Cory Border took a break from wrestling when he reached high school to focus mainly on football. But in his senior season, an opportunity came up to get back involved in the sport. He figured, why not?
He probably couldn’t have written a better script as to how it would pan out.
Border won his fifth-place heavyweight match on Saturday in the District 11 Class 3A Wrestling Championships at Liberty High School to punch his ticket to regionals. He held on for a 1-0 victory over East Stroudsburg South’s Daniel Opong-Duah for the final regional spot in the 285-pound weight class.
It was not like Parkland. Before last year, the boys basketball program had made it to the District 11 final and a spot in the state tournament each of the last six seasons. But last year the Trojans bowed out before the district semifinals.
The Trojans did not stay away long. They’ll return this year after a quarterfinal win put them back in the district’s final four this season.
Many would have expected Parkland and Freedom, the top two teams all season, to meet in the championship series of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League that began on Monday. Parkland held up its side of the deal, but Freedom was nowhere to be found after Northampton upset the Patriots in a one-game playoff game last week.
With Freedom, which entered the postseason unbeaten, out of the equation, No. 2 seeded Parkland became this year’s favorite. And the Trojans took care of business in Game 1.
The District 11 Wrestling Championships will get underway Friday afternoon at and culminate Saturday evening at Liberty High School.
Parkland has six wrestlers seeded in the top 10 in their weight class, led by No. 6 Cory Border (Sr., 24-11) at 285.
District team champ Bethlehem Catholic has five No. 1 seeds, while Stroudsburg has three and Northampton and Bangor each have two grapplers at the top of their respective bracket.
The top five wrestlers at districts will move on to next week’s Class 3A PIAA Northeast Regional Tournament at Liberty.
The Parkland girls swimming team had no answer for a buzzing bevy of Emmaus swimmers in a 113-73 defeat during their Feb. 14 battle at Parkland High School. With the victory, the Green Hornets claimed the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title and capped an undefeated 11-0 season and went 11-2 overall. The Trojans finished 9-1 in conference and 10-1 overall.
The Parkland boys swim team was unable to defend its home pool in a stinging 114-72 defeat to the Emmaus Green Hornets on Feb. 14 at Parkland High School. With the victory, Emmaus earned their 13th Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title and finalized an undefeated EPC season (11-2 overall). Parkland dropped to 8-1-1 in the EPC and 8-2-1 overall.
Parkland’s girls and boys swimming teams were roundly defeated by rival Emmaus during their Valentine’s Day meet at Parkland High School. However, the Trojans can find legitimate solace in some outstanding diving performances that week.
“We’ve had a good season,” said Parkland diving coach Cary Lehman. “We schedule a lot of meets that build toward the end of the season, so now we’re there. It’s time to go.”
At this time of the basketball season, you can look back and see exactly how a team came to be ranked where they are headed into the District 11 playoffs. If you look at Parkland’s spot as a four-seed in girls Class 6A basketball and look just below them, you see the Lady Bears of Pleasant Valley. The two teams met during the regular season in a game that was moved up a day to avoid a forecast that called for bad weather and was moved to Orefield Middle School and Parkland came away with a 55-40 win.
Parkland didn’t take care of the ball particularly well against Northampton in its two regular season meetings. Nor did it really utilize its size against the Konkrete Kids.
Both of those things changed on Tuesday night in the opening round of the District 11 Class 6A tournament. The Trojans (14-9 overall; 9-7 in EPC) outscored Northampton 18-11 in the fourth quarter to pull away with a 56-43 win at Parkland High School to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Colonial League and East Penn Conference playoff schedules for basketball were pushed back due to weather and school closings this week.
Tonight’s games (Thursday, Feb. 14) are as follows for the Colonial League:
Catasauqua High School
5:45 p.m.- Girls #1 Notre Dame-Green Pond vs. #4 Bangor
7:30 p.m. - Boys #1 Moravian Academy vs. #4 Bangor
Whitehall High School
6 p.m. - Girls #2 Southern Lehigh vs. #3 Northwestern Lehigh
7:45 p.m. - Boys #2 Southern Lehigh vs. #3 Notre Dame-Green Pond