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.
The Parkland swim teams will get the 2017-18 season underway this weekend as they co-host the annual Cedar Crest Classic along with Emmaus.
The Trojans should have plenty of talent back from last year’s team.
The Parkland boys team went 11-1 overall last year and 10-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. The boys graduate several key scorers from last year in divers Chris Lehman and Jonathan Hansell, along with swimmers Bar Maymon, Hyunbin Kim, Charls Villano and Mathew Engler, who was a district champ and state qualifier last season.
The Parkland wrestling team graduated three good wrestlers from last year’s team.
But with several returning wrestlers and an influx of some others who were either injured or just didn’t participate last season, the Trojans should be able to make up for those losses to graduation and come out even better this eason.
“I feel pretty darn good,” said first-year head coach Mike Ottinger. “We might not have had the success last year that we should have had. We’re coming back with five or six guys that can really make an impact.”
Not many football teams have been able to hang with St. Joe’s Prep this season. Only two in-state opponents have come within 30 points of the Hawks.
Parkland put up the best effort it could and hung around with St. Joe’s for most of the first quarter before falling 49-14 in last Saturday’s PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
The loss ends the Trojans’ season with a 13-1 record that includes league and district titles.
The Parkland boys soccer team checked off a lot of boxes this season. The team beat its biggest rival four times while winning district and league titles. The Trojans went 24-2 and were one of the final eight teams left in Class 4A Saturday night before falling to Conestoga 1-0 in a PIAA quarterfinal game.
While they might not have reached the ultimate goal of a state title, the Trojans left the field at Exeter High School Saturday knowing that it’s within reach for the program.
One of the primary goals for the Parkland cross country teams every season is to reach the state meet as a team.
The Trojans achieved that objective last week when both teams earned the trip to Hershey this weekend for the PIAA Class 3A Championships.
Both teams took second place to Easton at districts. The Parkland boys finished 15 points behind the Rovers at 61-46 and well ahead of Stroudsburg (95) as both Easton and the Trojans had five runners within the top 20 places.
Emmaus came into last week’s game riding high off its best performance of the season. But the Trojans were not about to let the Hornets blemish their perfect record.
Parkland capped a 10-0 regular season with a resounding win over Emmaus last week, 42-7.
“This was our goal,” said Michael Ruisch of his team’s undefeated season. “This is what we wanted. This is what we expected. I feel we deserve it.”
No team has come within less than 10 points of beating the Trojans this season, and it didn’t take long for them to gain a big lead on Emmaus.
Riley Williamson and running partner Nick Bower thought they could pull off a Parkland sweep of the top two spots at the Eastern Pennsylvania Cross Country Championships last week. They came close, finishing first and third, respectively, and will have another go at it this week.
Williamson ran the race in 16:41 for the gold medal last Tuesday at the Bethlehem Municipal Course. Bower ran it in 16:53, with only Easton’s Cosmo Cardone (16:45) finishing in between.
For four years Jake Nimeh was part of the regular line up on the Parkland varsity golf team.
Heading into his senior season, Nimeh had been on the cusp or reaching the district qualifier the past two years. His average was less than two strokes off the cut as a sophomore and just a half stroke from making it as a junior.
This year, playing in the No. 1 spot on the team, Nimeh played consistently well over the season and posted an 81.3 average to earn his place in the District 11 Class 3A qualifier Oct. 2 at Olde Homestead.
The penultimate week of the high school football regular season saw Emmaus and Salisbury both clinch district playoff berths, with the former coming in a victory over Easton and the latter via a loss to Palmerton.
Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action.
The Hornets jumped out to an early lead and held off the Rovers in the fourth quarter for a 30-20 win.