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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...

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 knocked out in first round of playoffs

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by BRAD HURLEY in HS Sports

This year's Parkland girls team was an experienced group to say the least. The Lady Trojans boasted a starting lineup full of veterans with all five starting spots being filled by seniors.

The Trojans' senior-laden group had quite the year in 2012-13, qualifying for the 4A state tournament for the first time in coach Wes Spence's four-year tenure.

Unfortunately, Friday night at Scranton High School the Parkland girls season came to an end, dropping a tough contest to...

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...

Boys basketball marches on in states

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland boys basketball team had plenty to celebrate last week after getting revenge against Liberty and then later beating Freedom to win the District 11 4A championship - the first for each player on the roster.

But with the state playoffs looming, they also had a lot of work to do.

The Trojans came prepared and showed no hangover effects in defeating District One's eighth seed Ridley 63-53 on Saturday night at Allen High School.

"We always play to win the next...

Swimmers head to states

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland Trojans come into this weekend's PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships with high hopes. After the Lady Trojans took gold in the District 11 Championships and the boys took silver, there are plenty of opportunities for medals to come home from Bucknell University, where the event will be held.

The Parkland girls have relay teams seeded seventh in the 400-yard freestyle, 12th in the 200-yard freestyle and 19th in the 200-yard medley relay event.

In individual...

Girls basketball heads to state tournament

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Parkland girls basketball team were not donning gold like they wished to after wearing silver at the LVC tournament, but the Trojans, and their eight seniors, will be playing at least another week.

Senior Hannah Gombos scored 10 points as Parkland defeated Bangor 39-24 last Friday night at Easton Area Middle School in the 4A consolation round.

The win advances the Trojans (20-7) to the state tournament, which they will play this Friday night, for the first time since 2007,...