Parkland Press

Monday, December 18, 2017

Article By: CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press

Friday, November 10, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Because of a quirk in the rules, only one team from District 11 earned a spot in the PIAA Class 4A soccer tournament this season. That made the District 11 championship all the more important and Parkland didn’t miss its chance to gain an invitation to states, downing Emmaus 2-0 to become the district champion.

Josh Kiser broke the ice with a goal 17 minutes into the game to give Parkland early momentum. That was be the only goal that Parkland would need, but the Trojans added a...

PHS girls volleyball earns fourth straight gold medal

Friday, November 10, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Nazareth volleyball team was playing some of its best volleyball all year heading into the District 11 Class 4A final last Thursday night at Whitehall High School. The Blue Eagles won three straight district matches, including against top Eastern Pennsylvania Conference members Emmaus and top seed Liberty. But, they met an even hotter team in postseason play.

Third-seeded Parkland defeated the fifth-seeded Blue Eagles in four sets by scores of 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22.

It...

PHS storms back to beat Hurricanes

Friday, November 10, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

For three quarters, it looked as if the Parkland football team and its seniors would be playing in their final game of the 2017 season. But just as champions do, the Trojans fought until the very end and came for the win.

Facing adversity for the first time and trailing by two scores in the fourth quarter, it looked as if Liberty was about to come away with an upset win in the second consecutive week after beating Freedom to end the regular season. But top seed Parkland scored 22...

Girls soccer reaches D11 championship

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Parkland girls kept their perfect season going with a 4-0 win over Pocono Mountain East, pushing their record to 23-0 on the season. The win, combined with Emmaus’ win over Easton, puts Parkland and Emmaus in Thursday’s District 11 Championship game.

Tori Maybruck got Parkland started just under 10 minutes into the game when she lifted a shot over Pocono Mountain East goalie Allison Bone, who came out of the goal to try to stop Maybruck’s shot.

The biggest goal of the night...

PHS to meet Liberty in football playoffs

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Both the Parkland and Liberty football programs have come a long way since their last matchup, back on week 3 of the regular season on September 8.

The Trojans (10-0 overall) have improved their passing game and overall defensive play, and the Hurricanes (4-6) have played better than their record indicates, winning on the last day of the season over rival and sixth-seeded Freedom.

The two will face off in the District 11 Class 6A quarterfinal round Friday night at Parkland...

Girls volleyball returns to D11 championship

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Parkland girls volleyball team made quick work of Freedom last Tuesday night in the District 11 Class 4A semifinals at Allen High School’s Sewards Gymnasium, and now they find themselves one match win away from another district championship.

The Trojans dispatched of the Patriots in straight sets, winning 25-14, 25-15, 25-15.

After No. 7 seed Freedom beat second-seeded Delaware Valley in the quarterfinals, it met a Parkland program that is seasoned and vastly experienced in...

Boys beat Cavs in semi

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Patrick Birns isn’t fond of having to play teams over and over again, but as expected, his Trojans team is going to be facing Emmaus for a fourth time this season in the District 11 Championship. The meeting was set up when Parkland downed East Stroudsburg South 4-0 Tuesday night at Nazareth High School.

Parkland’s defense delivered another shutout, the 16th of the season, which was no easy task considering that East Stroudsburg South has the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s Most...

PHS ice hockey posts shut-out win over EHS

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Any time the Emmaus and Parkland ice hockey teams are on the same ice for a game, it is intense and usually comes down to the third period in deciding the victor.

But when these two teams met for the first time during the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League on Monday, Oct. 23, one team came out and dominated the score column.

The Trojans scored four times the first two periods, then totaled that number in the third period alone in taking down the Hornets 8-0 at the PPL...

Trojans rout EHS, stay unbeaten

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Emmaus came into last week’s game riding high off its best performance of the season. But the Trojans were not about to let the Hornets blemish their perfect record.

Parkland capped a 10-0 regular season with a resounding win over Emmaus last week, 42-7.

“This was our goal,” said Michael Ruisch of his team’s undefeated season. “This is what we wanted. This is what we expected. I feel we deserve it.”

No team has come within less than 10 points of beating the Trojans this...

Field hockey falls in district quarterfinal

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Parkland field hockey headed into the District 11 quarterfinals with hopes of knocking off second-seeded Liberty on their home turf.

Unfortunately, the Lady Hurricanes had other ideas and a quick start by the Liberty offense led to a 3-0 loss for Parkland. The loss ended the Lady Trojans’ season with a 9-10-1 record overall.

Liberty took advantage of early corner opportunities to jump out to a 2-0 lead. On their first corner opportunity, Rayne Wright took the insert pass and...