Parkland Press

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Girls bounce back, beat PME

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The erratic schedule for teams over the Christmas and New Year holidays can throw some teams off. Normally, the Parkland girls (8-3 overall, 5-2 EPC) are playing in a tournament or even taking a trip out of state to get games in and stay sharp, but with a coaching change coming during the offseason, there wasn’t time to find a spot to play.

So, Ed Ohlson used the time to run his team through practices and work on a few things that he noticed during the early part of the season.

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Wrestlers host Parkland Duals

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by The Press in Sports

The Trojans went 4-1 at the Parkland Duals Saturday.

Parkland beat Central High (47-28) in the first round then took down Souderton (40-36) in the second round and beat Delaware Valley (31-28) in the third round.

Parkland lost to Boyertown, 51-19, in the fourth round before bouncing back with a 63-15 win over Mariana Bracetti Academy in the final round of the tournament.

In the win over Central, Garrett Fitzgeral (220), Cory Border (285), Nathan Kresge (106), Gabriel...

Trojans hang on to top ESS

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Guard Jeremiah Anderson and East Stroudsburg South gave Parkland all it could handle on Tuesday night. And the Cavaliers nearly completed their comeback after trailing by 10 points through three quarters.

Instead, Parkland was able to do just enough down the stretch. It’s been the Trojans’ theme for much of the season—finding a way to win.

East Stroudsburg South’s Jasir Parker rebounded Joshua Smith’s potential game tying three-pointer in the final seconds and scored to get the...

Border takes fifth place at BHWC

Saturday, January 5, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

The 25th annual Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic was held last Friday and Saturday at Liberty High School. A number of Parkland grapplers had successful outings at the highly competitive tournament that included some of the best Class 2A and 3A teams locally, as well as a number of other squads from across the country.

A total of 32 teams competed in the tournament, with Liberty repeating as team champions for the second straight season with 225 points. Northampton (211) and...

PHS wins Allen Tournament

Saturday, January 5, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Parkland boys basketball senior Gabe Khalife has been a Swiss army knife when it comes to his role with the basketball program. He has started, come off the bench, played as a defensive stopper and has been a top scorer.

Last Friday night, Khalife was the main man in helping to lead the Trojans to a 58-54 win in the Allen High School Holiday Classic championship game at Sewards Gymnasium to give them some momentum heading into the new year.

“It’s a big confidence-boosting win...

Graver helps LaSalle to stellar season

Saturday, January 5, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Perhaps the La Salle women’s volleyball team took a page out of the Philadelphia Eagles’ playbook. After the Eagles embraced their underdog role last season on their way to the team’s first Super Bowl win, the Explorers adopted a similar mentality this past fall season.

And taking on that underdog role resulted in a historic season for La Salle. One of Parkland’s very own was a part of it.

Sophomore defensive specialist Samantha Graver, the Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the...

Faust earns trip to Aquabike World Championship

Saturday, January 5, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

Cindy Faust stood shoulder-to-shoulder with women from all over the country before the start of the 2018 USA Triathlon Aquabike National Championship on Nov. 11 in Miami. It is a daunting task for any athlete, but especially for an athlete that is running in her own race.

“I like the working out part of it and pushing myself,” she said of aquabiking. “Not so much the competition.”

She may not like competing, but she sure is good at it. The 59-year-old Orefield resident finished...

Trojans bounce back, beat Zephs

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Parkland boys basketball team had been playing the role of cardiac kids over the last two weeks, winning back-to-back games on game-winning shots as time expired to defeat both Central Catholic (56-53) and Phillipsburg (63-62) within 48 hours of each other.

But Parkland was on the other end of a close game last Tuesday, falling by three points to Northampton. It was the second East Penn Conference loss out of the Trojans’ first three games this season, leaving them in need of some...

Parkland girls top Lions, Zephyrs

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by The Press in Sports

The Parkland girls basketball team had a busy schedule heading into its winter break as the Trojans played three games over three days, all on the road. The team has no games scheduled until the new year when it hosts Easton and Pocono Mountain West on back-to-back nights Jan. 3-4, respectively.

Here are some recaps of last week’s games.

Parkland-Red Lion

The Trojans beat Red Lion 61-37 in a nonleague game at Kutztown University last Saturday.

Parkland jumped out...

PHS wrestlers are off to a good start

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

Parkland wrestling was dominant in its opening season matches Dec. 12 against Dieruff, earning a 61-7 win.

Coach Mike Ottinger’s squad wasted no time getting down to business as Nathan Kresge (113) won in a fall in 3:39. After Gabe Montanez (120) won in a forfeit, tough guy Lucas Kern took care of his opponent in a tough match in 5:33.

Bryan Diaz (132) used only 38 second to win his first matchup of the year, while Mason Lansenderfer (138), who is expected to be a significant...