relay team did not finish the way they wanted to. But the foursome made up for it in a big way last Thursday in the final day of the two-day District 11 track and field championships at Whitehall High School.
The 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams were the big winners for the Trojans boys program, both winning gold and advancing to the PIAA state meet at Shippensburg University this weekend.
Parkland boys volleyball head coach Scott Trumbauer had the fire of a first-year coach, even though he has been head coach of the Trojans for the last 17 seasons.
With every point of every set, which turned out to be five, Trumbauer and his team faced different emotions. Ones of excitement and joy, and those of frustration and sadness.