When word spread that a baseball tournament was being planned to give Lehigh Valley high school varsity players a second chance to compete after the cancellation of the spring sports season, the softball community thought why not us too?
Eyes turned to Michele Laubach, who is also a high school softball coach, to get something going, and she has.
Lehigh Valley softball coach Blake Morgan has released the 2019 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Softball Team roster.
The team is comprised of high school sophomore and junior softball players from the Lehigh Valley who will compete the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic, a double-elimination tournament that is sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies and features high school all-star teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
The tournament is also an opportunity for players to showcase their talents in front of college coaches.
It wasn’t until two hours or so before the District 11 Class 6A softball final that Parkland knew who it would be facing.
Three days worth of unsettled weather caused postponements and continuations for both softball and baseball teams in the area, so it was a toss up between Northampton and Whitehall.
The Konkrete Kids and Zephyrs finished their semifinal prior to the district final as it had been stopped in the fifth inning the day before.
Easton center midfielder Bethany Hall and Emmaus center back Callen Reid were named the 2018 Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athletes on Sunday at the annual awards banquet in Northampton.
“It was exciting,” said Reid. “I was very honored because there are a lot of people in this room who are very intelligent and very skilled in soccer.”
Reid played varsity soccer for three years and was named 2018 All Conference First Team. Academically, Reid is a member of the National Honor Society and Math League.
Parkland High School’s cheerleaders competed at the PIAA State Competitive Spirit Cheerleading Championships on Jan. 19-20 in Hershey.
The Trojans placed eighth in preliminaries, which put them in the semifinal round. They placed third in semifinals missing finals by one place.
“It was a pretty big accomplishment for us,” said Parkland coach Sami Jo Crivellaro. “They definitely performed better on Saturday, and they felt really good after they left the mat.”
The biggest difference between the Trojans’ two performances was execution.
Parkland High School’s cheerleaders will compete in the PIAA State Competitive Spirit Cheerleading Championships this weekend after winning the silver medal in the medium division at the District 11 Competitive Spirit Cheerleading Championships on Jan. 6 at Easton Area Middle School.
“It was one of the best performances they did all year,” said Trojan cheerleading coach Sami Jo Crivellaro. “They were really confident with their routine. They were on all week. We just kept pushing and knew the routine was pretty solid.”
Parkland School District cheerleaders attended Pine Forest Cheerleading Camp, Aug. 12-15, at Chestnut Hill Lake, Honesdale where multiple awards were won by middle school, junior varsity and varsity squads.
Varsity, coached by Sami Jo Crivellaro and Cara Ceward, took first place in extreme routine, second place in sideline, and fourth place in cheer.
“That is a huge honor, to be the top team in [extreme routine] in that small division,” said Crivellaro. “We were against teams with 12 and 20 girls, so to win that felt great.”
Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team wrapped up its competition last week, finishing with a record of 4-2 and taking fourth place after playing six games at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“The way they played and conducted themselves touched a lot of people there,” said Lehigh Valley head coach Blake Morgan. “That inning where everything went wrong, a lot of teams would have folded up their tents, but we hit hard and never gave up.”
Parkland High School softball players Kelly Dulaney and Chelsea Morgan have been named to the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball tournament team.
This is Chelsea Morgan’s second year on the team, but for Dulaney, it is her first.
“It’s a great opportunity to play with girls from the Lehigh Valley, and I thought it would be fun and I’m really excited,” said Dulaney. “[Try outs] were a little bit different because I think they all know our abilities and that we’re hard workers.”
Two runs in the first inning and two runs in the third were enough for Parkland to hold Bethlehem Catholic at bay in the Trojans’ 4-1 victory over the Hawks on Monday at Becahi.
“That was nice,” said Parkland pitcher Aubree Fritzinger. “[The early lead] really helped everyone settle in. We knew it would be a tough game from the beginning.”
Becahi scored its only run in the bottom of the first on an RBI triple to deep right field by third baseman Alexis Lopez, driving in Alyssa Jimenez who had a bunt single.