It has been a postseason of firsts for Parkland's Omar Haddad.
After winning his first district championship a week ago, Haddad followed that up with his first Northeast Regional Class AAA crown during Saturday's championship round.
Haddad knocked off Liberty's Andrew Gunning by a 3-2 margin, following similar footsteps he took to defeat Gunning at districts, as he scored a third-period takedown to pull out another gold medal for the Haddad family.
With diver Chris Lehman already qualified for states, the Trojan byswimmers took their turn at winning gold in districts last weekend in the District 11 Championships at Parkland High School. When the two-day event was over, Adam Sicinski was added to the list of Parkland boys who will be competing at states.
Sicinski qualified in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events, winning gold in both events.
The Parkland girls swim team captured their seventh straight District 11 Championship on Saturday and will have a strong contingent of swimmers heading to the PIAA Swimming Championships next week at Bucknell University.
Junior Siena Salvaggio captured the Dennis McGinley Award as the meet's top female swimmer, and was awarded the East Penn Conference Swimmer of the Year Award for her performance over the course of the season.
You won't usually hear their names announced in the starting lineup, and you usually won't see them as the high scorer of the game, but seniors Kevin Delourie and Justin Jones are integral parts of the Parkland boys basketball program.
They are the two lone seniors for the Trojans, and they bring a lot more to the table than just their statistics. Spending three years as varsity members, and four years in the Parkland program, head coach Andy Stephens has been able spend a lot of time with the two and knows what they can do for his team.
Omar Haddad said he didn't feel pressure to bring home a District 11 Class AAA championship, but it's something that surely was in the back of his mind heading into last Saturday's 220-pound championship at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium.
Haddad joined his family lineage of brothers to claim district titles, as he scored a 3-2 victory over Liberty's Andrew Gunning to bring home his first district gold medal.
The Parkland girls quest for back-to-back District 11 Championships came to an end Tuesday night with a 44-29 loss to top-seeded Easton. Their attention now turns to Friday's consolation game against Pocono Mountain West, with the winner advancing to the PIAA Tournament.
Gabby Bloshuk led the Red Rovers with 10 points, five of which came in the final quarter of play. It was Bloshuk who delivered the final blow. With 2:45 left to play and Parkland struggling to stick within striking distance, Bloshuk hit a three-pointer to give Easton its largest lead of the game to that point.
Sophomore Chris Lehman will represent Parkland High School next month at the PIAA Diving Championships at Bucknell University. Lehman topped the field of 11 divers in the Class AA boys competition, with a final score of 443.30 in the 11-dive meet.
Freshman Kelsey German, who finished with a score of 461.55, just missed a spot in states, finishing third on the girls side, behind Emmaus' Jess Hurlburt (509.30) and Easton's Kelsey Jehl (487.10).
German closed the gap over her final two dives, but wasn't able to catch Jehl, a senior, who won the event last year.
Good teams win games even when things become challenging. In a game against Southern Lehigh Monday night at Steel Ice Center, Parkland (14-0-1) was down two defensive skaters, and was forced to play two players who aren't normally on the ice full-time as defensemen.
Nick White missed the game due to illness and David Van Horn left early because of an injury, so head coach Matt Chandik was forced to rely on two forwards to help anchor the defense.
Just over a year ago, while a junior on the Parkland wrestling team, Jacob Lizak was able to share a milestone with his older brother.
Ethan Lizak, now a freshman wrestler at the University of Minnesota, picked up win number 100 last year to join an elite wrestling fraternity.
Then, one year later, in a January match against Emmaus, Jacob Lizak followed in the footsteps of hi older brother by earning win number 100.
Pocono Mountain West head coach Brad Pensyl must have watched game tape on the latest Parkland-Whitehall basketball game.
The Panthers (14-10) used a similar approach to the slow-down tempo that the Zephyrs tried against the Trojans to keep the scoring down and remain in the contest.