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.
Entering the 2018 spring season, the Parkland boys tennis team will have the luxury of senior leadership in its lineup. Six seniors will occupy the Trojans’ lineup this season, with three of the seniors having the experience of competing in last year’s District 11 3A tournament.
Lehighton Area High School senior football player Nolan Ryan Wentz became the second Lehighton football player in the past 12 years to earn the Lehigh Valley Football Scholar-Athlete Award.
Wentz earned the honor on March 4 at the 58th annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter banquet.
The annual banquet honors a high school football senior from one of 33 schools that best represents achievements both on and off the football field.
Muhlenberg College senior basketball player Nick Rindock stepped onto the West Allentown campus as a winner. He won two District 11 championships in his final two seasons at Parkland High School, so the confidence and winning attitude was with him as he took his talents to the college level.
The Parkland ice hockey team has been the class of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League for more than a decade. That status remained intact another year.
The Trojans skated through the LVSHL playoffs unscathed, first by shutting out fourth-seeded Emmaus 6-0 last Friday night in a one-game semifinal round. Parkland then took care of second seed Freedom in a best-of-three series, winning in two games with the clincher coming via a 4-1 victory at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena Tuesday night.
It is the 12th overall championship for Parkland and ninth straight.
Trading wins during their two regular season games, the rubber match between the Parkland and Northampton boys basketball teams had more on the line. With a spot in the District 11 Class 6A final four and berth in the PIAA state tournament at stake, it was the hot outside shooting of the Konkrete Kids that proved too much for the Trojans to overcome last Saturday afternoon in the district quarterfinals at Allen High School’s Sewards gymnasium.
The third seed Northampton relied on a three-point barrage to take down sixth seed Parkland 74-65.