Parkland Press

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Harriers earn silver medal and a trip to Chocolatetown

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

One of the primary goals for the Parkland cross country teams every season is to reach the state meet as a team.

The Trojans achieved that objective last week when both teams earned the trip to Hershey this weekend for the PIAA Class 3A Championships.

Both teams took second place to Easton at districts. The Parkland boys finished 15 points behind the Rovers at 61-46 and well ahead of Stroudsburg (95) as both Easton and the Trojans had five runners within the top 20 places....

Nimeh reaches postseason

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

For four years Jake Nimeh was part of the regular line up on the Parkland varsity golf team.

Heading into his senior season, Nimeh had been on the cusp or reaching the district qualifier the past two years. His average was less than two strokes off the cut as a sophomore and just a half stroke from making it as a junior.

This year, playing in the No. 1 spot on the team, Nimeh played consistently well over the season and posted an 81.3 average to earn his place in the District...

Article By: CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The seniors on the Parkland girls soccer team have no idea what it’s like to not finish the season as the conference champion. For four straight seasons, Parkland has taken home the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship, grabbing its fourth in a row with a 2-1 win over Easton at J. Birney Crum Stadium last week.

“It’s amazing,” said senior Jenna Leonzi, who scored Parkland’s first goal of the game late in the first half. “You can never really expect to win a championship each...

Williamson wins boys gold; girls capture team crown

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Riley Williamson and running partner Nick Bower thought they could pull off a Parkland sweep of the top two spots at the Eastern Pennsylvania Cross Country Championships last week. They came close, finishing first and third, respectively, and will have another go at it this week.

Williamson ran the race in 16:41 for the gold medal last Tuesday at the Bethlehem Municipal Course. Bower ran it in 16:53, with only Easton’s Cosmo Cardone (16:45) finishing in between.

“Nick and I...

Parkland boys team earns back to back championships

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Most people look forward to Friday. Parkland boys soccer head coach Patrick Birns was especially looking forward last Friday. By day he is a gym teacher at Emmaus, the team his Trojans beat 2-1 to win the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title last Thursday evening for their second straight league title.

“It’s going to make for a nice Friday,” said Birns last week.

The win was the 20th of the season for Parkland, which has lost just once and that was to South Kent High School in...

Parkland looks to avenge 2016 loss to EHS

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

A lot of the goals at the beginning of the season have been met, the boxes have been checked.

Through nine weeks of the regular season, the Parkland football team has won the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division title and secured the number one seed in the upcoming District 11 Class 6A tournament, which begins next weekend.

But there is still one more feat to be accomplished.

Everyone inside and outside of the Trojan football program remembers what happened in...

Trojans clinch EPC South title

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Last season, the Parkland football team dropped the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division championship in the final week of the regular season, on the very last play.

This year, the Trojans made sure it didn’t come down to something like that again.

Senior running back Jahan Worth rushed for two touchdowns and senior quarterback Michael Ruisch threw for three scores, including two to his favorite target Tyler Hays, as Parkland remained undefeated and took down...

Girls volleyball prepares for district playoffs

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Once again, the Liberty girls volleyball team got the better of Parkland in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament. This year, it was one round sooner than last time.

The Hurricanes and Trojans went the distance with Liberty winning 25-13, 18-25, 25-23, 22-25 and 15-12 last Thursday night in the EPC semifinals at Allen High School.

“It was a great match, and they’re a great team,” said Parkland head coach Mike Krause of Liberty. “There was solid hitting and great...

Field hockey falls to Easton in EPC first round

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Through 35 minutes of play, Parkland kept Easton’s offense in check. Despite plenty of chances on goal, the two sides remained scoreless early into the second half of their East Penn Conference girls lacrosse quarterfinals on Oct. 14.

But once Easton struck just minutes after halftime, it started a Red Rover flurry of goals that couldn’t be stopped. The Rovers (15-2) advanced to the EPC semifinals with a 4-0 victory over the Trojans (9-8-1) at Easton High School.

“It definitely...

Hornets hold off Easton

Saturday, October 21, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The penultimate week of the high school football regular season saw Emmaus and Salisbury both clinch district playoff berths, with the former coming in a victory over Easton and the latter via a loss to Palmerton.

Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action.


The Hornets jumped out to an early lead and held off the Rovers in the fourth quarter for a 30-20 win.

Emmaus quarterback Blake Reed (10-for-16 for 145 yards) threw a pair of first-quarter...