The Parkland Duals, held Jan. 4 at Parkland High School, proved to be an educational encounter for the host team.
“Parkland had a very good experience,” said Trojan wrestling head coach Jon Trenge. “We competed well and several of our wrestlers were very successful on the day.”
Wrestling tournaments have become commonplace over the last decade, but the question becomes does volume equal value? What is the advantage for a school tor participate?
Parkland wrestlers had an opportunity to measure themselves against some top-flight competition Dec. 28-29 at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic, held at Liberty High School.
Trojan head coach Jon Trenge was pleased with what he saw, but acknowledged there is work ahead.
“We are improving, but it is a process,” Trenge said when asked about the Trojans’ showing at BHWC. “I see improvements in the bottom position, and on the feet mostly. We are hand fighting far better than in the beginning of the year.”
The Parkland boys and girls swimming teams made a splash over the first part of the season.
The Trojans has success at the annual Cedar Crest Classic Invitational and recently beat Cumberland Valley in a nonleague meet.
Kayla Johnson (100 freestyle, 200 freestyle) and Annie Walls (butterfly, 500 freestyle) both won two individual events for the Trojan girls team against Cumberland Valley.
Parkland’s Gavin Webb (200 free, 500 free) and Shawn Kushner (individual medley, breaststroke) won a pair of boys individual events in the nonleague dual meet.
Parkland wrestling’s 2019-2020 season debut against Pleasant Valley was anything but another meet. In fact, first-year head coach Jon Trenge said it won’t soon be forgotten.
The agenda for the 2019-2020 Parkland swimming campaign is one predicated on achieving personal excellence.
“For both teams, we are looking to put ourselves in a position to earn lifetime bests in every event that we swim in the postseason at Last Chance, districts, and states,” said Trojan head coach Robert Robitaille.
Psychological sessions do not happen in swimming pools, but they can impact those who in swim in them.
First-year Parkland wrestling coach Jon Trenge is optimistic about the 2019-2020 campaign.
“The culture, so far, is good,” Trenge said. “We are keeping seven of our freshmen up [on the varsity team] and helping them grow and mature as people and wrestlers will be an important task this year. The kids are getting tougher and learning a lot.”
The Parkland wrestling legend is also impressed with his team’s overall hard work and skill.
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.