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Boys lax is young but ‘explosive’

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

When the Parkland boys lacrosse team lost to Easton 8-6 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final a year ago, nobody around the program dropped their head. They expected to be there and to win that game, but also knew better things were coming.

But with an upset in their next game against Central Catholic in the District 11 first round, the Trojans season surprisingly ended earlier than most had hoped.

Girls lax returns majority of starters

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

When a team wins its conference championship, and is one win shy of a district title, there is usually not much of a rebuilding process the following year.

That is true to an extent for the Parkland girls lacrosse team, which finished 2015 at 19-3 and earned last year’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship. The Trojans were runner-up in the District 11 playoffs to Southern Lehigh.

Ewald, Stagaard play in Via

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Each year the high school basketball season wraps up with a special event, not only for senior players, but also for a group of youngsters who may never get the chance to suit up in a varsity basketball game.

The 41st annual All-Star game was held last Saturday at Northampton Community College and featured representatives from 35 high schools around the Lehigh Valley. The Classic raises funds to support Via of the Lehigh Valley’s services for children and adults with disabilities and promotes community involvement.

Morgans steps down

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Jim Morgans is a Lehigh Valley guy. He did not spend his whole life here, but he made his mark.

After graduating from Allentown Central Catholic in 1964, Morgans headed down south for the next five years of his life. He attended junior college in Texas before finishing up his business degree and enjoying a football playing career in Louisiana.

But it was always about the Lehigh Valley, and Allentown in particular, that Morgans wanted to be a part of. And he loved football.

Softball returns many from title team

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

For the last couple of seasons the Parkland softball team has been led by an experienced battery. Their pitcher and catcher seemingly had a ton of varsity experience under their belts each and every year. But in 2015, the Trojans relied on the arm of a sophomore.

Aubree Fritzinger did not disappoint, going 27-1 and posting a 1.41 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 27 walks in 154 innings in her first year as a varsity starter leading. She helped Parkland to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, District 11 and PIAA state titles, their first one since 2009.

Yeboah makes the most of two years at PHS

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

It was around this time two years ago that Parkland senior Kenny Yeboah and his family made the move from Providence, Rhode Island, to Allentown. Yeboah wasn’t sure what to expect, and was a little nervous.

“It was tough because I was changing schools and was having to make new friends, and live in a big city,” Yeboah said. “Even though Providence is the capital, it is a smaller city. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m glad we made the move because we didn’t really have the successful teams there like we do here.”

PHS falls to defending champs

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Parkland boys basketball had won 25 straight games, but the one last Saturday afternoon at Council Rock South may have been the toughest of the bunch.

For most of the season, the Trojans had been the aggressor and controlled tempo, but in the PIAA quarterfinals against defending state champion Roman Catholic, the roles were turned.

The Trojans played like a four-time District 11 champion for the first three quarters, but in the fourth quarter, the Cahillites (25-4) proved too strong and Parkland’s season ended with a 73-60 loss.

Basketball is a family tradition for Dreisbach

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Jack Dreisbach has been a three-year member of the Parkland basketball team, and a two-year starter for a team that won four consecutive District 11 Class 4A titles, and two straight league championships.

“It was a great four years,” Dreisbach said. “We had some great teams and won a lot of games. It is something I will never forget, playing with these guys.”

Dreisbach learned the game at a young age. His father, Bill, has been an assistant coach for Parkland and coached Jack over his four-year career.