Parkland Press

Monday, August 19, 2019

Aungst, Giants even series

Sunday, August 18, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Northampton pitcher Justin Aungst took a few steps off the mound toward the Giants dugout in the fourth inning, having thought a called third strike was coming from the home plate umpire. Instead, the former Salisbury ace had to walk back up the dirt after a called ball.

Limeport’s Damin Muth singled on the next pitch to bring home the Bulls’ first run of the game, leaving Aungst visibly upset.

But he didn’t let that adversity affect him. Aungst got Pat Rhoads to pop out to end...

Dodson steps down as XC coach

Sunday, August 18, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Loretta Dodson and her husband left the Lehigh Valley last week to take a trip out west. The two enjoy visiting the national parks, and will use this vacation to see Arches National Park in Utah and Mesa Verde in Colorado.

Dodson will have some extra time in the upcoming fall seasons to see more of that.

That was one of the reasons why Dodson, who was involved with the Parkland cross country program for 22 years, recently stepped down. She was the head coach for the past 17...

Fairlough takes it all in; Trojans’ Dawkins ready to ‘hit and go’

Sunday, August 18, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In the fast-paced world of high school football, Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough still tries to step back and look at the big picture.

It’s his version of smelling the roses and keeping some moderation.

“Over time, I think I have tried to slow things down and enjoy everything that goes into it,” said Fairclough recently at the Lehigh Valley chapter of the National Football Foundation media night at Northampton High School Aug. 6. He was among 18 coaches from the greater...

Trojans make run in state tournament

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

All season long, the stated goal for the South Parkland American Legion baseball team was a state championship.

The Trojans run took them through an undefeated regular season and then through regionals to claim the Region 2 title with a win over a Souderton team comprised primarily of players who were on the PIAA championship team from Souderton High School.

In states, South Parkland opened 1-1 in the double-elimination tournament and then beat French Creek Valley 7-4 to move...

PHS ends successful summer

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Parkland boys basketball team found itself this summer. After another run at a District 11 championship fell just short in the final, the Trojans have kept their foot on the pedal and continued the tradition of winning ways in the offseason.

Parkland went undefeated in pool play, winning all three games at the A-Town Throwdown to advance to the playoff portion. The Trojans also qualified for the Cedar Beach league playoffs, earning a spot in the final four of the field.

For...

Dulaney displayed a ‘passion for the game’

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As a young high school softball player, it can be difficult knowing that you’re stuck behind a key player and that you’re going to have to wait for your time to come.

Kelly Dulaney didn’t get frustrated by the wait. She used the time to her advantage and worked on becoming a better pitcher so that she could take advantage of the opportunity when her time rolled around.

Before she reached high school, Dulaney was catching the eye of Parkland head coach Barry Search, who has...

Cipolla helped elevate Trojan boys lacrosse

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Before 2019 Parkland High School graduate James Cipolla enrolled at the school, the boys lacrosse program hadn’t won a championship of any kind. After his four years in red and white, the Trojans have earned two district championships and two league titles. To say Cipolla made his mark on the program is an understatement.

And after another successful season on the field, Cipolla has been named the Parkland Press Male Athlete of the Year.

“It means a lot,” said Cipolla. “I think...

Trojans win Region 2 title

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

If you were concerned about South Parkland’s loss to Souderton last Tuesday in the Regional 2 American Legion baseball playoffs, your fears were set aside one night later when the Trojans met up with the same Souderton team in a winner-take-all championship.

True to form, it was all about the pitching for South Parkland, which rode the arm of Adam Smith to a 3-0 win over Souderton, gaining a trip to states for the 24-1 Trojans.

The scary thing about the performance by Smith is...

Search puts players first

Friday, July 26, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Barry Search has a simple philosophy about coaching that’s not directly related to anything that happens on the field. He uses the approach as an assistant football coach. He used it as an assistant softball coach. And he now uses it as a head softball coach at Parkland High School.

“The whole thing about softball is that it’s all about the kids,” said Search in his acceptance speech to the Lehigh Valley softball Hall of Fame. “That’s what we’re here for, to support them and I have...

SP reaches regional final

Friday, July 26, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The double-elimination format combined with a day of rain outs provided for an interesting twist to the American Legion Regional 2 tournament.

South Parkland stood as the only undefeated team coming into Tuesday, while three other teams, all with one loss, were also alive. No matter what happened in South Parkland’s game against Souderton, the Trojans were still alive to play in the championship game. They just weren’t sure whether they would be playing that game Tuesday or Wednesday...