Parkland Press

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PHS skipper inducted into softball Hall of Fame

Friday, July 26, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Parkland softball coach Barry Search was recently inducted into the Lehigh Valley Softball Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Patriots Park in Allentown. Search was inducted for his overall contribution to the sport as a player, assistant coach and head coach.

Search’s earliest memories of softball were of his dad playing in local leagues. At the age of 15, Search joined his dad in playing locally, which began a long love affair with the game.

When he enrolled in the Coast Guard...

Trojans earn awards

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Coming into the season, South Parkland Legion head coach Tom Kahn did some math regarding his team. He told his coaches when the season started that if they could win 20 games, he and his staff would reach the 100-win mark for their time with the team. With a 16-game season and playoffs, there was no room for error.

Just as the question mark for the Parkland High School team was whether or not it could get enough offense, the Legion team wondered the same thing. In its first five...

Hornets upset Parkland in summer league basketball

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Parkland boys basketball team has had a ton of success during its summer league season and in the tournaments it has been a part of. Even in the offseason when wins and losses don’t carry as much weight, the Trojans had won seven of 10 games in the Cedar Beach Summer Basketball League. The also advanced deep into the Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach tournament last month.

But in what could be called an off night, the Trojans struggled to get anything going against struggling rival...

SP goes 20-0, wins LVL title

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The South Parkland Legion team made it through the regular season and playoffs undefeated, finishing 20-0 and holding the Lehigh Valley Legion championship trophy Monday night after beating Northern Valley 2-0 at Weiland Park on the campus of De Sales University.

The Trojans made it through games against Emmaus and North Parkland in the postseason in addition to beating Northern Valley (11-11) twice in the double-elimination tournament. The win sends South Parkland into the Region Two...

Buffs fall to NV in semifinal

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The North Parkland Legion team saw its season come to an end Sunday in a 9-4 loss to Northern Valley. The Buffaloes finished the season at 14-6.

Northern Valley came into the game as one of the hottest teams in the league after a cold streak early in July saw the Chargers fall in the LVL seedings before garnering the fifth seed. North Parkland was consistent throughout the season and finished as the number-two seed coming into the postseason.

The game against the Chargers was a...

SP earns top seed for LVL playoffs

Thursday, July 11, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After making it through the regular season undefeated, South Parkland (15-0) comes into the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs as the favorite, holding the top-seed. The Trojans take on Emmaus (5-11) in a first-round game and with a win would face either Lower Macungie or Northern Valley in the second-round game.

South Parkland was awarded a win in a suspended game against Emmaus, which was unable to be played. Initially, the game was going to be made up this week, but because the all-star...

North Parkland makes late-season run

Thursday, July 11, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

North Parkland (12-4) put together an impressive run late in the season and heads into the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the league.

Since dropping their rivalry matchup against South Parkland (15-0), the Buffaloes have gone 4-0, outscoring opponents 42-6 in those four games.

The numbers are skewed by a 21-1 pasting of Coplay (5-9-1) in a game shortened to four innings by the 15-run rule. Another game against Coplay was played just five days...

Parkland beats Bangor in summer league

Thursday, July 11, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

It wasn’t pretty for either team. But it got better. And it started at one end of the floor.

After a lackluster first half, the Parkland boys basketball team picked it up on both ends of the court to come out on the winning end of its Lehigh Valley Summer League basketball game Tuesday evening at Cedar Beach, taking down Bangor 43-34 in the Big School Division.

The Trojans moved to 6-3 overall and are in the top-five of the league standings with just a few weeks left of the...

Lehigh Valley Legion announces All-Star

Monday, July 8, 2019 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The annual American Legion All-Star game pitting the best players in the Lehigh Valley League against their counterparts from the Berks-Schuylkill League was scheduled for Monday, July 8 at Reading’s First Energy Stadium, home of the Fightin’ Phils.

The game was postponed to Tuesday because of rain.

The following is a list of this year’s LVL All-Stars.


Brad Buzzard (OF, Carbon Monarchs), Kevin Kruz (2B, Salisbury), Matt Ervolina (3B, South...

Trojans, Buffs enjoy friendly rivalry

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Like any high school baseball team, the Parkland Trojans spend much of the year hanging out together, putting in time in the indoor batting cages during the offseason and then banding together for a long high school season.

Unlike many of the local high school teams, though, the group is split in two for the Lehigh Valley Legion baseball season. The one, tight-knit team is divided between North Parkland and South Parkland. Twice each LVL season, and often in the playoffs, they go up...