Parkland swimming’s 2018-2019 campaign launched successfully during early season meets.
In their most recent meet, a Dec. 18 dual-meet at Pocono Mountain East, the Lady Trojans won 111-59 and the Parkland men defeated their rivals 129-41.
The meet featured many individual standout performances. Claire Weaver won the women’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:04.10, while Kayla Johnson turned in a strong performance in the women’s 200-yard individual medley at 2:17.88. Sidney Webb took the men’s 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.33.
Parkland wrestling was dominant in its opening season matches Dec. 12 against Dieruff, earning a 61-7 win.
Coach Mike Ottinger’s squad wasted no time getting down to business as Nathan Kresge (113) won in a fall in 3:39. After Gabe Montanez (120) won in a forfeit, tough guy Lucas Kern took care of his opponent in a tough match in 5:33.
Bryan Diaz (132) used only 38 second to win his first matchup of the year, while Mason Lansenderfer (138), who is expected to be a significant part of the Trojans’ machine this season, got off to a good start in winning his match in 1:38.
The Parkland wrestling team opened its season with a 61-7 win over Dieruff last week.
The Trojans won 10 of the 12 contested matches, including eight wins by fall.
It is unfamiliar territory when the Parkland ice hockey team experiences a loss in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League play. But that happened earlier this season back in October, and the team that gave the Trojans their first league loss in years was staring at them across the ice again Monday evening.
And once again Freedom got the better of Parkland, scoring five unanswered goals in the third period to take down the Trojans 5-1 last Monday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
Sophomore Trey Rolle wasn’t even expecting to play on varsity, let alone start his first career game last Friday night before showing up to the locker room.
But the young Trojan wiped away any jitters early on and hit what could turn out to be the biggest shot of his career, nailing a three-pointer as time expired to give Parkland an important 56-53 victory over Central Catholic in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action at Parkland High School.
The Parkland swimming and diving team competed in two dual meets against East Penn Conference opponents last week. The Trojan girls beat Liberty and Nazareth, while the boys team beat the Blue Eagles but tied the Hurricanes.
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The Parkland girls team beat Nazareth 123-61, while the boys tied 93-93.
The Northampton Konkrete Kids did what other teams haven’t been able to do this season: keep Claire Courter from putting up a pile of points in a game. The Kids defense held Courter to just four points and took a 43-40 win over the Lady Trojans Tuesday night at Parkland High School.
Victoria Keenan led all scorers with 18 points, while teammate Jenna Rogers scored 13 for Northampton (4-1 overall, 3-0 EPC).
The success of 2018-2019 Parkland girls swimming campaign will come down to two factors: work ethic and a learning curve.
“We have a tremendous amount of work to do if we plan to continue to be successful,” said coach Robert Robitaille. “We are smaller than usual, due to a variety of factors. I am confident that the team will work diligently to engineer what we need to compete.”
The Lady Trojans roster is much less experienced than in years past, and the first few months of the season will be focused on developing that young talent as quickly as possible.
The Emmaus boys basketball team has had trouble knocking off Parkland over the course of the last five-plus years, as have most teams in this area.
But the Green Hornets had a fast start against the Trojans in Tuesday’s East Penn Conference opener and never looked back. They opened a 16-2 lead in the first quarter on their way to a 63-50 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference victory over the Trojans last Tuesday night at Emmaus High School. It was the Hornets’ first victory over Parkland since Dec. 20 of 2016.
Ed Ohlson has a perfect record so far as a girls basketball coach. The longtime boys coach who took over the Parkland girls program this year has the Lady Trojans off to a 2-0 start with wins over Harrisburg and Emmaus. Now is when things get a little tougher with games against Central Catholic, Central Dauphin East and Northampton in the next week.