Parkland Press

Friday, December 14, 2018

Boys swim team has young lineup

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Parkland boys swimming program is hoping the future is now. Coach Robert Robitaille has a talented group of young men, but also some question marks. How quickly he can come up with answers will determine their success during the 2018-2019 season.

“We will look to develop the kids we have and give it a good go at the end of the season,” said Robitaille. “We are much younger than usual.

“The team looks to compete with the rest of the Valley and do what they can to fill the...

Dreisbach excels for Greyhounds

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Kirah Dreisbach spent her high school career playing for a highly successful Parkland volleyball team. During her four-year career, the Trojans went 95-7 with two conference championships, four district titles and two state gold medals.

The outside hitter has transitioned to the collegiate ranks where she put together an impressive first season. In 107 sets this past fall for Moravian College, Dreisbach recorded 148 kills and 306 digs as the Greyhounds went 15-17 (1-5 in Landmark...

Ohlson, girls start season 3-0

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Ed Ohlson has a perfect record so far as a girls basketball coach. The longtime boys coach who took over the Parkland girls program this year has the Lady Trojans off to a 2-0 start with wins over Harrisburg and Emmaus. Now is when things get a little tougher with games against Central Catholic, Central Dauphin East and Northampton in the next week.

One of the most noticeable signs through the first two games is that Claire Courter can hit three-pointers. She nailed five of them...

Hornets hand Trojans loss in EPC opener

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Emmaus boys basketball team has had trouble knocking off Parkland over the course of the last five-plus years, as have most teams in this area.

But the Green Hornets had a fast start against the Trojans in Tuesday’s East Penn Conference opener and never looked back. They opened a 16-2 lead in the first quarter on their way to a 63-50 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference victory over the Trojans last Tuesday night at Emmaus High School. It was the Hornets’ first victory over Parkland...

Lin, divers will lead Parkland girls team

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The success of 2018-2019 Parkland girls swimming campaign will come down to two factors: work ethic and a learning curve.

“We have a tremendous amount of work to do if we plan to continue to be successful,” said coach Robert Robitaille. “We are smaller than usual, due to a variety of factors. I am confident that the team will work diligently to engineer what we need to compete.”

The Lady Trojans roster is much less experienced than in years past, and the first few months of the...

Trojans look to resume tradition

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Last season was the first time in seven years that the Parkland boys basketball team did not reach the District 11 championship game. Parkland had won five straight districts crowns and was in seven of the last 10 finals before last season.

Parkland finished the 2017-18 campaign at 12-12 overall and 9-7 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, dropping both of its postseason games. The Trojans lost to Bethlehem Catholic in the EPC tournament and to Northampton in the District 11 Class...

Article By: TODD KRESs tkress@tnonline.com

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

There are ten players in Shippensburg women’s volleyball history that have 1,000 career kills credited to their names. Former Parkland standout and Shippensburg junior Samantha Webber was the latest Raider to join that club.

Webber finished this past fall season with 360 kills and played a key role in Shippensburg (25-8 overall; 14-4 in PSAC) advancing to the PSAC semifinals. Webber now sits in 10th place on the school’s all-time list with 1,010 kills.

“It was a goal of mine to...

Wrestlers have a lot to replace

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

A lot of Parkland wrestling talent has graduated from last year’s team, but second-year coach Mike Ottinger is not one to makes excuses.

“My expectation for this season is that we’re going to put out lots of effort,” Ottinger said in assessing his squad’s chances this season. “I want to see us outwork our opponents this year no matter who we are facing. There’s no question we have a lot of youth.”

Parkland hovered around the .500 mark most of last year, ending at 7-7. However...

Medlar excels in new role at DSU

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Rachel Medlar played pretty much her entire soccer career, all the way back to her youth days, as a midfielder. But things changed for the former Trojan this past season, despite posting a historic freshman collegiate season in 2017.

In an effort to generate more scoring, DeSales head coach Greg Ridout moved Medlar up to forward for the Bulldogs midway through this past season. She found plenty of success once again, scoring three goals and adding six assists for 12 points, good for...

Girls hoops replaces three starters

Friday, November 30, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After nine seasons with Wes Spence leading the Parkland girls team, the 2018-2019 season brings a change at the top.

When Spence stepped down last April after a 16-9 season and Ed Ohlson was hired to coach the team, bringing years of basketball coaching experience with him. That begs the question as to just how much the style of play will change and how will the players react to the changes?

Ohlson kept the assistant coaches in place, which he believes is going to take a lot of...