The Parkland girls and boys cross country squads have performed well early in 2019, getting off to 3-0 starts. Coach Stephen Ott is pleased with the work ethic and results.
“Our first meet was on our course,” Ott said. “It is not an easy course, yet both teams did awesome.”
So far, solid teamwork has made a difference for the Trojans.
“Cross country is truly both a team and individual sport,” the coach said. “The support and encouragement the runners give each other is amazing.”
This year, Parkland’s seniors have been assigned a freshman to mentor.
After a tepid first quarter, the Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks (3-1, 2-2) pounced on, and all over, the Parkland Trojans (2-2, 1-2) in a 44-7 mercy-rule rout at BASD Stadium. The defeat raised many questions for the Trojans.
Four games into the season, the Trojans are a .500 team and heading in the wrong direction.
The day before the Parkland girls tennis season, head coach Mike Hingston said his team would likely be - if nothing else - consistent in its approach to the sport. If things went well, he hoped Parkland would be among the top three or four teams in the East Penn Conference.
Nine games into the season, the Lady Trojans have made Hingston a prophet. With a 9-0 record, they certainly have been consistent and they definitely are among the top three or four teams in the EPC.
A positive attitude goes a long way.
Stephen Ott says this early and often when he’s coaching his athletes at Parkland High School.
“I want my student-athletes to be good people,” Ott says. “Their attitudes are very important to the success they have on and off the course. I remind them that whether they think they can, or think they can’t, they are right.”
Ott is a go-getter. You have to be taking over the Trojan cross country and track field programs from a coaching legends in Loretta Dodson and Scott Levan. But if anyone could, it would be Ott.
After a successful 17-year run at Parkland, cross country head coach Loretta Dodson has retired. Her successor is no stranger to the Parkland community.
Stephen Ott, a sixth-grade science and language arts teacher at Orefield Middle School for the last 18 years, will lead the Trojans. He’s served as an assistant cross country and football coach and is former athlete at the school, where he played three sports.
Ott will focus on tutoring his squad on basics, including being in top physical shape and having a tough mental outlook.
New Parkland girls cross country coach Stephen Ott takes over a program that has experienced success under Loretta Dodson, who retired this offseason after 17 seasons as head coach and 22 years overall.
Ott is no stranger to the Parkland community, having been a great athlete hat the school and serving as an assistant coach for various Trojan sports.
“Working with many of them during the track and field season gives me confidence in their abilities,” Ott said.
The 2019 Parkland girls tennis season holds much promise. To fully understand why, one needs to look back at the 2018 season.
Last year, the Lady Trojans had a superb season under coach Michael Hingston, one of the best high school tennis coaches around. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Parkland is returning most of last year’s talent for the 2019 campaign.
Nothing is perfect and the Trojans have lost former number one player Murong Yao, who graduated after a superlative 2018 campaign and outstanding career.
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.