Parkland boys lacrosse head coach Brad Schifko could be heard in the post-game huddle telling his players that nobody outside of their program had any faith in them or believed that they would win.
But high-intensity play on both ends of the field led the Trojans to a 12-7 win against top seed Easton Tuesday night in the District 11 semifinal at Northampton Area High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
It was the second win for Parkland in the district tournament, after falling in their first game last year. They took down rival Emmaus 14-6 last Thursday in the quarterfinal round.
Once the year is over, six seniors will have left their mark and gone down in Parkland girls lacrosse program history.
Sage Barnett, Alex Borelli, Ana Emrick, Cat Gaffney, Lexi Rice and Sarah Stagaard have all been at least two-year starters, and have been varsity members for multiple years. And they are winners.
With a victory last Monday evening, the Trojans (15-5 overall) captured their fourth straight league championship with an 18-10 victory over Easton in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final.
The Parkland boys lacrosse team had seen Central Catholic twice during the regular season, and both times it had beaten the Vikings (14-11 on March 31 and 15-9 on April 28).
Beating a team three times in a row is always a tough task, and it proved to be too difficult for the Trojans last Thursday evening at Parkland High School.
Back on April 14, Parkland and Easton girls lacrosse teams played to a one-goal decision at 13-12, where anything could have happened.
But last Monday evening in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final, it didn’t take long for one team to show its dominance.
The Trojans (15-5 overall) scored seven of the game’s first eight goals to take a 7-1 lead midway through the first half after the game was tied at one.
They were never really threatened on their way to an 18-10 victory and a second straight EPC title.
It looked as if the lights at the baseball field at Parkland High School would have to be turned on.
The afternoon baseball game between Parkland and Central Catholic had gone to the ninth inning tied at zero, and with the clock pushing past 7 p.m., there was still no end in sight.
Both teams’ starting pitchers were throwing gems. The Vikings had more of the scoring opportunities, but Michael Jenkins and Braeden Duff got outs when they needed to, and kept their team in it.
When Parkland boys volleyball head coach Scott Trumbauer makes his schedule each year, he wants to add high-profile teams to challenge his Trojans. And a lot of times, that comes from outside of the Lehigh Valley and District 11.
Teams like Pennridge (No. 3 in 3A), North Allegheny (No. 2 in 3A), Ambridge (No. 2 in 2A), and Derry (No. 5 in 2A) are some of the top-ranked teams in the state that Parkland has played this season. They went 4-0.
At Parkland High School, Justin Bergen wears a number of faces: a senior set to graduate in a matter of weeks, Vice President of the Class of 2016 and future student at the University of Pittsburgh.
But one of his greatest accomplishments has likely gone unnoticed by most.
Bergen, who learned to ski before being enrolled in preschool, recently capped his racing career at Blue Mountain a few weeks ago. He finished the season ranked fifth in Pennsylvania out of approximately 100 athletes that ski in competition.
Parkland basketball senior Kyle Stout and junior Sam Iorio have both improved their games within the last year. Not only has their skill gotten better, but they’ve both become stronger and more experienced at winning basketball for multiple years as upperclassmen.
The two Trojans basketball players were selected to the All-State team. Iorio was named to the second team, and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference MVP Stout was on the third team.
The Parkland football program appointed a familiar face to the vacant head coaching position, welcoming former defensive coordinator Tim Moncman to the helm. He was approved at a board meeting last week.
It’s been a few years since the former Liberty High School head coach has been at the head of a program. It is a position he didn’t know he would get back into. But after talks with his family, and the retiring of Trojan head coach Jim Morgans, the time was right for Moncman to step forward once again.
The Parkland boys lacrosse team was entering a tough stretch in the 2016 schedule. A week in which the Trojans played four games in four days and five in six, they had every reason to be tired or start slow heading into laast week’s game against Emmaus.
That wasn’t the case in the rivalry game under the lights at Parkland High School last Wednesday night.