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Lizak takes second in nation

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Parkland graduate Ethan Lizak took second place in the nation in the NCAA Division I wrestling championships last week.

Lizak, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, met former youth wrestling rival Darian Cruz in the 125-pound NCAA final last week.

The two former Valley Elementary Wrestling League foes squared off in St. Louis last Saturday with No. 4 seed Cruz taking the title via a 6-3 decision in the title bout.

“It’s going to be a VEWL Finals,” Lizak said...

Trojans compete in state swimming

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Five Parkland athletes competed in last weekend’s PIAA Swimming Championships at Bucknell University, while two Trojan divers will participate in this week’s state diving championships in Lewisburg.

Parkland’s Matthew Ceh swam in a pair of events at the state championships. Ceh, a junior, made the consolation finals of the 50 freestyle, taking 14th place overall with a time of 21.30. Ceh also competed in the 100 freestyle at states, taking 28th place in 48.02 seconds.


Boys lax seeks return to title game

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Parkland boys lacrosse team finished one win shy of a District 11 championship a year ago, going 15-7 overall and winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference West Division.

The Trojans have the pieces returning to get back to the title game in 2017. It will all start up front, with experience coming back in some pivotal offensive positions.

“We are led by an extremely talented and veteran offense, looking to build off our offensive production from a season ago,” said ninth-...

HOOPS - Only BC girls survive Saturday’s action

Sunday, March 19, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Katie McDonald will have more on the team’s state run in the March 22 issue of the Bethlehem Press.

The NHS girls lost to Boyertown 56-55 on Saturday as Abby Kapp hit a clutch three-pointer with just 17 second left in the game.

The Kids would start out well in this game taking a 14-9 lead after one and extending it to 30-24 heading into the half. But a strong second half by Boyertown saw them chip away at the lead, cutting it to just 44-42 heading into the third quarter.


Ortman gets fourth in Hershey

Sunday, March 19, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Zach Ortman may have appeared to be an underdog on paper heading into the PIAA 3A state wrestling tournament at Hershey’s Giant Center over the weekend, but Ortman knew he belonged with the best.

Ortman finished in fourth place following a 10-2 defeat to Upper Darby’s Colin Cronin in the third-place bout of the 138-pound category, but it was a three-day performance that personified Ortman’s work ethic.

“I always expect that whenever I put my mind to something I can achieve...

Buskirk named football scholar athlete

Sunday, March 19, 2017 by JUSTIN CARLUCCI in Sports

Like father, like sons.

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation held its 56th annual Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday.

Hundreds of athletes, families, friends, and coaches packed the Northampton Community Center to officially culminate the 2016-17 season and find out which high school student would be awarded one of the season’s highest individual accolades.

One scholar athlete was chosen from 33 area high schools to become the 2017 scholar athlete...

Yeakel, Mangahas excel at annual meet

Sunday, March 19, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Jada Mangahas and Anna Yeakel’s journeys have been eerily similar.

Both are Parkland residents who participate in gymnasts at Parkettes. Mangahas started with mommy-and-me classes around four years old; Yeakel began at the age of two when her mother signed her up. Since then, both have seen plenty of success in the sport.

In one of the more recent events, the 43rd Annual Parkettes Invitational in late January, both had successful showings. Mangahas, a freshman at Parkland High...

Parkland swimmers prepare for states

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The PIAA Class 3A Swimming and Diving Championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Bucknell University. Parkland has three boys and three girls who will be competing for individual medals in the competition.

After winning its ninth straight District 11 Championship, the Parkland girls team will have Alexa Brinker, Lexi Lehman, Zoe Sheridan and Megan Sicinski competing at Bucknell. The boys team will have Matt Ceh, James Connolly and Matt Engler all competing.

Last season,...

PHS girls fall to CB South

Sunday, March 19, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Parkland’s girls basketball team had high hopes coming into the PIAA Tournament, but knew that its road to a championship would be a difficult one, to say the least. First up was a tough Central Bucks South team, which provided more than enough competition, downing Parkland 45-27 to end the Lady Trojans’ season.

Haley Meinel scored 18 for CB South and Alexa Brodie contributed another 15 in the win. Holding the Titans to 45 points wasn’t a bad accomplishment, since they have the...

Philly’s AB Ryan ousts PHS boys

Sunday, March 19, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Anytime a local high school basketball team draws a team from District 12 – the Philadelphia region – in the PIAA playoffs, it could be in for a wild ride.

District 12 is perennially strong and is known for an aggressive, up-tempo play. Parkland (17-10), the second-place team from District 11 got a tough draw, having to play Archbishop Ryan (21-5) from the Philadelphia Catholic League in its first round contest at Saturday Freedom High School.

Archbishop Ryan used big spurts at...