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SP varsity wins EPYFL championship

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by The Press in Sports

The South Parkland Youth Association football teams wrapped up their seasons over the past few weeks, including a league championship victory for the Trojan varsity team.



The South Parkland varsity rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the final three minutes of the game to defeat Emmaus 13-12 Saturday, Nov. 11 at Palmer Township. With the win, the Trojans captured the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Football League Varsity Championship and cap an 11-0...

Article By: CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press

Friday, November 10, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Senior leadership is great, but sometimes, it’s nice to have a young player come through with a big play in a big spot. That’s exactly what Jocelyn Fowler did when she took a corner kick for Parkland in the second overtime of the District 11 championship and played it perfectly, leading to the winning goal in a 1-0 game.

Why let a freshman take such an important kick? It turns out that Fowler was simply in the right place at the right time.

“Our outside backs take the corner...

Zaun, Bower pace Parkland at state XC meet

Friday, November 10, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

In just her first year running cross country, Parkland’s Maddie Zaun nearly tasted what the PIAA cross country meet was all about. She was one place shy of earning a trip to states a season ago.

But since that moment, she mad a promise to herself to reach Hershey in her second season. She came through on that promise last weekend.

In the biggest race of her career, on the most coveted stage for high school runners, Zaun capped a junior season in impressive fashion. She ran a...

Article By: CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press

Friday, November 10, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Because of a quirk in the rules, only one team from District 11 earned a spot in the PIAA Class 4A soccer tournament this season. That made the District 11 championship all the more important and Parkland didn’t miss its chance to gain an invitation to states, downing Emmaus 2-0 to become the district champion.

Josh Kiser broke the ice with a goal 17 minutes into the game to give Parkland early momentum. That was be the only goal that Parkland would need, but the Trojans added a...

PHS girls volleyball earns fourth straight gold medal

Friday, November 10, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Nazareth volleyball team was playing some of its best volleyball all year heading into the District 11 Class 4A final last Thursday night at Whitehall High School. The Blue Eagles won three straight district matches, including against top Eastern Pennsylvania Conference members Emmaus and top seed Liberty. But, they met an even hotter team in postseason play.

Third-seeded Parkland defeated the fifth-seeded Blue Eagles in four sets by scores of 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22.


PHS storms back to beat Hurricanes

Friday, November 10, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

For three quarters, it looked as if the Parkland football team and its seniors would be playing in their final game of the 2017 season. But just as champions do, the Trojans fought until the very end and came for the win.

Facing adversity for the first time and trailing by two scores in the fourth quarter, it looked as if Liberty was about to come away with an upset win in the second consecutive week after beating Freedom to end the regular season. But top seed Parkland scored 22...

Frequent postseason football foe awaits

Friday, November 10, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Parkland and Easton in the District 11 football playoffs. That’s nothing new, and it’s music to the ears of Trojans and Red Rovers fans, along with unbiased high school football fans in the Lehigh Valley.

These two teams have met in each of the last five district tournaments, with Parkland coming away as the victor in every one of them.

Each game has been close, however, and the two teams battle until the very end in this rivalry of two of the most successful programs in the...

PHS ice hockey posts shut-out win over EHS

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Any time the Emmaus and Parkland ice hockey teams are on the same ice for a game, it is intense and usually comes down to the third period in deciding the victor.

But when these two teams met for the first time during the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League on Monday, Oct. 23, one team came out and dominated the score column.

The Trojans scored four times the first two periods, then totaled that number in the third period alone in taking down the Hornets 8-0 at the PPL...

Trojans rout EHS, stay unbeaten

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Emmaus came into last week’s game riding high off its best performance of the season. But the Trojans were not about to let the Hornets blemish their perfect record.

Parkland capped a 10-0 regular season with a resounding win over Emmaus last week, 42-7.

“This was our goal,” said Michael Ruisch of his team’s undefeated season. “This is what we wanted. This is what we expected. I feel we deserve it.”

No team has come within less than 10 points of beating the Trojans this...

Field hockey falls in district quarterfinal

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Parkland field hockey headed into the District 11 quarterfinals with hopes of knocking off second-seeded Liberty on their home turf.

Unfortunately, the Lady Hurricanes had other ideas and a quick start by the Liberty offense led to a 3-0 loss for Parkland. The loss ended the Lady Trojans’ season with a 9-10-1 record overall.

Liberty took advantage of early corner opportunities to jump out to a 2-0 lead. On their first corner opportunity, Rayne Wright took the insert pass and...