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FC Sonic adds new women's pro team this year

Thursday, March 28, 2013 by PETER CAR in HS Sports

If young women were looking for a place to play local soccer professionally, they've finally found a permanent home.

FC Lehigh Valley United Lady Sonic will join their male counterparts (FC LVU Sonic) this summer as a local professional club.

Men's team head coach Dave Weitzman conducted an open tryout for prospective players on March 10, evaluating 40 women and 40 men during the first off-season session at finding new talent.

Weitzman helped lead the men's team to a...

Hockey team's historic run ends

Thursday, March 28, 2013 by LOU RUSNOCK in HS Sports

Since 1975, the best high school hockey teams from the eastern and western parts of the state have battled for the Pennsylvania Cup.

Not once in that 38-year span had the Lehigh Valley been represented - until last Saturday.

That Parkland's hockey team was even competing for the PA Cup at the Aston IceWorks is in itself one of the best underdog stories in Lehigh Valley history.

Unfortunately for the Trojans, they couldn't put a cherry on top of their history-making...

Flyers Cup run ends, states next

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by LOU RUSNOCK in HS Sports

As the Parkland hockey team exited the ice after a 6-3 loss to Cherokee (NJ) in Flyers Cup final at the Rink at Warwick on Tuesday night, a large contingent of red and gray clad fans cheered and shouted words of encouragement.

A storybook run for the 11th-seeded Trojans struck midnight against a fast, powerful Chiefs team, which used three second period goals in five minutes to seal the championship and hand Parkland its first loss of the year.

Funny thing about Cinderella,...

Girls swimmers, boys divers big at state meet

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

While both the Parkland boys and girls swimming and diving teams had good showings at last weekend's PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships, the girls fared better in the pool, while the boys excelled on the diving board. Overall, the girls finished sixth out of 57 teams awarded points in the competition, while the boys were 22nd out of 48 teams.

Senior Meghan Polaha came out of her final high school competition with a lot to celebrate, finishing fourth in both the 100 fly and 200...

Talent returns for boys lax

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

Any team that can boast a lot of talent and a vast number of returning players, will surely like their chances. The Parkland boys lacrosse team will have that luxury this season.

A year after advancing to the District 11 semifinals, the Trojans see depth and experience on both sides of the field in 2013.

"Our team is loaded with talent," said first year head coach Brad Schifko. "Many players are capable of making significant contributions at the varsity level. Defensively, this...

Girls lax looks to next step

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland girls lacrosse team found themselves in a lot of important games last season, but just could not win that big one. Nazareth had their number and defeated them twice in a span of two weeks - the first time in the LVC semifinals and the second in the District 11 final.

But that just adds fuel to the fire for the returning Trojans players as they look to take that next step and bring back some hardware for the program.

"The team is well aware of what could have been...

Pitching key for baseball

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland baseball team will be able to put some runs on the board this upcoming season, but the key for the Trojans to win comes down to preventing runs.

The defending Lehigh Valley Conference North Division champs lost three pitchers to graduation, including LVC All-star and pitcher of the year Matt Hurd (6-1, 1.97 ERA), who is now pitching for the Bloomsburg Huskies. Adam Fye (5-2, 2.10 ERA) and Brian Zesch (1-0, 1.12 ERA) also departed after successful 2012 campaigns.


Boys set foundation for bright future

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by MIKE HAINES in HS Sports

After a district title and a state playoff win, a lot of coaches would be bracing for an upcoming rebuilding season. Maybe for a few rebuilding seasons.

But Parkland basketball isn't just any program.

Not in the eyes of fifth-year head coach Andy Stephens or his players. They don't expect a rebuilding season any time in the near future.

"You want to compete for leagues and districts," Stephens said. "But we really do want to get in a position that we can compete for a...

Heat blaze to LVL crown

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by The Press in HS Sports

The Schnecksville Heat girls 5th/6th grade travel basketball team recently captured the Lehigh Valley League A division championship with a thrilling 21-19 victory over Southern Lehigh. Schnecksville built a 17-3 halftime lead and held on as Southern Lehigh made a furious comeback in the second half.

The Heat finished the season with a 27-4 record and a triple crown that included a summer league championship, the Bulldog Holiday Tournament title and the LVL championship. The team's...

Lizak golden again on mat

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by PETER CAR in HS Sports

The one question that everyone had for Ethan Lizak following another state wrestling championship over the weekend had nothing to do with his form on the mat or his methodical style.

It was about him smiling.

The Parkland junior won his second straight state championship at Hershey's Giant Center Saturday night, scoring a 3-1 decision over Norristown's Zack Fuentes in the 113-pound title bout.

It was Lizak's third straight state finals appearance, his second straight...