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.
Salisbury High School center midfielder Ethan Heydt and Quakertown High School forward Victoria Sturgess were named 2016 Soccer Scholar Athletes at the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet on Jan. 29 at Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton.
Heydt and Sturgess were among 76 nominees from 40 high schools throughout the area who were selected jointly by their coaches and the school administration. The Soccer Scholar Athlete Committee then selected the overall winners.
Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team ended its Carpenter Cup Softball Classic run last week with a 2-1 loss in 10 innings against Tri-Cape after defeating Chester County 8-3 at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“Anytime you lose it hurts, and to lose in walk-off fashion, twice, but I’m proud of them,” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They made relationships that will last. They represented the community well, they were blessings.”
Tri-Cape scored one run in the first inning and held Lehigh Valley scoreless until the top of the seventh.
Lehigh Valley won two out of three games on Monday, the first day of the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
The double-elimination tournament was scheduled to resume on June 22 and end on June 23.
“There are good teams down there,” Lehigh Valley head coach Blake Morgan said, “and we have as good a team as any.”
Lehigh Valley began the tournament with a 9-3 victory over Delaware North. Parkland’s Shauna Frank had the first RBIs of the day with a three-run triple.
Parkland softball players Aubree Fritzinger, Chelsea Morgan and Shauna Frank have been named to the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Softball Tournament Team, coached by Parkland High School assistant softball coach Blake Morgan.
The Carpenter Cup Classic is a Philadelphia Phillies sponsored tournament that will be played the week of June 20 at FDR Park in Philadelphia. It features teams comprised of high school sophomores and juniors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Tryouts were held on May 29 and June 8.