The third time was not the charm for the Parkland girls volleyball team when squaring off against Bishop Shanahan.
The Eagles were a thorn in the side of the Trojans, beating them twice during the regular season, then ending Parkland’s season last Tuesday night, winning 3-2 by scores of 25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 15-25, and 15-11 in the PIAA 4A semifinals.
In the two previous meetings in the regular season, the Trojans also fell by just one game.
It was a familiar sight for Parkland football fans last Friday night in the District 11 Class 6A final at Northampton High School. The matchup against Freedom was the second straight season that the two teams squared off in the district championship game, and the second consecutive time the Trojans came out on top.
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 season.
The Hornets led 6-0 at halftime and went ahead 12-0 in the fourth quarter.
The Parkland boys soccer team checked off a lot of boxes this season. The team beat its biggest rival four times while winning district and league titles. The Trojans went 24-2 and were one of the final eight teams left in Class 4A Saturday night before falling to Conestoga 1-0 in a PIAA quarterfinal game.
While they might not have reached the ultimate goal of a state title, the Trojans left the field at Exeter High School Saturday knowing that it’s within reach for the program.
With just a two-score game at halftime, the Parkland football team knew it needed it more, and didn’t want the same kind of close call it had against Liberty two weeks ago.
So the Trojans erupted for a 28-point second half on their way to a 52-10 victory over Easton last Friday night in the District 11 Class 6A semifinals at Parkland Area School District Stadium.
The District 11 Class 6A championship game will have a similar look to it this season as it did in 2016.
First-seed Parkland (12-0 overall) and sixth-seeded Freedom (7-5) will meet Friday night at Northampton High School for the second consecutive year. Last season, the Trojans beat the Patriots 24-14 for their fifth straight district title.
The Parkland girls volleyball team hasn’t just been a frequent visitor to the state playoffs. It has been a postseason stalwart that’s put together lengthy postseason runs, including PIAA titles in 2014 and 2015.
This season’s team played its way into the state semifinals and there was a feeling of accomplishment for the Lady Tigers with only two returning starters.
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.
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.
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 second with just over 20 minutes left in the game.