Parkland Press

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Dulaney displayed a ‘passion for the game’

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As a young high school softball player, it can be difficult knowing that you’re stuck behind a key player and that you’re going to have to wait for your time to come.

Kelly Dulaney didn’t get frustrated by the wait. She used the time to her advantage and worked on becoming a better pitcher so that she could take advantage of the opportunity when her time rolled around.

Before she reached high school, Dulaney was catching the eye of Parkland head coach Barry Search, who has...

Cipolla helped elevate Trojan boys lacrosse

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Before 2019 Parkland High School graduate James Cipolla enrolled at the school, the boys lacrosse program hadn’t won a championship of any kind. After his four years in red and white, the Trojans have earned two district championships and two league titles. To say Cipolla made his mark on the program is an understatement.

And after another successful season on the field, Cipolla has been named the Parkland Press Male Athlete of the Year.

“It means a lot,” said Cipolla. “I think...

Trojans win Region 2 title

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

If you were concerned about South Parkland’s loss to Souderton last Tuesday in the Regional 2 American Legion baseball playoffs, your fears were set aside one night later when the Trojans met up with the same Souderton team in a winner-take-all championship.

True to form, it was all about the pitching for South Parkland, which rode the arm of Adam Smith to a 3-0 win over Souderton, gaining a trip to states for the 24-1 Trojans.

The scary thing about the performance by Smith is...

PHS skipper inducted into softball Hall of Fame

Friday, July 26, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Parkland softball coach Barry Search was recently inducted into the Lehigh Valley Softball Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Patriots Park in Allentown. Search was inducted for his overall contribution to the sport as a player, assistant coach and head coach.

Search’s earliest memories of softball were of his dad playing in local leagues. At the age of 15, Search joined his dad in playing locally, which began a long love affair with the game.

When he enrolled in the Coast Guard...

Search puts players first

Friday, July 26, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Barry Search has a simple philosophy about coaching that’s not directly related to anything that happens on the field. He uses the approach as an assistant football coach. He used it as an assistant softball coach. And he now uses it as a head softball coach at Parkland High School.

“The whole thing about softball is that it’s all about the kids,” said Search in his acceptance speech to the Lehigh Valley softball Hall of Fame. “That’s what we’re here for, to support them and I have...

SP reaches regional final

Friday, July 26, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The double-elimination format combined with a day of rain outs provided for an interesting twist to the American Legion Regional 2 tournament.

South Parkland stood as the only undefeated team coming into Tuesday, while three other teams, all with one loss, were also alive. No matter what happened in South Parkland’s game against Souderton, the Trojans were still alive to play in the championship game. They just weren’t sure whether they would be playing that game Tuesday or Wednesday...

Buffs fall to NV in semifinal

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The North Parkland Legion team saw its season come to an end Sunday in a 9-4 loss to Northern Valley. The Buffaloes finished the season at 14-6.

Northern Valley came into the game as one of the hottest teams in the league after a cold streak early in July saw the Chargers fall in the LVL seedings before garnering the fifth seed. North Parkland was consistent throughout the season and finished as the number-two seed coming into the postseason.

The game against the Chargers was a...

Trojans earn awards

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Coming into the season, South Parkland Legion head coach Tom Kahn did some math regarding his team. He told his coaches when the season started that if they could win 20 games, he and his staff would reach the 100-win mark for their time with the team. With a 16-game season and playoffs, there was no room for error.

Just as the question mark for the Parkland High School team was whether or not it could get enough offense, the Legion team wondered the same thing. In its first five...

Hornets upset Parkland in summer league basketball

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Parkland boys basketball team has had a ton of success during its summer league season and in the tournaments it has been a part of. Even in the offseason when wins and losses don’t carry as much weight, the Trojans had won seven of 10 games in the Cedar Beach Summer Basketball League. The also advanced deep into the Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach tournament last month.

But in what could be called an off night, the Trojans struggled to get anything going against struggling rival...

SP goes 20-0, wins LVL title

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The South Parkland Legion team made it through the regular season and playoffs undefeated, finishing 20-0 and holding the Lehigh Valley Legion championship trophy Monday night after beating Northern Valley 2-0 at Weiland Park on the campus of De Sales University.

The Trojans made it through games against Emmaus and North Parkland in the postseason in addition to beating Northern Valley (11-11) twice in the double-elimination tournament. The win sends South Parkland into the Region Two...