The last two years, the Liberty football team had success against Parkland. The Hurricanes had beaten the five-time defending District 11 champs in each of the last two regular seasons.
But last Friday night was a different story.
Turnovers and penalties terrorized the Hurricanes as they fell to Parkland 24-7 in their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference home opener at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
At the beginning of last week, Parkland football head coach Tim Moncman was focused on slowing down Nazareth’s electric wide receiver Jahan Dotson.
Friday night, his team accomplished that goal and it severely limited the Blue Eagle offense.
The Emmaus and Parkland boys soccer teams have been putting aside their heated rivalry, and instead have been coming together of late to play for a good cause.
For the fifth straight year, the Green Hornets and Trojans met on the field the Red Card Cancer Game, showcasing awareness for the illness and helping out a local family in need.
The teams wore uniquely colored shirts in pregame warm-ups, and posed for a photo following the game with the words ‘Fight Cancer.’
The meaning of the game was a win, and the outcome was just as good for Parkland.
Week one of the high school football scene was a good one for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South division. All nine teams were victorious, and won their respective games by double digits. Only one of nine cross-division game was decided by fewer than 31 points.
Parkland shutout Allen 49-0 and now prepares for a Nazareth team that surprised many by their dismantling of Pleasant Valley 50-10 in the opener last Friday night.
No matter who the opponent is, opening the regular season with a victory is always important in gaining momentum for the long run.
For the second year in a row, the Parkland football team played its first game of the season against Eastern Pennsylvania Conference opponent Allen. The Canaries have struggled in recent years and they were overmatched last Friday night.
The Trojans (1-0) were able to break in their new players and work each member of their roster onto the field in a 49-0 rout at Andre Reed Field at J Birney Crum Stadium.
The Parkland boys basketball team had a rough start to this year’s summer league. It might not be a surprise considering the Trojans lost a lot of senior leadership to graduation last year, including all-time leading scorer Sam Iorio.
They struggled to win games to begin the summer league, and then at the Cedar Beach Bash tournament in late June. But the proud program, one that has played in the last six district championship games and won four of them, began to find its stride like it seems to do in every season, summer or winter.
Sometimes even the best of athletes have to wait their turn.
Morgan Sherwin, a 2017 Parkland High School graduate, saw plenty of action on the volleyball court as an underclassman. But it wasn’t until last fall that she really broke out and produced at a high level after playing behind a couple of All-District and All-State players as a junior.
With her success on the court and on the track, Sherwin has been named the Parkland Press Female Athlete of the Year.
For the last four years, Parkland boys basketball head coach Andy Stephens didn’t have to think too hard about who he was penciling in to the starting lineup at one of the forward spots. From his freshman year until the final game of his high school career last March, 2017 graduate Sam Iorio was one of the starting five for the Trojans.
He was a staple of a program that has won four of the last five District 11 titles, and played in the last six district finals. He has also been named this year’s Parkland Press Male Athlete of the Year.
There were some close calls and some blowouts, games where they could coast, and even a bench-clearing altercation. All of this occurred in a weekend of basketball for Parkland at the SportsFest A-town Throwdown tournament.
The Trojans played the maximum number of games, winning their first six before dropping the seventh, the championship game, on their way to taking second place in the 48-team pool play format.
Unlike three weeks before at the Cedar Beach Bash Showcase tournament, the Parkland girls basketball team had mostly a full roster last weekend at the SportsFest A-town Throwdown tournament at Cedar Beach Park.
That depth in the lineup propelled the Trojans to win four of their five games and advance to Sunday’s playoff bracket before falling to eventual champion Bethlehem Catholic in the quarterfinal round.