In just its first game of the 2018 regular season, the defending District 11 Class 3A champion Parkland boys lacrosse team suffered a two-goal setback to defending 2A champ Central Catholic in a battle of last year’s gold medalists.
The two teams met again Tuesday, but this time the outcome was spun around.
Junior attacker James Cipolla had a night to remember. The Ohio State commit had five goals and an assist in leading the Parkland boys lacrosse team to an 11-3 win last Thursday night against Emmaus in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action at Emmaus High School’s Memorial Field.
The Trojans (10-3 overall, 8-1 EPC) blitzed the Green Hornets (8-5, 7-3) in the second half, outscoring them 7-0 after intermission, with six of those goals coming in the fourth quarter.
Softball can be a game of failure. More times than not, batters make an out rather than get a hit. The Parkland softball team used the miscues of Emmaus to score two runs in the fourth inning, as it came from behind and held on for a 2-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) win last Monday afternoon at Parkland High School.
Parkland senior football players Jahan Worth and Kobe Thomas have had decorated careers on the gridiron the last four years. And the duo will get to continue their high school football careers for one more game before heading off to play on the Division I level in college.
Worth and Thomas were recently selected to play in the 61st Annual 2018 Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association Big 33 Football Classic, which will take place on Saturday, June 16 at Landis Field in Harrisburg.
When Parkland boys volleyball head coach Scott Trumbauer was asked to describe his team’s five-set win over Northampton last Tuesday evening, he used the word ‘respond.’
The Trojans did indeed respond, twice over the course of the match. They responded after losses in games one and four to defeat the Kids 3-2 by scores of 30-32, 25-15, 25-18, 21-25 and 15-11 at Northampton Area High School.
Parkland senior Jake Nimeh is a two-sport athlete who excels at both hockey and golf. He just recently finished off a high school playing career on the ice last month, helping to lead the Trojans to a Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League championship and a berth in the Flyers Cup.
It was not only his success on the ice that stood out, but his play off the ice that was noticed by the hockey world.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team was plagued by a slow start and was not able to make a comeback last Saturday morning, falling 11-7 in a nonconference game to Wilson West Lawn at Parkland High School.
The Trojans (3-1 overall, 1-0 EPC) opened their season with consecutive wins against Moravian Academy and Central Catholic before facing the Bulldogs.
The yearly tilt against Wilson, a perennial tough opponent from the Reading area and District 3, is used as a measuring stick for Parkland.
After a season-opening setback to rival Central Catholic, the Parkland boys lacrosse team responded with a nonconference win over Wilson West Lawn three days later, beating the Bulldogs 9-5 last Saturday at Parkland High School.
While the 14-12 defeat to the Vikings was one that may have gotten away, it did not sting for too long for the Trojans (2-1 overall, 1-1 EPC).
The Parkland girls lacrosse team will lean on its offense in 2018. The Trojans boast one of the strongest offensive attacks in District 11. Multi-year leading scorer Camryn Barnett, a senior, leads a talented returning group that includes Abby Pope, Morgan Hurd, Emily Leiby and Mackenzie Roth up front.
The 2017 season for the Parkland boys lacrosse team ended in historic fashion. The Trojans finished with a 20-3 overall record, were crowned Eastern Pennsylvania Conference East Division champs, were runner-up in the league, and won their first ever District 11 championship while qualifying for the state tournament.
As in any year, Parkland lost some key players to graduation, but the amount of experience and talent returning this year trumps the losses of last year.