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Parkland repeats as D-11 champ

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

All season long the Parkland boys basketball team has been guided by the leadership of its seniors. Starting four of them, and having two as vital contributors off the bench, head coach Andy Stephens could rely on the experience of these eight guys to win a lot of games in 2013-14. Last Saturday night was no different.

Three Trojan seniors all reached double figures, and Parkland (20-5) took care of Emmaus rather easily, 60-33 in the District 11 4A final at Freedom high school.

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Seniors secure second straight championship

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by TODD KRESS in HS Sports

Two years ago, the current group of seniors on the Parkland boys' basketball team went through a tough 57-53 loss to Pocono Mountain West in the 2012 district championship game.

That loss left a sour taste in the mouth of the Trojans after they earned victories over Pocono Mountain East, Freedom and Emmaus in advancing to the finals.

The Trojans were able to use that defeat as a springboard in capturing back-to-back district titles, including this season's District 11 Class...

Girls take title

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

For the first time since 2007, the Parkland girls basketball team has captured the District 11 basketball trophy after downing top-seeded Pocono Mountain West 38-35. Olivia Brown scored a game-high 21 points and Erin Bross chipped in with 13 to lead the Lady Trojans, who now head to states with an 18-8 overall record.

In some ways, Parkland was lucky to escape with the win after coming out cold and having trouble finding the basket in the early going. The Trojans missed some key foul...

Haddad, Lizak brothers earn regional gold

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by PETER CAR in HS Sports

Senior Ethan Lizak won his fourth Northeast regional 3A wrestling championship over the weekend, but his younger brother finally got to add his name to the family list as well.

Sophomore Jacob Lizak posted a 3-0 decision over Nazareth's Travis Smith in the 113-pound championship Saturday night to earn his first regional gold medal and add another piece of hardware to the Lizak trophy case.

The Lizak brothers were two of the three regional champions for Parkland, as Nezar Haddad...

Trojans win LVSHL a fifth time

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland ice hockey team does not know the meaning of the word letdown. For a team that has won 44 straight Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League games, a majority by multiple goals, the Trojans treat each and every game like it could be their last, never playing down to their opponent.

That is a big reason for the streak of consecutive LVSHL titles. Parkland (20-1-1) added its fifth in a row Monday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena, winning 3-0 over Phillipsburg in game two...

Zajko eclipses 1,000 points

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

Standing at the free-throw line of a district quarterfinal game in front of a large crowd, there was more going through the mind of Justin Zajko than the one point he needed to reach an individual milestone.

The senior has always put team first, and since being slotted into the starting lineup as a sophomore, the senior has helped lead Parkland to three straight District 11 finals, winning the last two.

But after draining the second of two free-throws, Zajko recorded his 1,...

PHS girls win fifth straight D-11 trophy

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

For the fifth straight year and the ninth time in the last 10 years, the Parkland girls are District 11 Champions in swimming. The Lady Trojans held off a challenge from Emmaus and Liberty to come out on top and sophomore Siena Salvaggio performed well enough to capture the Dennis A. McGinley Award as the events top female swimmer.

Salvaggio competed in the maximum of four events (two individual and two relay) and captured first-place finishes in all four. In relays, Salvaggio teamed...

Parkland avenges OT loss to Allen

Friday, February 28, 2014 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

Coming into last Saturday night's District 11 Class AAAA quarterfinal matchup against Allen, Parkland head coach Andy Stephens expected it to be a tight contest, especially with the two teams battling for six quarters the last time they met on January 24.

But this time around was a completely different story, and was seemingly over after the first eight minutes.

Parkland (19-5) used a combination of a balanced offense and a smothering defense to open up a 29-9 lead midway...

Walmer selected to play in Big 33 All-Star Game

Friday, February 28, 2014 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland football team put up some impressive numbers offensively during the 2013 season. Running an option-spread offense, the majority of plays are rushes by either the quarterback or running back.

The key for moving the football is the play in the trenches. If the offensive line can get a push, the runners can find openings and use their speed to break out for big yardage.

After many games this past fall, senior tailbacks Eli Redmond and Kareem Williams, who will both be...

PHS hockey wins first game in playoff series

Friday, February 28, 2014 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

Momentum was something that the Parkland ice hockey team needed Monday night, more than what they had three nights earlier in a 5-4 win against Northampton in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League semifinal.

What the Trojans lacked on Friday, they made up for against the second-place Phillipsburg Stateliners, winning game one of the best of three final, 4-1.

Defense also stepped up for Parkland (19-1-1), including great saves from goal keeper Jordan Lorah (18 saves).

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