The 2019 Parkland Trojans girls tennis season is over, but it won’t be soon forgotten. The Trojans finished 14-0 in East Penn Conference regular season play and 16-1 overall. Then came the postseason.
“It was a great season,” said coach Mike Hingston. “We won a lot of championships this year.”
The Trojans won the EPC regular season title, the EPC tournament, and made it to the District 11 finals in singles and doubles and won the team title.
Anyone who knows Parkland Cross Country coach Stephen Ott knows he wants his team to “be fast.”
Four members accomplished that directive at the PIAA Cross-Country 3A Championships last Saturday in Hershey.
“I’m happy with how I did, I just wanted to improve on my time from when I ran here last year,” said Ava Bendetti. “This is a very hilly course and the course was very muddy today and slippery.”
Bendetti finished 175th overall with a time of 21:25 and said her experience this year on the team has been valuable.
The depth of the Parkland Trojans girls and boys squad was a constant during the 2019 campaign. It was also on display during District 11 Class 3A competition Oct. 23 at DeSales University.
The boys squad earned a third-place finish with 86 points, behind winner Nazareth and Southern Lehigh. Leading the way for the Trojans and finishing fifth overall was Ethan Warren in a time of 17:05. Warren has been the “leader of the team” throughout the campaign, according to head coach Stephen Ott.
The Parkland cross country teams continued to show improvement this season, with strong performances during Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championships Oct. 15 at DeSales University.
The boys squad finished second overall with 88 points, with Nazareth claiming the title. The girls took third with 91 points, behind champion Emmaus and second place Liberty.
The Parkland girls tennis team’s spectacular 2019 season continued through District 11 Class 3A tournament play, as the Trojans claimed their first district championship since 2013, defeating Southern Lehigh 4-0. With the win, the Trojans advance to the PIAA tournament.
“The kids deserve all the credit,” said Trojan head coach Michael Hingston. “They really have worked hard and put in a lot of time and effort into this. It’s just a great way to send the seniors out.”
By the end of the 2019 girls tennis season, Parkland coach Mike Hingston was in a tough spot. He had ran out of adjectives to describe Johanna Wu.
Throughout her senior campaign, Wu used her superior skill, superb strategy and laser-like focus to play solid tennis. But above all, she never said die.
“This girl is just such a competitor,” said Hingston earlier this season. “She does not give up”
The “golden years” aren’t always golden for some senior citizens who become victims of elder abuse.
Government officials presented a “Scam and Fraud Prevention” seminar on Sept. 25 at New Tripoli Bank, 4892 Buckeye Road, Emmaus, to tell seniors about common scams and what they can do to avoid them.
Megan Wieand, executive aide for Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, told seniors elder abuse encompasses “all types of abuse, whether physical, financial, sexual, psychological, abandonment or neglect.”
The incredible ride known as the 2019 Parkland girls tennis season continued last week, when the squad won the East Penn Conference regular season and tournament titles.
“What can I say, it’s just another chapter in a storybook season,” said Trojan coach Mike HIngston.
The Lady Trojans finished 14-0 in the EPC and 16-1 overall.
The conference championships were “a long time in coming,” according to the coach. Many of the players on this year’s championship squad were instructed or mentored years ago by teammates who have since graduated.
The Parkland girls and boys cross country teams have experienced much success this season thanks in part to what they did before the season started.
“Our success in part is because of the summer training,” said coach Stephen Ott. “We put a considerable amount of training in this summer. We had the mindset from the beginning to train fast, so we can race fast. Those that did the training are leading our team.”
The 2019 Parkland girls tennis team has been awesome. Going into their Sept. 21 match with Moravian Academy, the Lady Trojans were 15-0 and virtually unstoppable.
But perfection is a tough business and proved unattainable when Moravian Academy dealt Parkland its first lost of the season in 4-3 thriller.
“It was one of the closest matches I’ve ever seen,” said Parkland head coach Michael Hingston.
It was also a part of a strategy Hingston devised to have the Lady Trojans play top out-of-conference schools.