Lucas Kern is a four-year letter-winner for the Trojan wrestling team. But it wasn’t until this season that he was able to place at the competitive District 11 Class 3A tournament. He took fifth place at 145 pounds after earning a 4-3 decision over Blue Mountain’s Daniel Farrell two weeks ago.
A week later, Kern added another chapter to his wrestling resume. The Trojan senior went 4-2 at the Class 3A Northeast Regional Tournament, once again capturing fifth place in the loaded 145-pound bracket.
Parkland’s free throw shooting could have sealed the deal late against Pocono Mountain West in the District 11 Class 6A consolation game. But two misses late, and shooting 6-for-15 in the fourth quarter, forced overtime.
When that time came, the Trojans came out in the extra session with a sense of urgency. Parkland scored the first seven points of the overtime period to catapult the No. 5 seeded Trojans to a 45-39 win over No. 6 Pocono Mountain West last Friday night at Allen High School.
The 45th annual Parkettes Invitational was held a few weeks ago, and a number of Parkland gymnasts had impressive showings. The level 10 PKI team also won the team championship at the event.
Parkettes finished with 115 all-around team points (28.95 in vault, 27.55 on bars, 29.175 on beam and 29.325 on floor) to earn first place. Hill’s narrowly came in second place with a team score of 114.75, and North Stars rounded out the top three with 114.525, respectively.
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).
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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.