Parkland Press

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Parkland’s Danner excels in first season of SpeedSTR

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

The first time Briggs Danner raced competitively in a SpeedSTR, both his and his mother’s reaction was the same.

“I think it was his first heat,” said Briggs’ mother, Melissa. “He came off the track and I walked up to him, and we both literally said to each other, ‘I thought I was going to throw up.’”

That feeling didn’t stop Danner from having an impressive inaugural season for the Parkland sophomore in a racing class made up of mainly adults. In his first season racing...

East tops West in annual Via Game

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The 42nd Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic was played Saturday at Northampton Community College, pitting senior all-stars against one another in four separate games. The West squad featured seniors from Central Catholic, Northampton, Northwestern, Parkland and Whitehall among other Lehigh Valley teams.

The West came up on the short end of the score in both games, with the girls falling 56-49 and the boys suffering a 121-97 loss.

In the girls game, the lead bounced back and...

Trojans beat Becahi

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Two runs in the first inning and two runs in the third were enough for Parkland to hold Bethlehem Catholic at bay in the Trojans’ 4-1 victory over the Hawks on Monday at Becahi.

“That was nice,” said Parkland pitcher Aubree Fritzinger. “[The early lead] really helped everyone settle in. We knew it would be a tough game from the beginning.”

Becahi scored its only run in the bottom of the first on an RBI triple to deep right field by third baseman Alexis Lopez, driving in Alyssa...

Pitching staff leads PHS to win

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Coming into the season, the Parkland baseball team was all about pitching.

The Trojans’ staff is talented and deep and tit showed just how strong it can be when Ryan Giovenco and Adam Mellinger combined to no-hit Hazleton in a 4-0 win.

Giovenco, a senior, pitched five shutout innings, striking out eight and walking four, with one hit batter. Mellinger finished it off with two innings of no-hit ball, giving up two walks and striking out two in the process.

“It’s awesome...

Boys tennis wins first four

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Parkland hasn’t played the cream of the crop in the local tennis world through its first four matches.

The Trojans have not only gone undefeated, but they’ve also taken four straight 7-0 wins. Dieruff, East Stroudsburg South, Freedom and Pleasant Valley all fell to the Trojans by shutout scores.

The lineup for Parkland is full of familiar faces from a team that went a perfect 12-0 in the EPC last season, finished 12-1 overall and went on to win the team district championship in...

Castano, Atiyeh earn state medals

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Central Catholic’s Gabe Castano and Salisbury’s Mahlon Reihman have had an annual rivalry going in the 100 freestyle at districts. Reihman has won the past three meetings between the two, but this year’s race was the closest of them all, with Castano finishing just :00.02 behind Reihman for the top spot.

Thanks to a strong time in the 100, Castano, who resides in the Parkland School District, also received a spot in the PIAA Swimming Championships. The performance, combined with...

Girls lax hopes to defend title

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

For the first time, the Parkland girls lacrosse team will be entering the season looking to defend two titles.

The Trojans won a district title in 2014, but last season the Trojans won both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 championships. It was the third straight season that they reached the district final.

Six starters graduated from last year’s team that finished 17-6 overall, and they were a big part of bringing the program to the top of the league and...

Trojans return experience

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

With a 12-4 record in the EPC last season and a 17-9 mark overall, the Parkland baseball team had a good season. It stopped short of being great because of a 2-1 loss to Freedom in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals and a 6-4 loss to Easton in the District 11 championship game.

That team was inexperienced and it showed at times during the season, but its pitching carried it for much of the season and was a key part of its success.

This year, the pitching is even...

Boys volleyball must replace large sr. class

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Parkland boys volleyball program has seen a ton of success the last few years, bringing multiple Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 championships into the trophy cases. The Trojans also won the PIAA state title in 2015, while falling just short last year to eventual champion Hempfield in the Class 3A quarterfinals.

A large core of those championship winning teams have graduated from the program after the 2016 season ended with a 20-2 overall record. Six starters,...

STATE CHAMPS! Becahi girls win state 4A title

Friday, March 24, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team captured its first state title on Thursday night, knocking off Villa Maria of Erie 46-27 in the girls 4A final.

Becahi was 0-for-2 to that point in state title games, falling as recently as 2013, but this time things would be different, as the Hawks won again using a familiar approach in their playoff run - a quick start.

A ten-point run in the first quarter paved the way and the girls, who again held an opponent to single digits in...