Parkland Press

Monday, August 21, 2017

Soldridge earns Quad-State fishing title

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Like most outdoor enthusiasts, James Soldridge III knew how to use a rod and reel by around the same time he could walk. His father had him out at local streams early in his life and young James fell in love with the sport.

But unlike most anglers, he took it to another level. During his freshman year of high school, Soldridge joined the Lehigh Valley Junior Bassmasters and began fishing competitively.

Through that program he competed in many fishing tournaments with success,...

Royals rally after losing first two games

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Hellertown Royals took the first two games of their BML semifinal series game against the Iron Financial Orioles, putting them in a commanding position in the best-of-five series. Before game three, Hellertown manager Bob Zerfass talked about a playoff series years ago when he was part of a team down 2-0 that knew it needed just one win to catapult it to a win in the series, and told his team to stay ready because the Orioles would be looking for a catapult of their own, and found it...

Trojans beat Whitehall at Cedar Beach

Friday, August 4, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Parkland boys basketball team had a rough start to this year’s summer league. It might not be a surprise considering the Trojans lost a lot of senior leadership to graduation last year, including all-time leading scorer Sam Iorio.

They struggled to win games to begin the summer league, and then at the Cedar Beach Bash tournament in late June. But the proud program, one that has played in the last six district championship games and won four of them, began to find its stride like...

SP wins two state tourney games

Friday, August 4, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

South Parkland isn’t a team that worried much about having its backs to the wall. In the regionals, after the Trojans first loss of the double-elimination tournament, the players basically shrugged their shoulders and went about their business to win the tournament and reach the Pennsylvania American Legion Tournament.

In the state tournament, South Parkland won its first two games before dropping a 3-2 game to host Ephrata. Again, the team seemingly shrugged as it planned to carry on...

Article By: The Press

Friday, August 4, 2017 by The Press in Sports

The North Parkland Jr. Legion baseball team won the Muhlenberg Eastern Regional defeating Newtown 3-1 in the championship game. The Buffaloes went 5-1 in the tournament, winning a double header on the final day to overcome an earlier round loss to Newtown. North Parkland won the first game of the day 6-5 to force the final and deciding game. The Buffaloes had secured their Regional playoff berth as the Lehigh Valley regular season champ with an undefeated 16-0 record. During the season, the...

South Parkland Legion continues to overcome

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

If not for one very questionable call, South Parkland may have worked their way through the Region 2 Tournament without a loss. Instead, the call helped give Souderton a 6-5 win over the Trojans in 11 innings, sending them to the loser’s bracket in the double-elimination tournament.

In the end, it didn’t really seem to matter to South Parkland as they got right back on track in their next game and didn’t seem to let anything bother them. Extra innings? No problem. Having to come from...

Iorio leaves mark on Parkland hoops history

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

For the last four years, Parkland boys basketball head coach Andy Stephens didn’t have to think too hard about who he was penciling in to the starting lineup at one of the forward spots. From his freshman year until the final game of his high school career last March, 2017 graduate Sam Iorio was one of the starting five for the Trojans.

He was a staple of a program that has won four of the last five District 11 titles, and played in the last six district finals. He has also been named...

Sherwin took major leaps in senior year

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Sometimes even the best of athletes have to wait their turn.

Morgan Sherwin, a 2017 Parkland High School graduate, saw plenty of action on the volleyball court as an underclassman. But it wasn’t until last fall that she really broke out and produced at a high level after playing behind a couple of All-District and All-State players as a junior.

With her success on the court and on the track, Sherwin has been named the Parkland Press Female Athlete of the Year.


PHS girls fall to Beca in quarterfinal

Friday, July 21, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Unlike three weeks before at the Cedar Beach Bash Showcase tournament, the Parkland girls basketball team had mostly a full roster last weekend at the SportsFest A-town Throwdown tournament at Cedar Beach Park.

That depth in the lineup propelled the Trojans to win four of their five games and advance to Sunday’s playoff bracket before falling to eventual champion Bethlehem Catholic in the quarterfinal round.

“It was nice to see the girls get challenged in different ways, and be...

So. Parkland still alive in Region 2

Friday, July 21, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Throughout the regular season and the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs, teams play seven inning games. Advancing to regionals adds a degree of difficulty for teams in that they now need to have enough pitching to cover nine-inning games. Of all of the teams in the Region Two Tournament, South Parkland may be best suited for the added wear and tear on pitching.

Not only has the pitching staff handled having to play nine-inning games, but its also had a couple of extra-inning games thrown...