Summer league basketball can be a struggle for programs that are breaking in new starters, have inexperienced varsity players or new plays to implement. Another thing that can get in the way of a varsity team’s summer experience are AAU Tournaments.
Collin Duff and Sergio Rodriguez of the North Parkland legion baseball team combined to throw a no-hitter, allowing no runs and no hits in leading the Buffaloes to a 2-0 victory against Salisbury last Friday evening at Salisbury High School.
Duff threw the first six innings and Rodriguez finished off the seventh to record the save while giving North Parkland its fifth consecutive win to open the regular season.
The Parkland boys basketball team got off to a slow start Tuesday in it’s summer basketball game against Reading.
The Trojans trailed the perennial state power Red Knights by nearly 20 points in the first half. But Parkland never gave up and came within one shot of a win.
The early deficit proved too much to overcome as the Trojans lost the game against the Red Knights 52-48 last Tuesday evening in the Cedar Beach Summer Basketball League.
After defeating Easton for the second time this season and second time in a postseason game, the Parkland girls lacrosse team was riding a six-game win streak and carrying momentum at the right time of the year.
But the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 Class 3A champion Trojans (15-8) met a powerful Radnor (18-5) team out of District 1. The 2017 Class 2A state champions jumped out in front early and Parkland could not dig itself out of an early hole, falling 15-3 last Friday afternoon at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team seems to always step up when it matters most. The Trojans flexed their muscles and started fast right out of the gate in scoring the game’s first eight goals, then held on to defeat Easton 12-9 last Wednesday night at DeSales University in the District 11 Class 3A championship game.
It is the fourth consecutive district title for the Trojans, who also beat the Red Rovers in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final.
It had never been done before in the history of Parkland’s boys lacrosse program. And it will have to wait another year.
Parkland was one win shy of finishing with a perfect and undefeated record on its way to a district championship. But a hungry rival in Emmaus was up for the challenge and took down the Trojans 7-6 in overtime of the District 11 Class 3A championship game last Friday night at Lehigh University’s Ulrich Sports Complex.
Every team wants to be playing its best when it reaches the postseason. The Parkland girls lacrosse team has been one of the hottest teams in the district over the last few weeks and continued its winning ways by taking down Pleasant Valley 21-7 Monday night at Northampton Area High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium in the District 11 Class 3A semifinals.
The Trojans boast a well-balanced scoring attack on offense, and that showed early on as they had five different goal scorers in the first half and six different players total find the back of the net.
Last year did not sit too well for the Parkland girls lacrosse players.
After five straight Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championships, the Trojans’ streak was broken by Easton last year. But they did something about it this time around.
Parkland jumped all over the Red Rovers from the get go, taking an 8-3 lead at halftime and then continuing its pursuit in the second half to win back the EPC title 12-6 last Monday night at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium in a persistent rain.
The Parkland and Central Catholic boys lacrosse teams know each other well. Over the last two years, the Trojans and Vikings have played against each other six different times, including twice in the regular season and once in the postseason. They have been two of the top three or four teams every year in District 11 and their games have always been highly contested.
Last Monday night was no different.
Parkland had a lead for nearly the entire game, but found itself ahead just 9-8 with 3:40 remaining in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team was using time to figure out certain roles for individual players after the graduation of several key pieces last season, and it has been rising into form of late.
After weather forced the Trojans to postpone their game with Central Catholic last Friday night, they used that extra day to prepare for their next opponent, North Penn. And it seemed to help.