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.
Parkland swept at dual meet against Northampton, with the Trojan girls winning 136-30 and the boys earning a 132-51 win.
The Parkland girls team finished first in all but one event. The Trojans’ Ally Lin (50 free, 100 breaststroke) Annie Walls (IM, butterfly) and Zoe Sheridan (200 free, 500 free) won two individual events each, while teammates Katherine Gottwald (diving) and Grace Kennedy (backstroke) won one event each. Sheridan, Lin, Walls, Kennedy, Abigail Sheridan and Megan Sicinksi were all part of two winning relay teams as Parkland girls swept the three relay events.
Parkland fell to Stroudsburg Saturday at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Duals.
Parkland won just five bouts in the match. Nck Dolak got the Trojans’ only pin. Adam Lizak picked up a major decision, while Nate Wider, Mason Lansenderfer and Zach Ortman won by decision.
Parkland also split a pair of dual meets last week, beating Allen 71-9 while falling in a nonleague match against Phillipsburg.
The Trojans used 10 pins to route the Canaries last Wednesday. The next night they took on a tough Stateliners team and won just five bouts.
Stroudsburg 38, Parkland 22
The Parkland swimming and diving team beat Central Catholic Monday on both sides of a dual meet. The Trojans boys won 121-64, while Parkland’s girls team beat the Vikettes 133.5-51.5.
Parkland’s divers, who took the top three places in both boys and girls against Central, also competed in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference midseason meet over the weekend with stellar results.
Parkland swept Freedom in an Eastern Pennylvania Conference dual meet heading into the holiday break.
The Trojan girls team beat the Patriots 125-55, while the boys team won 98-67.
In the girls meet, Parkland saw eight different swimmers win individual events. The Trojan boys had four different individual events winners.
200 medley relay: 1. Parkland (Annie Walls, Zoe Sheridan, Ally Lin, Laurel Krause) 1:59.58, 2. Parkland, 3. Freedom;
200 freestyle: 1. Courtney Sicinski (P) 2:02.28, 2. Natalie Link (P), 3. Grace Newell (P);
The Parkland wrestling team won a pair of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference dual meets last week to improve to 3-0 this season.
The Trojans took down Central Catholic last Wednesday, 62-15. They won five matches by forfeit and took six of the eight contested bouts.
Parkland’s Adam Lizak (182), David Plananki (195), Nate Wieder (220) and Jahan Worth (285) got their team’s only pins in the contest, reeling off four straight in the upperweights.
The Trojans beat Freedom last week, 50-19.
The Parkland wrestling team got its season underway last week with a win in a dual meet and a second-place tournament finish over the weekend.
Saturday, Dec. 16
Parkland at Penn Manor Tournament
Parkland competed in the Comet Classic Wrestling Tournament last weekend at Penn Manor High School
The Trojans crowned one champ and had six top-five finishers while taking second place as a team behind Liberty.
The Trojans’ Jahan Worth earned the 285-pound championship with an 8-4 decision over Dallas’ Shawn Henniger in the championship bout.