Many would have expected Parkland and Freedom, the top two teams all season, to meet in the championship series of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League that began on Monday. Parkland held up its side of the deal, but Freedom was nowhere to be found after Northampton upset the Patriots in a one-game playoff game last week.
With Freedom, which entered the postseason unbeaten, out of the equation, No. 2 seeded Parkland became this year’s favorite. And the Trojans took care of business in Game 1.
Parkland didn’t take care of the ball particularly well against Northampton in its two regular season meetings. Nor did it really utilize its size against the Konkrete Kids.
Both of those things changed on Tuesday night in the opening round of the District 11 Class 6A tournament. The Trojans (14-9 overall; 9-7 in EPC) outscored Northampton 18-11 in the fourth quarter to pull away with a 56-43 win at Parkland High School to advance to the quarterfinals.
For nearly the past decade, no one other than Parkland has won the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League. The Trojans are winners of nine straight league championships and 12 in its program history.
But the 2018-19 season has a bit of a different feel for the Trojans (13-2-1). While both of Parkland’s losses have come against unbeaten Freedom, Monday’s regular season finale win over Phillipsburg cemented the No. 2 seed for the Trojans heading into the playoffs.
Parkland believes it has something to prove to the rest of the league. And mainly to unbeaten Freedom.
Guard Jeremiah Anderson and East Stroudsburg South gave Parkland all it could handle on Tuesday night. And the Cavaliers nearly completed their comeback after trailing by 10 points through three quarters.
Instead, Parkland was able to do just enough down the stretch. It’s been the Trojans’ theme for much of the season—finding a way to win.
Perhaps the La Salle women’s volleyball team took a page out of the Philadelphia Eagles’ playbook. After the Eagles embraced their underdog role last season on their way to the team’s first Super Bowl win, the Explorers adopted a similar mentality this past fall season.
And taking on that underdog role resulted in a historic season for La Salle. One of Parkland’s very own was a part of it.
The 25th annual Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic was held last Friday and Saturday at Liberty High School. A number of Parkland grapplers had successful outings at the highly competitive tournament that included some of the best Class 2A and 3A teams locally, as well as a number of other squads from across the country.
A total of 32 teams competed in the tournament, with Liberty repeating as team champions for the second straight season with 225 points. Northampton (211) and Nazareth (170.5) rounded out the top three finishers. Parkland finished with 47.5 points.
Kirah Dreisbach spent her high school career playing for a highly successful Parkland volleyball team. During her four-year career, the Trojans went 95-7 with two conference championships, four district titles and two state gold medals.
The outside hitter has transitioned to the collegiate ranks where she put together an impressive first season. In 107 sets this past fall for Moravian College, Dreisbach recorded 148 kills and 306 digs as the Greyhounds went 15-17 (1-5 in Landmark Conference).
There are ten players in Shippensburg women’s volleyball history that have 1,000 career kills credited to their names. Former Parkland standout and Shippensburg junior Samantha Webber was the latest Raider to join that club.
Webber finished this past fall season with 360 kills and played a key role in Shippensburg (25-8 overall; 14-4 in PSAC) advancing to the PSAC semifinals. Webber now sits in 10th place on the school’s all-time list with 1,010 kills.
Rachel Medlar played pretty much her entire soccer career, all the way back to her youth days, as a midfielder. But things changed for the former Trojan this past season, despite posting a historic freshman collegiate season in 2017.
In an effort to generate more scoring, DeSales head coach Greg Ridout moved Medlar up to forward for the Bulldogs midway through this past season. She found plenty of success once again, scoring three goals and adding six assists for 12 points, good for second-best on the team.
Several former Parkland High School athletes have contributed to college sports teams during the fall 2018 season. Here’s a look at some of their achievements.