Last month, Parkland Area Soccer Club U19 girls coach Mike Rose got a letter in the mail from the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association naming him the organization's Recreation Coach of the Year.
"To be honest, I don't want to call it a prank, but occasionally you get a letter and you find out later it's a marketing ploy," Rose said. "I thought, 'Really?' So I asked some people in the club, and they didn't know anything about it either. We ended up...
The name of the school may have changed, but the boys basketball program hasn't. The Patrick School, formerly known as Saint Patrick's out of Elizabeth, NJ, still has the Division I type athletes, and national recognition.
Some of those type of players were on display last Sunday in the second game of the 18th annual Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase event held at Parkland High School.
Parkland (13-4) held firm and battled until the end, but just could not match the size and...
After putting together a winning streak of 13 games over the course of nearly a month, the Parkland girls basketball team is now in the midst of a two-game losing skid, their longest of the season.
While Tuesday night's 39-27 defeat to Central Catholic at Rockne Hall was just their second in a row, the Trojans fell to 7-3 in the LVC and remain behind the Vikettes, Becahi and Nazareth in the conference standings.
The Vikettes (16-3, 10-1 LVC) pulled away from the Trojans (14-3,...
Both of Parkland's teams in the Valley Elementary Wreslting League went 1-1 over the weekend with each dropping a five-point match with Saucon Valley and each topping Lehighton in varsity action.
The JV matches went the same with, with Saucon going 2-0 against Parkland teams and Lehighton losing both matches.
The Red team defeated Lehighton 56-37 and fell to Saucon 51-46 in a match they forfeited five bouts.
Leo Kern (46), Dalen Hartzell (58), Lucas Kern (73) and David...
The Parkland boys basketball team showed another sign of resiliency last Friday night.
The Trojans won 11 straight games after a December 8 loss to Freedom, and then after a defeat at the hands of bitter rival Emmaus on January 15, Parkland started another streak, and amassed some revenge on the Patriots with a 53-50 Lehigh Valley Conference victory.
"We lost the first game to them, and I think that helped us for this game," said Jimmy Hahn. "We came in focused, and we had this...
Both the Parkland Gray and Parkland Red teams dropped tough matches over the weekend, with Grey falling by one point to Saucon Valley and Red losing by two to Lehigh Township.
Both matches came down to the wire, with Parkland's team's coming up on the wrong end of the scoreboard.
Gray won eight of the 17 bouts in a 38-37 loss to the Panthers.
Bo Barthol (50), Mason Lansenderfer (73), Rafael Avizof (105) and Joe Guida (120) all earned...
Head coach Wes Spence didn't need to hype up Tuesday's showdown with league leading Bethlehem Catholic. He told his team it was just another game and to go out and compete.
The Lady Trojans were competitive in all but one quarter, and that proved costly as they fell behind by double digits and could not climb all the way back, losing to Bethlehem Catholic last Tuesday night 55-39 in a matchup of division leaders.
"We were just looking at it as our next game," Spence said. "We...
Nezar Haddad halted any momentum the Trojans were losing, and stopped the pressure from a surging Wilson West Lawn team. His 8-3 decision over Isaac Schannauer broke a three-bout losing streak, and led Parkland (8-2) to a 35-18 non-conference dual win over the Bulldogs (5-3) last Thursday night at Parkland.
Billy Hoh lost a close 4-3 decision, and Rahmeir Thompson and Marquis Sturdivant were both pinned to dwindle what was a 26-0 lead to 26-15 with four bouts remaining.
Last Thursday's swimming meet against Freedom figured to be a good measuring stick for both the Parkland boys and girls teams on how they stacked up against another tough LVC opponent.
Both the Freedom boys and girls suffered just one loss apiece heading into last week's meet, and another close, tough meet for the Trojans could have been expected going in.
But neither the boys nor the girls had much trouble in defeating the Patriots at Freedom High School. The girls remained...
Outside the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena, the weather was sloppy. Inside the arena, the Parkland Trojans played three very clean periods of hockey.
The Trojans defeated Beca/Central 7-2 to improve to 11-0-1, behind seven goals from seven different players, along with stellar goalkeeping.
The Trojan defense was an impenetrable force all night, allowing Beca/Central to get off just nine shots on goal. Head coach Gerry Chandik stresses defense to his team day in and day out.