With the school year all but wrapped up, boys varsity summer league basketball is beginning to heat up.
This weekend begins the first of two major summer basketball tournaments, with the Cedar Beach Showcase, otherwise known as the Bash at the Beach, opening up its double-elimination style format tomorrow.
But before teams had one week to prepare for the grind of playing multiple games each day in the heat, the Cedar Beach Summer League wrapped up its first half of the regular season last Thursday.
The Parkland baseball team did its part at the plate recording hits, but it did not score enough runs as it fell to Freedom 2-1 last Wednesday evening in the District 11 Class 6A championship game at Lehigh University’s J. David Walker Field.
The top-seeded Trojans (21-4 overall) tallied five hits throughout the course of the game, outhitting the seventh-seeded Patriots (16-9) 5-4. But it just came down to Freedom crossing the plate one more time than Parkland.
The last time that the Parkland boys lacrosse team was on the field with Emmaus, it was on the brink of defeat in its regular season finale at home early in May. The Trojans scored twice in the last minute of regulation to force overtime, and then notched the game-winner 30 seconds into overtime for the one-goal victory.
But their latest meeting was a bit different.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team wanted to get the sour taste out of its mouth. Coming up on the short end against Easton, two weeks ago, the Trojans did not want to experience that feeling once again.
They had to battle back from down five goals to force overtime in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final, but the Red Rovers used their All-Conference, do-it-all athlete Leanna Deegan to score the winner in overtime, and hand Parkland the silver medals.
Franco Perinotti took advantage of his first appearance at the PIAA Track and Field Championships last weekend at Shippensburg University. The Parkland senior had a top-10 finish in the pole vault, leading a group of 11 Parkland student-athletes at annual meet at Seth Grove Stadium.
Perinotti cleared a mark of 14-0 to place ninth in his first ever state competition, one place away from earning a medal.
At the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference meet the week prior, the Parkland boys 4x100 relay team did not finish the way they wanted to. But the foursome made up for it in a big way last Thursday in the final day of the two-day District 11 track and field championships at Whitehall High School.
The 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams were the big winners for the Trojans boys program, both winning gold and advancing to the PIAA state meet at Shippensburg University this weekend.
Parkland boys volleyball head coach Scott Trumbauer had the fire of a first-year coach, even though he has been head coach of the Trojans for the last 17 seasons.
With every point of every set, which turned out to be five, Trumbauer and his team faced different emotions. Ones of excitement and joy, and those of frustration and sadness.
Junior Shelby Staib did not have the same distance on her throw as she did in the week prior in winning a gold medal in the javelin at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference meet.
But her place on the podium didn’t change. Staib threw for a mark of 122-03 to finish in first place and qualify for her first appearance at the PIAA state meet at Shippensburg University this weekend while competing in the District 11 championship meet last Wednesday and Thursday at Whitehall High School.
The last time that the Parkland girls lacrosse team was on the turf of Al Erdosy Stadium at Northampton High School, it walked off in defeat, losing to Easton in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title game last week.
Just four days later, the defending district champion Trojans were back on the very same field in another postseason game. This time, they were victorious, taking down rival Emmaus 14-8 in the District 11 Class 3A semifinals Monday evening.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team made a big comeback, but came up just short of finishing it off for a victory.
After falling behind 7-1 in the opening 9:52 of the first half, the Trojans slowly chipped away throughout the remainder of the game. When senior Abby Giacobbe found the back of the net with just 15 seconds remaining, the Trojans had tied the game at 13-13 to force overtime.