The Parkland boys basketball team had the season’s busiest and longest stretch of games conclude with a victory. The Trojans played five games in a span of seven days and ended the rough stretch 3-2 after a 43-28 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference win over Pleasant Valley last Tuesday night at Parkland High School.
Parkland (10-5 overall, 7-3 EPC) fell to Freedom on Tuesday, Jan. 7, then defeated Notre Dame (Green Pond) the following night and Dieruff two nights later. The Trojans were taken down by Lower Merion on Sunday before they were victorious over the Bears two nights later.
Competition among teammates can breed a lot of success. That’s been the case for Parkland diving for a while and it continues to be the case. At this year’s midseason East Penn Conference diving competition, Parkland divers showed up often at the top of the leader’s board with Lexi Lehman winning on the girls side and Ethan Radio finishing second among boys.
A three-game winning streak has Parkland (10-4 overall, 7-3 EPC) on the verge of clinching a spot in the district playoffs and has them in good shape for a spot in the EPC tournament at the end of the regular season. The latest win was a 42-33 win at Pleasant Valley and came on the heels of wins over Dieruff and Southern Lehigh.
Lindsay Berger has been the big scorer for Parkland, having hit for 20 against both Southern Lehigh and Pleasant Valley. Against Dieruff, it was Carissa Foght who led the team with 11 points while Berger chipped in with nine in the 46-25 win.
It doesn’t happen often, but the Parkland ice hockey team found itself trailing after one period of action. But the deficit didn’t last long as the Trojans scored four unanswered goals, three of which came in a pivotal second period comeback as Parkland defeated Easton 8-3 last Monday night in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League action at the Lehigh Valley Ice Rink.
The Trojans (13-0-1 overall, 27 points) tallied three second period goals after falling behind 2-1 following the opening period of play, and remained in first place in the league table with the victory.
The Parkland boys and girls swim teams each picked up wins over Pocono Mountain East Saturday in an East Penn Conference meet. The girls won all but one event, while the boys won all 11 of their events.
Kayla Johnson helped three relay teams finish first, while Leyna Fleischaker placed first in one individual event (100 breaststroke) and the 200-yard medley relay.
James Zhang led the boys with four first-place finishes. Gavin Webb earned two victories in his individual events: 100 butterfly (54.97) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.17).
Parkland 133, PM East 37
The Parkland Duals, held Jan. 4 at Parkland High School, proved to be an educational encounter for the host team.
“Parkland had a very good experience,” said Trojan wrestling head coach Jon Trenge. “We competed well and several of our wrestlers were very successful on the day.”
Wrestling tournaments have become commonplace over the last decade, but the question becomes does volume equal value? What is the advantage for a school tor participate?
Senior captains Jake Melady and Jared Kucharczuk have both grown and come onto their own this year in their final seasons in red and white. The duo combined to score more than half of the Trojans’ points as Parkland ran away in the fourth quarter in a 71-57 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference victory over Pocono Mountain West last Thursday night at Parkland High School.
The win over the Panthers (4-7 overall, 2-4 EPC) was the second in-a-row for the Trojans (7-4, 5-3).
Parkland wrestlers had an opportunity to measure themselves against some top-flight competition Dec. 28-29 at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic, held at Liberty High School.
Trojan head coach Jon Trenge was pleased with what he saw, but acknowledged there is work ahead.
“We are improving, but it is a process,” Trenge said when asked about the Trojans’ showing at BHWC. “I see improvements in the bottom position, and on the feet mostly. We are hand fighting far better than in the beginning of the year.”
The Parkland boys and girls swimming teams made a splash over the first part of the season.
The Trojans has success at the annual Cedar Crest Classic Invitational and recently beat Cumberland Valley in a nonleague meet.
Kayla Johnson (100 freestyle, 200 freestyle) and Annie Walls (butterfly, 500 freestyle) both won two individual events for the Trojan girls team against Cumberland Valley.
Parkland’s Gavin Webb (200 free, 500 free) and Shawn Kushner (individual medley, breaststroke) won a pair of boys individual events in the nonleague dual meet.
The Parkland ice hockey team continued to show its dominance against league opposition as it took down Southern Lehigh 6-1 last Monday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Rink in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League action.
The Trojans (10-0-1) remain at the top of the standings, while the Spartans (8-5) are third. In a matchup of top-three teams one team showed it’s talent.