The Parkland boys and girls swim teams are as focused as ever as they prepare for the final stretch of the 2019-20 season in the upcoming weeks.
The Trojan swim teams sport undefeated 7-0 records and while the they have a few dual meets left in the season, there’s one that Parkland swimmers look forward to most year in and year out. They take on Emmaus on Saturday, Feb. 1.
The Hornets are defending district champions in boys and girls divisions, breaking a 10-year run by the PHS girls last season.
The Parkland boys basketball team had the season’s busiest and longest stretch of games conclude with a victory. The Trojans played five games in a span of seven days and ended the rough stretch 3-2 after a 43-28 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference win over Pleasant Valley last Tuesday night at Parkland High School.
Parkland (10-5 overall, 7-3 EPC) fell to Freedom on Tuesday, Jan. 7, then defeated Notre Dame (Green Pond) the following night and Dieruff two nights later. The Trojans were taken down by Lower Merion on Sunday before they were victorious over the Bears two nights later.
It doesn’t happen often, but the Parkland ice hockey team found itself trailing after one period of action. But the deficit didn’t last long as the Trojans scored four unanswered goals, three of which came in a pivotal second period comeback as Parkland defeated Easton 8-3 last Monday night in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League action at the Lehigh Valley Ice Rink.
The Trojans (13-0-1 overall, 27 points) tallied three second period goals after falling behind 2-1 following the opening period of play, and remained in first place in the league table with the victory.
Senior captains Jake Melady and Jared Kucharczuk have both grown and come onto their own this year in their final seasons in red and white. The duo combined to score more than half of the Trojans’ points as Parkland ran away in the fourth quarter in a 71-57 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference victory over Pocono Mountain West last Thursday night at Parkland High School.
The win over the Panthers (4-7 overall, 2-4 EPC) was the second in-a-row for the Trojans (7-4, 5-3).
The Parkland ice hockey team continued to show its dominance against league opposition as it took down Southern Lehigh 6-1 last Monday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Rink in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League action.
The Trojans (10-0-1) remain at the top of the standings, while the Spartans (8-5) are third. In a matchup of top-three teams one team showed it’s talent.
After winning the first four games to start the 2019-20 campaign, the Parkland boys basketball team had tripped up a little bit, losing two of its next three games. But the Trojans got back to their winning ways quickly.
Following a narrow defeat to Wilkes-Barre Area on Friday evening in the opener of the Allen High School’s Holiday Tournament, Parkland bounced back to take down Springfield Delco 55-33 Saturday afternoon in Sewards Gymnasium.
The Parkland boys basketball team had back-to-back quarters that went in opposite directions in defining the result of Friday’s game against Whitehall.
After trailing following the first quarter, the Trojans outscored the Zephyrs 15-11 in the second frame, but then were outscored 16-4 in the third quarter as the Zephyrs took control of the game and to win 59-54 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division game at Whitehall High School.
The Parkland wrestling team found itself ahead early on in its match against Emmaus last week The Trojans were riding a ton of positive momentum, but things quickly changed as Emmaus fought back and won the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference match 48-19 last Wednesday night at Parkland High School.
The Trojans won the first two bouts via a 5-3 decision by Joe Dolak (145) and a 16-3 major decision from Luke Yatcilla (152) to go up 7-0 early on. They then won the fourth bout with a pin by Jacob Ortman in 4:37 at 170 to go up 13-6 with all of the momentum on their side.
Following a 12-point victory against rival Emmaus in the Parkland boys basketball team’s season-opener, head coach Andy Stephens and his players knew they could do better, especially their fundamentals. The Trojans found themselves trailing for half of the game before pulling off the comeback. But Parkland shot just 50-percent (10-for-20) from the charity stripe against the Hornets.
The Trojans improved on that number in their next game.
Coming into the season, Parkland girls basketball head coach Ed Ohlson had already been dealt a handful of key injuries and with very young players having to take on bigger roles, he was cautious about what to expect from this year’s team.
Through the first three games, both Ohlson and his players have turned caution into confidence as the Lady Trojans have opened up with a 3-0 record. The Trojans won the Tip-Off Classic in Bristol and then opened league play with a convincing 52-30 win over Emmaus Tuesday night.