Parkland’s boys cross country team will surely be a contender when late October rolls around. If anyone needed evidence that the Trojans’ are going to be a mighty team this fall, the DeSales Invitational results should prove it.
Parkland crushed the competition last Saturday on a sweltering day in Center Valley. The Trojans, with three runners in the top 10 of a strong 136-man field, ran away with first place. They scored 48 points as a team, well ahead of second place William Tennent at 70.
A casual observer of high school football might see all the losses Parkland took to graduation and think the team could be in for a rebuilding year.
A closer look reveals an abundance of talent returning at the some of less high-profile positions.
The Trojans bring back three members of last year’s offensive line, which could make this year’s offense just as potent as it was last season.
Friday night Parkland will begin its quest for a fifth straight District 11 title.
The Trojans host Allen to open the 2016 season. After four straight Class 4A championships, this year they will compete in the new Class 6A.
While the Canaries might seem like an easy warm-up game, the Trojans are being careful not to look past any opponent and first-year head coach Tim Moncman won’t let them take Allen lightly.
With little at stake in this year’s Lehigh Valley Legion regular season, North Parkland is looking at its schedule as mostly a tune up for the league tournament.
Only one LVL goes to the regional tournament this season and the representative will be determined through the league’s postseason tournament. While the Buffaloes are in third place with three games remaining, they still will head into the playoffs confident they’ll be the team moving on.
This year’s McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star football game is set for Thursday, June 16.
Parkland’s Nolan Ridgeway will represent the Trojans in this year’s game, which is slated for Thursday at Nazareth’s Andrew Leh Stadium.
“A lot of my teammates have played in this and they said it was a great experience,” said Ridgeway. “My sophomore year I had a bunch of friends that were seniors and they said it was a great time and I really wanted to come out and play for this.”
The Parkland wrestling team might not have gotten as deep into last week’s District 11 Class AAA team tournament as the Trojans would have liked, but the team got in five matches against quality opponents over two days.
Despite some injuries and a quarterfinal round loss to Easton, Parkland put on its best performance of the year in its first round consolation match against Stoudsburg and then took care of top-seeded Pottsville in its first two matches Saturday at Freedom High School.
The journey might be over, but the memories will last a lifetime.
Four years ago the players that are now seniors on Parkland’s girls volleyball team came into the program hoping to uphold a legacy of success. They didn’t just uphold a tradition of greatness, they took it a step further.
Playing from behind isn’t something the Parkland girls volleyball has to do often. But that didn’t concern the Lady Trojans went they fell into a two-game deficit in Saturday’s state championship match against Hempfield.
When the stakes were at their highest, the Lady Trojans played their best, coming back to win the match 3-2 (23-25, 23-25, 25-15, 15-16, 15-12) and earn their second straight state championship.
Parkland’s top two singles tennis players paired up for last week’s District 11 doubles tournament.
Patricia Yao and Madi Staiman earned the No. 7 seed in the tournament and won their first two matches last Wednesday before falling to the No. 2 see Friday in the quarterfinal round.
“To make it to the quarterfinals in district doubles is definitely a great accomplishment, especially give their youth,” Parkland head coach Michael Haingston. “They haven’t had a chance to play a whole lot of doubles together.
As an undefeated team facing a winless team, it might not seem like much was on the line for the Parkland football team Friday night.
However, the Trojans played like the game meant everything, handing Pocono Mountain West a 63-20 loss on the Panthers’ home field.
“Our kids played hard.,” said Parkland head coach Jim Morgans. “Our kids don’t [look past any opponent]. They haven’t. This group of seniors has great leadership. They prepare themselves for these games.”