The Parkland boys and girls swim teams each picked up wins over Pocono Mountain East Saturday in an East Penn Conference meet. The girls won all but one event, while the boys won all 11 of their events.
Kayla Johnson helped three relay teams finish first, while Leyna Fleischaker placed first in one individual event (100 breaststroke) and the 200-yard medley relay.
James Zhang led the boys with four first-place finishes. Gavin Webb earned two victories in his individual events: 100 butterfly (54.97) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.17).
Parkland 133, PM East 37
With the regular season coming to a close this week, the Parkland golf team now shifts its focus to the postseason. Despite not being pegged as one of the favorites heading into Monday’s East Penn Conference Tournament, Trojan head coach Ryan Kilpatrick believes this unit is capable of having success next Monday at Olde Homestead Golf Course.
Maddie Consuelos ran competitively all four years of high school career at Northwestern, even for years before that. But after she was looking for something new to challenge herself athletically after high school.
When one of her running coaches brought up the idea of participating in triathlons, Consuelos was initially hesitant and unsure. But she eventually gave in during the summer before her senior season at Northwestern and never looked back.
Loretta Dodson and her husband left the Lehigh Valley last week to take a trip out west. The two enjoy visiting the national parks, and will use this vacation to see Arches National Park in Utah and Mesa Verde in Colorado.
Dodson will have some extra time in the upcoming fall seasons to see more of that.
Northampton pitcher Justin Aungst took a few steps off the mound toward the Giants dugout in the fourth inning, having thought a called third strike was coming from the home plate umpire. Instead, the former Salisbury ace had to walk back up the dirt after a called ball.
Limeport’s Damin Muth singled on the next pitch to bring home the Bulls’ first run of the game, leaving Aungst visibly upset.
It certainly wasn’t a rebuild year for the Parkland boys’ volleyball team, but few probably thought the Trojans would be where they were last Thursday night.
Parkland, the No. 3 seed in the District 11 Class 3A tournament, found itself playing for a district title after being bounced early from the East Penn Conference tournament a week earlier.
While top-seeded and unbeaten Whitehall picked up a 3-0 win (25-19, 25-13, 25-20), the Trojans kept it competitive in the championship match at Catasauqua High School.
Most people likely expected Parkland to punch a ticket into the East Penn Conference boys’ volleyball championship game. And it would have been a good. After all, the Trojans had beaten Freedom twice this spring and they were meeting the Patriots again in the conference semifinal. The latest meeting went in favor of Parkland just 10 days prior in four games, while the Trojans swept the first match back in late March.
Early on it looked as if Parkland would roll to its 12th straight win this season. But Upper Dublin had other plans coming out of halftime.
Fortunately for the Trojans, they were able to hold of the District 1 Cardinals in Tuesday’s nonleague matchup. And Parkland got a big boost from one of its senior leaders when it needed it most.
Parkland’s Morgan Hurd missed much of the 2018 girls lacrosse regular season with a broken wrist. She was able to return for the Trojans’ postseason run that included a district title, but Hurd still admits sitting on the sidelines was tough.
It seems as if the Trojan senior attacker is making up for lost time early this spring.
It’s been a decade of dominance.
No team in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League other than Parkland has won a league championship since 2010. The Trojans earned their 10th straight crown last week and their 13th overall.
In Game 3 of the championship series, Parkland broke away late in the third period to hand Northampton a 6-1 loss last Friday at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena. It kept the Trojans’ streak of LVSHL titles alive after being doubted for most of the year.