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.
Continuing the legacy t was something that the Parkland football team’s senior class wanted to do leading up to the District 11 Class 6A championship game last Friday night at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
Number one seed Parkland used the strength and legs of senior running back Jahan Worth, while its defense kept sixth-seeded Freedom out of the end zone in winning a sixth straight gold medal in the district title game 30-6.
It was the second consecutive year that the Trojans (13-0 overall) and Patriots (7-6) met in the final.
The third time was not the charm for the Parkland girls volleyball team when squaring off against Bishop Shanahan.
The Eagles were a thorn in the side of the Trojans, beating them twice during the regular season, then ending Parkland’s season last Tuesday night, winning 3-2 by scores of 25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 15-25, and 15-11 in the PIAA 4A semifinals.
In the two previous meetings in the regular season, the Trojans also fell by just one game.
It was a familiar sight for Parkland football fans last Friday night in the District 11 Class 6A final at Northampton High School. The matchup against Freedom was the second straight season that the two teams squared off in the district championship game, and the second consecutive time the Trojans came out on top.
With just a two-score game at halftime, the Parkland football team knew it needed it more, and didn’t want the same kind of close call it had against Liberty two weeks ago.
So the Trojans erupted for a 28-point second half on their way to a 52-10 victory over Easton last Friday night in the District 11 Class 6A semifinals at Parkland Area School District Stadium.
The District 11 Class 6A championship game will have a similar look to it this season as it did in 2016.
First-seed Parkland (12-0 overall) and sixth-seeded Freedom (7-5) will meet Friday night at Northampton High School for the second consecutive year. Last season, the Trojans beat the Patriots 24-14 for their fifth straight district title.
For three quarters, it looked as if the Parkland football team and its seniors would be playing in their final game of the 2017 season. But just as champions do, the Trojans fought until the very end and came for the win.
The Nazareth volleyball team was playing some of its best volleyball all year heading into the District 11 Class 4A final last Thursday night at Whitehall High School. The Blue Eagles won three straight district matches, including against top Eastern Pennsylvania Conference members Emmaus and top seed Liberty. But, they met an even hotter team in postseason play.
Third-seeded Parkland defeated the fifth-seeded Blue Eagles in four sets by scores of 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22.
Parkland and Easton in the District 11 football playoffs. That’s nothing new, and it’s music to the ears of Trojans and Red Rovers fans, along with unbiased high school football fans in the Lehigh Valley.
These two teams have met in each of the last five district tournaments, with Parkland coming away as the victor in every one of them.
Each game has been close, however, and the two teams battle until the very end in this rivalry of two of the most successful programs in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11.