Allentown Central Catholic has gone through its schedule unblemished so far during the 2017-18 season. A big reason why is because of its shooting from beyond the arc.
The winning and the successful perimeter play continued Tuesday night in a 72-50 over Parkland (4-6, 1-5) at Parkland High School.
The Vikings, who led the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference in 3-pointers made entering the game at 104, made 12 over the course of the contest, including five in the first quarter as they went on a 14-0 run to hold a 27-15 lead after the first eight-minute frame.
It came as quite of an exciting surprise to Parkland senior football player Jahan Worth.
The first surprise came last week when he found out that he was voted to the Pennsylvania Football Writers Class 6A All-State team.
The second for the two-way standout on the field was the position to which he was voted in, running back.
For two and a half quarters it looked as if the Parkland boys basketball team would not be able to overcome rival Emmaus in front of a rowdy crowd at the Hornets’ gym.
But the Trojans’ three most experienced players did not want to let that happen. Seniors Michael Ruisch and Jake Bartholomew and junior Logan Rindock each scored in double-figures and combined to score 39 of the team’s 50 points to lead a second-half comeback and defeat the Hornets 50-47 last Tuesday night at Emmaus High School in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matchup.
The game plan that head coach Andy Stephens and his Parkland boys basketball coaching staff put together before its game against Bethlehem Catholic was to play some zone, and even when it didn’t, focus the press on the Golden Hawks’ two big men in brothers Ryan and Kyle Young.
Senior Ryan Young stands at 6-foot-10 and is committed to Northwestern University. Junior Kyle Young is just as much a force in the paint, measuring at 6-foot-7.
Down 1-0 after four minutes of play, the Parkland ice hockey team blitzed Liberty for the next seven goals of the game to earn a 9-3 win last Monday night at the PPL Center in Allentown.
Parkland (10-0 overall) remains undefeated and leads the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League with 20 points, eight ahead of second-place Freedom.
During the 2016-17 season, the Parkland boys basketball team relied heavily on its experienced post players.
With senior forward Sam Iorio, the school’s all-time leading scorer, along with starters Michael Zeky and Zach Bross, the Trojans could use their size to their advantage a majority of the time last season.
But looking at 2017-18, head coach Andy Stephens will see his leadership and experience featured more in the backcourt.
Continuing the legacy t was something that the Parkland football team’s senior class wanted to do leading up to the District 11 Class 6A championship game last Friday night at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
Number one seed Parkland used the strength and legs of senior running back Jahan Worth, while its defense kept sixth-seeded Freedom out of the end zone in winning a sixth straight gold medal in the district title game 30-6.
It was the second consecutive year that the Trojans (13-0 overall) and Patriots (7-6) met in the final.
The third time was not the charm for the Parkland girls volleyball team when squaring off against Bishop Shanahan.
The Eagles were a thorn in the side of the Trojans, beating them twice during the regular season, then ending Parkland’s season last Tuesday night, winning 3-2 by scores of 25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 15-25, and 15-11 in the PIAA 4A semifinals.
In the two previous meetings in the regular season, the Trojans also fell by just one game.
It was a familiar sight for Parkland football fans last Friday night in the District 11 Class 6A final at Northampton High School. The matchup against Freedom was the second straight season that the two teams squared off in the district championship game, and the second consecutive time the Trojans came out on top.
With just a two-score game at halftime, the Parkland football team knew it needed it more, and didn’t want the same kind of close call it had against Liberty two weeks ago.
So the Trojans erupted for a 28-point second half on their way to a 52-10 victory over Easton last Friday night in the District 11 Class 6A semifinals at Parkland Area School District Stadium.