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...
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...
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.
When Jacob Lizak pinned Anthony Roche, all of the momentum was in the hands of Parkland.
The Trojans had taken the previous three bouts; two overtime decisions by Omar Haddad and Zach Maclean, and a 14-second pin by Shaun Heist to give Parkland a 24-11 lead after the Lizak's win.
But when Jacob's brother and defending state champion Ethan Lizak was pinned by Evan Fidelibus, the mood on the Parkland bench went from the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows in a matter of two...
The Parkland girls basketball team had little trouble at keeping their current winning streak alive on Tuesday night against one of their biggest rivals in Emmaus.
Behind an impressive outing on both ends of the court, the Trojans used a 60-24 defeat over the Hornets at Parkland High School to push their win streak to 11 games. Six of those contests have come in conference play.
"It's really nice the way the girls are playing," said head coach Wes Spence. "They compete every...
Emmaus finally got the monkey off its back.
After losing three times to Parkland last year, the Green Hornets were able to get revenge, and hand the Trojans their first loss in the Lehigh Valley Conference last Tuesday night 55-52 in front of a packed house at Emmaus.
After a Derrick Tannous three that untied the score at 8-5 in favor of Emmaus, the Green Hornets never trailed again, and the Hornets nest nearly blew the roof off with the volume of cheers for both teams....
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.