The Lehigh Carbon Community College softball team did something this season that no other Cougar team had accomplished in the program’s history.
Plenty of local softball players were at the center of the memorable campaign.
LCCC became the first team ever from Pennsylvania to win the Region XIX Championship. The Cougars also advanced to the Division III NJCAA National Championship Tournament for the first time and won a game before its season came to a close in mid-May.
Two Parkland High School graduates were part of that team in Shannon Jacobs and Madison Mohr.
Parkland head coach Scott Trumbauer couldn’t have asked for a better start. But he could have probably asked for a different ending.
In Monday’s EPC volleyball semifinals, Parkland did something against Emmaus that no other conference foe could this season—take a set against the unbeaten Hornets. The Trojans won the first set in thrilling fashion.
Parkland and Emmaus both entered Tuesday’s much-anticipated meeting with identical unbeaten records at 7-0. But Trojan head Scott Trumbauer was well aware of the pedestal that the Hornets sat on atop the area’s top volleyball teams.
Then, Emmaus went out and proved why it is the class of the District 11 landscape. And it did so with relative ease.
Emmaus (8-0) jumped out to a comfortable lead in the opening set and never looked back, as the Hornets defeated Parkland, 3-0 (25-9, 25-15, 25-20), at Emmaus High School.
Plenty of talent graduated from last year’s Parkland track and field team, on both the boys and girls sides. In particular Morgan Sherwin and Connor Tempro, both who participated at last year’s state meet.
Sherwin earned a medal at the PIAA Track and Field Championships in Hershey when she tied for second in the high at five feet, five inches. Tempro also participated in the 400-meter dash on the high school’s brightest stage.
The Parkland boys and girls swim teams will compete in the District 11 Class 3A Swimming Championships this weekend at the Trojans’ home pool. Competition will be held on Friday evening and finish Saturday afternoon.
On the girls’ side, plenty of Trojans are the top seeds in their respective events. The 200 medley relay team, along with Zoe Sheradin (200-yard freestyle), Ally Lin (200-yard individual medley), Annie Walls (500-yard freestyle) and Megan Sicinski (100-yard breaststroke), all have the top seed times entering the meet.
The Parkland wrestling team didn’t have to travel last weekend as it held its annual Trojan Duals on Saturday. But the teams it hosted provided plenty of competition right in their own backyard.
Parkland went 1-4 at the Trojan Duals, its lone win coming against Exeter (32-30) in the second of five matches on the day. The Trojans came up short against Cumberland Valley (41-25), Council Rock South (34-29), Delaware Valley (34-30) and Northampton (41-23).
The Parkland girls volleyball team hasn’t just been a frequent visitor to the state playoffs. It has been a postseason stalwart that’s put together lengthy postseason runs, including PIAA titles in 2014 and 2015.
This season’s team played its way into the state semifinals and there was a feeling of accomplishment for the Lady Tigers with only two returning starters.
In just her first year running cross country, Parkland’s Maddie Zaun nearly tasted what the PIAA cross country meet was all about. She was one place shy of earning a trip to states a season ago.
But since that moment, she mad a promise to herself to reach Hershey in her second season. She came through on that promise last weekend.
In the biggest race of her career, on the most coveted stage for high school runners, Zaun capped a junior season in impressive fashion. She ran a time of 20:13 to pace the Parkland girls runners, placing 73rd out of the Class 3A 212 participants.
Through 35 minutes of play, Parkland kept Easton’s offense in check. Despite plenty of chances on goal, the two sides remained scoreless early into the second half of their East Penn Conference girls lacrosse quarterfinals on Oct. 14.
But once Easton struck just minutes after halftime, it started a Red Rover flurry of goals that couldn’t be stopped. The Rovers (15-2) advanced to the EPC semifinals with a 4-0 victory over the Trojans (9-8-1) at Easton High School.
Parkland didn’t get off to the best start last Friday night against Whitehall. But the way the Trojan football team finished gave the rest of the Lehigh Valley a glimpse as to how difficult they might be to knock off.
Tied at 21-21 in the fourth quarter, Parkland scored the final 10 points to hand the Zephyrs a 31-21 loss on Friday night at Whitehall High School. The Trojans (6-0) rallied from two early one-touchdown deficits in the first half.
The win awarded Parkland with the traditional Joe Gerencser trophy, given to the winner of this annual rivalry game.