Parkland Press

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Gold wins McDonald’s All-Star Football Classic

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Fans of all-star games expect a lot of offense. At last Thursday’s 48th Annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Game, there was a good bit of scoring, but most of it came from one side.

The Gold team, made up of players from Northampton County and Phillipsburg and Palisades High Schools, beat the Red Team (Lehigh, Carbon, Monroe counties) 35-7.

“It’s the last game of our high school career and it’s for a good cause,” said Emmaus offensive lineman Austen Kasaczun. “I...

Bottom of batting order leads way

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In general, a softball team relies on the middle part of its lineup to produce the big hits. The hitters at the top of the order get on base to set the table for the bigger bats in the lineup to drive them in. Whatever you get out of the bottom portion of the order often determines how successful a team will be offensively.

For Parkland, the bottom of the lineup has played a crucial role in postseason success.

Against Easton in the District 11 semifinals, it was Caroline Rivera...

Hess caps career at ODU

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

It was Easter weekend when Chad Hess had his greatest golfing moment to date. The Old Dominion University senior stepped up to the tee on the 14th hole, a par three with the pin 196 yards away.

The venue was the Brook Valley Country Club in Greenville, N.C. The Monarchs were there to play in the East Carolina Intercollegiate Tournament. Monarch donors and alumni were around the club, kicking back, recalling the old days and checking out the new kids on the block. The pressure was on,...

Trojans battle back for title

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After two tough regular season games against Nazareth, the Parkland softball team wanted another shot at the Blue Eagles.

The Trojans had hoped it would come in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship, but when that opportunity didn’t present itself, they looked ahead to districts. The two teams would need to reach the finals of district play for the rematch to happen and everything played out perfectly to get the two teams on the field to play for district gold.

For a...

Pates’ Healy baffles PHS in D11 final

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Parkland baseball team did its part at the plate recording hits, but it did not score enough runs as it fell to Freedom 2-1 last Wednesday evening in the District 11 Class 6A championship game at Lehigh University’s J. David Walker Field.

The top-seeded Trojans (21-4 overall) tallied five hits throughout the course of the game, outhitting the seventh-seeded Patriots (16-9) 5-4. But it just came down to Freedom crossing the plate one more time than Parkland.

“That’s just how...

LCCC softball team makes history

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

The Lehigh Carbon Community College softball team did something this season that no other Cougar team had accomplished in the program’s history.

Plenty of local softball players were at the center of the memorable campaign.

LCCC became the first team ever from Pennsylvania to win the Region XIX Championship. The Cougars also advanced to the Division III NJCAA National Championship Tournament for the first time and won a game before its season came to a close in mid-May.

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PHS baseball team reaches title game

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Parkland admittedly got a little help from a porous Liberty defense in the District 11 semifinal, but the Trojans took advantage of every little thing that the Hurricanes gave them on their way to a 7-5 win and a spot in the District 11 championship. The semifinal win also reserves a spot for Parkland in the PIAA tournament, which begins next week.

Liberty, the defending District 11 Class 6A champions, committed four errors in the game, three of them by shortstop Marcus Nales, and...

Softball tops Rovers in district semifinal

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Looking to make their fifth straight appearance in the District 11 championship game, Parkland wasn’t about to let a late comeback from Easton get in its way. After the Lady Rovers tied the game in sixth, Parkland plated two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-2 win and face Nazareth for their fourth district crown in the last five years.

Easton hitters weren’t able to do anything against Kelley Dulaney early in the game. Easton went without a hit until there was one out in...

Eleven Parkland athletes compete in Shippensburg

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Franco Perinotti took advantage of his first appearance at the PIAA Track and Field Championships last weekend at Shippensburg University. The Parkland senior had a top-10 finish in the pole vault, leading a group of 11 Parkland student-athletes at annual meet at Seth Grove Stadium.

Perinotti cleared a mark of 14-0 to place ninth in his first ever state competition, one place away from earning a medal.

“I am very happy to be in the top-10 for the state competition,” said...

PHS girls win D11 lacrosse title

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Parkland girls lacrosse team wanted to get the sour taste out of its mouth. Coming up on the short end against Easton, two weeks ago, the Trojans did not want to experience that feeling once again.

They had to battle back from down five goals to force overtime in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final, but the Red Rovers used their All-Conference, do-it-all athlete Leanna Deegan to score the winner in overtime, and hand Parkland the silver medals.

Fast forward to a week-...