Parkland Press

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Article By: Mike Haines

Saturday, September 2, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

An entire slate of 1-0 teams matched up in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference division that swept it’s northern counterpart last week.

Defending District 11 Class 5A champ Whitehall made a statement with a win over defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champ Emmaus, while Bethelehem Catholic and Freedom also rolled to wins.

In the Colonial League, Catasauqua and Salisbury both remained undefeated with victories on Friday night.


The Zephyrs...

Trojans take top prize at cheer camp

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Parkland School District cheerleaders attended Pine Forest Cheerleading Camp, Aug. 12-15, at Chestnut Hill Lake, Honesdale where multiple awards were won by middle school, junior varsity and varsity squads.

Varsity, coached by Sami Jo Crivellaro and Cara Ceward, took first place in extreme routine, second place in sideline, and fourth place in cheer.

“That is a huge honor, to be the top team in [extreme routine] in that small division,” said Crivellaro. “We were against teams...

Pair of pitchers moves up the ranks

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Coming into the season, Tom Eshelman was a good pitching prospect for the Phillies, but he was overshadowed by pitchers like Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Jake Thompson and Nick Pivetta.

For pitcher Jose Taveras, he was among the group of top pitching prospects, but he was in the lower levels of the minors and thought to be at least a couple, if not three years away from reaching the majors.

Things changed for both pitchers in 2017. Eshelman is now among the elite group of pitching...

Parkland routs Allen in opener

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

No matter who the opponent is, opening the regular season with a victory is always important in gaining momentum for the long run.

For the second year in a row, the Parkland football team played its first game of the season against Eastern Pennsylvania Conference opponent Allen. The Canaries have struggled in recent years and they were overmatched last Friday night.

The Trojans (1-0) were able to break in their new players and work each member of their roster onto the field in...

Eagles bring D-1 receiver in Dotson

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Week one of the high school football scene was a good one for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South division. All nine teams were victorious, and won their respective games by double digits. Only one of nine cross-division game was decided by fewer than 31 points.

Parkland shutout Allen 49-0 and now prepares for a Nazareth team that surprised many by their dismantling of Pleasant Valley 50-10 in the opener last Friday night.

This Friday Parkland takes on a Nazareth team...

Parkland divers win national title

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by The Press in Sports

Eight members of the Parkland Diving Club recently returned from the 2017 AAU Diving National Championships in Huntersville, NC. Competing against over 500 of the nation’s top divers, four Parkland divers returned from the meet as national champions.

Parkland High School divers Lexi Lehman (Orefield) and Alexa Brinker (Allentown) teamed up to win the 14-15 girls’ synchro event, winning by over 40 points. Ryan Beltrame (Allentown) and JT Heinze (Allentown) paired up to win a close 12-...

LV Jr. Bassmasters excel at quad

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by The Press in Sports

The Lehigh Valley Junior Bassmasters sent a large contingent of anglers to the recent four-state quad competition in Elk Neck State Park in Maryland.

The event features 48 two-man teams of anglers with over 35 of them from Pennsylvania, which traditionally features some of the most succefull fishermen in the field at this annual event, which also includes Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware anglers.

Several members of the Lehigh Junior Bassmasters had success at the annual event...

Article By: Mike Haines

Friday, August 25, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

High School football got under way Friday night across the state. Several teams from the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area posted big wins to open the season.


Defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champion Emmaus opened its season with a 62-19 win over Dieruff to open the 2017 season.

Running backs Lubens Myers (6 carries, 131 yards, 2 TD) and Sone Ntoh (12 carries, 73 yards, 2 TD) combined for 2204 yards, while first-year starting quarterback Blake...

Soldridge earns Quad-State fishing title

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Like most outdoor enthusiasts, James Soldridge III knew how to use a rod and reel by around the same time he could walk. His father had him out at local streams early in his life and young James fell in love with the sport.

But unlike most anglers, he took it to another level. During his freshman year of high school, Soldridge joined the Lehigh Valley Junior Bassmasters and began fishing competitively.

Through that program he competed in many fishing tournaments with success,...

Royals rally after losing first two games

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Hellertown Royals took the first two games of their BML semifinal series game against the Iron Financial Orioles, putting them in a commanding position in the best-of-five series. Before game three, Hellertown manager Bob Zerfass talked about a playoff series years ago when he was part of a team down 2-0 that knew it needed just one win to catapult it to a win in the series, and told his team to stay ready because the Orioles would be looking for a catapult of their own, and found it...