On a night when all of the hype and attention was around Stroudsburg starting pitcher Mike Nikorak, it was Parkland in the end that garnered the attention.
Nikorak, who is projected to be selected in the first round of the MLB draft, had his fair share of scouts there to watch the senior right hander. But it was the Trojans staff of seniors Evan McAndrew and Chris Rabasco that held down one of the top hitting offenses in the league for a 4-2 win last Thursday night at Hackett Park in Easton.
Senior Chris Rabasco threw half as many innings last Thursday night in the East Penn Conference final as he has all season. But his two innings, including striking out three Stroudsburg batters in the bottom of the seventh inning, and getting out of a bases-loaded jam, clinched a 4-2 league championship for the Trojans.
"This means a lot as a senior," noted Rabasco. "This is the year you want to go out with a bang."
On the year, Rabasco had thrown just 2 and 2/3 innings before that game. He finished with 4 and 2/3, including a save, eight strikeouts and no earned runs.
It seems as if the Parkland girls lacrosse team is at the top of the conference each and every year. And that didn't change in 2015.
The Trojans dominated league play all season, and then capped it off with a 14-10 win in the inaugural East Penn Conference final last Monday night at Nazareth Area High School's Andrew Leh stadium.
It was the third straight league title for Parkland (18-2), who has been unbeaten in the league for over three seasons. Seniors, and EPC All-Stars Sophie Castillo and Mackenzie Galli combined for seven goals to help bring it home.
It looked as though the inaugural East Penn Conference final would be a blowout, and that Parkland wouldn't be able to defend its conference title. But the Trojans weren't going to go down without a fight.
Down 8-3 heading into the final quarter, there were players yelling in the huddle, the Trojans scored three quick goals within the first five minutes to trail by just two with a little under seven minutes to play.
Unlike the last time Parkland and Emmaus met last month, a 10-8, back-and-forth contest won by the Green Hornets, Emmaus led by a four-goal margin Monday afternoon at Orefield Middle School field in a game. The Hornets lost it in the second half as the Trojans stormed back to win 11-6.
Collin Tucker and Colin Mason combined for three goals to open the first quarter, and when Pat Camilli found the back of the net on an extra man advantage early in the second quarter, Emmaus (11-6) found itself up 4-0 and in complete control of the final regular season game.
It was a tale of two different games for the Parkland girls lacrosse team and rival Emmaus.
In the first matchup, a 20-9 win on April 7, the Green Hornets were right there neck-and-neck with the Trojans, just one goal down at halftime.
But last Thursday afternoon, Parkland raced out to an early 5-0 lead in the first five minutes before Emmaus could even get a shot on goal. The early deficit was too much to overcome as the Green Hornets fell to the Trojans 12-5 at Troxell Middle School field.
It hasn't happened often over the past couple of years, but the Parkland girls lacrosse team was playing in a game after losing two of the previous ones.
With close losses coming to new rival Southern Lehigh and out of conference foe Spring-Ford over the weekend, the Trojans needed some momentum heading into the last two weeks of the regular season. They got that and more Tuesday night under the lights on senior night at the Orefield Middle School field.
When Rhett Jacoby isn't on the mound helping the Trojans with his arm, he prefers to do his part with his bat and base running skills.
He didn't throw a pitch in Tuesday' 4-1 win over Hazleton, but the senior scored half of the teams run in the game at Parkland High School.
After hitting a double in the bottom of the second inning, Andrew Roth brought him home with a base hit to put Parkland up 1-0.
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.