The Parkland wrestling team opened its season with a 61-7 win over Dieruff last week.
The Trojans won 10 of the 12 contested matches, including eight wins by fall.
By most teams’ standards a 7-5 season and a trip to the District 11 football semifinals would be a pretty good year. Some places it would make history.
At Parkland, winner of six straight district titles from 2013-17, anything short of a trip to the state playoffs might be seen as a disappointing season. But this year’s Parkland team, which had its season end Saturday with a 35-21 loss to Freedom, overcame a lot of adversity to reach seven wins and earn the No. 5 seed in the district playoffs.
There’s rain in the forecast for this Friday night. And Dominic Nelson probably doesn’t mind.
The Parkland senior running back had one of the best games of his career last Friday night in a driving rain at Stroudsburg High School. Nelson ran for five touchdowns to lead his team to a 35-0 win over the Mountaineers in a District 11 Class 6A playoff game.
Players struggled to find their footing on the wet artificial turf at SHS. But Nelson piled up 100 yards on 21 carries in the game.
“It’s tough but it’s football,” said Nelson. “I love to play it in the rain.”
Five Parkland golfers competed in Monday’s District 11 Championships at Lehigh Country Club.
Three Trojans finished in a tie and came just one place short of advancing to regionals. Seniors John Angelella and Chris Panny, along with sophomore Trevor Grim, finished in a four-way tie for seventh place with Northampton’s Devon Britton.
“I played pretty well,” said Trevor Grimm. “I had a few holes I wish I could have back but all around I played pretty good.”
The three Trojans each shot 80 at districts, where the top six finishers advance to regionals.
Emmaus and Freedom both won football games Friday night to improve to 7-0 and set up next week’s match up of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams. Parkland won a rivalry game over Whitehall Friday night, while Bethlehem Catholic picked up a win on Saturday.
Here’s a recap of this week’s games from around the Lehigh Valley Press area.
The Trojans picked up a 49-21 win over Whitehall Friday night in Orefield.
Chris Panny’s round was going well last week with two holes left at the Eastern Pennsylvania Golf Championships. Then on his 17th hole the round got even better.
Panny was six over on his first nine and was looking to shoot even par on the back in hopes of staying in the top five to qualify for districts. He was right around that number when he hit his second shot on the par 5, 17th hole to 80 yards. For his approach shot, he pulled a 58-degree wedge, choked down a bit and sent it straight at the hole.
Both Lehigh Valley high school leagues featured battles of unbeaten teams this week.
In the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Freedom earned a 21-20 win over Parkland. In the Colonial League, Notre Dame (Green Pond) outlasted Northwestern in overtime, 35-34.
Here are recaps of some of this week’s games. For more, see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Two undefeated Eastern Pennsylvania Conference went head to head and the Patriots came out on top, handing the six-time defending district champs a 21-20 loss.
The second Friday night of the high school football season saw Emmaus pull out a big win, Northampton get its first East Penn Conference North Division victory and a rare Thursday night game in the Colonial League.
The Red Rovers pulled away late for a 55-21 win over Whitehall.
Easton had a six-point lead at halftime and extended it with five second-half touchdowns.
Harold Reynolds ran for 186 and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while quarterback Nate Nimeh completed 11 of 18 passes for 176 yards and a score.
Several former Parkland high school athletes are making a name for themselves in the college ranks during the fall season. Here are a few that excelled last year and are ready to do more in 2018.
Brooke Robertson is heading into her senior season as a member of the Delaware University womens volleyball team. Robertson has appeared in 46 matches over her first two seasons despite missing most of her sophomore year with a foot injury. She had compiled 220 kills in 127 sets with 150 digs and 32 blocks.
The East Penn Conference South teams rolled over their North Division counterparts on the opening night of the 2018 football season.
Emmaus, Parkland, Freedom, Bethlehem Catholic, Liberty and Northampton were all part of the big night for South Division teams.
In the Colonial League, Northwestern won a shootout, while Catty dropped its opener.
The Hornets got two touchdowns from each of their senior running backs and couple passing touchdowns from quarterback Ethan Parvel in a 62-6 rout of Allen.