Parkland Press

Friday, February 23, 2018

EHS boys use depth for victory

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Parkland boys swim team came into their season finale against Emmaus looking to end the Hornets’ streak of 13 straight conference championships. Unfortunately for the Trojans, it wasn’t meant to be as Emmaus won the boys’ side of last week’s dual meet 111-75.

James Connolly got Parkland off to a good start with an impressive win in the 200-yard freestyle, winning by over two-seconds. That was just the start of a big day for Connolly as he added a second individual win in the 100...

Article By: CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Two sets of teammates and two other senior male student-athletes joined one another at a recent college signing ceremony at Parkland High School.

Wrestler Zach Ortman was a team captain and leader the last few seasons.

He signed a letter for Army West Point.

“I think wrestling has definitely prepared me well for this decision,” said Ortman. “There’s definitely a military background in my family. My grandfather served in Vietnam as a Marine. I have great respect for...

PHS girls take EPC title

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After having its streak of conference championships interrupted a year ago, the Parkland girls swim team reclaimed the trophy with a 108-78 win over Emmaus in the final dual meet of the season last week.

This year’s championship is a co-championship with Liberty. Both teams finished with identical 12-0 records overall, 11-0 in the EPC and 4-0 in their division.

Parkland and Emmaus were tied heading into the diving portion of the dual meet.

The Lady Trojans took first and...

Girls fall in EPC semi

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It seems like every time the Parkland girls team turns around this season, its facing unfriendly opponents. In their bid for an EPC championship, the Lady Trojans ran into defending state champion Bethlehem Catholic (14-2), who had started the season with a win over Parkland (11-5) in the EPC opener.

For the second straight season, the Golden Hawks ended Parkland’s hopes for a conference title with a 49-25 win last week.

The loss wasn’t the end of the road for Parkland, since...

Article By: CJ HEMERLY and CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY AND CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Six Trojan girls student-athletes competing in five different sports signed letters of intent recently at a ceremony at Parkland High School.

Field hockey goalie Gabrielle (Brie) Barraco has been in the cage for four seasons at Parkland.

Barraco was named to the 2017 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference First-Team, and earned MVP honors. She has 760 career saves and holds a 90 percent save percentage in her career. This past season, Barraco made 305 saves and recorded eight shutouts...

Girls advance with win over Mounties

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Maybe a little pressure was all the Lady Trojans needed to get back into a winning mode.

Needing a win in their season finale against Northampton to reach the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs, they downed the Konkrete Kids 44-36. The sixth-seeded Trojans then had to travel to Stroudsburg Monday night to face the third-seeded Mounties and they pulled off a 45-39 win to advance to the semifinals of the EPC Tournament.

Claire Courter put on an impressive display from the...

PHS boys fall to top-seeded Beca

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

One of the biggest reasons Bethlehem Catholic has entered the East Penn Conference tournament as the top seed and favorite to win the league is because of the balance and weapons the Hawks have at their disposal.

On Monday night, the Golden Hawks showed that teams are going to need a special performance to take them down in the postseason.

Becahi (20-3, 15-1) jumped out early and never looked back in the EPC quarterfinals at home, handling eighth-seeded Parkland 67-53.

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Choma, Lehman win league diving gold

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Parkland’s Lexi Lehman continued her mastery among Eastern Pennsylvania Conference divers with a gold medal at Saturday’s EPC Diving Championships at Emmaus High School. Lehman was followed closely by teammate Alexa Brinker, with Parkland’s Kate Gottwald finishing fourth. The only non-Parkland diver on the medal stand was Emmaus’ Jess Hurlburt, who finished third.

For the boys, freshman Logan Choma followed up his second-place finish at the midseason meet with gold in the EPC...

Boys bounce back to beat Whitehall

Thursday, February 8, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Parkland boys basketball team had a whirlwind of emotions on totally different levels between its last two games. In last Friday night’s game against Whitehall, the Trojans trailed the entire game up until the fourth quarter when they made a comeback to defeat the Zephyrs 51-46.

Three nights later, Parkland led after each quarter leading up to the fourth, but gave up its lead and dropped the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference home game versus Allen 60-52.

“Yeah it was really a...

Girls need win to reach leagues

Thursday, February 8, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Parkland girls basketball team is finishing its season the way it started, with a tough schedule. While the end isn’t quite as daunting as opening with Central Dauphin and defending state champion Bethlehem Catholic in back-to-back games, it’s certainly not easy.

Parkland took care of a tough Central Dauphin East team before a 46-35 loss to Nazareth last week. Games against Whitehall and Cumberland Valley went Parkland’s way, but the final two games on the schedule are games...