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Girls soccer season ends with playoff PKs

Saturday, November 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Every year the debate over whether or not it’s a good idea to end playoff soccer games with penalty kicks arises.

This year, the Lady Trojans are part of the discussion as they came up just short of a trip to the PIAA semifinals because of a game decided on penalty kicks. Parkland fell to Pennridge 3-2, losing the penalty kick phase by a 4-3 score.

Things opened well for Parkland with two quick goals before the midway point of the first half.

Ava Schaller and Madi...

Freedom tops Trojans in D-11 semi

Saturday, November 17, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

By most teams’ standards a 7-5 season and a trip to the District 11 football semifinals would be a pretty good year. Some places it would make history.

At Parkland, winner of six straight district titles from 2013-17, anything short of a trip to the state playoffs might be seen as a disappointing season. But this year’s Parkland team, which had its season end Saturday with a 35-21 loss to Freedom, overcame a lot of adversity to reach seven wins and earn the No. 5 seed in the district...

PHS falls to unbeaten Eagles

Saturday, November 17, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Parkland girls volleyball team may not have looked the part early in the 2018 season, but it began to play its best volleyball within the last month of the season when it mattered most. That continued into the postseason.

The District 11 Class 4A champion Trojans played good volleyball in both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs and district tournament.

For the seventh time in the last eight seasons Parkland was playing in the state semifinals, but for the second...

Nelson scores five times in 35-0 win

Friday, November 9, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

There’s rain in the forecast for this Friday night. And Dominic Nelson probably doesn’t mind.

The Parkland senior running back had one of the best games of his career last Friday night in a driving rain at Stroudsburg High School. Nelson ran for five touchdowns to lead his team to a 35-0 win over the Mountaineers in a District 11 Class 6A playoff game.

Players struggled to find their footing on the wet artificial turf at SHS. But Nelson piled up 100 yards on 21 carries in the...

Zaun starts fast at state XC championships

Friday, November 9, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

Parkland’s Maddie Zaun, a calculating and talented cross country runner, ended her Trojan cross country career Nov. 3 with a strong showing at the 2018 PIAA Cross Country Championships in Hershey.

Running on a course that was subjected to a downpour the night previous and by wind gusts on race day, Zaun, the only Trojan girls runner, finished 32nd overall out of 228 participants in the Class 3A category. She completed in 20 minutes and 18 seconds.

The senior runner strived for...

Article By: CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After every Parkland girls soccer win, head coach Al Haddad hands out mini Snickers bars to his players. He continues that at practice from time-to-time, so his players decided it would be appropriate to show up for practice on Halloween and do a little trick or treating. They left their warm up gear in their backpacks and showed up in Halloween costumes. It turns out that the day after Halloween, they got their real treat - a fourth straight district championship thanks to a 5-1 bombarding...

Article By: CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press

Monday, November 12, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Parkland girls volleyball team has been playing its best volleyball recently and at the right time.

The Trojans were too much for Emmaus as they swept the Hornets by scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 27-25 last Thursday night at Catasauqua High School in the District 11 Class 4A final.

It is the fifth consecutive district championship for Parkland, as it defeated Emmaus for the second time this season and became just the second team all year to beat the Hornets in straight sets....

Bower paces Parkland boys

Friday, November 9, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Parkland boys cross country team concluded a fine 2018 campaign at the 2018 PIAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 3 in Hershey.

The Trojans finished 14th out of 19 teams with 366 points and an average time of 17 minutes and 56 seconds.

“They were a little off but came out it OK,” said coach Loretta Dodson. “In a big race like this you need to get out quick and set your pace. It’s important in a race like that to stay focused and you can’t get frustrated.”


Hornets top Trojans in soccer semifinal

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Trojans came out firing thanks to a goal by junior Jackson Vanderpool less than two minutes into their District 11 semifinal game, but Emmaus responded well and finished Parkland’s season with a 3-2 win in a game played at Whitehall High School’s sports complex. Emmaus will now face Freedom in the district championship game.

Vanderpool took a feed from fellow junior Alex Wilsterman and pushed it past a diving Aidan Connolly, who was in goal for Emmaus. For the next 18 minutes the...

Lady Trojans top Emmaus

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In a game dominated by Parkland through most of the play, the Lady Trojans pulled off a 1-0 shutout of Emmaus in the District 11 soccer semifinals. The win guarantees Parkland a spot in the PIAA tournament and also a shot at a third straight district title when they face Easton Thursday night. The Lady Rovers (16-4) reached the finals by virtue of a 1-0 double-overtime win over Whitehall (17-4) in the other semifinal matchup. Parkland and Easton didn’t meet in either the regular season nor...