The South Parkland Connie Mack baseball team continues to do whatever it takes to win a game.
That never-say die attitude was on display during the Trojans’ 8-7 victory over Northampton on June 22 at Walnut Street Field as they pushed the winning run across in the final frame.
Ed Ohlson only took over as the Parkland girls basketball head coach a little over a month ago. The former PHS boys assistant coach got a good look at his team in one of the summer’s top tournaments last weekend.
Parkland advanced to the final day of the Bash at the Beach Tournament at Cedar Beach Park. The Lady Trojans went 4-2 in the 17-team double-elimination tournament.
“Right now we have very few plays,” Ohlson said. “Even if this was my second year, we would have a ton of plays, and people could throw stuff at us and we would know how to handle it.”
Fans of all-star games expect a lot of offense. At last Thursday’s 48th Annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Game, there was a good bit of scoring, but most of it came from one side.
The Gold team, made up of players from Northampton County and Phillipsburg and Palisades High Schools, beat the Red Team (Lehigh, Carbon, Monroe counties) 35-7.
With the school year all but wrapped up, boys varsity summer league basketball is beginning to heat up.
This weekend begins the first of two major summer basketball tournaments, with the Cedar Beach Showcase, otherwise known as the Bash at the Beach, opening up its double-elimination style format tomorrow.
But before teams had one week to prepare for the grind of playing multiple games each day in the heat, the Cedar Beach Summer League wrapped up its first half of the regular season last Thursday.
Northwestern Lehigh graduate Cole Miller finished off his first US Open last weekend at 12-over par.
Although Miller was not one of the 67 players to make the cut, he finished in the top 100, tying for 98th place with the likes of Jason Day, Charl Schwartzel and Matt Kuchar. He finished one shot better than Adam Scott and a more than a stroke better than major champions Sergio Garcia (+14), Keegan Bradley (+15) and Martin Kaymer (+18).
Miller missed the cut by just four strokes.
The Parkland baseball team did its part at the plate recording hits, but it did not score enough runs as it fell to Freedom 2-1 last Wednesday evening in the District 11 Class 6A championship game at Lehigh University’s J. David Walker Field.
The top-seeded Trojans (21-4 overall) tallied five hits throughout the course of the game, outhitting the seventh-seeded Patriots (16-9) 5-4. But it just came down to Freedom crossing the plate one more time than Parkland.
After two tough regular season games against Nazareth, the Parkland softball team wanted another shot at the Blue Eagles.
The Trojans had hoped it would come in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship, but when that opportunity didn’t present itself, they looked ahead to districts. The two teams would need to reach the finals of district play for the rematch to happen and everything played out perfectly to get the two teams on the field to play for district gold.
It was Easter weekend when Chad Hess had his greatest golfing moment to date. The Old Dominion University senior stepped up to the tee on the 14th hole, a par three with the pin 196 yards away.
The venue was the Brook Valley Country Club in Greenville, N.C. The Monarchs were there to play in the East Carolina Intercollegiate Tournament. Monarch donors and alumni were around the club, kicking back, recalling the old days and checking out the new kids on the block. The pressure was on, but Hess is clutch. Pressure is one thing, golf is another.
In general, a softball team relies on the middle part of its lineup to produce the big hits. The hitters at the top of the order get on base to set the table for the bigger bats in the lineup to drive them in. Whatever you get out of the bottom portion of the order often determines how successful a team will be offensively.
For Parkland, the bottom of the lineup has played a crucial role in postseason success.
The Lehigh Carbon Community College softball team did something this season that no other Cougar team had accomplished in the program’s history.
Plenty of local softball players were at the center of the memorable campaign.
LCCC became the first team ever from Pennsylvania to win the Region XIX Championship. The Cougars also advanced to the Division III NJCAA National Championship Tournament for the first time and won a game before its season came to a close in mid-May.
Two Parkland High School graduates were part of that team in Shannon Jacobs and Madison Mohr.