Squaring up against an undefeated, and defending league and District 11 champion, the Pleasant Valley team knew it had to play close to flawless softball to take down Parkland Monday night under the lights at Parkland High School.
But unforced errors prevented that from happening. Four errors, and 12 walks by Bears pitchers allowed the Trojans to take a big lead and a 9-1 victory in a rematch of last year's District 11 Class AAAA championship game.
The Whitehall boys volleyball team was in a couple of large holes within the first two games last Thursday night. The Zephyrs were behind by double digits for a part of both games, and Parkland had a big size advantage.
It looked as if the Trojans were going to breeze to a couple of easy wins in the opening games, and another 3-0 set win, but a youthful Whitehall team did not back down and kept fighting until the end.
Parkland, however, used its length, and the sizeable leads it held to take down Whitehall 3-0 by scores of 25-17, 25-20, and 25-19 at Whitehall High School.
With the winter weather keeping most spring sports teams indoors to start the season, the Parkland softball team was fortunate enough to have made a trip to Florida the last week of March, to play against some competition from across the country.
Not only did the Trojans win two games that count towards their overall record, the players were able to get out of the Parkland gymnasium and play in game situations, something that assistant coach Barry Williams couldn't have been happier about.
Looking at the scoreboard at halftime, it showed Emmaus 6, Parkland 7.
Just a one-goal game, which was unusual for the Trojans girls lacrosse team this year. By halftime, they have seemingly had the game in hand already. But this rivalry always brings out the best in both teams.
It was another typical Emmaus-Parkland boys lacrosse match. Two teams that have been at or near the top of the boys lacrosse standings for the last decade were involved in yet another memorable matchup last Wednesday night at Emmaus High School in a playoff-like atmosphere. With the Trojans having won the final Lehigh Valley Conference title last year, and the Green Hornets taking the District 11 championship, once again there was a lot riding on this one.
The Parkland boys volleyball team has picked up right where it left off in 2014, winning games.
The defending conference and district champions are currently ranked fourth in the state, and flexed their muscle Tuesday night at Parkland High School with a 3-0 sweep over Northampton by scores of 25-13, 25-12 and 25-18.
"We've started strong so far this year, and we have to if we want to keep our high ranking," junior setter Andrew Hillman said.
It wasn't the way senior boys basketball player Justin Jones and senior girls basketball player Aubrey Beidelman wanted their careers to end. Early exits in the PIAA tournament a little over two weeks ago left a sour taste in their mouths, but that wasn't the last time Jones or Beidelman would put on their Parkland jerseys.
Last Saturday at Northampton Area Community College, they laced up their sneakers next to some of the top athletes in the Colonial League and East Penn Conference at the Via All-Star Classic.
So far through three games the Parkland girls lacrosse team hasn't had any problems outscoring opponents.
For the third consecutive game, the Trojans eclipsed the 20-goal mark in taking down Northampton Tuesday afternoon at Troxell Middle School, 20-3 for a 3-0 start to the season under new head coach Dawn Cipolla.
"She's worked with all of us since a young age with the Schnecksville program," said Galli. "She knows each of us and what we are good at and how to capitalize on that."
The Parkland boys lacrosse team has come away with silver medals the last couple of years, but just can't seem to take it one step more.
With Lehigh Valley Conference championshipship under their belt the last two years, the Trojans are still seeking to clinch that almighty first District 11 title in program history.
But in 2015, balance, depth and senior leadership are three traits that may put this team over the top. With a lot of talent back, Parkland will be one of the favorites again.
Parkland baseball head coach Tony Galucy will have a plethora of good options this season at the most important position in baseball.
His pitching staff will be the strong point to a Trojan team that is coming off Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 championships. The staff is headlined by seniors Connor Higgins and Rhett Jacoby, and includes four-year starter at shortstop Chris Rabasco, and Evan McAndrew.