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.”
The Parkland boys swimming team gave a strong performance during the District 11 Class 3A Swimming Championships, finishing second in a field of 16 schools March 2 at Parkland High School.
The Trojans accumulated 302 points, well ahead of third-place Nazareth with 264.5 points. Rival Emmaus took first place with 511 points.
Entering the 2018-2019 season, a few things about the Parkland girls swimming team emerged. First, the team was talented, but inexperienced. Second, its most reliable talent was an indefatigable senior by the name of Ally Lin.
Lin did not disappoint, performing brilliantly for coach Robert Robitaille throughout the season. Her prodigious work ethic, superior swimming techniques and a never-say-die attitude served to inspire her teammates and legions of Parkland swimming fans.
The Parkland girls swimming team had no answer for a buzzing bevy of Emmaus swimmers in a 113-73 defeat during their Feb. 14 battle at Parkland High School. With the victory, the Green Hornets claimed the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title and capped an undefeated 11-0 season and went 11-2 overall. The Trojans finished 9-1 in conference and 10-1 overall.
The Parkland boys swim team was unable to defend its home pool in a stinging 114-72 defeat to the Emmaus Green Hornets on Feb. 14 at Parkland High School. With the victory, Emmaus earned their 13th Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title and finalized an undefeated EPC season (11-2 overall). Parkland dropped to 8-1-1 in the EPC and 8-2-1 overall.
Parkland’s girls and boys swimming teams were roundly defeated by rival Emmaus during their Valentine’s Day meet at Parkland High School. However, the Trojans can find legitimate solace in some outstanding diving performances that week.
“We’ve had a good season,” said Parkland diving coach Cary Lehman. “We schedule a lot of meets that build toward the end of the season, so now we’re there. It’s time to go.”
Coach Mike Ottinger has been consistent in his agenda for the Parkland Trojans wrestling squad this season - put in the work and get better with each battle.
The Trojans put up a good fight in their battle with the Easton Red Rovers in the first round of the District 11 3A Duals on Jan. 31 at Liberty High School in Bethlehem. However the Red Rovers proved to be too much wrestling squad, defeating Parkland 40-21.
Parkland Trojan wresting coach Mike Ottinger measures success not only by wins, but also by how his young wrestlers learn and grow.
“We’re looking just to improve,” he said when asked about his squad prior to their EPC Duals Championships battle with Stroudsburg. “Which I think we’ve been doing all year. We’re not at full strength. So, we’re looking to improve and learn something.”
Parkland’s 2018-2019 wrestling season has featured strong performances and periodic struggles. One consistent has been their effort.
“We’re growing and we are improving,” said head coach Mike Ottinger. “It’s a really good team culture.”
Parkland wrestling displayed depth and skill in registering two quality wins to improve its record to 8-2 overall and 3-1 in East Penn Conference matches.
“Overall, they have surpassed my expectations,” said second-year Trojan head coach Mike Ottinger. “It’s been pretty impressive.”
Skillful mat work was on display on Jan. 9 during a 37-29 victory over East Stroudsburg South. The Trojans were ready to fight as Gabriel Montanez got down to business in claiming a 7-6 decision over Dawson Miller at 120, giving Parkland a 3-0 advantage.