Parkland ended the boys lacrosse regular season Monday night with another statement win and a nearly unblemished record that will go into the books as the team’s best ever.
The Trojans finished 17-1 overall and 12-1 in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference play. Since a loss to Central Catholic in the second game of the regular season, back on March 30, they’ve reeled off 16 straight wins.
The win streak includes a payback win against the Vikings last week as well as wins over perennial state tournament teams like Cumberland Valley, Hershey and Manheim Township.
The Parkland boys lacrosse team has had a lot of tough tests lately. And the Trojans have passed each with high marks.
After wins over Manheim Township and Northampton last week, Parkland kept its winning streak going with victories over Emmaus and Cumberland Valley last Thursday and Saturday, respectively. The team hasn’t lost since falling to Central Catholic on March 30.
The Trojans (12-1 overall, 8-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference) have now won 11 straight games including Monday’s 17-1 victory over Pleasant Valley.
Parkland’s boys lacrosse team was on a roll heading into this week. And after Monday’s statement win, the Trojans proved they’re starting to hit their stride in the middle of the season.
The traveled to Lancaster County on Monday and picked up a 15-8 win over Manheim Township, a PIAA semifinalist last season.
“[Monday] we had arguably the biggest win in our program’s history,” said Parkland head coach Brad Schifko. “Manheim is perennially a state power. We got a big W against them.”
Something had to give when a pair of undefeated baseball teams met Tuesday at Coca-Cola Park.
Parkland got a stellar pitching performance from ace Michael Jenkins to keep its record unblemished and hand Northampton its first loss of the season, 8-0.
Jenkins allowed just three hits in the complete-game shutout. He struck out two and didn’t allow a walk.
“Mike throws strikes and he’s got a couple different pitches, so he keeps people off stride,” said Parkland head coach Kurt Weber. “He’s a battler. He’s going to make you earn it.”
Five Parkland athletes competed in last weekend’s PIAA Swimming Championships at Bucknell University, while two Trojan divers will participate in this week’s state diving championships in Lewisburg.
Parkland’s Matthew Ceh swam in a pair of events at the state championships. Ceh, a junior, made the consolation finals of the 50 freestyle, taking 14th place overall with a time of 21.30. Ceh also competed in the 100 freestyle at states, taking 28th place in 48.02 seconds.
Parkland graduate Ethan Lizak took second place in the nation in the NCAA Division I wrestling championships last week.
Lizak, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, met former youth wrestling rival Darian Cruz in the 125-pound NCAA final last week.
The two former Valley Elementary Wrestling League foes squared off in St. Louis last Saturday with No. 4 seed Cruz taking the title via a 6-3 decision in the title bout.
In Class 6A action, Emmaus beat District 1 fourth-place team Cheltenham, 68-67.
Matt Kachelries scored a game-high 24 points to get his career total to 990. His twin brother David added 19 points for the Hornets (21-6). Zach Sabol chipped in with 16 points.
Jack Clark led the Panthers with 32 points.
Emmaus, the fourth-place team from District 11, moves on to face District 3 champs Harrisburg (20-6) in the second round with the winner advancing to Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Bethlehem Catholic advanced with a 60-37 win over Scranton Prep in the first round of the PIAA Class 4A girls basketball playoffs.
Taliyah Medina scored 18 points for the Golden Hawks, while Morgan Orloski added 13 points.
Scranton Prep was the third place team out of District 2 and finishes its season at 15-11.
The Northampton girls advanced with a 63-26 win over District 12 second-place team Central High School of Philadelphia.
Aja Blount scored a game-high 19 points for the Kids, while Jenna Rogers added 16 points and Victoria Keenan chipped in with 11.
Pocono Mountain West’s Jalen Vaughn and Isaiah Wiggins might be the most well-known of the Panthers’ triple threat. But Parkland found out Saturday night in the District 11 Class 6A title game that the third member of the trio, Lance Singh, can be just as lethal as his counterparts.
Singh poured in 35 points in the district title game as all three of West’s best players reached double digits in an 83-59 win over the four-time defending district champion Trojans.
The District 11 swimming championships were held Friday and Saturday. Champions in each event earned automatic qualification for the state meet, which will be held March 15-18 at Bucknell University.
The following is a recap of district champions from Lehigh Valley Press area teams, including a few district record-breakers. For more about the meet see this week’s issues of the Press.
The Parkland girls and Emmaus boys teams won district titles with both teams scoring 401 points for the team gold.