The Parkland boys basketball team has dominated the East Penn Conference this season. The Trojans are undefeated in the conference and have won 12 of their 13 league games by double digits.
But for the first 16 minutes of last Friday night's game against Emmaus, Parkland looked beatable.
That didn't last long.
Parkland (18-1 overall, 13-0 East Penn Conference) showed its might and took another double digit win, 72-49 over Emmaus last Friday night at Parkland high school.
It seemed like déjà vu for the Parkland wrestling team last weekend at the District 11 team dual meet at Freedom High School.
Nearly a month ago the Trojans were beaten by Bethlehem Catholic 51-3. Then, after a first round victory over Bangor on Thursday in the second round of the Distric 11 Duals, Parkland met the Hawks again. But it was the same result, a lopsided loss by the Trojans, 58-3.
Austin Beidelman was used to being the go-to guy on his high school basketball team. He was counted on to take the last shot his junior and senior seasons, and finished each season as the leading scorer for Parkland.
But as he left high school behind and went on to play at Division II Kutztown University, Beidelman was not depended on to take 20 shots a game, or even the last one for that matter.
For most of their East Penn Conference contests this season, the Parkland boys basketball team has put away their opponents early on and held large leads by halftime which allowed head coach Andy Stephens to cruise through the final parts of the games.
But last Friday night against Northampton, the Trojans struggled to put away the Kids, before a fourth-quarter surge gave Parkland the 63-41 win on senior night at Parkland High School to remain undefeated in the East Penn Conference.
For a better part of the season, the Parkland boys basketball team has had several different players score in double figures in each game. No one has been quite as consistent at that as junior guard Devante Cross.
Cross has led the team in scoring for more than half of its games. But last Friday night, the Trojans showed just how good they really are, with Cross being the distributor in a 65-36 win against Nazareth at Parkland High School.
A pin is the highest scoring win that a wrestler can achieve from a match as it earns his team bonus points. Those points add up and usually determine which team wins the match.
Two straight pins from Dan Oberle (182 pounds) and Tom Alcaro (195) put Emmaus in front of Parkland for the first time all night with two bouts remaining last Wednesday at Parkland High School.
Parkland kept up it's roll through Eastern Pennsylvania Conference teams last Friday night at Parkland High School. Not only did the Trojans cruise to an 87-32 victory over Freedom to stay undefeated in the EPC, but each and every player had a hand in the win by scoring at least two points.
Over the last three years, Eli Redmond has switched positions several times. He has gone back-and-forth between his two primary spots on the field.
During his junior year at Parkland in 2012, Redmond was one of the main running backs that gave a thunder and lightning one-two punch with Jarel Elder. In Redmond's senior season, head coach Jim Morgans felt that the team would be better if he moved Redmond to wide receiver, specifically in the slot where receivers use speed in the open field.
It was not a memorable night for the Trojan wrestling team. It was one they surely wanted to forget as soon as they left Parkland High School gymnasium.
The Golden Hawks won all but one bout, and cruised to a 51-3 win to stay unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
Shot after shot was fired on net in the third period, and each one found the glove, stick or pads of Parkland senior goalie Jordan Lorah. Lorah came up big in the final frame, preventing any goals from crossing his line to preserve a 3-2 win over the Diocese team consisting of Bethlehem Catholic, Central Catholic and Notre Dame (Green Pond) last Monday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
The win keeps Parkland (10-0-1) undefeated on the season.
It was a stark contrast from the first time these teams met last month, with the Trojans taking that game 7-0.