Unlike the last time Parkland and Emmaus met last month, a 10-8, back-and-forth contest won by the Green Hornets, Emmaus led by a four-goal margin Monday afternoon at Orefield Middle School field in a game. The Hornets lost it in the second half as the Trojans stormed back to win 11-6.
Collin Tucker and Colin Mason combined for three goals to open the first quarter, and when Pat Camilli found the back of the net on an extra man advantage early in the second quarter, Emmaus (11-6) found itself up 4-0 and in complete control of the final regular season game.
It was a tale of two different games for the Parkland girls lacrosse team and rival Emmaus.
In the first matchup, a 20-9 win on April 7, the Green Hornets were right there neck-and-neck with the Trojans, just one goal down at halftime.
But last Thursday afternoon, Parkland raced out to an early 5-0 lead in the first five minutes before Emmaus could even get a shot on goal. The early deficit was too much to overcome as the Green Hornets fell to the Trojans 12-5 at Troxell Middle School field.
Parkland's distance runners have been a big factor in the Trojan boys track and field team's 9-1 record in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC).
During Friday's William Allen Invitational at J. Birney Crum Stadium, two of the Trojan's top boys runners placed in the top 10 of the 3200 meter run. Sophomore Hailemichael Geiger placed fourth, while junior Daniel Kyvelosc crossed the finish line in eighth place.
Two longtime friends met at Lehigh University in the District 11 Class AAA singles championship on Monday. Parkland's Nick Kshatri, the tournament's top seed, went up against Matt FitzMaurice of Emmaus, who was seeded second. The two have had some impressive matches during their high school careers and Monday's match was no different. This time, it was FitzMaurice coming away with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win and a trip to the PIAA Tournament in Hershey later this month.
It's extremely difficult for a high school baseball team to go undefeated. And in some cases, a loss along the way can actually be good for the team's outlook on the season.
A week ago, Parkland ran into a hungry Northampton team that not only handed the Trojans their first loss of the season, but threw a no-hitter at them, adding insult to injury.
The good news is that the next day, Parkland picked up their rain-suspended game with Emmaus and expanded the 6-0 first inning lead that they picked up when the game started back on April 7, turning it into a 13-0 rout.
The Lady Trojans are making softball look very easy this season. After a 17-0 drubbing of Central Catholic on Monday, Parkland is now 15-1 overall and 12-0 in the EPC. They've now outscored their opponents 170-13 this season, with their pitchers throwing eight shutouts and not allowing more than three runs in any one game.
Meanwhile, their offense has scored double-digit runs in eight games and have been held under five runs just twice.
Parkland has already clinched the Skyline Division title and a trip to the District 11 Tournament.
It's been smooth sailing for the Parkland boys volleyball team all season long.
The Trojans continued that hot streak last week against their toughest league opponent yet.
Against the only other undefeated team in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Parkland took the first two sets (25-13, 25-18) against Emmaus relatively easily. And while the Hornets tied the third game late at 24-24, the Trojans' 26-24 victory in that third game secured a sweep for Parkland (24-1 overall, 8-0 in EPC) last Thursday.
As if on cue, bad weather returned just in time to postpone the first day of the East Penn Conference Tennis Tournament last Friday at Parkland High School.
The early morning rain moved the tournament's opening rounds to Saturday, when players worked their way through matches to get the semifinal round in each of the six brackets. The semis, finals and consolation matches will be played at a later date, which is still undetermined.
It hasn't happened often over the past couple of years, but the Parkland girls lacrosse team was playing in a game after losing two of the previous ones.
With close losses coming to new rival Southern Lehigh and out of conference foe Spring-Ford over the weekend, the Trojans needed some momentum heading into the last two weeks of the regular season. They got that and more Tuesday night under the lights on senior night at the Orefield Middle School field.
The local wrestling world was flipped upside down earlier this week when news broke of new divisional alignment in the East Penn Conference.
The league replaced its three-division format, with two divisions consisting of nine teams each.
Whitehall athletic director and co-chair of wrestling in the EPC, Bob Hartman, spoke at length with the Press on Thursday about the changes for next season and how the process unfolded.