Entering the 2018 spring season, the Parkland boys tennis team will have the luxury of senior leadership in its lineup. Six seniors will occupy the Trojans’ lineup this season, with three of the seniors having the experience of competing in last year’s District 11 3A tournament.
Each year the top high school senior basketball players in the area come together for one final event. The teams have been picked and the matchups set for what promises to be a riveting day of end-to-end, high-spirited basketball.
The best players in the greater Lehigh Valley have been chosen to represent their high schools in the 43rd annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic, which raises funds for Via of the Lehigh Valley’s programs for adults and children with disabilities.
At the District 11 Swimming Championships, Megan Sicinski and Matt Ceh were named the women’s and men’s swimmers of the meet and were given the Dennis A. McGinley Award for their accomplishments. They capped that off with medals at the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships last week at Bucknell University in Lewisburg.
Megan Sicinski finished fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.37. She also competed in the 200 IM, reaching the consolation finals and finishing 15th with a time of 2:06.16 at Bucknell.
If you really want to know what the weather is going to be like, ask Parkland softball coach Barry Search. He learned to forecast weather while in the military and he learned it well. He doesn’t need radar or fancy gadgetry to forecast weather, he just looks at the sky and tells you what’s going to happen. He did that Monday after a scrimmage against Hazleton when he challenged his players to identify the type of clouds overhead.
Before his lesson on clouds, Search put together another forecast about his team, which he’s coached for the past eight seasons.
For the first time in three years, the Parkland boys volleyball team enters its spring season without a championship to defend. The Trojans finished the 2017 season at 16-4 overall and qualified for both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 Class 3A tournaments, but fell in the quarterfinals to Whitehall in both postseason events. They were the defending three-time district champions.
Zach Ortman knew the day would come where his Parkland wrestling career would be over.
That reality came to fruition Saturday evening at the Giant Center in Hershey, as Ortman closed out his season and career on a winning note following a 4-2 decision over Leno Ciotti of McDowell to take seventh place and finish out as Parkland’s only wrestler to come home from Hershey with a medal.
After holding off Ciotti in the final 20 seconds of the bout, Ortman (138) found a spot in the Giant Center stands, put his head in his warmup and reflected on four years flying by.
Several Parkland swimmers earned a trip to Bucknell University this week for the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships. A large group of Trojan seniors will cap their high school careers at the meet, while a few underclassmen will also be competing.
Two Parkland athletes earned top-five seeds at states, including senior swimmer Megan Sicinski and sophomore diver Alexa Brinker.
Sicinski is seeded fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:03.57. She is also seeded 16th in the 200 individual medley at states.
Lehighton Area High School senior football player Nolan Ryan Wentz became the second Lehighton football player in the past 12 years to earn the Lehigh Valley Football Scholar-Athlete Award.
Wentz earned the honor on March 4 at the 58th annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter banquet.
The annual banquet honors a high school football senior from one of 33 schools that best represents achievements both on and off the football field.
If you think your weekends are busy, consider the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
This past weekend, they wrapped up the middle portion of their third straight three-game weekend. While it’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Phantoms will be playing playoff hockey this spring, nothing is official just yet. With 13 games left in the regular season, the Phantoms have dropped their magic number down to 12 after a productive weekend.
The Parkland boys swim team collected five individual medals and one relay medal at last weekend’s District 11 Swimming Championships, which were moved to Emmaus High School after a power outage at Parkland. Overall, the boys finished second in the team competition trailing Emmaus 489-313.5 at the end of the weekend.