The Parkland girls and boys track and field teams used depth and timely performance from front-line athletes to produce strong finishes at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships held May 7 and 8 at Whitehall High School.
Both Trojans teams took second place in the event. The girls earned 83.5 points during the two-day meet, finishing behind champion Easton with 92 points. The boys also took second, with 71.3 points, well behind champion Liberty with 134 points.
Another high school boys tennis regular season is done, and for Parkland, it’s another season of game, set, match.
Coach Mike Hingston’s Trojans finished the 2019 regular season with an 11-2 record, stumbling only against Nazareth on April 10 and Emmaus on April 16, both times by 4-3 margins. As the regular season came to an end, Parkland finished strong, defeating Allentown Central Catholic 4-3 on April 11, Whitehall 5-1 on April 17 and shutting out Northampton 7-0 on April 18.
“We had a nice regular season,” Hingston said. “They definitely showed me something.”
After a heartbreaking 76-74 loss to Liberty on April 8, the Parkland girls track team rebounded with victories over Nazareth (91-59) and Whitehall (81.3-68.6) to go to 5-1 on the year. They also earned a strong second-place finish in a competitive Allentown School District Invitational meet April 18.
”I was pleased with the way the girls responded to the loss by continuing to get better against Nazareth and Whitehall,” said Parkland head coach Scott Levan.
Three meets into the Parkland boys track season, the Trojans are showing the rest of the East Penn Conference just how good they can be.
Receiving solid performances from a wealth of returning and new talent, the Trojans defeated Central Catholic 132-18, Freedom 111-39 and Bethlehem Catholic 98-52.
“We’re off to a pretty good start, and are receiving some good showings,” said coach Scott Levan.
You can pick nearly any adjective, but three meets into the 2019 season, the Parkland girls track squad has been awesome.
The Lady Trojans have excelled in virtually all aspects in registering victories over Central Catholic 103-47, Freedom 128-22 and Bethlehem Catholic 129-21 for a 3-0 start.
“We’re doing well and we’re off to a good start,” said coach Scott Levan. “We have a lot of depth.”
Robert Frost’s ambiguous classic poem, “The Road Not Taken,” challenges readers to contemplate life choices: Ultimately, whether to go with the mainstream, or go it alone.
Folksinger-songwriter Eric Andersen’s choice came many years ago and in retrospect he didn’t go it alone, but he most certainly went his own way.
Andersen is in concert, 7 p.m. April 11, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem.
Only six matches into the season, the Parkland boys tennis team has shown it is calm, cool and collected.
The Trojans have also shown they are a perfect 6-0. Perhaps more impressive is that most of Parkland’s roster is too young to know they’re not supposed to be this good this early.
“They are playing well and they are extremely young guys,” said head coach Mike Hingston. “They are definitely showing me something.”
The Parkland Trojans boys track team needs no introduction. Last year Troy was 11-0 and their goals for the 2019 campaign are just as ambitious.
“Our goal as in every season is to go undefeated, win the league championship and send a few athletes to compete at the state championship,” said Trojan head coach Scott Levan.
For most squads those would be lofty goals. For the Trojans, it’s an attainable mission. That’s because the Trojans are a machine.
The Parkland girls track team is looking to improve off an 8-3 2018 campaign. It was a good season, but the Trojans don’t want to be good, they want to be great. Their coach says perfection is the goal during 2019.
Coach Scott Levan will have to engineer a successful season without the departed sprinter Hali Perry. But don’t fret tor the longtime Parkland track leader, as he has plenty of talent returning to comprise one of the deepest rosters in the EPC. Chief on that list is distance runner Maddie Zaun, a fierce competitor who leads by example.
The Parkland girls and boys diving teams dominated the competition during the District 11 Class 3A Championships held Feb. 23.
The terrific trio of Lexi Lehman, Alexa Brinker and Kate Gottwald claimed the top three spots with 479.5, 453.15 and 439.50 points respectively. In an interview earlier this season, coach Cary Lehman said they’ve been a steading influence on the Trojan roster all season long,
“Basically they will finish one-two-three, with the order changing from one meet to the next,” he said. “They have just done a tremendous job.”