Sophomore pitcher Aubree Fritzinger has led Parkland (13-0, 10-0) to an unbeaten record so far in her first year as a starting pitcher. Last Tuesday night, she made her mark on the program by throwing a complete game no-hitter in a 5-0 win against Whitehall in front of the home crowd.
"This is big for her confidence," said head coach Barry Search. "She's a competitor and an athlete, and is just doing a great job for us."
She struck out five batters and walked two, with an error credited to the defense behind her.
You would think that the coach of a tennis team that is 10-0 on the season wouldn't have a care in the world. Not so with Parkland's Mike Hingston. A backlog of matches has prevented him from doing the part of his job that he loves best: coaching.
"I have found it to be a little frustrating, because it seems like we've never really established a momentum," said Hingston. "I mean we have record-wise and we've played well and competed well, but the contact time in practice, sometimes, is where you get a sense of where your team is and a little more of a connection.
When Rhett Jacoby isn't on the mound helping the Trojans with his arm, he prefers to do his part with his bat and base running skills.
He didn't throw a pitch in Tuesday' 4-1 win over Hazleton, but the senior scored half of the teams run in the game at Parkland High School.
After hitting a double in the bottom of the second inning, Andrew Roth brought him home with a base hit to put Parkland up 1-0.
Squaring up against an undefeated, and defending league and District 11 champion, the Pleasant Valley team knew it had to play close to flawless softball to take down Parkland Monday night under the lights at Parkland High School.
But unforced errors prevented that from happening. Four errors, and 12 walks by Bears pitchers allowed the Trojans to take a big lead and a 9-1 victory in a rematch of last year's District 11 Class AAAA championship game.
The Whitehall boys volleyball team was in a couple of large holes within the first two games last Thursday night. The Zephyrs were behind by double digits for a part of both games, and Parkland had a big size advantage.
It looked as if the Trojans were going to breeze to a couple of easy wins in the opening games, and another 3-0 set win, but a youthful Whitehall team did not back down and kept fighting until the end.
Parkland, however, used its length, and the sizeable leads it held to take down Whitehall 3-0 by scores of 25-17, 25-20, and 25-19 at Whitehall High School.
With the winter weather keeping most spring sports teams indoors to start the season, the Parkland softball team was fortunate enough to have made a trip to Florida the last week of March, to play against some competition from across the country.
Not only did the Trojans win two games that count towards their overall record, the players were able to get out of the Parkland gymnasium and play in game situations, something that assistant coach Barry Williams couldn't have been happier about.
Looking at the scoreboard at halftime, it showed Emmaus 6, Parkland 7.
Just a one-goal game, which was unusual for the Trojans girls lacrosse team this year. By halftime, they have seemingly had the game in hand already. But this rivalry always brings out the best in both teams.
It was another typical Emmaus-Parkland boys lacrosse match. Two teams that have been at or near the top of the boys lacrosse standings for the last decade were involved in yet another memorable matchup last Wednesday night at Emmaus High School in a playoff-like atmosphere. With the Trojans having won the final Lehigh Valley Conference title last year, and the Green Hornets taking the District 11 championship, once again there was a lot riding on this one.
The Parkland boys volleyball team has picked up right where it left off in 2014, winning games.
The defending conference and district champions are currently ranked fourth in the state, and flexed their muscle Tuesday night at Parkland High School with a 3-0 sweep over Northampton by scores of 25-13, 25-12 and 25-18.
"We've started strong so far this year, and we have to if we want to keep our high ranking," junior setter Andrew Hillman said.
Last season, Emmaus provided one of the tougher matches for Parkland tennis. This season, Emmaus lost a couple key players to graduation and Parkland may be even stronger than it was a year ago, which led to the Trojans sweeping their recent match with their division rival.
Emmaus coach Dmitri Diamandopoulos tipped his hat to Parkland as he watched play throughout the afternoon.
Diamandopoulos pointed out the depth on Parkland's roster and believes that even their No. 3 singles player, Peter Harrison, could be a No. 1 player on many of the local high school teams.