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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...

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.

Teammate...

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-...

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...

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.

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