The Parkland and Central Catholic boys basketball players must have felt like they were shooting a basketball into the ocean in the first quarter of their game last Tuesday night at Rockne Hall at Central Catholic High School.
The two teams combined for 10 three-pointers in the first quarter. Although the Trojans went almost point for point with the Vikings that opening frame, they weren’t able to match it for the rest of the game and fell 64-52 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matchup.
Parkland junior wrestler Brandon Kassis did not wrestle last year as a sophomore, but has been a part of the Trojans program for two seasons counting this year. They have been two successful seasons when it comes to wrestling at one of the biggest wrestling tournaments in the North East, Escape the Rock Tournament.
For a brief few minutes in the first period of last Monday night’s game, the mood around the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena was of disbelief as the Parkland ice hockey team was trailing in its game against Freedom. And the way that the Trojans fell behind was drastic, as they scored the game’s opening goal before giving up two consecutive goals in a span of just 28 seconds.
But three goals in each of the second and third periods helped to push Parkland past the Patriots, 8-2, in a Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League matchup of the first- and second-place teams in the league.
Coming off of a 1-4 showing as host of the Parkland Duals Tournament and a dual meet loss to Nazareth last week, Parkland was looking to bounce back.
A day after the loss to the Blue Eagles, Pocono Mountain East came into Parkland High School Gymnasium, and the Trojans won 11 of the 14 bouts. Parkland had seven pins and took down the Cardinals 62-13 last Thursday night.
Allentown Central Catholic has gone through its schedule unblemished so far during the 2017-18 season. A big reason why is because of its shooting from beyond the arc.
The winning and the successful perimeter play continued Tuesday night in a 72-50 over Parkland (4-6, 1-5) at Parkland High School.
The Vikings, who led the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference in 3-pointers made entering the game at 104, made 12 over the course of the contest, including five in the first quarter as they went on a 14-0 run to hold a 27-15 lead after the first eight-minute frame.
It came as quite of an exciting surprise to Parkland senior football player Jahan Worth.
The first surprise came last week when he found out that he was voted to the Pennsylvania Football Writers Class 6A All-State team.
The second for the two-way standout on the field was the position to which he was voted in, running back.
For two and a half quarters it looked as if the Parkland boys basketball team would not be able to overcome rival Emmaus in front of a rowdy crowd at the Hornets’ gym.
But the Trojans’ three most experienced players did not want to let that happen. Seniors Michael Ruisch and Jake Bartholomew and junior Logan Rindock each scored in double-figures and combined to score 39 of the team’s 50 points to lead a second-half comeback and defeat the Hornets 50-47 last Tuesday night at Emmaus High School in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matchup.
The game plan that head coach Andy Stephens and his Parkland boys basketball coaching staff put together before its game against Bethlehem Catholic was to play some zone, and even when it didn’t, focus the press on the Golden Hawks’ two big men in brothers Ryan and Kyle Young.
Senior Ryan Young stands at 6-foot-10 and is committed to Northwestern University. Junior Kyle Young is just as much a force in the paint, measuring at 6-foot-7.
Down 1-0 after four minutes of play, the Parkland ice hockey team blitzed Liberty for the next seven goals of the game to earn a 9-3 win last Monday night at the PPL Center in Allentown.
Parkland (10-0 overall) remains undefeated and leads the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League with 20 points, eight ahead of second-place Freedom.
During the 2016-17 season, the Parkland boys basketball team relied heavily on its experienced post players.
With senior forward Sam Iorio, the school’s all-time leading scorer, along with starters Michael Zeky and Zach Bross, the Trojans could use their size to their advantage a majority of the time last season.
But looking at 2017-18, head coach Andy Stephens will see his leadership and experience featured more in the backcourt.