If the Parkland football team plays like it did the first 24 minutes of last Friday night’s win against Nazareth, the Trojans will surely struggle with Friday night’s opponent. Penalties, a turnover and lackluster defense at times kept Nazareth in last week’s game until the final quarter.
If Parkland starts this week’s contest the same way, Liberty could very well earn its second victory in two years over the four-time defending district champs.
The Trojans had everything going for them during the 2015 season. They were 12-3-2 heading into the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs, with their only losses coming to top league opponents.
Five wins later the Trojans were crowned EPC champions and were playing for the District 11 title. But rival Emmaus ended their season with a 2-0 victory and the district championship.
There were a lot of new faces on the Parkland School District Stadium field last Friday night during the opening weekend of football.
From the players on the field, to the coach on the sidelines, the 2016 Parkland football team looked completely different from the last time it stepped on the field on December 12 in Hershey.
But just like those 2015 Trojans, this year’s squad opened up their campaign with a victory, taking down Allen 56-6 to give former defensive coordinator Tim Moncman his first win as Parkland head coach.
The 2016 Blue Mountain League championship series had a lot of familiar faces for Lehigh Valley baseball fans. Former local high school players ranging in age from 17-40 laced up their cleats in what proved to be what former Parkland baseball standout Nick Rabasco called “déjà vu.”
The Limeport Bulls came back from a 2-1 series deficit and took the final two games to win the BML title in a dramatic 1-0 game 5 last Saturday night at Limeport Stadium. It was the second year in a row these two teams met for all of the marbles, and the second consecutive league trophy for the Bulls.
There are a lot of similarities between Jarel and Jarey Elder. The two brothers starred during their senior years on two different District 11 Class 4A champion Parkland Trojans football teams, with Jarel graduating two years before younger brother Jarey.
They also both chose to attend the same university to continue their careers on the gridiron and in the classroom at West Chester University.
With the two summer showcase tournaments behind them, the Parkland boys basketball players had their eyes set on following up with another summer tournament title that they had won a year ago.
After a quick exit from the Stellar tournament, and a quarterfinal loss in SportsFest, the Trojans knew they were playing for one more chance at a championship.
Not a lot more could have been accomplished by recent Parkland graduate Siena Salvaggio. The two-sport standout was a decorated student-athlete on the court and in the pool. She was a two-time state champion in volleyball and a two-time state gold medalist in swimming, and was named the Parkland Press Female Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row.
On most good teams, upperclassmen see most of the playing time and produce most of the results, even though there may be talented younger players waiting in the wings.
Kyle Stout waited for his turn, and when the time came, he took advantage of it and became one of the more successful two-sport student-athletes to play at Parkland High School.
The Stellar and Sportsfest basketball tournaments are hosted a week apart from one another and are both at Allentown’s Cedar Beach Park. But the two tournaments also have some major differences.
Not only is Sportsfest a round-robin style tournament, but it has a number of different teams from out of the area that are not part of the Stellar girls tournament.
The Parkland boys basketball program saw itself in an unfamiliar spot two weekends ago at the Stellar Catch A Rising Star Showcase. The Trojans were eliminated before Sunday’s playoff action. Champions the year prior, the team had an earlier exit than usually expected of the Trojans.
But last weekend was a different story. Parkland was back to playing deep into the summer premier tournaments, advancing to the Elite 8 before dropping a seven-point game to eventual champ Liberty at the Sportsfest A-town Throwdown event held at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown.