Parkland head coach Kurt Weber has seen a lot of Trojan baseball teams earn league titles. He saw another one crowned last week and it was just as enjoyable as his first time back in 2000 when he was an assistant under Terry Stoudt.
“It never gets old,” said Weber, who has been head coach for three years and was an assistant with the program since 1999. “I used to tell coach [Tony] Galucy that when he was putting the medals on. Every one is a little bit different. Every one is special.
Parkland crowned three individual gold medalists and two more for relay teams at last week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships.
Trojan senior Sam Morgan hauled in a pair of individual golds, while also helping a two relay teams to first-place finishes. Freshman Mustapha Salau won one individual event and was part of both relay teams, while junior Shelby Staib grabbed one gold and one third-place medal.
Parkland only needed one run to win Monday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinal softball game. The No. 2 seed Trojans got the game’s only run in the second inning then held off a seventh-inning rally from No. 3 Easton to advance to this week’s title game with a 1-0 victory.
The Rovers had their best chance to score when Gillian Walsh blasted a double to the right-field fence to lead off the seventh inning. But Parkland got out of the inning with two ground outs and a strike out to complete the three-hit shut out.
Few outside the Parkland boys tennis program expected the team to reach this year’s District final.
But after Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Emmaus, the No. 2 seed Trojans are not only headed to Thursday’s District 11 Class 3A title match at Lehigh University, but they could also be regarded as the favorite in the match.
There were plenty of busy athletes at last Friday’s Allentown School District Invitational Track and Field Meet.
But there might have been none busier than Parkland junior Shelby Staib.
While many track and field competitors participate in several events, few of them take their talents from one discipline to another. Staib, however, excels in both throwing and jumping events. She competed in two events in each discipline last Friday and earned top five finishes in each one.
The Parkland girls lacrosse team stayed unbeaten in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference play with a win over Freedom this week. The Trojans (8-3 overall, 6-0 EPC) also suffered a couple nonleague losses to some quality opponents from outside of District 11.
Each year the top high school senior basketball players in the area come together for one final event. The teams have been picked and the matchups set for what promises to be a riveting day of end-to-end, high-spirited basketball.
The best players in the greater Lehigh Valley have been chosen to represent their high schools in the 43rd annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic, which raises funds for Via of the Lehigh Valley’s programs for adults and children with disabilities.
Several Parkland swimmers earned a trip to Bucknell University this week for the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships. A large group of Trojan seniors will cap their high school careers at the meet, while a few underclassmen will also be competing.
Two Parkland athletes earned top-five seeds at states, including senior swimmer Megan Sicinski and sophomore diver Alexa Brinker.
Sicinski is seeded fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:03.57. She is also seeded 16th in the 200 individual medley at states.
Nick Dolak was faced with a decision that many high school athletes have to make in their senior year. He suffered an injury during his final season at Parkland. But he refused to let the set back shut down his wrestling season. He still had things he needed to accomplish.
Dolak missed much of his senior season while battling the injuries. While he’s still nowhere near 100 percent, he managed to reach the title bout at last weekend’s Northeast Regional Tournament and finished the event with a silver medal.
Parkland had 12 wrestlers compete in last week’s District 11 Class 3A Championships. Half of them earned their way through the tournament and into this week’s Northeast Regional Championships.
Leading the list was silver medalist Zach Ortman at 138 pounds. Brandon Kassis (120) took third place, while teammates Nick Dolak, Joey Guida (152) and Adam Lizak (182) placed fourth. Nate Wieder (220) took fifth place to round out Parkland’s list of regional qualifiers.