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Record-setting Lenhart has raised the bar for boys divers

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

It wasn't that long ago that Jacob Lenhart set both the Parkland pool record and school record for scoring in a six-dive meet against Allen when he registered a score of 326.55 during the regular season.

Last weekend, Lenhart went a step further and captured both records again, this time in an 11-dive meet during the Lehigh Valley Conference Championships. Obviously, the record-setting performance was good enough to make Lenhart the LVC champion with a score of 496 and send him into...

Spence keeps girls program on track

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

In his fourth season as head coach, Wes Spence has led the Parkland girls basketball program to four straight trips to the District 11 tournament, and last Friday night, their first LVC final since the 2006-07 season.

The late Patti Heffner was the coach of that team, and had brought the Trojans back to prominence after some down years, winning a state title in 2005-06.

Spence has done his part to keep Parkland near the top, but he believes his job was made easier because of...

Hunt continues for LVC boys crown

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by TODD KRESS Special to the Press in HS Sports

Friday night was an opportunity for the Parkland boys basketball team to make history.

After defeating Freedom in overtime two days earlier in the LVC semifinals, the Trojans were on the brink of becoming the first boys basketball team in Parkland history to win a LVC crown with Liberty awaiting in the title game.

Instead, the Hurricanes jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead that was too much for the Trojans to overcome, leaving Parkland as one of five current teams without a...

Swimming is best of both worlds for Nagle

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

Student-athlete is a term that's often written off or overlooked.

Fans of sport sometimes forget that these athletes must meet certain academic credentials to compete. Harris Nagle reminds everyone how important sports and academics are to be used in unison.

"The hard work that you put into swimming helps in your school work as well," Nagle said. "I think swimming is a sport that adds balance to your whole life in general."

The senior captain has brought a positive...

PIAA NOTEBOOK PIAA Board needs to act soon on heat issues

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Rod Frisco Special to the Press in HS Sports

With the debate over the length of the PIAA football season long in the rearview mirror, it would seem that football is status quo at the PIAA Board of Directors level.

It is not.

The PIAA Board is currently embroiled in a discussion - some might call it a battle - over how to handle a proposed heat acclimatization program that, no matter how it is implemented, will greatly affect the start of the football practice.

Prompted by concerns from the PIAA's Sports Medicine...

VEWL WRaps up season

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by The Press in HS Sports

Both of Parkland's Valley Elementary Wrestling League Varsity teams wrapped up their years at the league's season-ending tournament held February 9-10 at Freedom High School.

Parkland Gray had five wrestlers place in the top eight, while Parkland Red had three earn medals.

The top wrestler from Parkland was Red's Brandon Kassis, who took second place at 80 pounds. Teammate David Polanki earned a third place medal at 120 pounds and Parkland Red's Dalen Hartzell was seventh at 58...

Evans happy to share in milestone moment

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

When Ian Evans joined the illustrious 100-win club, there was one thing that stuck out to him the most, his teammate.

His milestone came on the same night as Ethan Lizak's 100th win back on January 26 at Whitehall.

"I think it was really cool getting my 100th win the same match as Ethan," Evans said. "He's probably the best wrestler we have on the team, and even though he got it a year earlier than I did, it's still pretty cool."

Two other seniors, Shaun Heist and...

Nazareth tops Trojans for first league title

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by TODD KRESS Special to the Press in HS Sports

Just three days after upsetting Bethlehem Catholic in the LVC semifinals, a Nazareth team stood in the way of the Parkland girls basketball team who were vying to add another conference championship to their collection.

But despite defeating the conference's premier team in their journey to the title game, it was the Blue Eagles who set the tone early and often against the Trojans last Friday night at Easton Area Middle School.

The Blue Eagles - who held the Trojans scoreless...

Liberty big men prove too much for Parkland

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

Back on January 8, nobody could stop the Parkland boys basketball team from putting the ball in the net.

The Trojans scored 90 points in a win over Liberty to set a season-high not only Parkland, but for any team in the Lehigh Valley Conference.

Last Friday night in a rematch for the league crown, it was a different story.

Liberty (17-7) dominated the glass with its size advantage, and held the Trojans to almost half of their previous output, in dominating the LVC final...

Strauss, Salvaggio lead swimmers past Liberty

Sunday, February 17, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

Parkland's final league meet before the postseason was also one of the most important in terms momentum. With one loss each, the Liberty boys and girls would prove to be a tough test, especially swimming in their final home league meet.

The Trojans were up to the task. The girls stayed undefeated with a close 105-81 win, and the boys controlled their meet by taking it 134-52 last Thursday night at Liberty.

Chris Strauss and Rhett Karopoulos won each event that they swam in,...