The Parkland Lady Trojans saw their season come to an end with a 56-34 loss to Abington in the first round of the PIAA Class 6A tournament last Friday night.
The Galloping Ghosts (23-4) moved on to the second round of the tournament where they defeated Cumberland Valley 52-48 and will now play Upper Dublin in the quarterfinals on Friday.
It was another state tournament game for Parkland boys basketball. The Trojans had been there before. Eight times in the last 11 years to be exact. The stage was not too big.
But Chester proved to be too big with its size in taking control of the second half and defeating Parkland 55-41 last Saturday in the PIAA Class 6A first round game at Freedom High School.
“That was our eighth state tournament in 11 years,” said head coach Andy Stephens. “Kids expect to make it there and work hard to make sure it happens. We have great kids and they work hard for everything.”
The Parkland girls and boys diving teams dominated the competition during the District 11 Class 3A Championships held Feb. 23.
The terrific trio of Lexi Lehman, Alexa Brinker and Kate Gottwald claimed the top three spots with 479.5, 453.15 and 439.50 points respectively. In an interview earlier this season, coach Cary Lehman said they’ve been a steading influence on the Trojan roster all season long,
“Basically they will finish one-two-three, with the order changing from one meet to the next,” he said. “They have just done a tremendous job.”
It’s been a decade of dominance.
No team in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League other than Parkland has won a league championship since 2010. The Trojans earned their 10th straight crown last week and their 13th overall.
In Game 3 of the championship series, Parkland broke away late in the third period to hand Northampton a 6-1 loss last Friday at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena. It kept the Trojans’ streak of LVSHL titles alive after being doubted for most of the year.
The Parkland boys swimming team gave a strong performance during the District 11 Class 3A Swimming Championships, finishing second in a field of 16 schools March 2 at Parkland High School.
The Trojans accumulated 302 points, well ahead of third-place Nazareth with 264.5 points. Rival Emmaus took first place with 511 points.
Two Parkland wrestlers competed in last weekend’s PIAA Class 3A Northeast Regional Championships.
Seniors Cory Border and Kale Cummings both reached regionals after fifth-place finishes at districts a week before.
Border faced District 2’s second-place finisher in the first round, senior Shawn Henninger (30-8) of Dallas. Henninger earned a 3-1 sudden victory win then went on to wrestle in the 285-pound title bout where he lost by a tiebreaker.
It wasn’t the District 11 Class 6A championship game that area basketball fans had anticipated. But fifth-seed Allen met the seventh seed Parkland in the final last Saturday night at Freedom High School.
The Canaries raced out to an early double-digit lead in the first couple of minutes and did not give the Trojans (15-10) much of a chance at a comeback as Parkland fell to Allen 76-50 to finish runner-up in the district, but still advanced to the PIAA playoffs.
Entering the 2018-2019 season, a few things about the Parkland girls swimming team emerged. First, the team was talented, but inexperienced. Second, its most reliable talent was an indefatigable senior by the name of Ally Lin.
Lin did not disappoint, performing brilliantly for coach Robert Robitaille throughout the season. Her prodigious work ethic, superior swimming techniques and a never-say-die attitude served to inspire her teammates and legions of Parkland swimming fans.
When you reach the PIAA basketball tournament, you know you’re going to be playing against good teams. For Parkland’s girls team, its first-round draw is especially tough as the Trojans have to play the Abington Heights Galloping Ghosts (24-4), the third-place team from a tough District One.
The easiest way to stop the Ghosts is to stop Kassondra Brown, their 6-foot-2 center who is headed to the University of Rhode Island. Brown is a force both offensively and defensively, averaging 18 points per game and 13 rebounds per game this season.
Ed Ohlson is never the kind to duck the media after a bad game. With that being said, he admittedly wasn’t looking forward to reliving the events that led his team to a 60-47 loss in the District 11 Class 6A semifinal game against Northampton. It was one of those nights where things just didn’t go well for Parkland and the game quickly slowly slid away from the Trojans.