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.
Cindy Faust stood shoulder-to-shoulder with women from all over the country before the start of the 2018 USA Triathlon Aquabike National Championship on Nov. 11 in Miami. It is a daunting task for any athlete, but especially for an athlete that is running in her own race.
“I like the working out part of it and pushing myself,” she said of aquabiking. “Not so much the competition.”
Parkland swimming’s 2018-2019 campaign launched successfully during early season meets.
In their most recent meet, a Dec. 18 dual-meet at Pocono Mountain East, the Lady Trojans won 111-59 and the Parkland men defeated their rivals 129-41.
The meet featured many individual standout performances. Claire Weaver won the women’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:04.10, while Kayla Johnson turned in a strong performance in the women’s 200-yard individual medley at 2:17.88. Sidney Webb took the men’s 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.33.
Parkland wrestling was dominant in its opening season matches Dec. 12 against Dieruff, earning a 61-7 win.
Coach Mike Ottinger’s squad wasted no time getting down to business as Nathan Kresge (113) won in a fall in 3:39. After Gabe Montanez (120) won in a forfeit, tough guy Lucas Kern took care of his opponent in a tough match in 5:33.
Bryan Diaz (132) used only 38 second to win his first matchup of the year, while Mason Lansenderfer (138), who is expected to be a significant part of the Trojans’ machine this season, got off to a good start in winning his match in 1:38.
‘Tis the season that piano sensation Jim Brickman hits the road.
The Grammy-nominated pianist understands that being a successful entertainer is about more than creating captivating and beautiful music. Brickman’s easy as Sunday morning style resonates with his audience and it’s part of the reason they keep coming around for more.
Brickman’s 30-city United States holiday tour, “A Joyful Christmas,” lands at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
The success of 2018-2019 Parkland girls swimming campaign will come down to two factors: work ethic and a learning curve.
“We have a tremendous amount of work to do if we plan to continue to be successful,” said coach Robert Robitaille. “We are smaller than usual, due to a variety of factors. I am confident that the team will work diligently to engineer what we need to compete.”
The Lady Trojans roster is much less experienced than in years past, and the first few months of the season will be focused on developing that young talent as quickly as possible.
The Parkland boys swimming program is hoping the future is now. Coach Robert Robitaille has a talented group of young men, but also some question marks. How quickly he can come up with answers will determine their success during the 2018-2019 season.
“We will look to develop the kids we have and give it a good go at the end of the season,” said Robitaille. “We are much younger than usual.
“The team looks to compete with the rest of the Valley and do what they can to fill the best district championship line-up that we can.”
A lot of Parkland wrestling talent has graduated from last year’s team, but second-year coach Mike Ottinger is not one to makes excuses.
“My expectation for this season is that we’re going to put out lots of effort,” Ottinger said in assessing his squad’s chances this season. “I want to see us outwork our opponents this year no matter who we are facing. There’s no question we have a lot of youth.”
Parkland hovered around the .500 mark most of last year, ending at 7-7. However they also had some superlative individual efforts that were far from mediocre.
Ziegels Union Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, could be considered something of an anomaly, according to the Rev. Jeffrey Kistler, of the United Church of Christ.
“This is what is called a vintage church in the literature,” Kistler said. “One of the things that has always been positive about a vintage church is the pastors are committed to doing pastoral care. If someone is sick, we go to the hospital.
“My perception is that is not always the case in nonvintage churches.”
Another anomaly is there are actually two Ziegels Union churches, well, sort of.