The Parkland boys cross country team won its second straight District 11 title with last week’s win at the annual district championship meet, held at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Parkland edged Southern Lehigh 49-60 to earn this year’s title.
“Things went great,” said Sam Morgan, who finished third overall at districts. “We definitely thought we were going to get a bigger gap between the one and two spot, but things happen. Teams show up. We got the win. That’s all that matters. All the guys ran great.”
After a dominant regular season, the Parkland boys cross country team kept up its torrid pace this season with a convincing win at last week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship Meet.
The Trojans placed their top five runners within the top 14 finishers to crush the competition, out-scoring second-place Easton 32-74.
The Parkland boys placed two runners in the top five and four in the top 10 overall.
“I’m very happy with our team finish as well as myself,” said senior Hailemichael Geiger. “I’m very proud of my team. We worked hard and we’re smart runners.”
The Parkland boys soccer team opened its postseason with a win over Northampton in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quarterfinals. But the Trojans suffered an early exit from the tournament when No. 3 seed Stroudsburg pulled out a 2-1 overtime win over the Trojans Tuesday at Pleasant Valley High School.
Parkland fell behind 1-0 in the first half, but Josh Kiser tied the game in the 72nd minute to force overtime.
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.