Neither team had much breathing room at any point of last week’s District 11 Class 3A girls lacrosse championship game. But much like the previous two meetings against Easton, Parkland had the Red Rovers’ number down the stretch.
Easton, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, got within a single goal on two occasions in the final 6:25 after Parkland had led 8-5 a little beyond the midway point of the second half. But the No. 2 seeded Trojans were able to run out the clock down the stretch for their second consecutive district crown last Wednesday at Lehigh University.
It looked as if Parkland was out to make a statement after losing a heartbreaker to Central Catholic in last week’s East Penn Conference championship game.
Message received loud and clear.
The top-seeded Trojans scored the first four goals, led by five at intermission, and disposed of No. 4 Easton on Tuesday night at Northampton High School’s Erdosy Field. The win advances Parkland to Thursday’s District 11 Class 3A championship against Emmaus where it will look for that elusive title.
There were memorable victories in the 2017 regular season. There were also some game results that Parkland head baseball coach Kurt Weber would like to forget about.
On Friday night at Hackett Park, Weber watched his Trojan baseball team get some revenge for one of those forgettable losses.
With a three-run lead entering the bottom of the seventh, Trojan senior Harsha Bollu recorded strikeouts for two of the last three outs and the Trojans celebrated a 6-3 victory to capture their second Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title in three years.
As sophomores, Michael Jenkins, Harsha Bollu, Ryan Giovenco and Austin Mueller experienced their first Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championships.
As juniors, classmates Ethan Imler and Matt Mellinger joined Parkland’s core group of varsity players. While the group went without a title last season, it made sure to grab gold the first chance it got this year.
On Friday night at Hackett Park, the seasoned Trojan veterans led the way as the team knocked off top-seeded Liberty for the EPC championship.
Parkland and Whitehall have had some epic matches this season.
Tuesday’s District 11 Class 3A semifinal was the third time the teams have met in the past three weeks and not once has the match been settled in three games.
Tuesday’s night’s game had a bit more on the line than the last two meetings, with the winner advancing to the state playoffs and Thursday’s district title match against top-seeded Emmaus.
The Zephyrs came out on top Tuesday, 3-1 (25-28, 24-26, 25-18, 25-13) behind a 28-kill effort from senior middle outsider hitter Logan McGinley.
Some people that follow high school lacrosse in the Lehigh Valley thought Parkland’s Camryn Barnett should have been the East Penn Conference MVP. The junior midfielder scored five goals in the Lady Trojans conference championship win last week.
And again on Monday, Barnett made a solid case for those MVP arguments.
Throughout the season, Parkland’s seniors have talked about the underclassmen and how they’ve been able to contribute to the team’s success during its 24-0 season. Last week, one of the young players came through with a big hit to give the seniors four straight conference championships with a 1-0 win over Emmaus in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship at Patriots Park in Allentown.
There are a lot of positives about the race Parkland’s boys 3200-meter relay team ran at last week’s District 11 Championship Meet.
For one thing, the team earned the gold medal with a winning time of 8:08.24. On top of that, the group knows it can run even faster in this weekend’s PIAA Class 3A Championship at Shippensburg University.
“It was just a good team effort all around,” said sophomore Riley Williamson. “We all knew what we had to do and we all did it. We didn’t all run our best time, but we did what we had to do to win.”
Sam Morgan had a busy week last week.
The Parkland junior who plays two varsity sports in the spring had his lacrosse season finale last Monday when his team beat rival Emmaus, setting up another match up against the Hornets in the league playoffs on Thursday.
In between those games Morgan competed in the Eastern Pennsylvania Track and Field Championships, earning a gold medal for the 1600-meter run and a silver medal as part of a relay team.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships were held Tuesday-Wednesday, May 9-10 at East Stroudsburg South High School
The following results include the top four finishers in each event as well as all Parkland competitors that finished in the top 10.
EPC TRACK AND FIELD
Tuesday, May 9
3200 – 1. Seth Slavin (PV) 9:38.02, 2. Ryan Murphy (PV) 9:43.52, 3. Gabe Sullivan (PV) 9:47.03, 4. Del Vierling (Emm) 9:48.60.