You could say it’s been a while for Belinda “Bill” Jones.
The English folksinger and songwriter and multi-instrument musician makes her return to the stage with a summer tour, which includes a 7 p.m. June 28 concert at Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, after a mostly decade-long hiatus from the stage.
Also performing is Anne Hills, acclaimed Lehigh Valley-based singer-songwriter.
Steve Jones, a resident of Port Talbot, Wales, Great Britain, spent this spring traveling the Lehigh Valley and points beyond on his motorcycle. But he is not exactly what you’d call a typical tourist.
The 56-year-old could be called a history buff. For the last 30 years, he has been researching aviation history in South Wales. He’s studied all kinds of stories and events. He’s also pursued some of them. But one in particular, one that happened more than 75 years ago, brought him to the small borough of Alburtis, Lehigh County.
The Parkland boys track and field team went into the 2019 District 11 Class 3A Track and Field Championships with a few goals. One involved the 4x800 relay team and its expected battles with Emmaus and Liberty.
The foursome of Nate Reimer, Riley Williamson, Ben Esquires and Mustapha Salau have been brilliant individually and collectively all season. The storyline continued May 16 as they claimed first place with a time of 8:06.86.The victory qualifies them for a trip to PIAA Track and Field Championships on May 24 and 25 at Shippensburg University.
The Parkland boys tennis team offered solid performances in District 11 doubles play during the first full week of May.
Leading the way was the team of Ankit Lenka and Matthew Liu. The two young men played outstanding tennis during a run that ended with a semifinal loss May 7 to Liberty’s Louis Gruber and David Lynn 6-3, 6-1 at Saucon Valley High School.
“It was quite an accomplishment and I’m very pleased with their performance throughout the tournament,” said Parkland head coach Mike Hingston. “They rose to the occasion.”
The Parkland girls track and field team has many stars, and few were brighter during the District 11 Track and Field Championships on May 15 and 16 at Whitehall High School than Shelby Staib.
Staib was the top javelin thrower, registering a distance of 128 feet, 7 inches. The Parkland senior was relaxed heading into the meet.
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.”